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. πŸ˜„

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!! 😱 And it seemed like I stepped on it (I had my socks on… Thank god!) too!! πŸ˜‚

After the incident, we thought you were not quite ready yet. I was honestly disappointed. πŸ˜• 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!! πŸŽ‰πŸŽ‰πŸŽ‰

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. β€οΈπŸ˜„

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

Great job, Luca.

We love you very much.

Much love, Your Mama ❀️

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! ❀ )

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. πŸ™‚ 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. πŸ™‚

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. πŸ™‚ πŸ˜›

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

Much Love,
Mama

Such a cute thought β€οΈ

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

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… πŸ™‚ 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. Β 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!! πŸ˜€

Now it’s a pancake time with berries! I know you LOVE pancakes! πŸ™‚

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.Β appt so I took you to the beach. You LOVE sands, and beach got aΒ lot of sands everywhere!! So I thought it would be a dream land to play there for you. πŸ™‚

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 exerciseΒ 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 2pmΒ (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!! πŸ˜€

Much Love,
Your Mama