Recognizing a lot of sounds

 

Finally, you are taking nap. But this was like 530pm!
 
Luca: 8 months and 3 weeks

Solid food: apple, apricot, chick beans, butternut squash, spinach, green peas, oat meal

Lately, you started recognizing a lot of sounds and try to copy or try to make a noise along with the sounds. Such as cat (Nash)’s meowing, and pica boo (inai inai bah – Japanese version). This is a lot of fun for me too. When I copied of meowing, you repeated after me. When I said “inai inai”, you said “bah” after me. However, the sound you make is more like moaning than anything else but at least you corresponded. 😄

Btw, the last post I wrote about you slept throughout the night was just the night only. You’ve been through a lot on that day and that was reason why you slept through. I guess the play and exercise your Papa and I think is enough for the day is not enough. You have to play a lot more! Man, what else can we do? I mean I can’t really do much with you during weekdays since I’m at my work. It’s up to your Papa. It’s too bad we are not young enough to keep up with your energy!! Haha

First time to sleep throughout the night!!

  
Luca: 8 months and 1 week

Solid food: chick peas, butternut squash, green peas, spinach, apple, tomatoes

Last night was the first night that you slept throughout the night!! I was super excited but at the same time tried to figure out how that happened. 

Well, you went through a lot yesterday. 2nd Flu shot, a lot of crying because you fell from the carrier (Happy isn’t feeling well and your Papa tried to help him and hold you at the same time but failed… He feels really bad. ). A lot of crying drained you out. As soon as you ate, you were so sleepy. I bathed you and read some books and your Papa put you to sleep and you were out right away. 

I don’t know if you’d sleep throughout a night tonight but hopefully you just reached to the time. Then I will be super doper happy! 😄

Much Love, 
your Mama

First time at the Beach

 

First time to feel the breeze and air from the ocean
 
Luca: 8 months and 1 week

Solid food: spinach, green peas, green beans, carrots + apple, potatoes, oat meals, rice, butternut squash, pumpkin, turkey (dislike), fish (hate! ), tomatoes, red peppers. You can eat a lot of food now!

Yesterday was your papa’s birthday. I wanted to treat him in many ways so I took you guys to Amandine Cafe for breakfast, the Side Car for yummy donuts (and just ok coffee), and Sonoritas Prime Taco for lunch. Your papa wanted to go out for dinner also but we just couldn’t find a place where we wanted to eat so we stayed home. We reached to the age that we don’t want any materials because we have enough. We only care for experiences, new experiences so then we keep expanding our world (most likely it’s me though. Lol). Small or big, it doesn’t matter. Experience is experience. 😊

Papa and I are trying to expand your world too. We took you to another swing at the another park close by the Side Car, AND took you to the Santa Monica Beach! I know it was cold but it was such a fine weather. Your papa said “let’s go to the beach!”spontaneously. I was super excited and surprised because he doesn’t say “let’s do this”, “let’s do that” much. So I had to take this opportunity! 

The air was crisp and fresh, and the sun light was warm. The smell of the ocean brings me back to the memory of my childhood. The city I grew up is called Kamakura aka Little Kyoto and it is a big beach town as well as historical. I love the sound of wave, love the smell of salty ocean, love to feel the fresh air. 

Anyway, your Papa wanted you to touch and feel the water for the first time. As a result… Too cold and you cried. Of course. Next time when we come back to the beach, we will make sure it will be a warmer weather. 😄

   
  

First milestone of 2016 and new year resolutions 

Taking a bath makes him soooo relaxing ❤️

Luca: 7 months and 3 weeks

It has been already 3 days after the new year came along. 

You got a little cold-ish symptoms so we stayed low-key this year (not like we had a big plan every year though… Lol). Stuffy nose and dry cough occasionally (no fever, no runny nose). Nothing major so we just make sure you are warm, hydrated and rested. Last night, we bathed you with little warmer water and rubbed some Vics on your back. It seemed to help that you slept so well. You didn’t wake up since 1:30am until 6:30am. Wow that’s pretty good for 5 hours. I wish you can sleep this good everyday (you usually wake up 2-3 times per night. 10pm, 1 or 2am and maybe 4 or 5 am 😩). 

But that is not your first milestone of 2016. On New Year’s Day, you learned how to wave at us! Probably coincidence? But definitely you waved at us for a few times by raising your hand and giving us a smile. And you started to crawl with your knees. Not army style that you use your arms. Yay!!

Anyway, the holidays run so fast that today is the last day to enjoy until… Martin Luther King’s day. That’s like in 2 weeks! Lol I mean the major holidays are gone and that makes me sad! But around this time next year, you will be walking around and probably we are doing more stuff hopefully. I can’t wait till then. 

Since this is my first blog to enter of the year, let me make some new year resolutions. I don’t know if I can achieve any of that so why would I make any at all but let’s just make some … for fun!

  1. Put myself in art little more (in any way. Cooking, baking, taking some photographs, going to museum etc. I just miss being creative and be inspired)
  2. Be active – exercise more (since you are born, I thought I was going back to spin class or playing tennis but I haven’t done none of them!)
  3. Look for a good school (day care and pre school) for you. 
  4. Look for a next place to live (your papa is ready to sell his condo. Where shall we live?)

I will do #3 for sure. You need to meet kids like your age and learn a social skill soon. You shouldn’t stay home until kindergarten. I would love to take you to Japanese school and hopefully I will find one that we like and think suitable for you. 

I wish our daily lives will be full of fun and full of good, positive energy this year. Be happy, keep smiles on your face and be healthy. 

A Happy New Year, Luca! 
Much Love,
Your mama

 

Both of you and Happy begged for my food. lol
  
We went to the park again! This time with your Papa!
 

Thank you and good bye 2015!

  

He grew so fast! It has been already almost 8 months!
 Luca: 7 months and 2 weeks old

In 3 hours, 2015 will be over. Boy, time flies and so many things happened in this year. 

Time and all the challenges God gave me this year (I am not a religious person but I do believe some kind of power up there) made me so strong and I can’t even compare to myself last year. Thank you so much and I hope I can grow more from my upcoming experience in 2016. 

I can’t wait to spend more time with my beloved son and his Papa. I love both of them very much and I have to be thankful for his Papa that giving me such a great support for my spirit. He gave me a power to go through this hard stage in personal and professional life. I probably couldn’t go through and made it without him. 

I can’t believe 2015 will about to be over. This year is my best year I’ve ever been in. 

I don’t know what is coming next in 2016 but I know for sure it will be a great year as well! 

Thank you and good bye, 2015!!

Much Love, 
Your mama