Once Upon a Tanbo

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I have been racking up the fitness points the last couple days since we bought our wii. My Christmas present from Ryohei and also pertaining to my please-get-in-shape-at-least-a-little-bit plan for 2010. I’ve lost half a kilo in 3 days!! (Which tells you how in crap shape I am – when you are this heavy the early days the weight just flies off and then plateau…) But regardless – its been really fun playing all the games. We got the Wii Fit Plus, We Cheer (a cheerleading dance game – don’t laugh its actually really fun), and Sculpt Boxing (which KICKS MY ASS and leaves me huffing and puffing after only 10 minutes)

Hopefully the novelty won’t wear off and I will keep it up. Its better than lounging around on the computer whenever Sakura naps for sure… Lately she’s been very very “PAY ATTENTION TO ME” so when she realizes Mommy is trying to oh… eat, pay for groceries, try and exercise… little miss throws a bit of a fit. Shes VERY aware of whats going on now… LOVES her Daddy. If she sees Ryohei or hears his voice BIG smile… me… well… I supply the food but I’m sort of old hat. Only 4 months and shes a Daddys girl.

One week from today we will be spending the night with Lulu! And then next Tuesday I am off to America for three weeks! Yay! Since Lulu  is in the last days of pregnancy not sure if Goma will be around by next week but if he isn’t there when I leave I HOPE for Lulu’s sake he is there by the time I get back on the 28th and stay another night! (So greatful to have Lulu in Chiba willing to host me both before and after the long flight)

Anyways here is my new fave pic of Sakura! She doesn’t look like a little baby at all anymore! But don’t worry she’s still got plennnnnnty of growing up to do! I think I must be used to the lack of sleep now… I really want to try and night wean her as the waking up 2-3 times a night really sucks. I think I will wait until we are back from America though as going through an international trip and no boobies to take comfort in might be rough.



Posted on: November 27, 2009

My brain has been on overdrive lately I’ve found it so hard to turn off and just sleep at night the past couple days. Mostly worrying about the future and such what with only about a month until the end of 2009, the things I need and want to do in 2010 are overloading my mental circuits.

I’ve decided that I just need to focus on the year ahead. To be honest most of my thoughts lie in finding ways to get out of Niigata but I really need to just calm down and take it one year at a time and I know 2010 we will be going nowhere. In any case I’ve formulated “The 3Ps” of goals I want to accomplish in the next year – they aren’t resolutions but more of practical and meaningful ways of enhancing my current living siuation. They consist of a single “Professional” “Personal” and “Pleasure” goal each.

P(rofessional) – In 2010 I need, and I mean NEED to get myself back in some sort of position to use my brain and make money. The housewife life is NOT cutting it – however with Sakura still so little and living.. well… where we do… the types of work I want to do are pretty much non-existent. Which means that I’m going to barrel into trying freelance translation again.. before I got pregnant I was trying to get my foot in the door but it was right around when the whole “economic crisis” was at its peak and then.. well I got pregnant and suddenly the world revolved around that part of my life. I’ve already gone out and bought a “shigoto navi” filled with agencies taking translator resumes. Some of them I don’t qualify since I’ve only got 2 years from my last job but I will just send out resumes and see if I get any bites.. I’m not looking to become the next Bill Gates in a year but sussing out a lot of my career options and it seems like freelance trans is the best right now. So my goal is to be at least making a couple man a month by the end of 2010.

P(ersonal) – In the last two years I have gained a lot of weight. Some pregnancy related, some a product of bad eating habits and no exercise program. Ryohei is getting me a Wii for Christmas so I plan to get Wii Fit as well as some other “Active” games so that I can’t make excuses while its still winter. Once the weather has warmed up I am going to try the “Couch to 5K plan.” Like we have been doing lately I am cutting out sweets except on weekend days, but I will still be eating what I normally do in “real food” at least until I stop breastfeeding and then I may start working on more portion control. Since I am still breastfeeding and plan to for at least another few months (and I’m one of those body holds weight while bf-ing types – BOO) I don’t think I will reach my goal of 30KG by the end of the year but if I was half way there or so that would be great.

