Preschool started!

IMG_6023.JPG

Luca: 2.5 years old

Your preschool finally started on November 13th!

At first, you didn’t know what is going to happen so first 2 days, you were so excited to go to school. Mama thought “Oh wow, it was such a piece of cake!” because I thought you were going to cry as soon as I leave. But … the crying started when you learned “school” is somewhere Mama and Papa won’t be with you. So as soon as you figured out, you refused to go to school. Crying a lot at the beginning. Mrs. Ann took care of you so well that she said you were getting used to it.

But after a week, you got some germs from kids at school and you got cold. A lot of runny noses, sneazing, and coughing. And I got it from you and Papa got it from you after all. Luckily, we had Thanksgiving weekend was coming up so you took the Wednesday off and we were hoping you will be better by Monday. However, the cold was persistent. You still coughed with a runny nose on Monday so finally, you went back to school next day, Tuesday. (Btw, I love how you say “Medicine”. You say “Mecident”. So cute! ❤ )

So you haven’t gone to school for about a week and now you have to get used to your school again. Again, you cry a lot at the beginning but now once I leave you at school, Mrs. Ann told me that you stop crying and start the class with the other kids fine. Making friends or having friends is a different story though. I think it will take some time to get used to everything so one by one.

Also, Mrs. Ann told me that you do so well in the class. She asks you to bring your work and ask Mrs. Ann for checking your work by saying “Check (my work) please!” and you do it! She also said you are a very intelligent boy. 🙂 I’m so proud of you!!

I know it will take some time but I know you will be fine at the school. There are great teachers there and I completely trust them.

My project to think about is how to make you think your school is fun. We always sing a song or two in the car while we are driving to school like “Boon Ba Bong”, “Totoro” and “Ebi and Shrimp Mix” songs. And right now we can see Santa Claus on our street so we always drive by and say Hello. What else can I do to make you feel comfortable?
You always look worried on your face like “where is Mama taking me?” face. I sometimes try to switch the route but of course, we always end up to be in the same location so you cry anyway. I wish I know how to change your mind…

Much Love,
Yuko

2nd Happy Halloween!!

Luca: 2 years 5 months

Today was your 2nd Halloween! In the past years, we only went out to Douglas Park and played with the other kids and moms from the Mommy and Me class but this time, you dressed up and walked around the neighborhood to collect some candies!

I wasn’t planning to let you get some candies from the neighbors but since your neighbor, Ann and Lou gave your the Halloween bucket, I thought we might as well use the bucket.

You hopped on the stroller and cruised around in the darkness. You brought a flashlight so then you can see what’s going on on the street. We saw a bunch of kids and their families dressed up many things and so you did. You dressed up like… it was supposed to be the Where is Waldo character but since you broke the glasses 2 days before the Halloween, we switched it the Super Hero mask. But the outfit was still Waldo. 🙂

Btw, your aunt Shino gave you the outfit. I thought the glasses were SO cute on you.

We went into probably 10 houses or so. You collected A LOT of candies! And you were amazed how much “candies” you received from strangers. This was your first time to see the packages of Reeses, M&Ms, Snickers, and the other candies. And you were just stared at those packages for a LONG time. But Papa and Mama told you when Halloween is over, the candies will be gone too. The point of having fun on Halloween is to collect candies, not eating them. When you grow older, you can have some candies on your own will. 🙂 😛

I was so happy to see your face that you were so excited about Halloween. 🙂
I can’t wait to have Halloween again next year!

Much Love,
Mama

Our Wedding Day

Wedding at Beverly Hills Court House
Wedding at Beverly Hills Court House

yuko+frankie_sneakpeek_08yuko+frankie_sneakpeek_16yuko+frankie_sneakpeek_22

Photography by: Love Janet Photography

Luca: 2 years and 5 months

On October 20th, your Papa and Mama finally tied the knot together.
My family (your Basha, cousin Yu, and aunt Shino) came to see us as well. They only stayed less than a week but you had a lot of fun together.

Much Love,
Mama

 

Such a cute thought ❤️

Luca: 28 months old

Today, after I came back from my work, Luca and I saw 3 helicopters in row which flies to the same direction. 

I said “I wonder where they are going..?” Luca answered “Fruits!” 

Hahahaha I knew what he meant. He just loves fruits and he thought that’s where they were going for. Such a cute thought!!

I love you as always!

Much Love, Mama

Bye Bye and Thank you Ba-Ba!

IMG_4881

Luca: 26 months old

From Day 1 at his birth, a pacifier or pacifiers were his best friend. The hospital where we had Luca gave us a lot of pacifiers.  He used to suck it all the time and eventually, we made him use it only for his bed time or nap time. But for a long time until now, he couldn’t leave his pacifier alone. If he cries, or hurt himself, he always relied on it. He loved to suck on it so then he felt secure, comfortable, and relax. When he had it in his mouth, he could fall to sleep right away.

I think not only Luca, his papa also relied on it as well because he didn’t want to deal with a cry baby. Once Luca has the pacifier in his mouth, he immediately stops crying.
At one point, we had 8 pacifiers so than anywhere you go, you have one pacifier for sure. When he cried, we could always give it to him “right away”. It was very convenient for us, and for him too. He loved it so much that he started to call it “Baba”. That was one of his first words.

