Max // Maternity Leave Over

When people ask me how my maternity leave is going, my answer is “I love it.” I can’t imagine not being around him but that reality is happening tomorrow as I will be going back to work. Yep, maternity leave is over already and as he naps I am reminiscing his past 4 months.

I just wanted to share pics of him growing up.

Here he is at 2 months

IMG_4490Here he is at 3 months


And at 4 months

IMG_4714I should have done a better job of getting him at the same angle for each month but … oh well. He’s definitely getting bigger.

Tomorrow I start work again and it will be hard to leave him but we’ll work it out. :)


Max // Maternity Leave Over

fashion // new year new baubles


I love jewelry…I do. I acquired some new pieces over the holidays.

I love simple jewelry. I am not a fancy girl so I am not a fan of fancy jewelry. Since my dad has a jewelry store, there are times I commission him to make me jewelry that I design in my head. But there are other times I love to shop for jewelry and a few of my favorite places from major retailers are Madewell, Jcrew, and Kate Spade. Jcrew currently is selling Catbird jewelry online which I love.

My favorite piece from the picture above is my M necklace as it stands for Maxwell, my son. (Which by the way still sounds so weird to me! Weird but great.)

Jewelry in the picture is from 1.Madewell (no longer available) 2. Jcrew 3. Jcrew 4. Elizabeth and James 5. Saturday by Kate Spade  6. Nixon


fashion // new year new baubles

Happy New Year!!!


Happy 2015 everyone! Hope you had a great time celebrating the holidays.

2014 was an amazing year for us.

  • Yap’s grandmother turned 100
  • We found out we were having a baby
  • We went to Korea with my family
  • We renovated the kitchen and bathroom all in time for the baby shower
  • Max was born where we celebrated many firsts

2015 is already starting out amazing. Max’s 100 day happened to be on New Years day. We had family come over to celebrate. Here’s hoping that 2015 is even better than 2014 (but it will be hard to top!)

The picture is a hike where Yap, Max, Toto, and I went on. Redwood Regional Park is a gorgeous place to hike and it is kid and dog friendly!


Happy New Year!!!

food .. panko crusted salmon


For the first time since Max has been born, I was able to cook a full meal. Cooking with a new baby is really challenging but I wanted to cook Yap a meal for all the meals he cooked for me.

Doing anything with a baby is all about logistics. Since Max still feeds quite often, I had to time it just right and pick recipes that were quick in prep time. So I decided to do a panko crusted salmon with roasted brussel sprouts and pancetta. I got the salmon recipe from Yap’s cousin Jen. It is delicious and so easy to make!! I got the roasted brussel sprouts and pancetta from epicurious. For the roasted brussel sprouts and pancetta recipe, click here. Below is the salmon recipe that I got from Jen. :)

panko crusted salmon


  • salmon filet (size according to how many servings you want)
  • olive oil
  • dijon mustard
  • panko breadcrumbs
  • parsley or thyme
  • salt and pepper


  1. preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. brush both sides of the salmon with olive oil (helps from salmon sticking to the pan.)
  3. coat salmon with dijon mustard.
  4. in a bowl, toss panko breadcrumbs and olive oil. depending on serving size, for every 1/2 cup of panko toss it with 1 tablespoon of olive oil. Chop up 1/4 cup of parsley and/or thyme and mix with panko breadcrumbs and olive oil. Take the mixture and press it into the salmon.
  5. put salmon in oven,  6 inch filet cooks between 10-12 minutes. Adjust cook time based on serving size.

buon appetito!

food .. panko crusted salmon

photo .. holiday photo shoot

I am now officially one of those people that will send a holiday card out with a photo of the family on it.

In order to do so, I enlisted another talented friend to take our photos. I know, I have a lot of photographer friends and they are all different but great at what they do. Jenny made taking pictures with a newborn really easy and fun! Since she has a son of her own, she really knows how to capture kids at their best and worst and make it all look so cute. Check out her website here, you can get more information and see her portfolio.

Anyways, Max was behaving up until a certain point at which point he spit up down his front and then proceeded to have a melt down. I suggest you bring some pumped breast milk or formula on hand to calm the baby down at a photoshoot. It seemed to do the trick on little Max and he was able to get a few more photos after his meltdown.

The pictures from our holiday photoshoot is below. One of my absolute favorites is the last photo of Yap copying Max crying. The second to the last photo is what we used for our holiday cards this year.






photo .. holiday photo shoot

photo .. maternity shoot

Back in August when I was 8 months pregnant, Yap and I did a maternity photo shoot with one of my best friends, Monica Roy. I have been meaning to post this awhile back!! We wanted to capture my pregnancy since this is our first child. She did a phenomenal job and it was even featured on a blog called Inspired By This! Click here to check it out.

We had a great time even though it was a bit chilly outside. She does a great job in giving direction on how to pose so that you look your absolute best in the photos. I would definitely check out her website if you are in need of photographer for weddings, lifestyle, fashion shoots, etc. Click here to check out her website.

As I was asked about where I got my maternity clothes, I shopped at Old Navy (that’s where the dress is from) and Gap. Great places to get maternity clothes. Max’s shoes are from Zara (no longer available).

Check out the photos below from our session:

Soerha Andrew Maternity-99

Soerha Andrew Maternity-79

Soerha Andrew Maternity-216

Soerha Andrew Maternity-28

Soerha Andrew Maternity-25

photo .. maternity shoot

max .. newborn photoshoot

One of my nearest and dearest friend, Vivian, took beautiful pictures of Max shortly after he was born. He was only 8 days old at the time of the photoshoot.

A friend recommended to do a newborn photoshoot as they regretted not doing one because the newborn look lasts for such a short amount of time and you do want to remember it. And I am glad that we did it. A newborn isn’t the greatest looking baby but when it’s your baby, they are beautiful to you at any stage.

But, he’s so much less squishy faced now. :) And so am I. I love that Vivian was able to capture him while he was awake and even one where he’s sort of smiling. If you need a photographer I highly recommend Vivian. You can access her website here. You can see her body of work and you will be able to contact her via the website. She’s amazing!!!

Below are the photos from our newborn photoshoot with Vivian





max .. newborn photoshoot