03 August 2016

Reia Turns 5!

Reia has turned that magical number 5! In New Zealand, it is kind of a big deal because that is when you start Primary School, but in Japan, you don't start until you're 6 so we have another year to have that celebration.

All Reia wanted for her birthday was something Purikyua (Japanese idol cartoon), a picnic in the park (because that's what Aila had for hers) and a melon cake (even though she doesn't even like cake). Well we one-upped that and had a picnic at the zoo instead! 

We started the morning with presents, as per Huysmans tradition. We didn't have any nibbles because none of us are hungry at 7:30am. Reia loved her decorations! She had that I'm-so-happy-I-don't-want-to-show-it face on but she couldn't mask it very well! She always opens her mouth when she's excited and doesn't say much. Well that was her all morning! She loved all her Purikyua things, shoes, clothes, and AquaBeads! She has been making beads ever since, she loves it!

The weather for the day was thunderstorms so we planned accordingly and hoped for the best. The girls were in gumboots and pants just incase it poured, but thankfully, it was the best weather ever! It was hot and humid, but not overbearingly hot that we didn't want to be outside. We went to the Inokashira Zoo which is awesome because adults are only 400 yen and children under 12 are free! It is only a small zoo, but perfect for our purposes as I don't want be towing 3 kids around for hours. They also have a water play area, a playground, and some carnival rides.

The girls had a great time running around and finding stamps for their stamp book. They also got to hold some guinea pigs and discover new animals. We spent a couple hours there and then went to the aquatic zoo which was down in the park. We enjoyed the AC in the aquarium room and had fun looking at all the fish and frogs. We couldn't help but play Pokemon Go a little while we were in the park. There were so many Pokestops and lures!

Soon after, Aila fell asleep. Taiki was awesome and slept pretty much the whole time except for some awake time while the girls were playing on the playground. Reia and I got some drinks too cool down, and then we went to get her hair cut for the very first time! She had asked me a while ago if she could cut her hair really short because all the girls at her school have short hair, and I think she was feeling left out. Well, I told her that she would have to wait until she turned 5 to cut her hair and that day finally caught up with us. I had mixed emotions about it. I wanted to keep her hair long for as long as possible but also wanted her to feel comfortable in her own skin. We went to the coolest place for kids to cut there hair! It's called Zusso and it in the Coppice building in Kichijoji. Instead of chairs, there are little cars you can sit in. You watch a DVD while your hair is being cut and they give you a drink when you are done! Such a cool first time experience. Reia was thrilled with her new short hair and loved the way the lady styled her hair. I think it looks a lot neater, like that is how it should always look, and the length is good too. I'm sad though that her ringlets are gone :( I'm interested too see if they will come back or if her hair will remain straight from now on.

We went home after that and I started on her favourite dinner, spaghetti and meatballs! She also requested a lettuce and tomato salad, kanpyo sushi, and juice. That went down a treat and then it was on to the cake. She wanted a melon cake but no one was selling them at the station. Jun managed to find one slice of a melon cake but thought that was a bit sad to have one slice of cake as her birthday cake so he bought the same cake he got for Aila's birthday, the white peach cake. Reia didn't mind. She thought it was cool that she got two cakes. I have learnt that kids seem to be picky when it comes to presents and stuff before the big day, but when they get given things, they are pretty excited about it all and don't complain! I am hoping it stays like this for a long time hahaha

She blew out her candles and only ate the thinly sliced melon that was on that slice of cake and the white peaches and jelly that was on the other. Jun and I said that next year for her cake, we are just going to buy a melon, slice it down the middle and stick a candle in it! At least that way, she would eat more!

And that was her special day :)

Now on to developments!

She gave her first Sunday talk in Primary on the 3rd of April. She wasn't nervous at all. When we sat down to write it, she knew exactly what she wanted to say and would protest when we tried to add or change anything at all. She had me write exactly what she wanted to say and was comfortable with that. I was so amazed. I cannot remember me ever writing my own talks when I was in Primary!

She has been very helpful lately. She likes to help me with the cooking, the laundry and the folding. She has gotten very good at folding too! When she takes like laundry off the line, she takes the stools outside to reach everything and uses them as stepping stones to take everything off the hangers.

She is very into picking out her own clothes and choosing her style for the day. At the moment, she is into skirts, but because it is still a bit cold, she wears pants underneath. She is always layering up just to get that skirt in the OOTD.

She has started her second year of school and she is in Bara 3 Gumi or Rose Group 3. Her new teacher is Yui Sensei who is very sweet, and she has some old friends from last year in the same class.

She wants to learn ice skating, ballet, soccer, hula, and the recorder. I am thinking that she will do especially well in ballet as she loves to dance. She is always making up dances and dancing along to any sort of music. She still likes to watch her old youchien dance recitals and dance along.

She is very inquisitive and asks a lot of questions. She remembers everything too so I figure, instead of sugar coating stuff like about how babies are born, I just tell her the truth and she totally accepts and believes everything I say. I seem to be "all-knowing" to her which can be funny when she doesn't agree with something Jun will say and will run to me to clarify what the "real" answer is lol.

