Month 2 with Baby – I Think I Know What I’m Doing


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Month 2 with Baby – I Think I Know What I’m Doing Baby now weighs 5.2kg and is 55.9cm! It’s surreal that all she drinks is breast milk and still she’s grown so much! Two months in, our daily routine has become stabilized, so much that I don’t need to rely on a clock at times. I always know when it’s 9:30am or 4:30pm because that’s when we go for our walks, and that’s exactly when she becomes fussy. Baby  loves going for her walks in the stroller, and I love being out of the house. It’s spring, the cherry blossoms are beautiful, and the sun feels so good on my […]

April 15, 2017

A Breastfeeding Journey – My Experience in Japan


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A Breastfeeding Journey – My Experience in Japan From my experience, breastfeeding is encouraged here in Japan. Just like natural births are the norm, it’s almost expected that new moms will breastfeed. Back in 2011, I was a graduate student and taught mommy and toddler English classes as a part-time job. the mothers, four of them, routinely fed in the middle of class. The first time a mother fed in class, I was surprised. Not by the sight of seeing a woman breastfeed, but rather at how smoothly it all went. From the way my student was positioned, I had no idea what was going on. I simply thought she […]

April 12, 2017

O-Miya Mairi – Taking Baby to a Shrine


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O-miya mairi (お宮参り) is a performed at a shrine to give thanks for a baby’s first month of life. Depending on the region, a baby will have his or her first shrine visit at around 31 days old (31 days old for boys, 32 days old for girls). However, it is perfectly fine to delay or even celebrate this milestone a few days earlier. After all, you have to consider mom’s condition, the baby’s health, and the weather.

April 8, 2017

O-Shichiya & Meimei-shiki – Japanese Baby Naming Tradition


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O-Shichiya & Meimei-shiki – Japanese Baby Naming Tradition Japanese law mandates that parents submmit a Register of Birth (出生届, shussei todoke) by the time a baby is 14 days old. Parents are busy trying to decide a name as well as its kanji (Chinese characters), Before the Register of Birth is submitted and a baby’s name formally registered at a municipal office, it is tradition in Japan to have a naming ceremony, meimei-shiki, (命名式)  during o-shichiya (お七夜), a baby’s 7th night of life.

April 8, 2017

Month 1 with Baby – This is Only the Beginning


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Month 1 with Baby – This is Only the Beginning Baby is finally one month old!  I (somehow) survived the first month with her! Though I survived, it was a truthfully stressful February. I know there’s this mother/daughter-in-law don’t get along thing (嫁姑問題 yome-shutome mondai), but I get along fine with mine. She even came to Tokyo for one month to help with chores and to do cooking. But even then, with the extra hands, I was always irritated. Like, I’d go into the cabinet for a cup or something, and everything would be in a different place. Anything my husband said or did just put me over the edge. “Did I […]

April 2, 2017