Saturday, June 30, 2007

CORN BREAD


CORN BREAD
Originally uploaded by piroko_kuroda


Found an awfully easy recipe of corn bread using rice cooker. Came out pretty good.

Friday, June 29, 2007

はっ、ぶー


はっ、ぶー
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She's into making noise with her tongue and lower lip, with splash of drool.

Sunday, June 24, 2007

おいしい!


おいしい!
Originally uploaded by piroko_kuroda


It's been 18 days since she started eating. I can see her front lower tooth peeking from gum. Have to start dental care.

Friday, June 22, 2007

ゆし豆腐


ゆし豆腐
Originally uploaded by piroko_kuroda


Tried Yushi Dofu (fluffy tofu from Okinawa) I bought yesterday at Mitsukoshi for Tonchan's baby food this evening. The guy who was selling it, the owner of Hiroshi-ya Tofu, said it would be good for baby, and his kids used to eat them. She liked it, and ate about 3 spoon fulls of it! He also mentioned that it's said in Okinawa that a baby with thin hair was the sign of healthy baby, looking at Tonchan's head. Great.

一回転


一回転
Originally uploaded by piroko_kuroda


... turned to come back to the same position.

よーい


よーい
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Head first....

ジーマーミとうふ


ジーマーミとうふ
Originally uploaded by piroko_kuroda


Went to Nihombashi Mitsukoshi to check out Okinawa fair. Bought JEE MAA MI DOFU (peanut tofu of the photo here) at Hiroshiya Tofu, and RAFUTEE (stewed pork) at Wa Meat. Yum yum!

I took subway to get to Mitsukoshi, a station staff helped me carry the stroller when I was going down the stairs. I didn't expect any help from anybody but cold looks from business people on the subway, so it was surprising. Also, the other day, I asked for a restroom that has a baby bed that I can use to change diaper, they offered me their cot in their office. That was unexpectedly surprising. It's not too bad.

Wednesday, June 20, 2007

PRETZEL


PRETZEL
Originally uploaded by piroko_kuroda


She's interested in pretzels than toys.

Monday, June 18, 2007

Gymboree 2

Checked out Gymboree again. It's a 45 min class which has singing songs (obviously for moms to sing for babies), activities like clime up the slope, playing on a slide, playing with balls, etc., with mom's assistance of supporting/holding the babies. Lots of work for moms.... In conclusion, it's better to wait for her start crawl, so that she can participate the activities.

Sunday, June 17, 2007

ぶらぶら


ぶらぶら
Originally uploaded by piroko_kuroda


She was up from rise of the sun, 4:20 this Sunday morning, ready for the day with her father. Although her attempt to slap and kick him to wake up failed, her mother was with her to play with. After breakfast and morning nap, her father finally woke up. After lunch of rice porridge and breast milk, she went to Roppongi Hills with parents to celebrate the first father's day walk.

Thursday, June 14, 2007

Lost and found

Lost pass holder a couple weeks ago, and I left messages at bus company and the shopping mall that I've been to. I gave up on it as I didn't hear back from them at all, but today, I got a call from Bic Camera. They said they received a call from police looking for my contact details, as I had their membership card in the pass holder with my name on it, but due to Personal Information Protection Law, they called me to contact the police, instead of giving my phone number to them. Great service! Called the police's lost and found immediately and went to pick it up. I found out that they got it from the shopping mall that I left a message. Nothing was missing. Great thing about Japan is the odds are high that lost items will be found, intact. We left a camera about a month ago at a shopping mall, and it was reported to their lost and found on the same day. Nothing was missing.

Tuesday, June 12, 2007

Directions

When we came back from walk, a woman asked me where Aiiku hospital was.

"It's on the other side of the hill."

She gave me a face, and asked me another question.

"Where is Arisgawa park?"

"It's on the other side of the hill."

This park is located right next to the Aiiku hospital, therefore, my answer was the same as the first one, although I could have answered it was next to the hospital. She again gave me a face, and asked me another question.

"Where does this lead to?"

Well, farther from the hospital and the park, I thought. "It leads you to Mita."

"I just followed the street!!"

Uh, hoping you would find the hospital eventually? She started telling me this, very irritated, and repeated the same questions she just asked, again, as if she couldn't believe she was wrong, and my answers were right.

Uh-oh. I shouldn't be involved in this.

I just shrugged my shoulders. I couldn't change geography. She just left, returned to where she came from.

