Hello, 2018!

This is Ozouni. Japanese chicken and mochi soup that we eat for New Years Day to wish our health. Luca eats Ozouni! He loves it!He got to ride on the fire truck! They came to our condo to check our fire alarms.

Luca: 2.7 years old

Happy New Year!

I am not sure how this happened! We are in the new year already!! Without knowing it, time flies and our clock is moving forward so fast. Mama is a full time mom, and when I come back home, I play with you, I eat with you, I bathe you, I read Japanese books to you and I kiss you good night and when you are ready to come out from your crib, I sleep with you. My daily routine is so full of joy and happiness, I don’t mind time flies but sometimes I want it to slow down because you are growing soooo fast!!

I feel so fortunate that I have such a happy family who supports me in any ways. You are a full of energy, healthy and happy kid. Your Papa is super funny and supportive. He always makes us laugh. That’s what I love about him and my family. We are always laughing. ๐Ÿ˜„

I wish our happiness and our health will go the long way. Happy New Year, Luca!

I love you very much,

Your Mama

Potty Training #2

Luca: 2.7 years old

We finally started your potty training from December 28th. Mama took 2 days off on Thursday and Friday and I was hoping you will get used to this before you go back to school on January 8th.

The whole weekend until January 2nd was rough, to be honest. Maybe Mama and Papa looked very intense on our faces even though our words were like “Next time, you have to pee pee (or poo poo) on the potty ok?” We say very gently. You still had to make some “accidents” in your pants. On 3rd day, I think you started to understand and being able to hold on your pee pee until you get to the bathroom, well most of the times. But you know what happened? On the 3rd day, I thought if we took your underwear off completely, I mean you were half naked, this training would go much smoother and better.

Well, not quite…. I tried to keep my eyes on you literally for the whole time. Except this just “2 seconds” to pick up a little bit of chips on the floor. As soon as I looked away and tried to pick it up with my fingers, you said “Mama, poo poo!” I was so excited that you called it out so I picked you up and brought to the master bathroom. You sat on the toilet and waiting for the pee and poo come out. You succeeded on the pee part but we didn’t see poo out. Although I saw tiny poo sticking on your leg. I wondered what happened and looked back around the door area and guess what I found on the floor!! Your poop!! ๐Ÿ˜ฑ And it seemed like I stepped on it (I had my socks on… Thank god!) too!! ๐Ÿ˜‚

After the incident, we thought you were not quite ready yet. I was honestly disappointed. ๐Ÿ˜• I tried to look back what we did wrong, what we can do any better, or you were not ready at all…

But we didn’t give up! We always tell you “never give up” and we should be the good example for you too.

So now it’s Jan 3rd (7th day), we tried not to give you any pressure. If you call it out from yourself, we take you to the bathroom. Sometimes we give you the reminder but it was all up to you even though you wet your pants.

In the morning of Jan 3rd, you told me you didn’t have to go pee pee just yet when I asked you if you needed to go. I said “ok. Let us know when you are ready”. You said “ok Mama”. But later on I had an idea to tell him while I was brushing my teeth.

I said to you, “you know what. You just ate your breakfast right?

You: “yeah it was good”

Mama: “I think Mr. Toilet is hungry too. He just told me he hasn’t eaten since yesterday”

You: (your eyes were enlightened) “really?”

Mama: “Yup. So if you can poo poo there (pointing the toilet bowl), he would be so happy and say “Thank you, Luca! Yum yum!” (Sorry it’s not a pretty story)

So you took off for a couple min and came back and said “Mama, pee pee!”

You sat down on the toilet, and you DID it!! Pee and… poo!! Hallelujah!! ๐ŸŽ‰๐ŸŽ‰๐ŸŽ‰

Mama had to call Papa and celebrated with you!! You looked so happy and proud of yourself. And we were too!!

And you finally got some chocolates as a reward!

From this day, you started to call it out more often and you seem to understand how it should be without a diaper!!

This is a huge milestone for you. Mama and Papa are very proud of you that you are growing bigger and bigger. โค๏ธ๐Ÿ˜„

Now we are getting close to be diaper free days!!

