Leap #3 end and little Bee. 第3リープの終わり、チビ蜂君

Entry #15

The Wonder Weeks アップリ によると、もうすぐ第3リープが終わるらしい。第3リープが短いため、ぐずりも号泣きもそれほどなく、どちらかというと楽しい変化ばかりだった。大変なおしゃべりやで、起きている間は会話が弾んでなかなか止まない。お母さん似かな 笑

私、運動が大好き。一日中抱っこ紐でちびっ子を運ぶとそれはそれで忍耐力(?) 持久力(?)のトレーニングにはなっているかもしれないけど、朝寝が深い時、ちびっ子を重りとして利用して、筋トレができるようになってきた。

手が空いているので、腕のウオークアウトが簡単。背中の筋肉はできないけど、まあまあ。

下半身はもっと地味。抱っこ紐を手でサポートしながらスクワットしたり、足のラウンジしたり、足を上げたりして、立派な運動になっている。もちろん、ジムにはかなわないけど、しょうがない。また、帝王切開のためまだ腹筋は触れないので、逆にこれでいいかも。あとはちびっ子がベビジムで床で遊んでいる間、隣にプランクやったり、ストレッチしたりして、満足。出産前の体型はまだまだだけど、少しづつ近づいてきている気がする。そして、チビ青虫君と二人で運動できるようになるのを楽しみに待っている。

こないだの生後100日記念の日に可愛い写真を目指して蜂さん格好で写真をパシャり! 普段からニコニコしている息子がカメラを発見するとすぐ表情が真剣になって、なかなか微笑んでくれない。なぜだろう。にしてもカメラ大好きで、モデルさんになりたがっているつもり? 笑 ママとしてはスポーツマンがいいけどなー 笑

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According to The Wonder Weeks app, the third leap is about to end and this was such a peaceful one I must admit. The Little one didn’t cry much neither was he fussy, but he turned out to be super chatty one it surprised me much. He is talking long long gibberish sentences while awake, not minding if it’s with me, hubby or neckties and his mirror reflection. Mirror reflection is a killer though! No surprise as I am a talkative type, but chatting and swimming (oh that rubber ring!) is by far this little man’s most loved activities.

I used to work out and was a gym fan before the Little One popped out, but now gym is not possible, and I have to carry the kid in baby carrier all day as well. So workouts as I used to know them are merely impossible. But we are not giving up do we? Walking all day and rocking the kid is a kind of endurance workout as it is, but muscles are important as well, so I got used to use kid as free weight and do exercises while carrying him. It’s so fun I must say!

Arms workouts with dumbbells are easy as arms are free anyway. Can’t do push-ups but it’s ok. Lower body is fun too, as I can squat and do lounges while supporting the kid in carrier, or swing legs back and forth. And when the kid is awake and playing on his baby mat, I can do planks and push-ups while watching and chatting with my boy. I am still far from my pre-pregnancy body but I know it gonna take time especially considering me being exclusively breastfeeding and eating as if I am a huge guy hahaha.

Apart from trying to workout I am still taking loads of pictures. The one above is taken on 100 days anniversary. Oh that cute Bee! Amazingly, the Little One won’t stop smiling usually but as soon as camera is in his sight he suddenly turns so serious! And gosh he does love being taken pictures of! Maybe I should start considering modeling career for him haha. I’d prefer him to become sportsman though, but it’s not my choice anyway, it’s his. So excited to see him grow.

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Hundred days of The Little One. 100日記念、早っ!と思い出づくり

Entry #13

あっという間に生後100日記念になっちゃった。

時の流れがすごいもので、それを人間が実感できるかと言うと、普段からはできないと思う。なので、折り目をつけないと、形になる思い出を作らないと、後からとても理解しづらく、気づきづらくなってしまう。

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自分がこれがいいと思ったのはいくつかあって、マイナンバー1は何と言ってもビデオカメラだ。写真好きの自分が最初はビデオカメラのメリットが分からないで、夫の職場の先輩パパが、ビデオカメラ絶対買ったほうがいいよって、進めてくれた。まあいんじゃないと。地味なビデオカメラを買って、撮影へ。後で思ったのは、ロシアにある母親や親戚に自分が撮ったビデオ、見せられるからいいかも。

撮影し始めてから三ヶ月丸まる経った今はビデオカメラあってよかったと思う。先週の週末、パソコンへビデオを移動してたら見ようかなと、一番最初のビデオ大きい画面で見て、ショック!こんなにちいちゃかったの?!こんなにおじいちゃんみたいだったの?!足細い!ほっぺがない!などなど。ああ、楽しかった。やはり、毎日ちびっ子と一緒にいると大きくなったり重くなったりすることは気づかないままでいる。重さも慣れていくし、唯一服が短くなったのかな-くらい。

ビデオカメラ、ありがとう!

