I jump off the train, pounce ahead of the pack and hop on the down escalator before the bottleneck builds up. I clamber down the moving steps, touch my Pasmo card to the ticket gate sensor and exit the station. As the cold air hits me I accelerate to a brisk gait and can feel the energy in my heels and ankles propelling me forward. From where this energy came at the end of a draining day I’m not entirely sure, but I certainly know the reason for its appearance. Something to do with the fact that the last time I saw my daughter she was in a state of distress. Continue reading
The greatest revolution in our generation is the discovery that human beings, by changing the inner attitudes of their minds, can change the outer aspects of their lives (William James)
You know those random memories that are not particularly noteworthy, but for some reason remain etched in your brain? Well, here is one of mine. Continue reading
I’m the person who neglects dental checkups until way overdue, resorts to using tissues in the bathroom because there is no toilet paper more often than I care to admit, and, puts off responsible but icky adult things such as getting health checks of the womanly variety. Continue reading
Recently I’ve been asking my Mum friends about what they do for date nights, and how they go about fitting it into their schedules. The response I keep getting over and over is “yea, we keep saying we need to do that [incorporate a regular date night into their schedules]”.
One difficulty, of course, is arranging babysitters. Continue reading
I’ve always loved summer and thought that this was a universal sentiment shared by most.
That is, until I moved to Japan and discovered that in some climates, summer brings with it a certain amount of dread. Continue reading
Last week LA’s month-long sniffles turned into a terrible, hacking smoker’s cough. Now, I’m fairly certain that she hasn’t taken up a nasty smoking habit so instead of reprimanding her I finally decided to excuse ourselves from the day’s activities and took her to the Doctor after which we spent the day at home. That was on Thursday. Today is Tuesday, and we haven’t left the house since. Continue reading
Breastfeeding on demand, baby-wearing, home-birth, co-sleeping (depending on your culture—in Japan this has always been the norm), no-cry sleep training method, baby-led yoga classes (ok I just made that one up), baby-led weaning (BLW). These are some of the many quasi-buzz words that enter our vocabulary in this era of modern parenting. Continue reading
Interested to know what it’s like to give birth in Japan? If so, go check out my latest SavvyTokyo article in which I share stories from several awesome women. Continue reading
It feels like the last month (LA’s 9th month earthside) has been a month of milestones.
In what now seems like a flash, my sedentary little peanut has morphed into a curious, adventurous crawling being. And it feels like it’s happened all in the last few weeks. In reality, she has been working on coordinating all the different muscle groups, strengthening them, and making connections in her brain for quite some time now, but the fruit of all that hard work has all at once come to the surface. Continue reading
I love Mondays. One day we might end up having a normal working week, but for now AB and I are enjoying setting aside Monday for family time. These Mondays are adding up to a rich collection of memories of LA’s early days :). Continue reading