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
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
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
If you live within the 23 wards of Tokyo, you may have had little reason to venture over to Machida, sometimes dubbed “mini Tokyo” (by “sometimes” I mean I call it that…). It is technically part of Tokyo prefecture, but is kind of out of the way and jammed between Sagamihara and Kawasaki cities in Kanagawa. Continue reading
So…I’ve been a little MIA on the blog this week for several reasons. One is that LA has been sick so we are a bit more sleep deprived than usual and she has been a little more needy during the day. It’s so sad seeing her coughing and sweating and with runny nose gunk all over her face :(. I’m still claiming new mum status and my right to overreact to her every sniffle and cough…waaah poor girl. But, the little champion is still smiling so she’ll be ‘right!
Anyway, just wanted to share my first article as a contributor to SavvyTokyo! Please check it out Continue reading
I enjoy having home-cooked meals for almost every meal; I like spending time in the kitchen as well as the satisfaction that comes from knowing that we are not ingesting preservatives, chemicals and unnecessary quantities of sodium and refined ingredients. I’ve mentioned before about my newly acquired interest in nutrition since becoming a mum, although I am definitely far, far away from being a health nut (this is definitely not meant in a disparaging sense – I admire health nuts!). That being said, there certainly are those days where it’s just nice to have the night off. Sometimes, I just don’t feel like cooking and instead my desire to cook is replaced by a craving for restaurant food of some description. Continue reading
They say it takes a village to raise a child (I know, there must be a billion mama blogs out there that start with this insightful African proverb, but there is good reason for it in my opinion). In some cases, this can be read as, it takes a village to stop a stay-at-home-mama (or papa) from going nuts :). Continue reading
Time and time again I’ve read articles and heard from more experienced mamas about the importance of playing and interacting with our young babies. Honestly, it’s a point on which I have felt a little lost because, until recently, our baby playtime has consisted of me waving various objects in front of LA’s face while she attempts to grab and stuff everything into her mouth, with the occasional song thrown in. Now, I’m sure that from Bubs’ perspective this is valuable playtime, but I found myself wondering if I was doing it “right” and if I could really consider that to be “proper” playtime, as silly as it sounds…first-time mum and all :). Continue reading
Right now, AB has Mondays off work. Which means, while everyone else is drudging their way through the Monday blues, we get to have an extra family day. It feels like an extra, just because it is a Monday, but in truth he works Saturdays instead. We spend it by sleeping. A lot. Even 6 month old LA is with the program; yesterday she took a 3 hour nap after breakfast. No complaints there; we made it a family 3 hour nap.
Then, after the sleeping, we take the chance to check out some cool places in Tokyo, minus the Saturday crowds. Continue reading