But I started to notice like a month ago, when he smiles, I couldn’t see his front teeth at all. Comparing to other kids around his age, I thought it’s weird not to see his teeth because those front teeth are there but short. When I opened his upper lips, I could see where he sucks the pacifier at because those 2-3 teeth are the only ones shorter than the other ones. So I realized we need to stop using it.

In last mid-July, we planned to go up to Central California, Monterey, and Pacific Grove.
A few days before we left for the trip, I cut the tip of the pacifier by thinking he needs to know it is about to say bye-bye to the pacifier. Luca started to cry and kept saying “Baba broke!, baba broke!”. I still remember how painful it was to hear for me. I felt really bad for him. Maybe I did something wrong. His papa also told me I shouldn’t have done that. However, I told myself to hold it strong just for a few days then he will stop asking me about Baba.

In the Monterey trip, I hide one pacifier in my bag for just in case but I pretended I forgot to bring one. Luca kept asking me about Baba but I told him “Baba said bye bye because you are a big boy now. Baba had another baby to take care of now. His job with you are done and he is very happy with you that you are grown up.” I am not sure he understood that but he eventually stopped asking me or his papa for a baba. While we stayed in Monterey, he did ask us for it for a few times but when we say “remember, you don’t need one anymore” then he stopped asking without crying. I was very proud of him for not crying.

Now it’s been almost 2 months since we stopped using the baba. He does ask for it time to time but he is ok without Baba now.

I’m so glad I cut the tip of the pacifier now. 😀

Much Love,
Mama

 

The first family trip: Monterey

Luca: 26 months old
The latest milestone: Said goodbye to his pacifiers!

On July 14th – 16th, I finally took a day off on Friday and we had the FIRST family trip to Monterey/San Jose/Pacific Grove. The weather was super nice, and the air was crisp. We were worried that it might be too hot but it was not that bad. After 6 hours drive, it was a little foggy already.

I was so excited to take this trip since it was our Anniversary weekend. I don’t know if you want to know, Luca, but we started to date on July 22nd, 2012. We are together for 5 years now! It has been a quite journey to be with your Papa and I am very thankful that I’ve met your Papa. He was the most definitely different person than the usual guys that I met in past. Very funny, very thoughtful, very honest (in good and bad ways), a straight forward person that I don’t ever have to wander around what he thinks in his head. He will tell you what’s going on in his head, no grey zone in the sense. I have so much grey zone in my head that I made him confused so much at the beginning. I think it’s ok to have grey zone but definitely, he trained me to communicate to deliver my thoughts to him.

This trip was to celebrate our togetherness with you and it was such a fun and beautiful trip. And it was so nice to get away from Los Angeles and my work.

And you know what happened at the end of the trip? Your Papa proposed me to marry him! 😀 I understand this is kind of backward (having you first and get married next…) but I am glad we finally can complete the perfect circle!

I was super happy that he asked me to marry him. As you may see in the photo, I cried because I was so happy!

The way he proposed me went like this…

You know I always love to take photos, with you or without you. Because I want to capture the fun or beautiful moment and want to look back anytime I want to.
But Papa is totally opposite. He likes to capture the moment in his head as a memory. So he ALWAYS reminds me to “enjoy the moment”. So he reminded me again at the small beach in Pacific Grove while I was taking some photos. “Mama, take your eyes off from your camera and capture this beautiful scenery in your mind. That is more memorable than looking back to the pictures”. I said to him “I know, I know but I would forget so that’s why I’m taking… (I have such a bad memory… I know it’s sad…)” and looked at Papa on my right side. All of the sudden, I found him bending on his knee on sands and asking me: “Mama, would you marry me?” I was soo panicked because of the sudden event, and my eyes tried to look for you because you were running around right in front of the ocean. My mind was like “what’s going on?”, “where is Luca?”, “wait, I thought he wanted to wait for getting married!” so I forgot to say “Yes”. But Papa didn’t give me a chance to say anything and said “Put it on your finger!” and I said “ok ok! Wow!! So pretty!” hahaha

Then I cried… and called Luca and finally, you came back to us.

We took some photos right after you came back and looked at the ocean without my camera, capture the special moment.

After while we spent some time on the beach, we walked back to our car. Then Papa said “Wait, did you say ‘Yes’ to me yet?”. Oops, I think I forgot because I was panicked! lol So now, finally I said “Yes” to Papa.

This trip became a perfect trip for Papa and Mama. ❤

I am not sure if you would remember this moment so when you read this, you can enjoy with us too.

Much Love,
Your Mama

 

 

Happy 2! Day 3

Luca: 24 months old

Now, it’s Family Time! On May 13th Saturday, your grandma, cousins, uncle, and aunt came over to celebrate your birthday. You received more birthday presents again from them and you were so excited! You got Thomas the Train blocks, Winnie the Pooh and Eeyore stuffed animals and trucks!

