Strong mother. 

I saw this on the BBC and thought you should see it:

Mao Kobayashi: Japanese cancer blogger dies at 34 – http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-40378443

I’m not sure if she’s famous in your country. She was a newsreader, a mother of 4 year old son and 5 year old daughter and a wife of kabuki actor. She was a beautiful,  strong, wise woman.  Today I looked at my son and hold him tight. I can’t stop crying to think about her. It’s hard for her leave her little kids for sure. Daily life is busy and we are prone to take it for granted that things happening everyday to us. I heard her family did everything they could do even situation was touch and go. That is the way it should always be. It’s rare in Japan for people dignosed with serious health issue to openly talk about the condition. She started blogging and tell us everything. I believe that  many people are motivated  and become strong by her.   

My Mother passed away when I was 27. Losing mother is so hard no matter how old you are. Her kids and her husband are going to have a difficult time without her. I want to send condolences  to the family and Mao-San,Rest in peace. 

Happy 8 month birthday. 

My son,Kay turned 8 month old.  He’s been doing great.  He laughs a lots and coos 😘  The other  day, he took 7 month old check up. His size is average and weight is 7800g (7.8kg) and It’s getting hard for me to carry him in a baby sling and he doesn’t seem to like baggy. So I’m thinking about a electronic bike with a baby chair. 

Now it’s time to start visiting daycares he will go. Kids will be selected by evaluated on the basis of family structure,  parents salary and so on. So, I don’t know which one he will get in but I want to check each daycare system. I can take paid parenting leave till next April. So I’m not so rush. Oh I can’t imagine leaving him. I don’t know I cam handle with it. 

Since l have became a mother, I see my faults clearly. I hate calling. But I have to do for him. I like to stay at my place but I go outside with him because it’s good for him. I contemplate my faults and this is good time to change myself. 

June 18th was farther’s day. Kay and I made thank you letter. Footprint is a tie. His photos are design of shirts. 

TOFU 

I’m on diet now. So naturally dishes I cook is healthy and my husband is not so happy about it. I also concerned about his health, though. 

Minced tofu and scramble eggs on the rice.

Minced tofu is supposed to be minced meat but I didn’t use it. I stir-fried minced tofu with soy sauce and sweet cooking rice wine till water was gone. Surprisingly the texture is like stir-fried minced meat. My husband didn’t notice it. 

Chinese yam and tofu gratin.

This is super healthy. Gratin usually needs white sauce but I used crushed Chinese yam in place of high calories white sauce. So you have to mix the yam and tofu with Miso 1/2 tbs , Mayo 1 & 1/2 tbs, Starch 1 tsp. You can also put your favorite Veggies in it. I used spinach this time. Toppings were bacon,  cheese and dried Bonito flake. I really love this gratin. 

Healthy and good taste doesn’t often happen. But there is 💕

Playdate 

My son had 2 playdates this week.

One was on Monday with my friend and her 1 year old daughter. My friend and I went to junior high school and high school. We weren’t so close when we were in school. But becoming mom changed everything for the better. Anyway, we went to Izakaya for lunch. Izakaya is like a bar at night, so they usually don’t open in the lunch time. But recent Izakaya is different. They open for mommy and kids and prepare suckling room, diaper change room and play room. That’s awesome! We had lunch and later our babies played together. It was very convenient place. 

And another playdate today with 3 babies and their mommies. We met a local event for 5,6 month old babies. So we met for the 2nd time. I was a little nervous though. But no worries 😀 We had lunch in the private tatami room at organic restaurant and talked a lots and kids hit it off. I was so glad to have an chance to make mommy’s friends and it was great for my son as well. 

I was busy this week! The more I go outside, the more I develop confidence to go out with my son. Eventing is new and challenge. But I can’t understand things unless I experience. This week I used baby room at the department. Omg there was an concierge! The concierge asked what I want and guided me. There were hot water and cold water prepared. I haven’t seen this gorgeous baby room! It’s so mother-friendly facility 👍 

Dinner on May 9th. 

Today was a good day!  I met a friend for the first time in 4 years 😁 She was my roomie in Canada. So we aren’t just friends. More than sisters 🤗 During 4 years,  both of us became a mother. We talked about kids things and she was a very good listener just like we used to be. She made my mind clear. We always have a question about raising a kid. Sharing issue is important. We totally agreed with being mom is truly awesome. They can’t replace with anything. 

OK! Let me share the dinner tonight. My head and mind got adrenized today. But dinner is healthy.

Simmered chicken with garlic, ginger, soy sauce, rice vinegar, sugar and water.Ethnic egg soup with lettuce, tomato, carrot. 

I had spaghetti at lunch today. So, dinner was little healthier.  I also had yogurt too. Today’s point was using garlic and ginger 🍳 

How to make the chicken wings is…. 

Mix vinegar 100ml,  soy sauce 30ml, water 50ml, sugar 45ml, chopped ginger 10g, a clove of chopped garlic and boil for a little and put the chickens in it. Simmer it till the liquid is gone. This is for 6 chichen wings. 

How to make the egg soup is

Mix water 500ml,  comsomme 5g,  Chinese chicken soup powder 1 teaspoon and boil them. Put carrot, lettuce in and 3 mins later, tomato and beaten egg in it. After beaten egg in it, stir a little! That’s it. 

Dinner yesterday 🍳 

Dinner yesterday was Spanish omelet and Stuffed bell pepper!  

I make Spanish omelet by microwave oven. Actually I am trying to be a  microwave oven specialist. It’s an  important skill as rasing baby. Once it starts running, I don’t have to stay with it like gas stove. Now I can’t live without it. 

Ta-ta 👋 

My husband and I try to make a circumstance to have our son learn both English and Japanese. Japanese is OK because we are Japanese but English, we have to make effort so hard. What we’re doing is he can only watch English TV channel such as Disney Channel in daytime and I talk to him in English. He’s going to day care from 1 year old and English cram circumstance will be over then.  Now is the so important time for him learning English.  

In Disney Channel,  Doc Mcstuffins is airing now. Story about a girl who can fix toys with helping from her toy friends. They talk and Doc check up and diagnosis. This is intellectual education animation and the way Doc takes care of her patients is always warm-hearted. Our son learns humanity from Doc 💕 Even I learn something good from her attitude. “Ta-ta” is new to me and Doc told me that 😀

Being parent is hard  because responsibility dogs you forever. But more than that,  there’re always joy.