This is called Koemane Miichan (Voice copy cat, Mii Chan). It copies you when you say something to it. It doesn’t matter English or Japanese or any launguage! He imitates your laugh too that made me laugh even more!! And I can’t stop laughing again! It’s a cycle good or bad!
Love you very much,
On April 24th in early in the morning, we took a flight for about 12 hours to visit my family in Japan. Just you and me. I was nervous to make a trip for this long without your Papa but we made it. 9 hours of sleep, 3 hours of crying, and restlessness but we survived with a lot of help from flight attendants and some little friends that you met in the airplane.
As long as we passed this long flight, I knew my mom was going to be with us for whole time so I wasn’t worried about it.
Day 1: we shopped for your shoes, clothing and books at a department store in Oofuma. One of my “must-stop-by” department stores, Lumine. When we came back to our place, you received a lot of early birthday gifts from your grandma.
From Day 1, we were away from the place where we stay almost all day. You are supposed to take a nap twice a day. If it’s on a bed in quiet place, that would be an ideal place to sleep. But since we are out all day, you just sleep in my carrier when you need to. I feel so bad that I can’t go home just to let you take a nap. In the photos, you look exhausted…
I hope in a couple of days, you can adjust the time here. Including me.
Love you very much,
On last Thursday 21st of April, Prince passed away at age 57. Probably you would say “who is Prince?”. Prince is one of the legends in Music industry (he had won 7 Grammys). His type if music is R&B, He had created a lot of hit songs from 80s and I used to love his songs when I was young like “Let’s Go Crazy”, “Cream”, “Raspberry Beret” , “Delirious” etc. My mom used to say “Turn the music off! It’s not appropriate for you!” I don’t know if I thought he was “sexy” man at my age but I sure loved his up beat music.
We just lost David Bowie a couple months ago too. He was another music legend but in different type of music. I have more memories with Prince than David Bowie. Anyway when I hear those music artists who were popular in my teenage era, I feel so melancholy. My mind goes through with so many memories. Hope, love, dream… A lot of things were in my mind but I was the type of kid that wasn’t able to express myself the way I wanted to. I didn’t know how. I think I was raised in very reserved way which is typical in Japanese culture.And I knew I didn’t feel myself in it. And somehow I always admired and was inspired by foreign culture and I knew I wanted to spend my life elsewhere, not in Japan. And I always admired United Kingdom and wanted to live there. I loved the accent, loved the royal family, loved the sophisticated culture (the idea of UK is all coming from the movies I watched: A Room with A View, Maurice, Another Country… It’s all like in 1920s, not 1980s. Lol). I loved (and still love) British music more than American music. I thought this was the country I was going to live in.
At age 16, some of my friends started to join a study abroad program. Once they told me about it, I thought “that is it. That is the chance I have to take”. It was very difficult to convince my parents and make them understand how important this would be for my life. They didn’t take it seriously and told me to pass the exam first. If I would pass, then they would consider if I should go or not. So I took two different programs’ exams. Writing essays, and interviews. The results were… passed on both of them! My parents were so shocked to know that how serious I was and passed the tests. So my dad agreed and let me go to … United States. I am not sure why I chose United States instead of UK when I loved the country so much and I am pretty sure I had an option to choose. I still look back and think what happened to that decision. Lol I think overall the cost was so much cheaper in US comparing to UK. My parents couldn’t afford to send me to Europe. I think that was why.
So here I am. After 20+ years, I am still in US.
The story of what I have been through in the 20+ years will be another story for another time. 😊
By living in such an open, expressive country, I think people taught me how to express myself more and that changed me so much in many positive ways. I still dream about wanting to live in Europe occasionally but at this age, it would be difficult to change the environment. I met friends that I can call them best friends, I have a secured job, and I have a family. Am I giving up my true dream? I don’t know. Maybe. But the most important thing is if I am happy or not in the current moment. To answer to the question, yes I am. Because I have you in my life. 😊❤️
Love you very much,
By the age when you are tall enough to get on a roller coaster, I don’t know if I can ride with you because I can’t be persistent with the speed and the pressure anymore! Haha But if you have friends to go with, I will go along with you all and wait for you at the bottom of the ride. Hehe 😁
Love you very much,
It has been a couple of weeks since you started to walk. Papa told me we need to get a pair of shoes because you walk around in our house so much now. So we did! We went to Gap and get a pair of shoes!
I’ve been thinking about taking you to a park for whole week and the weather is so gorgeous that I thought it’s a perfect day on last Saturday. And you need more exercise because you wake up at least a couple times at night every single night. You need to learn how to sleep throughout a night. Seriously. 😒
So I found a nice big field/park right next to a place I’ve had a lunch with my colleagues which is called Stewart Park. The parking isn’t free but I thought it is a perfect place to let you walk anywhere you want to walk. There is not that many people use this place either.
At first, when I put you on the ground, you hesitated to touch the grass and walk. You didn’t know what to do but after I guided you to walk, you were non-stop!!! You didn’t want to stop walking! It was pretty hot yesterday and wanted you to take a break under the shade but you refused! Lol Your face turned red, and sweaty. I gave you a sip of water and I was little worried that you would get sun burnt (I put tons of sun screen!). But you just kept going that it was difficult for me to make you rest. After 45 min we spent our time there, finally you wanted to sit and play with grass and leaf on the ground. I thought that’s it, you are done. But… After 5 min of rest, you started to walk again! I bet you are having so much fun to discover how to walk, the view that it’s higher than before and the nature other than being in the house. I’m so glad that I am helping you to discover a lot of things! And many many more to come!
Stewart Street Park
Santa Monica, CA 90404
Love you very much,
It has been already 11 months since you are born! And I am still breastfeeding you!! I’m so happy that I reached this far and I am still producing enough milk to make you happy!
But… The level of focus on being fed is decreasing. You keep looking around if you hear something around you. It’s normal and you should be curious what’s going on around you. But sometimes you are on and off on me for so many times that I have to keep asking you “oshimai (‘Are you done’ in Japanese )?” And when you are not focusing, I keep telling you “Shuchuu (‘Focus’)!” Lol
I even made a song for you so then you can focus on me at least you look at me while I sing. The song is just about “you can do it”.
Luca chan dekiru, zettai dekiru
Ashita ni mukatte ganbaraooo
“You can do it, you can do it
You can do it, you can do it
I believe in you, Luca. Absolutely you can
Do your best for tomorrow!”
Haha I don’t know if you are going to remember this song when you grow up but so far it’s working when I sing this song for you. You smile and you focus on me while I sing! Yay! (I don’t know if the last sentence even makes sense but it sounded good when I came up with it so I just kept it. Haha 😝)
Papa and I make a random song here and there. We make pretty good songs sometimes but we can forget we made them after a month or so. Too bad we don’t know how to write music notes.
Whatever works for you, Luca. We will do it for you!
I love you very much.