What is this shiny green thing?
it must bring something amazing
Decorated Christmas Tree is something magical. For children’s eyes, it must be a real magic tree especially when they find presents under the tree. I am grown up, but I have always loved Christmas Tree.
I can swing back and forth
on my own!
I have been pushing my son’s back whenever he wants to ride a swing. He simply didn’t know how to get moving. Recently, he finally got it! He is swinging back and forth with his legs. The smile on his face tells me his confidence and satisfaction. For me as a mother, one more step to see my son being independent.
Open the book,
then you will see the world
where you have never been
I moved to a new house about two month ago, and since then there is no TV in the house. It started as a lazy act of postponing mounting a TV on the wall. Then, I notice that my son asks me to read books more often since he doesn’t watch TV at all. So I decided to keep TV in the storage. Books will open the door to the world he has never seen before.
Look, it’s my bear and race car!
I couldn’t update my blog for a while due to moving to new house.
Anyway, Moving is a lot of work! I packed everything for moving, and my son opened a box to find his toys. It seems to be no ending of packing with a little rascal around.
Anyway, my move is complete now, and I am ready to work on more illustration. I am so happy to resume my art work. And my son is very happy to be surrounded by his toys again.
Halloween is one of fun event of the year. You can dress up to anything you want, and the whole city is filled with scary cute monsters.
No Pretty girl, here
When I woke up, my son looked at me and said “No pretty girl, here!”. In his language, it means “you look horrible” That was pretty shocking even though I know I look terrible, but I didn’t think that bad even to a little boy. I put clothes, brush my hair to look “normal”. Then I got an approval form my son saying “pretty girl”. – yay.
Look, look, look at it, mom!
My son was saying “Look, look, look at it, Mom!” with excitement. I ran to him not to miss his enthusiasm and get close to what he wanted to show me. Then, I found out that he wanted to show his booger. I am so proud of his eagerness to show me what he found with a slight feeling of “eeeks”.
ONiGyon, Opni and ADOGADO
They are my friends
Children can’t pronounce/say some words correctly, but that makes some words so interesting and even very creative.
ONiGyon, Opni and ADOGADO are the words my son came up with. These words make me think of vegetables with unique character.
Dance, dance, dance
A happy dance
Children dance with maximum joy. They don’t care how they look or if they can keep the beat. It’s a true free style dance with happiness.
wait for me!
There is a train goes round in the outdoor shopping mall. My son loves to ride on this train, and one ride is never enough. He runs after the train and chase it as if he can catch it.
Ah! Monkey box
What’s in it?
Grocery shopping takes twice longer if you are accompanied by your little one (especially toddler/preschooler). My son wants to examine products he sees, and touch them. I have to watch what he does and warn him constantly “Don’t touch anything, Please” while I am shopping. A potential disaster can happen at the store, if I don’t pay enough attention to my busy little shopper.
Children throw their tantrum whenever and wherever they feel like. It can happen in the place parents want to avoid their children’s tantrum the most – Library. When that happened to me, I felt that everyone was looking at me even though that wasn’t the case and I wanted to just hide somewhere. Dealing with children’s tantrum is one of challenges parents have to deal with, and it makes them more patient and matured after all. I think, I am more matured than last year, for example.
Mom, can you make sand castles, again?
I made sand castles on the beach. My son was really happy, then he stepped on them saying “crash! crash?”. Then with big smile he asked me, “Mom! Can you make sand castles again?” – We repeated this at least three times. I should be grateful to make sand castles so many times!
in the Japanese bathtub
Japanese bath is different from ones from other countries. There is a bathtub, tiled floor with water drain, and a shower. You don’t have to worry about hot water over flooding from the bathtub. You soak your body in the bathtub, then you wash your body outside the bathtub and rinse with shower. My son loves playing in the bathtub since he can splash as much as he wants and make a big water mess.
Japanese toilet is fabulous
only when you know which button to push
for right purpose.
Some Japanese toilets are sophisticated and have high technology features. They come with a panel of multi functions buttons. However these sophisticated Japanese toilets can go very wrong if a wrong button is pressed in a wrong time.
