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Posted on: December 30, 2009

Currently typing from my inlaws from ryoheis computer while sakura was napping. Had a fairly hectic trip back… my flight was an afternoon one so it was not the easy breezy trip we had during the night flight on the way to america.

After 11 hours in the air we got to the airport and we made our way to the hotel room i had reserved…. i made a stupid mistake and ended up taking a taxi there when i could have taken a free shuttle bus or the train which would have been about 300 yen. instead i paid 4000 for the stupid taxi… i thought it would be closer but no.. no it wasnt. 10km in the taxi and i learned my lesson

the hotel itself was fine.. 3800 for a smallish room with a bed and shower pretty much all that i needed. we were going to stay with lulu that night but since her mum is visiting and i knew sakura would have jetlag and be up all night i think the hotel was the right choice. anyways.. we made it to see lulu and baby noah the next morning. he was sooo cute. he was very very alert just like sakura was when she was a baby and you can tell he is going to be very handsome when he is older.. but with lulu and shumpei for parents that was a given i think.

after visiting for a few hours we made our way from chiba to tokyo and got in line for the shinkansen. it was the busiest day of the year for going to niigata… just my luck but sakura and i managed to get the last seat in the free seating carriage. she was pretty good on the train and we finally made it to niigata around 2pm

since then weve sort of been relaxing. we went out for some yakiniku today which was nice. it was 3000 for the two of us and the quality was fairly good. it had been months since id had yakiniku!

seeing ryohei again was nice i think he was more excited to see sakura than me but no surprise there. i am sorely missing all the help i had with her when i was at my moms. ryohei and his parents dont do a lot in the way of taking her and entertaining her so once again it falls on me… ive been up since 4am when she woke up and ryohei went back to sleep from 6 – 8…

its fairly cold here and there is a lot of snow. it should start snowing again from tonight although its clear right now. sil and co are coming from tomorrow so we will see baby iroha again. that should be nice to have them to talk to. altho sil can be a bit… different from me… parenting wise… its still nice to have someone with a baby to talk to.

we still havent had any word officially on the tokyo transfer but apparently ryohei was told at his new years party that they hope he will go to tokyo. the vice-mayor told him that and the mayor is the one who will decide if he gets it so fingers crossed.

ALSO there was apparently a guy a couple years ago who was sent to tokyo and then transfered into another branch of the govt while there so ryohei is really interested in seeing if he can do that. to be honest i think he finds the level of his work a bit low and since finding out he may have a chance to transfer into a department of the national gvt as opposed to the central govt it seems to have given him some motivation.

so who knows there is a slight possibility now if we were transfered to tokyo that ryohei could find a way for us to stay there permanently… but before that we needed to be transfered in the first place.. so please keep your fingers crossed we will and we will find out within the next 6 weeks or so.

we are thinking of moving to funabashi or ichikawa as it is a bit less expensive than tokyo but still only a 35 minute commute or so from where ryohei would be working!


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I did this post on my blog last year as well and thought it would be nice to keep it as a yearly recap. This year is going to be baby related heavy for obvious reasons 😉

1. What did you do in 2009 that you’d never done before?
Push a 3.6kg baby out of you know where…
Live with my inlaws…
Move to a rural area

2. Did you keep your new years’ resolutions, and will you make more for next year?
I don’t think I had any NYR’s last year. This year is getting my 3P plan done. (see previous post)

3. Did anyone close to you give birth?
YES.. this was the year of the baby… I think I knew about 10 people including myself who have given birth this year. Including several really good friends.

4. Did anyone close to you die?
My kitty Misty – RIP

5. What countries did you visit?
Just Japan and America

6. What would you like to have in 2010 that you lacked in 2009?
A drivers license… (same as last year)

A full night of sleep with no getting up for either pee breaks or crying baby

7. What date from 2008 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?
July 28th – My little princesses birthday

8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?
Getting Sakura OUT and surviving the first 6 weeks of her life

9. What was your biggest failure?
Going way over the amount of weight I wanted to gain during pregnancy and then failing to lose a lot of it even 5 months after Sakura was born

10. Did you suffer illness or injury?
Pregnancy induced high blood pressues

11. What was the best thing you bought?
An oven!!!!

12. Whose behavior merited celebration?
Ryohei (again) he has really been a god send these last few months

13. Whose behavior made you appalled and depressed?
Internet drama was interesting

14. Where did most of your money go?
Baby stuff and travel to get out of the inaka and see my buds! Oh and medical bills for birth related costs

15. What did you get really, really, really excited about?
The baby!! Two of my dearest friends ALSO getting pregnant AND possibly a move next year!

