#startspreadingthenews y’all — my Baby Kaiju is officially a toddler! I had fun with the year with baby series. I often look back on those blog posts from time to time to remind me how far we’ve come. And our recent international adventure showed me just how much the monster has grown.
By now, you probably know that I am seriously into baby wearing. Baby wearing is a hands and hassle-free way to get things done. I’m talking about anything from cooking, to cleaning, to navigating crowded train stations to discreetly nursing in public.
While baby and I are officially in EBF territory, she’s making a smooth transition to solids. Well, more snacks than actual food, but she’s making progress. I credit all to BLW, one of those parenting things that’s been around for ages, but now has a catchy title.
Well, well, well the monster is now 13 months old this week. Meaning that I haven’t had a drink in… gosh how long? Since May-June 2016! Just how bad is my craving for mommy juice?
Hatsu Sekku: Celebrating Heian Japan Customs With Baby Hina Matsuri (雛祭り)and Kodomo no Hi (こどもの日) are 2 of 5 sekku, traditional Japanese celebrations deeply rooted in Japan’s Heian imperial court. Hatsu Sekku (初節句) are Momo no sekku (桃の節句) for baby girls and Tango no Sekku (端午の節句) for baby boys.
I recently went to The Very Hungry Caterpillar themed cafe in Ginza. While I had trouble making my way to my exit, it was mild compared to my Shinjuku disaster a few months back. A 30 minute train ride from Shinjuku to my home station turned into a nightmare 3 hour train trip. It was awful! And all because I forgot to bring my baby carrier! I’m sharing my tips so you don’t make the same mistake. Read on…
Month 12 With Baby – Moving On When You Really Want To Give Up This is the final installment in my “A Year with Baby” series. And, it will probably be the realest post here on Baby Kaiju. I can’t stress enough how underprepared I was (am) for this moming thing. And knowing that there are moms out there with multiple children, I’m speechless. How do you do manage?
My little monster is officially one year old! Over the past twelve months several of her major development milestones were highlighted with a corresponding Japanese tradition. But nothing could prepare me for the practice of isshou mochi (一生餅).
January 15 is ko shougatsu (小正月), the end of the traditional New Year. The hago ita (羽子板) will finally be taken down and the countdown to spring will begin! As it’s the end of the New Year, today’s post will be about the Japanese way of celebrating a baby’s first new year, known as hatsu shougatsu (初正月, literally, “one’s first new year”).
Sounds cliche, but it truly is hard to believe we’ve made it this far. My camera roll is literally filled with thousands of photos taken since the little monster was born — and that number is steadily growing! Poor Kokuto; you’ll get your chance to shine this year!