Your cousins: Ben, Sam and Joe are about 15 years older than you are but hopefully you will play with them more and they can be your big brothers. 🙂

Much Love,
Your Mama

Happy 2! Day 2

Luca: 24 months old

We finally got to take you out to Los Angeles Zoo! We always talk about a BIIIIIIG giraffe or an elephant or a funny monkey or a scary wolf but you have never seen them before and we didn’t have a chance to take you there so Papa and I thought it would be a perfect opportunity to go to the Zoo.

I am not sure how much you understood what was going on or what they were or if they overwhelmed you or made you excited but you seemed like you were mesmerized when you finally saw huge elephants and some tall giraffes.

It was actually my first time to walk around the Zoo as well and it was so much fun! … And hot… 🙂 We didn’t realize the Zoo was a big place to walk around. Mentally, Papa and I weren’t prepared for the big walk, we just focused on the major animals that we think you know and we skipped the other minor animals… Sorry Luca. Let’s go next time and stay longer! (And your Papa’s heart condition wasn’t that good on this week so we had to take it easy…)

I hope you had a fun time!!

Much Love,
Your Mama

Happy 2!! Day 1

Luca: 24 months old!
Words: Mama, Papa, boat, goat, orange, juice, yellow, aka (red), ao (blue), My (always putting his hand on his chest), NO (of course), bus, map, map (for snack), backpack (but sounds like baka… it means stupid in Japanese. I’m not happy about that but I know he is trying to say it so I’m not stopping him or should I?), Mao (his stuffed animal – cat friend), dirt.

Happy 2nd Birthday, Luca! I’m so happy that we came this far (we’d better! lol)! It has been a journey with a lot of laughs, cryings, upsetting and again more laughs.  I’m so lucky that I am your mom and it seems like you are growing big with healthy body and mind.

On Day 1, you woke up and saw a bunch of balloons and the banner that said “Happy Birthday”! And you said “Wow!!”. I was so happy that now you know something special is going on. Yeah it’s YOUR birthday!! You opened the first birthday present which was in the yellow bag and it was from your grandma (my mom)! You were a little shy to open the bag but you were excited to get something! haha And you know what you received? A BACKPACK!! It’s still a little big on you but now you can pack your toys, and snacks and go!! 😀

Now it’s a pancake time with berries! I know you LOVE pancakes! 🙂

After the breakfast, Papa, and I wanted to take you to the LA Zoo for the first time but Papa had to go to his dr. appt so I took you to the beach. You LOVE sands, and beach got a lot of sands everywhere!! So I thought it would be a dream land to play there for you. 🙂

After we played on beach, I thought a bike ride would be fun too. I found a spot where it’s close to the rental place and it’s right next to a restaurant so it was perfect for lunch.
You were so excited and asked me to pedal faster and longer. You said “more! more! more!” It was really fun and it was a good exercise for me. I was sweating! hahaha But… you weren’t a fan of the helmet (you have to wear it though!). After while, you were getting annoyed with the helmet and cried for a bit and asked me to take it off. I couldn’t do that until I return the bicycle. We stayed at the Santa Monica Beach until 2pm (I think). You were so tired because we missed your nap time (usually it’s from 1230pm or 1pm)…

Since your Papa didn’t get to join our party, Papa took you and me to a vegan place for dinner (we are not Vegans but I have recommended to him before because it’s such a yummy place!) which is called Sage in Culver City (I’m sorry there are no photos of food!).

https://www.yelp.com/biz/sage-culver-city-2

I hope you had a great 2nd year birthday! More fun stuffs to follow for your birthday weekend!! It’s not done yet!! 😀

Much Love,
Your Mama

 

 

 

First Hair Cut!

Luca: 21 months old

I wanted to keep his baby hair at least until 2 years old. Just because I am very nostalgic about him being a little baby. He is just growing bigger and bigger so fast but the hair is only thing that left from his baby time. But the time has come. He needs some serious grooming before his birthday come.

We had to drive down to the Snip-Its in El Segundo since we didn’t have any salon for kids that had great reviews in Yelp. Also, my friend at my work recommeded to go to Snip-It so we decided to go there. When we got there, Luca was already sleeping so I had to wake him up but luckly we were early enough that we didn’t have to wait at all.
I put him in the chair while he was still zoning out. And slowly, he started to wake up and realized what was going on around him. Of course he’s never been to a salon before so his face is showing a little nervousness and his face was like “where am I…? But Mama is here and I have Youtube in front of me so I think I’m ok…”

It took about 15 min for his haircut. Very quick. The hairstylist didn’t talk much but she was very fast and Luca didn’t cry or move so everything went great. I was a little nervous as well that I thought I had to take him out from the chair if he made a fuss and go home without finishing his haircut. But that didn’t happen. Phew! I liked this place and I would like to take him there again because they were quick, they had a seat belt on the chair and also they had a TV at each station (although only one thing… It didn’t make sense to have a fixed TV in front of you but the stylist ask you to look down almost the whole time… The TV should be flexible so then you can change the angle of TV. I didn’t have to pull my phone out to show him Youtube…).

IMG_3810
This was how he looked like before the haircut…