もう一つは、粘土などで子供の手足のあとをとるべき。これもかなり面白い!

ロシアの姉から送ってもらったセットを今週末使ってみた。かなり難しいもので、手の方をとるのを失敗。足は成功。まあまあ、手の方はもう少し考えて何とかできると思う、セットの材料を使わなくても。

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足の型はどことなくかわいく、手で持ってなんだかわくわくどきどき。ちいさいな-。きっとチビ青虫君が大きくなってこれを見てびっくりする。そのリアクション、楽しみ。

今週末は食い初めやろうかなと思っていたけど、夫のお父さんが忙しく、来週末になった。ああ、楽しみ!写真とビデオ、たくさん撮ろう!笑

 

Our Little One has spent 100 day on this planet already and it is unbelievable how time flies. Japanese love 100 day anniversary and do have some traditions and celebrations, which we are going to partially follow next weekend by doing Kuizome, first “eating” of adult food by infant. (Reality is kid of course cant eat rice and whatnot so it is a symbolic thing mostly, wishing the baby to grow strong and healthy). We won’t go to shrine as hubby’s family is not that shrine type one, and that is totally fine with me.

Being together with The Little One every and each day, I hardly can tell if he grew up more or less or became heavier. Pictures do help a lot, but the best thing we bought and I don’t regret any second of buying, is video camera. Hubby’s colleague who has two kids, kindly advised hubby to buy one,. And we did.

This weekend I was transferring videos from camera to computer as I need to burn CD to send my mom with other stuff I send to Russia from time to time to entertain my relatives. Watching videos on big screen was appealing so I watched one of the first ones. Shocker! The Little Caterpillar was ACTUALLY little! With all those wrinkles! So much like an old man! Oh look at those skinny legs! As you can guess, I can go on and on. I did.

That is why every parent should have a camera. We bought really, really simple one, but it is fairly enough. Memories are priceless.

Another thing we did and I do advice it to everyone, is taking kid’s feet and hands mold. We tried out to make those on weekends, using the set my sister sent us from Russia. And it was damn hard! We failed on hand but succeeded with foot. Tiny tiny foot. I’m totally pleased and I will get back at hand mold anyway!

Can’t wait for The Little One to grow up and see all these things. And I will record those emotions for sure!

 

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Three months of entertaining us have passed, more to come. もうちょいで百日のちびっ子。

Entry #10

さて、あと少しでちびっ子が100日記念を迎える。早い!

昨日、三ヶ月検診に行ってきて、周りにいた十日検診や、一ヶ月検診の赤ちゃんたちを見て、うちのほぼ七キロまで膨らんじゃったポッチャリ君に目を向け、君なんでスピードで成長して来ているんだって再確認したかな?

泣き方でさえ、成長した 笑。 廊下に響いて、夫と二人でにやっとして、ああ、うちのだ!声が大きいね。と、笑った。なんて親だ ははは

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泣き方で思い出したけど、今週はまた、予防接種のセッションがあった。

ロシアなら、生まれて五日もたたないまま予防接種が始まるけど、日本はそれと比べて若干遅い分、一回でやる回数が多い!先月も号泣きだったけど、どっちかと言うと授乳タイムと重なったから。今回は、機嫌が悪くなって、すばらしい声を披露してくれた、チビ青虫君。

で、日本ってなんてかわいいものが溢れている国かなって改めて感じた。

注射が三本いて、看護婦さんが打たれた三箇所にアンパマン・バンソウコウを張ってくれて、ほらかわいいでしょうと言いながら。ちびっ子はそれを感謝の気持ちで理解できるはずがないけど、親の私は微笑んだ。アンパンマンファンじゃないけどね。