Those buttons are target of children’s curiosity. My son pressed the button “Rear Cleanse” while he was sitting on the Japanese toilet. He screamed and jumped off from the toilet seat as the warm water was splashing. I dashed into the bathroom worrying about what happened to him, ended up “Rear Cleanse” button cleansed my face. At that time I got really upset at Japanese high-tech toilet. Now it’s a funny story. LOL
“It’s time to go to bed”
But I need to paint
I need to drink water,
oh, I need to see my boo-boo
Children come up with different things not to go to bed when it’s time to go to bed. My son is no exception. He suddenly wants to paint, then he is thirsty, needs to go to bathroom again and so on. Even after he is in the bed, he says “I need my race car (toy) to sleep. Where is it?” /sigh.
Picked by hand
Packed with love
I had a delivery box says “Picked by hand. Packed with LOVE”. It was just one of ordinary box. But when my son sat in it, the ordinary box became a lovely object with a meaningful message. I found it very cute, but I could be just a strange mom ;).
Jason is a robot
mom is a happy lion
what are you?
I am a happy boy
One of toddler talk I had to write down because it was so sweet. Children’s imagination and free thinking are something we want to embrace and cheer.
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
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.
my son is asleep
it’s time to enjoy a cup of coffee
on my half seat
Flying a long distance trip with a toddler is nothing but constant battle to make him stay in his seat. We took a flight from Los Angeles to Tokyo which is eleven hours, and he wanted explore everywhere in the airplane. I was a peak of exhaustion by taking care of him, and finally he fell asleep. Good thing is that the person next to him wasn’t complaining (Thank you!) and I had a time to sip a cup of coffee in peace. A quiet moment during the flight with a toddler.
It’s wake up time!
I love going back to Japan with my son and spend some time with my parents. However, I never like jet-lag. Adults can understand the time concept, and we try to adjust time difference. On the other hand, children don’t have the concept of time nor effort to adjust to local time. As a result it’s time to have a breakfast and play when they wake up, which can be 2:00am. Dealing with Jet-lag is just harder with children.
A Luggage is to carry a kid
A stroller is to carry a backpack and his favorite piggy
And a kid’s hat is on my head
Traveling is fun, but traveling with “kids” could be challenging in many ways. One of things parents have to deal with is languages. My son loves to ride on a large luggage instead of on a stroller. He loves to wear a hat but for two minutes. Ending up, I wear his small hat, carry my son on the top of the luggage, then put a backpack and a piggy on the stroller. Traveling is so much fun!!
Daddy! Go faster!
We have a wagon to carry stuff to go to beach or to farmer’s market. It’s super useful and we put everything in that.
And not only putting bunch of stuff in the wagon, my son wants to ride on it, of course.
mommy is not a superhero
she gets sick, sometimes
and gets to stay in bed
Mother’s life is incredibly busy, and there is no time to stay in bed. And overworking makes mothers sick. However, this is the time mother finally gets to stay in bed. All mother needs rest, but it’s so hard to get it with kids and work.
A Little baby crow
Where is your mother?
We found an injured baby crow on the ground. He got blue eyes, and one of his legs seemed to be broken. Other crows were making noise around him and they were probably worrying about this little one. But they weren’t able to do anything to help him. Finally, we brought him to a veterinarian and they took the little baby crow for necessary care. We all hoped he get better and fly back to where he belongs.
Round, round and Merry Go round
Go round with your smile and dream
Merry Go Round is the things to do for toddlers. My son is on a merry go round at least once a week and does at least two rides at a time. Merry Go Round (Carousel) has been around one hundred fifty years, and it gives dreamy moment to kids – and moments of rest to parents.
Aren’t they too big for you?
Kids love wearing adults shoes. Shoes are too big and clumsy to walk for them.
But they smile proudly with big shoes.
You are a baby burrito
I am gonna eat you!
My son loves to play being wrapped up in a blanket. I call this play “Baby burrito” or “Baby tacos”. He rolls around with so much laughter. Simple play and simple happiness.
Wait for me, wait for me
just want to play with you
Kids love chasing pigeons at the park, but pigeons don’t like being chased for sure. Kids chase pigeons, and their mothers chase their kids.
Before he was dashing
and after he became super cuddly Papa
I think Postpartum weight gain is not just for mothers, it happens to fathers. I am not sure why since a father doesn’t go though any physical stress by giving a birth. Well, it happened to my significant other, and Papa and his son have matching bellies.
Long, thin, tasty
and I can play with it, too?