She is a law enforcer. Whenever Aila or someone steps out of line, she will promptly tell them that they shouldn't do that and what they should be doing. Or if the situation is a bit more dire, she will come to me and reveal all. While she is not necessarily saying anything wrong when she is correcting people, she is turning into a bit of a tattletale :/ I have to remind her that she is not the Mum so that she stops taking matters into her own hands. She reminds me of me when I was young. I used me be the third parent that my siblings would all come to to resolve their issues. And like Reia, I would get told off for simply laying down the law lol.

She is so into Pokemon Go right now! It's the summer holidays and she wants to go out everyday to catch them. It's a fun way to get out and exercise and explore!

She thinks very rationally and must make sense of things before she does it. She also always asks me why after everything so she knows what's going on.

She is kind, silly, fun, caring, helpful, a bit shy, a bit confident, and amazing in every way. It is fun watching her personality develop and grow over the years. She is the best big sister and oldest daughter! 

24 July 2016

Taiki's 3rd Month

Today marks Taiki's 3rd month of life. It also marks his first fever.

I woke up this morning at 1am to a very hot and distressed little boy. He was really hot, you could tell straight away that this was a big one. I tried soothing him for an hour, but after nothing seemed to be working, I woke up Jun and asked him to call the hospital. Jun administered a blessing first and then called the hospital. The doctors said to bring him in to check him out. Because he is 3 months exactly, the protocol for what to do was a bit confusing. If it was a day before and he was still considered 2 months, they would have reacted more urgently. If he was a month and 1 day, they would have reacted a bit more calmly. But he was on the border in that grey area. To a parent, it's not that grey (more like frustrating!), but I guess that's how it is at this particular hospital. Jun took him in at 3am while I stayed with the girls and they pretty much just checked him and said to go back home and keep an eye on him to see how he develops. Well today was a Sunday, so everyone went to church except Taiki and I. Jun and I were still both so exhausted from that night, we were running close to empty. Taiki's fever gradually went from a 38.8 to a 39.5. He wasn't drinking much at all and was throwing up a little bit. I told Jun about all of this and he came home so we could take Taiki to the hospital again. 
By the time we got there, he was at 39.9. None of my children have had such a high fever before so as you can imagine I was pretty nervous and anxious to see what was going on with my little boy. He wasn't my smiley boy anymore, he was lethargic and sluggish. We waited about 2 hours to see the Doctor. After being checked, the Doctor could not find any other symptoms except for a high fever. He wasn't coughing, his ears were fine, no runny nose, no rash, no swelling, urine was clean... The Doctor was stumped. Taiki had a really high fever only. We didn't get a diagnosis, but we did get some suppositories finally to bring his fever down. It was a long day today, and he is still fighting this thing as we speak, but let's hope that as he gets through it that it only makes him stronger!

Month 3 is over! Here is how he has developed: 

My little boy suddenly isn't so little anymore. He is out of newborn nappies and has small rolls around his knees, elbows and chin! As of today, he is 6.66kgs. He has doubled!

He laughs and smiles when people talk to him. Sometimes he even laughs on his own just randomly which gives me a fright!

He sleeps a lot during the day and it takes a while for him to fall asleep for the night. But once he is down, he only wakes again once or not at all. Very big plus. 

He likes to drink every 3 hours or so. 

His legs are now just long enough that I can get him to straddle my waist when he is in the carrier, instead of having his feet sticking out at the bottom.

He is starting to look a lot more like Reia than any of us.

He hasn't rolled over yet but his neck muscles are quite strong! I think it's because we hold him upright instead of sideways. He gets to use his neck muscles that way. He can keep his head up but can't look up yet and will sometimes dip backwards.

He loves to suck on things. When he is not on the boob, he tries to suck on his fists or his thumb if he can find it. Once he did find it, but it was paired with his index finger!

He is quite a chill baby and only complains if he is hungry, sleepy, or his nappy is full. 

He likes being held, as most babies do.

He also likes to stand up on his own with some help and will just smile the whole time.

He coo's for longer now. If you talk back to him he will stop, but if you leave him be, he will go on for a bit saying "ooh, ooh, ooh" over again.

He only brays like a horse sometimes now but I still love it! It reminds me of when he was smaller.

This month, we actually went on a road trip to Osaka, Hiroshima, and Kyoto! He did pretty well and slept most of the way. There were some screams, but he survived! When Jun and I went on a date to Universal Studio's, it was the first time I had left him on his own. It was a struggle at home for the grandparents and Megumi, but they eventually got him to drink out of the bottle and put him to sleep. When I got home, the first thing I did was PUMP!! Two words: Rock. Solid! I think that conjures up enough imagery.

I think he might be my most social baby so far. I can't really remember though. He is just so smiley! I love it!

He is always flicking his tongue out and pushing bubbles out onto his lips. He is always getting his clothes wet from this so he needs to wear a bib.

Listening to music box lullabies helps him fall asleep. They played the same sort of stuff in the nursery when he was born so maybe it stuck?

Like I said in the beginning, he is suffering now with a fever and it sucks so much to see him in pain. I hope he gets better soon so he can go back to being my smiley boy!

Love you, Son x