Great job, Luca.

We love you very much.

Much love, Your Mama โค๏ธ

Preschool started!

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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! โค )

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. ๐Ÿ™‚ 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. ๐Ÿ™‚

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. ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ˜›

I was so happy to see your face that you were so excited about Halloween. ๐Ÿ™‚
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

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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

 

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 weย 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 definitelyย 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! ๐Ÿ˜€ 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. โค

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, yourย 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. ๐Ÿ™‚

Much Love,
Your Mama

Papa had a heart issue


Luca: 14 months old

This just happened last Saturday. He was complaining he has been having a headache over a month now. So his PCP gave him Flonase to take care of the headache. He had the first take on last Saturday followed by 2 cups of coffee. This combination gave him a similar to a stroke. His heart rate went up to 200 for a moment and went down to 140-160. Once he sat down and rest, his heart rate became normal but as soon as he got up and started to walk just to go to a bathroom, his heart rate went back to 180 or so. We went to ER three times over the weekend and finally he was accepted to admit at the Keiser on Sunset Blvd. I thought he would be better to be admitted and be monitored. We were scared, Luca. 

Your Papa takes care of you so well and I don’t know what to do without him. He is a strict person but very warm, thoughtful and fun person as well. He might be tough on you but he won’t forget to make you laugh after you cry. 

After this what happened to your Papa, I thought you and I should NOT take your Papa for granted. We should always show our love to him (or anyone you care!) and our appreciation. You never know when God needs him (or any of us) and bring him back to heaven. I hope it’s not anytime soon. 

Much love,
Your mama

Copy everything

  Luca: 10 months old

Solid Food: veggie stew, udon, egg

Lately, when I try to change your diaper, you get so restless. You are so curious your surroundings and don’t let me change it peacefully. You let your papa change it fine though. So I want to figure why and how to change it without the fuss. 

First of all, I might not giving you some fun stuff when and while I change it. I take it very seriously and your papa doesn’t. It seems like you laugh more with him than when you are with me. So I’m trying to change that. Making you more laugh and giving you some fun stuffs while you are on the changing table. I even give you multiple pacifiers and make you in “Pacifier Paradise”! Lol and this seems to be working! You were so quiet and let me change it peacefully. 

It has been a couple days since I figured the “Pacifier Patadise” and we were happy together… Until this morning. 

You had a poo in the diaper and you were fine with Paradise but once I tried to pull some wipes out, the Paradise system was broken. You wanted to roll around and grab the wipes box with poo on your behind. I panicked a little bit and tried to wipe your butt as soon as I could but you sat on the table and poo was everywhere. I was frustrated and upset. And I threw a tantrum without thinking. And right after that, you looked scared and copied my tantrum. 

Do you know how I felt so bad right after I saw you copied me? I noticed you have been getting upset when your things didn’t go the way you wanted to. And I realize that you are just copying me (or papa). 

I am sorry, Luca. I will try not to throw a tantrum again. I have to make sure I need to make a calm environment for you. 

Look at your precious face. Discipline is important but not tantrum. Tantrum is not a good way of communication, and I don’t want you to learn that. I reflect on that. 

I love you so much, Luca. 

Much love,
Your mama

 

Finally they got closer to each other!

 

I love this view that Nash actually likes to be next to Luca. I always thought he didn’t care much.
 
Luca: 23 weeks old

I was super tired to put him down in to his crib after the breastfeeding and he fell in sleep in my bed around 4am this morning. 

I woke up around 630am and this is what I found: Nash was right next to Luca. 

Usually Nash is always scared of Luca because of course he screams, and cries ALL the time. I can tell Nash thinks Luca is a little crazy creature. He is always cautious. 

But I’m pretty sure Nash thought it’s safe to be next to him AND he can sleep right next to me.

I always tell Luca Nash is his big brother. So is Happy. And I can see in his eyes that he is curious about both of them and started to show his smiles when he sees them. 

 

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Nash is so cautious…
  
Uh oh! They are getting close!!
  
Happy always show his love to Luca.