First Long Haul Flight with Baby – Buying Tickets, What to Pack


Travel with Baby

First Long Haul Flight with Baby – Buying Tickets, What to Pack Now that jet lag is wearing off and baby is slowly returning to her regular schedule (though it seems like she’s teething), I have time to write about our first international flight together. Disclaimer: This post is neither sponsored by nor endorsed by nor affiliated with American Express or All Nippon Airways.

June 21, 2017

Month 4 with Baby – I Think I Hate My Husband


A Year With Baby, Life With Baby, Relationships

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.

June 8, 2017

Getting Through the First Three Months


Baby Milestones, Life With 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.

June 3, 2017

Baby Bottle Blues – When Your Baby Refuses a Bottle


Life With Baby, Travel with Baby

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.

May 31, 2017

Changing Diapers in My Closet – Hack My Japanese Home


Life With Baby

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…

May 28, 2017

Birth in Japan – Hospital Stay


Birth in Japan, Pregnant in Japan

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 […]

May 25, 2017

Month 3 with Baby – Finally I Can Smile


A Year With Baby, Baby Milestones, Life With Baby

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.

May 11, 2017