10 Things to Do (and Eat) Stateside In a few days, baby and I are heading to the US. As I pack my bags, I’m also writing my shopping list, which inspired me to write this post. These are ten things i’m looking forward to doing (or eating!) back in the States:
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.
Getting Through the First Three Months Soon, we’ll be on our way to the US! I keep in touch regularly with my mother with Skype and FaceTime, but actually being able physically introduce baby to her- it’s exciting! Here’s a look back at the first three months with baby. This post is mainly for myself, to let me know how far I’ve come, because there were times when I just wanted to run away. I’m not exaggerating, either.
Baby Bottle Blues – When Your Baby Refuses a Bottle With a new baby, I’ve always thought that traveling by car would be more convenient. Afterall, if we are in our own vehicle, there would be no way that a crying baby would disturb other passengers. This is Japan, after all, where meiwaku (迷惑、being a nuisance) and kuuki yomenai (空気読めない、being painfully oblivious to one’s surroundings) are the big mustn’ts of society.
Changing Diapers in My Closet – Hack My Japanese Home I “hacked” the closet (押入れ, o-shiire) in our Japanese room (和室, washitsu) and turned it into a diaper command center. Why? I’m short, but I have long legs, and lots of changing tables were too awkward to use. We live in an average sized condo with three rooms, one of which is a Japanese room with tatami flooring. Husband and I have our bedroom, Kokuto has always had his own room, and it was my dream that if we could have kids, the kids and Kokuo would grow up to be roommates. Obviously, the changing table would go in baby’s room, but…
Birth in Japan – Hospital Stay In Japan, the hospital stay can be anywhere from 4 to 10 days, depending on choice of hospital or birth clinic. Extended days are usually for women who delivered via C-Section or who had a birth with complications. In the case of my birth clinic, I had a 4 day stay. As with my prenatal visits, every thing that would happen throughout my hospital stay was meticulously detailed in my hospital handbook. Daily checkups for baby and me, blood tests, breastfeeding “classes”, baby care “classes”- nearly every hour was scheduled for us. At first, I hated the idea of staying in the hospital after […]
Date with Baby – Japanese Passport & Pickup in Shinjuku Baby just got out of the womb not too long ago, and already she has TWO international trips planned this year. Lucky girl! I did my first international flight at 19- she’s going on her first flight at 5 months!
Month 3 with Baby – Finally I Can Smile After all I’ve experienced with baby, I really felt a return to normalcy in April. My mother-in-law even during a phone call commented on how cheery my voice was. I didn’t take her comment lightly. I appreciated that she recognized my struggle and helped me in my first month by coming to Tokyo. Of course, everything isn’t perfect, but I am definitely starting to feel like myself, more than before.
Owning a Dog in Japan – A Guide to Welcoming Your New Best Friend So you’ve settled in nicely in Japan and want a bit of companionship, but not necessarily looking for a romantic relationship. Have you considered sharing your life with a dog? Please keep in mind that owning a dog is a lifetime commitment that requires money, time, and patience. If you think you’ve got what it takes or are simply curious about owning a dog in Japan, read on.