P(leasure) – I am a British Citizen through decent since my Dad was born and raised in the UK. I’m pretty sure he is still a citizen although he has taken American citizenship as well and I know he was still ONLY a British Citizen when I was born so I am eligible to apply for a UK passport. I have been saying I will do this for years now but I have decided that this is the year I am going to go ahead and do it. It means getting a hold of a lot of paperwork… mostly a big pain in the ass because I have to submit copies of not only my and my dads birth certificate but also my parents marriage and divorce decrees AND marriage and divorce decrees for all previous marriages and divorces. My Dad was my Mom’s 4TH(!) marriage so thats going to be a huge hassle but having a UK passport seems to be totally worth it. I don’t think I’ll be able to get it while I’m in America this year but I will hopefully get all my papers together and send in my applications when I go back for next years Christmas.

Anyways those are my 3Ps!! I feel like I have my work cut out for me… but if I can accomplish all 3 of them in the next year it will be really great and I feel like I could open a lot of doors that seem closed at the moment! I plan on updating monthly or bi-monthly on my progress in all three areas starting in early 2010

We made the trek (about 7 hours driving with stops/traffic) to visit Nay and Naoki in Shizuoka last weekend and the great time MORE than made up for the long drive.

We left at 3:30am (!!) Saturday morning and got there around 10am! We didn’t have an incredibly busy time but had fun playing with Milo the puppy and of course admiring Sakura. She was a bit out of sorts from the early wake up and long drive and had a bit of a bad first night there but the second night was better.

It was SO great seeing Nay again – we always have so much to talk about and it was so exciting to see her belly full of baby N! I wish I looked that great at 5 months pregnant.

It was so sad to go home on Monday but work and life awaited us back in Niigata so we drove back… we ended up taking a local road through Shizuoka and Yamanashi and it was beautiful because of the mountain scenery in all its maple leaf glory. It was a great drive!! Not one we could do every month but maybe every 6 months 🙂 I think Nay and her Mum may be coming up to see us in the New Year but after that I probably won’t see her until Baby N is here!!

Yesterday was Sakura’s 4 month appointment. She is now 6.1 kg and 63 cm long!! She is very long and skinny and on the “slender” side of the average baby her age. But the doctor said everything looks good, so that was a relief. She doesn’t have another appointment until she is 10 months which should be around May or so. She also got her first shot and didn’t seem to like it much – she cried and cried and they made us wait for 30 minutes to make sure she didn’t have a reaction to it and she just had an absolute fit. Poor baby… she slept great last night though! The first time in a while actually… I think there is still a whole lot going on in her brain and she has a difficult time going to sleep and staying that way. Not incredibly fun for me but what can you do?

I met up with A-san today at the nearby station and we had lunch and then came over to my place for a bit. It was def. nice to have someone to talk to and it was interesting watching her little boy play. He is about 1 year older than Sakura so its like getting a preview of what things may be like… seems very very high energy – I’m just used to Sakura lying there its hard to believe in just a year from now she may be running around screaming and throwing things like he was!!

Also at the station today picked up my discount ticket for Tokyo the day before I leave for the US. Found a website that lets you buy tickets from Tokyo to Nagaoka for up to 30% discount the one I got was 20% discount! Pretty sweet – I def. recommend it to anyone who ever plans to visit from Tokyo. Can’t believe in just 2 weeks I will be in America again!! Wooooohoooooooooo

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Wow.. I think its been ages since I did back to back to back posts!

Sakura was SUPER clingy today… she usually is fairly content to play with her links and baby gym and other toys, but as soon as I put her down today she got very very angry and wouldn’t stop crying unless I was standing up and holding her. No “easy” sitting down holding stuff…

Also she wanted to nurse quite a bit and fell asleep a couple times nursing on my lap which she hasn’t done forever… hope shes not getting sick 😦

My “eating healthier” routine started today. Ryohei and I have decided not to eat any sort of sweets except on the weekends when we can splurge on something nice and hopefully save a bit of money and shed some kilos. I’m not going hardcore into dieting until Sakura’s firmly onto solids since I don’t want to mess with a good thing (aka my milk and milk supply) Will see if cutting the sweets out helps though… I think I may be stuck at my current weight until I’m done breastfeeding as no matter what I do – eat or ton or eat healthy the scale hasn’t budged in almost 2 months… shame that its stuck at such a bad bad place.

