Lost truck

Toilet got flooded
Father had to clean it
found out, a toy truck was clogging the toilet
Be aware of a toddler in the bathroom

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One of most unpleasant things you have to deal with is clogged toilet.  It happened one day and it was a big mess. This kind of work usually falls on to an adult man, “Father”, in the house (Thank you, Daddy!). He had to take out the toilet to unclog the toilet. What he found was a toy truck clogging it.

Be aware of a toddler with a toy, especially in the bathroom.

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Popcorn Popper

Pop-pop is an adorable sound made by a baby
at 1:00 PM
but pop-pop became unbearable noise
at 5:00 AM

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A popcorn popper seems to be a must to have toy  for a baby. We received it as a present to my son. It’s so adorable to see him pushing it and making “pop sound”. But the “pop sound” became incredible “pop noise” when he pushed it 5:00am in the morning.  For the baby, any time is good time to push the Popcorn Popper – Pop! Pop!

Walking Walking

walking is incredible
I can use my hands and push my car
then, go faster!

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It must be such an incredible experience for babies to walk. They have different view point, be able to reach something higher, be able to use their hands freely, and faster mobility to point A to point B. And of course, it’s such a joy for the parents to see their babies walking.

Ah-Oh! The first word

“Ah-oh, you dropped your spoon. don’t worry”
Here it is, your spoon.
“Ah-Oh” (Drop the spoon)
“Ah-Oh!” (Drop the spoon, again)

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I think one of my baby’s first word was “Ah-Oh”. He learned it by dropping his spoon. Then he repeatedly dropped his spoon to say “Ah-Oh”. I picked up his spoon more than ten times per meal. Hearing the first word from your baby is such a wonderful moment, but any happiness seems to come with some work.

Love Shopping

Shopping is still fun
Red, blue, yellow and so many different style
Only things though, now I browse baby clothes instead of my shoes
They are just so cute

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I love browsing clothes time to time. I can be lost in the Amazon online store for hours… you know what I mean. Before I became a mom, I was checking my clothes and shoes. Now I am still browsing online shopping site, but on baby clothes. I never imagined I will have fun looking for other human being’s clothes.

Bassinet

In the airplane to Japan
In the bassinet in the airplane
Peeking with small eyes with a big curiosity

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We were traveling to Japan when my baby was ten months old. ANA (All Nippon Airways) provides a bassinet to a baby who weighs less than 22lb (10kg). I was expecting a difficult travel since it’s ten hours’ flight, but luckily my baby slept and stayed in the bassinet all the way to Japan from US. Perhaps, it was cozy little bed in the airplane for him.

Bassinet was 33.5 x 17.7 x 13 inches (85 x 45 x 33 cm) and he fit in that!

Sweet Dream

Goodnight my love
Mother is here and nothing to worry about
Have a sweet dream

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There are different opinions about co-sleeping with your baby. In western culture, most of babies are sleeping in their own crib, but this is different in Japanese culture, at least in my family culture. And co-sleeping with your baby is very common in Japan. I grew up co-sleeping with my parents, so naturally, I chose to do the same with my baby.

Also, I don’t spend enough time with my baby during the day because of my work. At night in the bed I finally have time to be next to my baby for the longest hours. For me, co-sleeping compensates the time I can’t spend time with my baby during the day. However, sweet dream sometimes come with a kick by a tiny foot – ouch.

Breastfeeding – Feed Me!

Feed Me!
Because I just consumed 600 calories for breastfeeding
I am starving!

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It consumes about 600 calories by per breastfeeding/pumping breast milk. I was always hungry during the period I was breastfeeding. I ate two breakfast burritos without no problem. I was always asking “Are you done with your food? Can I eat the remaining?” after I finished my plate. How embarrassing that is, but I needed food all the time. On the other hand, I even lost some weights during breastfeeding. How that’s possible?

Feed Me!

Keep Driving, Keep Driving

Baby is sleeping
Let’s park here for a little break
“waaahh”
Let’s keep driving and keep driving

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We embraced some quite moments while our baby was sleeping in the car. One day, we stopped our car to rest since the baby was asleep. A minute after we parked the car, he woke up and started to be fussy. So we went back to the road and kept driving and driving. Driving car is like a cradle for some babies.

Mother wants to cry, too

Waaaah!
Waaaaaaaaaaah!
Wa…mommy wants to cry too.

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Baby’s crying could be very exhausting to deal with especially when the mother is really tired. She will do anything to calm the baby and bring back his/her smile. But in the process, sometimes mother feels like crying, too. Mother is also just a human before being a caring mother. As a working mother and juggling so many things, there was a lot of moment, I just wanted to cry like a baby with my crying baby.

All is worth it

Work, Home and baby
So much work and so little sleep
I am exhausted…. Sigh
But I know all is worth to do when I see my baby

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Working mother with new born is unimaginably busy and always tired because of lack of sleep. Sometimes, it’s so overwhelming to do all and I was both physical and psychologically exhausted. But when I see my baby, I realize that all the hard work is so worth it!

Working Mother Image

Beautiful Child, impeccably dressed mother
Everything is in control
That’s what you see as “Working Mother” image on the Internet
Reality is far from that, at least for me

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Most of “Working Mother” images on the internet project a smiling baby resting in mother’s arms, and impeccably beautiful mother with perfect clean clothes checking computer screens. That’s nothing like in my life. Maybe there are mothers like that somewhere but my working mother life is far from what internet image projects. Once I had to go to work with clothes with my son’s vomit stain. Simply, I didn’t have a time to change my clothes in order to be in the office on time.

Breastfeeding and coffee

So sleepy without proper sleep during the night
Coffee please!
Oh, but I am breast feeding…… sigh
Every day the battle against sleepiness without caffeine
This is working mother’s life

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Every day, I slept only a few hours when my son was infant. It’s feeding, changing a diaper or soothing him.

Then, next morning, I went to work and spend more than eight hours at work.

It’s just so hard to keep my eyes open during work without proper sleep, without caffeine. I can’t take a nap during work either. So I walked around the building to brush off unbearable sleepiness. I felt that I would turn into a zombie one day. Probably I did look like a zombie walking around the office building.

I miss you so much

My baby is so little, but Mother has to go back to work
Mama bear goes fishing with her baby
Mama Kangaroo keeps her baby in her poach
Mama Koara bear keeps her baby in her arms
I am jealous to those mothers who can be with their babies
I miss my baby so much when I am in office

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Many working mothers in America go back to work when babies are very little. If there is no help from your family/the States, some mothers go back to work a few weeks after giving a birth. That’s really unnatural and It’s difficult for mothers & babies in both psychologically and physically

It was very difficult/stressful to be away from my baby even he was three months old. He was still an infant, and I felt tremendous guilt and stress not being able to be with him for majority of the day due to my work.

I think, that the stress on working mother comes from not only juggling tasks for work, family and kids. I am certain that there is invisible psychological stress from being separated from her baby.

You are my miracle

You are my miracle
You are my treasure
I love you more than my life

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Welcoming a new baby is an extraordinary experience. I embraced the birth of my baby, at the same time I thought about life cycle and connections between nature and human life. Strong feeling bloomed in me to be kind and helpful to others to make this world better place not just for my child but for all of us. A new life also gave me brand new perspective to the life.

One of my best friend Laurence told me, “I love my daughter more than my life.” I thought that is totally overstate. Now I understand well what she meant.

By the way, “the probability of your being born at about one in 400 trillion! (TEDx San Francisco, Mel Robbins, a riotously funny self-help author, mentioned) – Your child is miracle and actually we are all miracles to be in this world.