号泣きのあとはよく寝てくれているチビ青虫君なので、ためしに大豆粉とアーモンドプードルがベースのブルーベリーマフィンを焼けることまでできた。予防接種に感謝 苦笑

そして、三ヶ月も立ち、目がまだ青い。青いと言うか、私の色。周りからは絶対茶色くなるって言われているけど、ならないようにこっそり祈っている。毎晩寝る前にね 笑。 おととい調度面白い顔でママを楽しませる会を披露してくれたとき、色をきれいに撮れることができた。もし本当に変わったら、せめてこの一枚は残る。ちびっ子にあとでみせてもいい 笑

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ちなみに、大豆粉とアーモンドプードルのブルーベリーマフィンが大成功。半分は夫がぱくぱく食べてくれた。隠しておけばよかった 笑

 

In few days our Little One will hit 100 days of hanging out outside and entertaining us. And gosh time does fly so fast!

Yesterday we went to the three months old medical checkup, being surrounded by tiny babies of 10 days (!) old and one month old cuties. And here I was holding my almost 7 kilo heavy and 62 cm long boy, looking like he is half an year already. But a couple of months ago he must have been that tiny, although I already forgot hahaha.

Even his crying manner matured. As the Little One was carried away to make blood type test, me and hubby heard him angrily crying showing his rebelling spirit, so we laughed. We are weird parents I know, but that crying was so powerful and energetic I kind of even felt proud we have a kid with such strong lungs haha.

Speaking about crying. In Russia infants vaccination kicks off right after baby is born, but Japanese are kind of slow compared. Slow but intense. As its 4 vaccinations at once, and let me tell you, if I was shot three times in a row I would cry too. We had Sparta vaccination one month ago and the Little Caterpillar cried hard, mostly because it was past his feeding time though. This time he did show his temper, in a resentful manner, and I had rather tough time calming him down after.

But Japan wouldn’t be Japan if something cute wouldn’t have been involved. As the Little One was getting his three shots, nurse put three band aids with cartoon faces from Anpanman, saying Oh look how cute are these, don’t cry! Well well well, highly doubting kid can appreciate this kind of service at his age, I laughed.

Kid still has my blue eyes and I am keeping told the color will switch to brown eventually, but I pray every night it wont. Sigh! At least I can take as many pictures of blue eyed Caterpillar so I can show those to him in case his eyes go dark! And yes I am taking tons!

The only bonus (?) I get after all these clinic visits and vaccination hysterics is that the Little One falls asleep rather easy and gives me some time to do stuff around the house. This time I tried to bake almond and soy flour blueberry muffins and let me tell you it came out just perfect. And half of those delishes was eaten by hubby which was a surprise for me as he rarely attacks my sweets, so I even kind of regretted I didn’t hide my muffins! hahaha.

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Being a nuts parent is fun! 自分なりの子育ての楽しみ方

Entry #8

私、昔から写真を撮るのが好き。

特に来日してから、周りに撮りたい物が沢山あって、最初の頃の写真、1日何100枚目もパシャパシャ、あと整理が大変だったことを今でも覚えている。テーマも様々、自然特に一般観光客の景色から日常生活まで、ああ、沢山撮っていたわ。

最近はもちろんちびっ子の写真が多い。携帯のメモリは常にいっぱいいっぱいで、デジカメらの出番もよくあり、一眼も 笑

そして、撮るのが一番好きなのは、ちびっ子撮って夫のコンビ。

正直ね、最初はちびっ子はママの子かなーって思っていたけど、でも違う。パパの子だ。夫が仕事から帰って来ると、パパを発見したら数秒で興奮してしまい、アウアウしゃべりまくるだの、ちっちゃな手を伸ばすだの、パパと目があうと ニコニコ、とにかく幸せな1匹。一日中私と遊んだり、喋ったり、あやされたりしてたら飽きちゃうのかな 笑

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この二人のツーショットがひょっとしたら私とちびっ子のツーショットより多いかな? 笑

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そして、楽しく子育ての毎日を送るためこういう写真も時に撮らないと! キウイ兄弟!笑

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親写真バカ楽しいよ、本当に。

 

I have always loved to take pictures.