Watching a little one eating noodle dish is just so much fun. (regardless of the mess you have to clean up later). They grab noodles, put them in their mouth, and strings of noodles are hanging from their mouth. By the end of the meal, it looked like a duck did an investigation in the bowl of noodle – The mess is beyond imagination.
Please slow down
mommy can’t keep up with you!
As soon as my son started walking, it was game over. He was very active and I had to have a harness when we walked outside side walk or go to stores. It was just too much of risk to let him walk freely and it wasn’t possible to follow a little boy who ran like a squirrel. I felt slightly awkward, but using a harness was the option to let him walk outside with safety. And it was a relief to receive some positive comments about using the harness from people at nice shops or galleries where kids are surrounded by things they are not supposed to touch.
Brown hat with bear ears
cape made out of blanket
the coolest superhero in the town
Wearing a cape is exciting for a little children. It gives cool look and special confident to them 🙂 They are truly superheroes to their parents with capes or without.
“night night, My red, big firetruck”
My baby insisted to bring his favorite firetruck to his bed when he was going to sleep. It’s a big plastic firetruck, and I thought, “Isn’t it a bit hard and uncomfortable to cuddle with?”. Well, everyone has their preference, and I decided to respect his choice. He may be riding on his favorite firetruck in his dream.
It’s my car
no one touches
no one take it away from me!
We went to play area in the shopping mall in Japan where my son fell in love with small car he can ride on. He was playing with the car at least 30 minutes and even later on he made sure that no one takes “his car” away. And of course, the meltdown was followed by when we had to leave the car behind.
A tiny mouth is covered by
green spinach dinner
with tiny mess and subtle smile
Looking at a baby eating soft baby food is truly fun. A baby eats his/her food with such a passion and enthusiasm. And importantly, making a little mess is always a fun part for them.
Double chins with no teeth
But he looks so cool with sunglasses!
I fell in love with this baby sunglasses. It’s so well made and perfectly fit on the small baby face. Luckily, my son liked wearing it. Perhaps he knew how cool he looks!
Water water, grow big, plants!
Water water, grow big, BBQ grill!
Water water, grow big, Cat!
Water is one of children’s favorite “Toy”. My son was helping me to water plants, but then he decided a BBQ grill also needs to be watered, then he continued to watering on our cat. By the end, he watered everything in the backyard as well as plants. Good job ^^;
Pop-pop is an adorable sound made by a baby
at 1:00 PM
but pop-pop became unbearable noise
at 5:00 AM
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 is incredible
I can use my hands and push my car
then, go faster!
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.
It was the incredible 365 days
Happy one year old!
Celebrating one year old birthday is speechless and priceless. Sleepless night, worries, and joys in past 365 days come back to parents as a stream of memories.
Yes, that’s it
And a first step!
Babies are born without any ability to do anything except sleeping, eating and pooping. After almost a year, they are actually standing up and trying to make a first step. How amazing it is for the parents to see it!
“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)
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.
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
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.
In the airplane to Japan
In the bassinet in the airplane
Peeking with small eyes with a big curiosity
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!
Goodnight my love
Mother is here and nothing to worry about
Have a sweet dream
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.
Here is your phone
With colorful buttons and an cute elephant
Wait, you want my phone?
It seems that no matter what we provide to the baby for play, they like what we are using – Real thing. After all, the pretty baby phone is nothing comparing to real iPhone. Baby knows what real fun things are.
There is no place to put things
But no other private place is available
I wish there is more comfortable private place for mothers
And those who needs private place for their health necessity
Working mothers who are breastfeeding often pump breast milk during work /outside of home. This is because most of them have to go back to work before infants graduate breastfeeding. And many mothers want to give breast milk if they can.
The reality is that there is not enough private room/space for mothers to pump breast milk in the public place/work. Breastfeeding is encouraged as much as mothers can do, but there is not much support from public/company infrastructure. So they end up using the bathroom….It’s quite uncomfortable.
Baby is sleeping
Let’s park here for a little break
Let’s keep driving and keep driving
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.
Diaper change time
Fresh clean diaper
Phew, that was close
When the father was changing his baby’s diaper, Pee-Pee missile shot toward him. He quickly ducked, and avoided potential pee-pee missile shower. It was really close. Baby could be carrying a special weapon – pee-pee missile. Watch Out!