You might remember that I was firm in my decision to focus on my new career as a content creator. In fact, after my Ultimate Guide to Winter Illuminations Across Japan’s 47 Prefectures was published, I was genuinely surprised when people reached out to me for collaborations. #humblebrag. Still, when the opportunity arose for me to be a part-time relief teacher, I jumped at it. Little did I know I was getting myself into a mess.
It’s hard to believe that we’re only three months away from the home stretch – completing year one with little Kaiju. She was a bit of a late bloomer, but in this month alone, she’s shown so many changes and mastery of certain motor skills. Just a few days before the 9 month mark, she surprised me by standing unassisted. It was very brief, barely for a second, but I cheered so much! I’m very happy to see all of the milestones. She’s currently got 2 and ½ teeth, with more peeking through!
The news in Japan focuses on a few topics: 2020 Olympics and Paralympics, an increase in tourists, and working women and/or getting women back into the workforce. A recent “humorous” Twitter exchange is the reason why I’m writing this piece. Not “humorous” as in “OMG! I’m screaming rn! LMFAO!!!1!” But more along the lines of, “I laugh only because I’ve run out of options.” Here’s the Tweet that started it all:
In Month 8 we headed Down Under and had lots of fun in the sun in Brisbane and Gold Coast. A post shared by Tokyo Mama Baby Drama (@iambabykaiju) on Sep 22, 2017 at 5:11am PDT Our last full day in Brisbane was memorable only because little Kaiju had terrible teething pains. And her “kaiju” nickname certainly suits her more and more each day. She’s a destructive, sassy whirlwind! I’m amazed at all the little and big things she can do. Here’s 8 baby milestones she’s accomplished:
Month 7 with Baby – My Toothless Wonder Well, well, well… At 7 months old, my little kaiju is inching her way towards the one year mark! It seems like every day she picks up a new skill- there’s no limit to what she can do! Month 7 with baby was full of accomplishment and frustrations from both of us.
It’s official- I’m focusing all of my energy (what remains after dealing with a baby all day) to jump-start my career as a freelance writer. How did I come to this decision? When I found out my due date was in February, I was ecstatic. The timing was absolutely perfect.
A Breastfeeding Journey – It’s Been 6 Months During World Breastfeeding Week, I did a three part post on Instagram to follow up this post I wrote around the time baby was three months old. This post is an updated version to that Instagram post.
Month 6 with Baby – Month 6 with Baby – WTF Am I Being Punished? The first week of month 6 with baby coincided with our return to Japan. Since we’ve returned, she’s been in kaiju mode nearly everyday. Maybe it’s the jet-lag or coming back to an extremely humid place, I don’t know.
Month 5 with Baby – I Think I Love My Husband Baby is now five months old! I’m impressed with all the things she can do. Still, I spend nearly every day in shock because I’m used to the newborn stage. Every time she does something new, I think, “Are you advanced or is that just something all babies can do in month 5 of life?” In month 5 I have new perspectives on being a mom. I feel much more positively towards my relationship with my husband. On the other hand, I’m feeling a set of new professional and personal challenges.
Month 4 with Baby – I Think I Hate My Husband May went by easier than the first three months but gave me a new set of challenges, not to mention my first bout with mastitis. The challenges I’m really talking about are my relationship with my husband and myself. There’s an idea that mommy bloggers sometimes are just too personal, too real –selfies with tired eyes and bed head or proudly showing off their nursing positions and expressed milk. Writing too truthfully about their labor experience, postpartum blues/anger, and sex after baby.