When I first arrived to Japan, I was taking like hundreds of pics a day, and you can imagine how hard it was to organize those later. I was taking literally anything: scenery and nature, all the things tourists would take pictures of, people, food and you name it.

As you can guess, now my main object of photographing is The Little One. Phone goes sorry not enough memory each two weeks, and there is digital camera, and another camera… Yes I love taking pictures. But out of all the pictures with son I adore one certain type – when he is pictured with hubby.

At first we thought The Little Caterpillar is mommy’ she boy. Apparently, we were wrong. Of course, during week days we usually spend all day together, playing, chatting (he just won’t stop!! Chatty little man!) and smiling, but when hubby comes back from work all of it escalates and goes to whole new level. Sitting in my arms, kid starts trying to get hubby’s attention, talking loudly and reaching his hands, and when noticed, he just won’t stop smiling. And they can play together for a long time, and even sleep too. And oh gosh I do enjoy it.

Apart from taking proper pictures of our three months old Kid (today’s the day yay), I take loads of weird ones. Tough being a nuts mom I must say!

Yesterday I almost died from laughter over two little kiwis thing and as I did it (thanks Internet. However it was written that these kinds of things are mostly done by dads hence I’m dad? Haha), I need to think of some new fun again. So addictive being crazy hehe!

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Rubber ring for infants that is so good I want two! ちびっ子浮輪!買ってよかったわー

Entry #6

そろそろ子育てに便利/楽しい/欠かせない物リストを作成しなきゃと感じ、どれから始めようかと考えたらやはり浮き輪でしょう!

一週間前、ネットをいじっていた夫がポロリと、「赤ちゃん用の浮き輪があるんだけど、かわいいから買っちゃおうかなー」と独り言のようにつぶやき、まあいいんじゃないと答えたら数分後、「買っちゃった!ウフフ」が聞こえ、いつもと違って決断が早いなーと思った 笑

そして、数日後届いたこの浮き輪、あんな大騒ぎになるとはとても想像がつかなかった!

大人用のお風呂にちびっ子を入れているのは夫だけ。それは週末の二人の楽しみでもあり、私の楽しみでもある。二人がお風呂入っている間、こっちは休めるからかな?笑 だけど、週末まで待ちきれないと、早速平日だけどお風呂行こうと夫盛り上がり。カメラをとってフォロー。

まず、かわいい。どことなくかわいい。上から見ると、UFOみたい。

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ちびっ子はカメラ好きなので、ジッとそれを見つめているので撮影が楽 笑

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そして、楽しい!最初の一分くらい、ちびっ子が何が起きているかぴんとこなかったのでフリーズしていてUFO写真を撮っていたら、足でお風呂のそこを感じ、足を動かし、お風呂で泳ぎ始めたチビ青虫くんはとっても楽しそう。忙しそうに往復をしながら、次第に興奮し、夫を目の前に手足を強く動かし、パシャパシャお風呂のなかで暴れ始めた。ニコニコしながら。やはり赤ちゃん、水好きだね。

ああ、なんで楽しいやつだと、何で自分の子供のときにはこういうものがなかったんだろうと、考えていた。これで毎週末がわくわくでたまらない!今週末はビデオだな!

もちろん、浮き輪のおかげで安全的に泳いでいるようにはみえるものの、そうではない。常にずっと見守らなきゃいけないので、やはりこれは夫婦二人家にいる週末だな!まあ、毎日やったら楽しみなくなっちゃうので、これでいいかも。

赤ちゃん用浮き輪、試さないと損だ。そう思う。

週末なので、ちびっ子でちょっと手は空いていて、おいしくてヘルシーな物を焼いた。

写真でわかるかな?

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I think I already have a list of things I am so happy I bought that are connected to child bringing up, I should start putting it down. And when I thought from which one should I start, rubber ring came up first. No surprise there honestly.

A week ago hubby was surfing through Internet and I heard him mumbling “There is a cute Rubber Ring for infants, maybe we should buy it…”, so I replied with “Oh why not”. And in few minutes I hear “Ok, I bought it!” – and let me point out it is super fast for hubby to buy something like that. Usually he is extra slow with making decisions on buying this and that haha.