Usually I look forward to going home and shopping for new clothes… but not this time. In fact I think I won’t get that much just a few warmer weather basics to get me until spring when I PRAY I will be a bit closer to fitting into my pre-preg clothes…

May try and do the “Couch to 5K” running plan starting in the New Year… theres a 5K run in Nagaoka in April and maybe I can “train” with finishing that race as a goal. Not sure HOW I will be able to go out running with no one to watch Sakura though…

Anyways Ryohei is saying “its time to go to bed” so I guess thats all for tonight. Didn’t really have anything exciting to post about – oh well Sakura rolled tummy to back again today. She did it with quite a bit of momentum and bumped her head on the (carpeted) floor and wailed for a while. She is ALWAYS turning on her side now when on her back and she gets SO ANGRY she can’t seem to roll over.

Ok going to bed now I promise! Three weeks until we are off to America!!!

We had a fun weekend! Actually weekends are usually pretty fun here since Ryohei is around and its not just Sakura and me all day long… (that gets old pretty quick since its not like she can really do much on her own and i think she gets bored of just seeing me and the occasional old lady at the nearby grocery store.)

Friday we went to spend the night at the PIL since they live closer to Gunma and Sakura and I took the local train 50 minutes from Nagaoka Station to the one about 7 minutes from Ryohei parents. I had (in hindsight poorly) planned for Sakura to get her afternoon nap on the train ride but she woke up after only 15 minutes due to loud high school students and the door opening and closing.. usually she sleeps.. well… like a baby on trains..

Anyways we got to PIL around 4pm and she cried from 4:15pm to 5:30pm when I finally put her to bed. I think MIL thinks shes is broken or something since she is NEVER in a good mood when we are there. And of course the Iroha comparisons were thrown like rice at a wedding… they were surprised Sakura is so skinny and long. I guess Iroha is short and round…

Anyways after nearly an hour and a half of screaming which reminded me eerily of her first 6 weeks of life – she went off to sleep in regular Sakura fashion.

Saturday she was so tired that she didn’t want to wake up at 6:30 like she usually does but Ryohei’s parents “insisted” on seeing her before they left for work so we had to wake her up at 7:45… I’m not a fan of waking sleeping babies esp. for my parents in law but we did it anyways and she was in a fairly good mood so she let them fawn over her a bit. She’s pretty look but don’t touch with them.. but then again they still try and hold her in a cradling position and now that her head is fully functional she – HATES it.

Anyways after that we headed down to Gunma! We got there pretty quick  only about an hour and fifteen minutes! Woo hoo! It was a lot of fun and Ryohei is his usual fashion was the entertainment for the bigger kids while the rest of the ladies chatted and admired the two smaller babies. It was good food and fun. Thank you so much Laura A. for hosting us and also it was great to finally meet Sophie and Sakurako. Sakurako in particular seemed to enjoy baby Sakura she was petting her head and gave her a hug as well.. very cute!

It is only an hour and a bit from Ryohei’s parents so if we use the ETC to get there its only 2000 yen round trip 🙂 Hopefully we will be able to meet up every few months…

Anyways the way back we went back to Nagaoka and it took quite a bit longer… Sakura was pretty cranky and then it started raining so we took a rest and a parking area and had dinner there. It took us about 2.5 hours with the stop included and we were all pretty exhausted by the time we got back.

Today was supposed to be rainy but ended up being sunny so we caught up on some house chores and then drove out to a park but it was super windy and cold so we headed back after a brief stop at Akachan Honpo for Sakura and Starbucks for us!

Sakura was being SO cute this weekend.. she is SO chatty now. I wonder if she’ll continue to be a chatty baby/toddler. It makes me crack up when she tooks to us, herself, her toys, etc etc..

Hard to believe she’ll be 4 months soon. At Akachan Honpo we saw another baby crying that was about a month old.. it was a big shock to realize just how much Sakura has matured.. she doesn’t sound or look like a newborn at all. She’s trying so hard to roll over and smiles and occasionally laughs, and has head control.. it really is true time goes quickly.

I just hope this week goes quickly so we can head out to Shizuoka to see Nay and Naoki again!! I can’t wait. We haven’t seen them for over 2.5 months now. This month has really gone by fast… just another 3 weeks until we leave for America?! And then it’ll almost be 2010… I really can NOT believe it!