I usually give directions if I were asked, but the way she acted gave me a warning, and I didn't bother. I don't think she would've understood the directions even if I gave her because she was too agitated.

I'm pretty good at directions. So, telling directions is very easy for me, but I do understand this is not the case for the most of people, usually for women. And I bet such people must be aware of that. Don't they think they should be prepared because they're not good at it? If she had a map, she would've been less upset, and I could have pointed the direction for her. She didn't have to wonder around long in the heat...

DPT Vaccination

Went to hospital for the 2nd DPT (diphtheria pertussis tetanus) vaccination. She was scared by held very tight and cried, but soon stopped right after the shot was done. Good girl!

Monday, June 11, 2007

Happy 6 month!

Had 6 month birthday party with the other 7 families. Catered Italian food at Piola, which were delicious as usual. Mothers busy chatting, dads were happy drinking from noon. It was a good break for us all. Some photos here.

Saturday, June 09, 2007

LUNCH


LUNCH
Originally uploaded by piroko_kuroda
Had lunch at Dorobushi in Hiroo, on the way to Kotto Dori.

Friday, June 08, 2007

Gymboree

Checked out Gymboree's baby sign class this afternoon. Will check out Gymboree class in a couple weeks too.

Thursday, June 07, 2007

有楽町MUJI


有楽町MUJI
Originally uploaded by piroko_kuroda


Muji in Yurakucho is great for family with babies. It has a feeding room and diaper change room, next to the baby goods area where you can let your kids play with Muji toys and goods. At the cafe there, they helped me using baby chair for Tonchan, and brought drink for me at the table. Very helpful.

Wednesday, June 06, 2007

初めてのお粥


初めてのお粥
Originally uploaded by piroko_kuroda


Day 1 of baby food today. She ate about 3 spoons full of rice porridge this morning and afternoon. She's becoming closer to a human. One more thing she is capable that I found today: peeling off the diaper tapes. Please don't do that even though you can...

Tuesday, June 05, 2007

Rolling rolling rolling

Saw her slow triple roll over, smiling about a meter away from where she was about 3 min ago. She's gaining mobility....

Sunday, June 03, 2007

デビュー


デビュー
Originally uploaded by piroko_kuroda


Cooked pork shabu-shabu for dinner, and put it on the KAIRAGI dish. Stylish!

Friday, June 01, 2007

No gifts

Tonchan is turning 6 months old in 10 days, and we're planning a half birthday party with the other family friends of the babies. We decided to have Italian catered to our home so that people can eat good food and share their stories. While we're planning, gift sharing idea came up, and I opposed, knowing people would hate me being a nail sticking out in a group.

At my elementary school, it was a very small school, we had only 32 in 1 class of our grade. Every month the class had a small birthday party, and we were supposed to bring a small present worth about 100 yen, about 1$ or so, so that we can exchange it at the party. In the class, there was a boy who wasn't financially endowed as his father passed away when he was little and his mother had health issues. The presents didn't have names written but you could take a guess easily who got whose, especially such a small class. He was always picked on giving not very favored presents. Kids are cruel. They use every little thing they can pick on to to bully. I always tried so hard to chose nice gifts so that I wouldn't be hated by the group. I hated such a custom that brought unnecessary tension to the class.

Doing the same thing with the others doesn't mean being equal. It's a brilliant idea to knock out unfavored, make it easier to control, uniform. Whoever can do the "thing" doesn't realize it's such fortunate to be able to "do the thing", doesn't understand nor spare the feeling of whoever can't "do the thing". Whoever can't "do the thing" feels miserable and inferior. Action of giving present should be a happy, caring move to the ones you care about, not causing such agony.

We have no idea where the boy and his family had gone since we graduated from junior high. Nothing is left where they used to live.

バイバイ


バイバイ
Originally uploaded by piroko_kuroda


She started moving her fingers a lot better last few days. Turns her both wrists at the same time, turns her palm backwards and forwards, and can move just like "bye bye", although she doesn't mean to.

ちゃこれーと



ちゃこれーと
Originally uploaded by piroko_kuroda


Anna brought green tea chocolate from Nakamura Tokichi (中村藤吉本店) in Kyoto. It's very rich in green tea flavor.

梅華皮


梅華皮
Originally uploaded by piroko_kuroda

Renfield's father got this awesome dish from Kyoto, made by a craftsman, Mr. Kato (加藤 清和). KAIRAGI is the pattern of glaze this dish, which you can't control how it would come up until you take it out from the kiln.