On Monday we got our cute rubber ring. And let me tell you, it is worth each yen!

Usually on week days I bathe The Little One in his cute green baby bath (which is already too small for him oh kids do grow fast!),  but on weekends hubby is in charge so he prepares real bath and has fun there with the kid. I am too lazy to make (adult) bath each time, besides it is somewhat inconvenient to get out carrying the kid in one hand and trying to towel yourself. Not a big fan of that kind of circus routine.

With the rubber ring ready to be played with we just couldn’t wait till the weekend! Who could?

At first The Little One was  rather confused and looked like UFO when I was jumping around trying to take dozens of pictures. You see, our kid likes camera so he doesn’t give me hard times while capturing him on camera or phone. But as he got used to the state of things with the ring, he started pushing his legs off the bottom of the bath and swimming back and forth like a little boat. Oh we laughed!

By the end of his first rubber ring session The Little One got that excited he was making huge moves with his legs and hands under the water, hilarious and cute at the same time. Here I regretted I didn’t take video camera with me. Wish I had more hands hahaha.

The verdict is, the rubber ring is a must. Not only kids enjoy being in water and playing with it, it gives so many fabulous shots and memories for parents. Win win!

Can’t wait the next session! I am soo taking video I swear!

By the way, I baked something really delicious and healthy as usual, can you guess by the pic?

 

 

 

 

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Leaps App that explains everything. 子育てに便利なアプリ

Entry #4

チビ青虫くんは毎日毎日少しづつ成長し、新米母である自分は子育てのこと随時勉強・研究中。

しかも、週末を除けば、平日ずっと一人でちびっ子と向き合っている。楽しいけどね!

で、数週間前、割とリズム的な何かができたかなと思ったところ、ちびっ子がいきなりぐずり始め、いきなり泣いたり、置いておいたらまた抱っこされたくないたり、無限のループに近い、不思議な様子を見せた。

正直言うと、パニクった。ちょうど夫も出張で、全く一人。で、いつもやっていることをやり始めた。グーグル 笑

結論を言うと、アプリを発見した。

日本語もあるけど、英語でダウンロードしたので、名前はThe Wonder Weeks. (日本語は不思議な週齢ワンダーウイーク)。

元々本であったが、アプリになってとっても使いやすい! で、なんて正確! びっくりするくらい。新生児の成長過程をリープと説明し、リープして新しいことを身につけようとする赤ちゃんがいつより一生懸命ぐずるか、いつ機嫌で対応しやすいか、そしてどのスキルをマスターしようとしているかは説明されている。合っている! 全て合っている!

で、今はちょうど第2リープを終えたところ、ちびっ子は穏やかで一日中ニコニコ。次のリープまでまだ時間があるので、少しは息抜きできるかな? 笑

ちなみに、現在はチビ青虫くんの一番好きなおもちゃ(?)は、パパのネクタイです!


サラリーマンになりたがっているのか、役を演じているのか、未だ不明。

 

The Little Caterpillar is growing day by day and as I’m new to all this as its my first kid and I didn’t have little kids around as well It all puzzles me pretty much, believe me.

Few weeks ago, just when hubby was away on a business trip for 4 days, and I was all alone with The Little One, one morning he suddenly decided he doesn’t want to sleep and be fed like he used to, became much fussy and started crying for an unknown reason nonstop. That puzzled and frightened me much, so I did what I usually do – I googled.

Google had loads of handful and not so information as usual, but among the tons of info I found application called The Wonder Weeks. And it amazed me so much I can’t express fully.

According to the app (which is based on a book and I ordered one!), newborn during the first year of his life on this planet experiences leaps of development, after which he gains certain skills and shows mental and emotional growth. During the leap kid is mostly fussy and moody, clinging to mom (we have it oh we do), and between the leaps he is rather calm and sunny. And gosh it matches so well with my Little One. On the verge of How do they know?!? Haha

Now I am tracking growth and counting days till next leap, enjoying sunny side of my kid. Good time to write some entries in advance hehe

Kid is learning how to have fun with things and toys now, and his favorite ones, apart from mom’s face, are dad’ neckties. Ask me why. Either he wants to be white collar worker like his dad, or he is just trying out his acting skills! Still hilarious.

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