16. What song will always remind you of 2009?
Lady Gaga – Bad Romance
Beyonce – Single Ladies
and pretty much anything on the Glee Soundtracks

17. Compared to this time last year, are you:
i. happier or sadder
much happier i think

ii. thinner or fatter?
fattest i’ve ever been and not happy about it

iii. richer or poorer?

18. What do you wish you’d done more of?
more exercise,
more hanging out with my kansai friends before i moved

19. What do you wish you’d done less of?
eating junk,
petty fighting with Ryohei

20. How will you be spending Christmas?
This year with Sakura in California
God willing next year with Sakura and Ryohei in California

22. Did you fall in love in 2009?
I sure did with my baby girl

23. How many one-night stands?
hahahahahahhahaha – those days are over forever

24. What was your favorite TV program?
but also enjoyed Lie to Me, Burn Notice, and The Mentalist

25. Do you hate anyone now that you didn’t hate this time last year?
Hmm.. hate is a strong word, but I may possibly dislike a few people more

26. What was the best book you read?
Twilight Series! Read them all in the first month after Sakura was born

27. What was your greatest musical discovery?
Lady Gaga – LOVE HER

28. What did you want and get?
A little girl!
Moving out of the inlaws

29. What did you want and not get?
To be not as fat
To live in a place where I can actually have a social life

30. What were your favorite films of this year?
Julie and Julia, HP 6, New Moon

31. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?
Stayed home with Sakura on my 26th birthday and did nada 😦 A few days later Ryohei and I went out for 100 yen sushi to celebrate

32. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?
Not living in the inaka and having a different ob/gyn than Dr. Ridiculous Male Pig

33. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2009?
Maternity clothes and clothes a size I hope to never ever see again

34. What kept you sane?
my friends, when Sakura turned into cute baby instead of psycho one, my blog

35. Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most?

36. What political issue stirred you the most?
Would sure like Japan to sign the treaty to give children back to parents if taken away

37. Who did you miss?
All my friends in Kansai

38. Who was the best new person you met?
Hmm.. I think this ones a no brainer- Miss Sakura!

39. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2009.
Sleep whenever you can

40. Quote a song lyric that sums up your year:

In all that I’ve done wrong I know I must
have done something right to deserve a hug
every morning and butterfly kisses at night.


Posted on: December 18, 2009

I am so overdue for a post. Its been over a week since Sakura and I arrived here in America and we are having a really fun time.

The flight over was a lot easier than I thought. We stayed the night before with Lulu and Shumpei and it was nice to catch up before Goma-chan makes his arrival. It’ll be the last time I see Lulu without the baby as he better be there when I head back home in another week and a half!!! (ganbatte Lulu!)

We lucked out and got a bassinet seat which made all the difference in the world. I can’t imagine how it would have been if I had to hold Sakura the entire flight. She slept for about 6-7 hours of the 9 hour flight and we had to wake her up for landing. I didn’t sleep at all and was a complete zombie by the time we got to my Moms house but jet lag wasn’t so bad this time around and it only took a couple days until we were both acclimated to America time.

So since then we’ve been very busy. Lots of relatives and friends to visit – unfortunately I’ve caught a cold 😦 Which has really sucked.. Sakura also is a bit under the weather and is sniffling and coughing. Her sleep has also gone to sh**. Not sure if it is because of the travel or a new place or a break in schedule or something else or multiple of the above.

She wakes up a lot more at night and wants to be rocked to sleep mostly. My mom has been helpful in that regard as esp. since I’ve been sick my energy for taking care of her has dwindled.

I’ve also been doing my part to contribute to the American economy. I’ve done so much shopping – but I THINK most of it is done for now besides random food items but I will get them towards the end of my trip. I def. enjoyed the selection and variety that America has to offer.

Sakura has continued to be VERY popular. I get lots of people commenting on what a cute baby she is and she has SUCH a sunny disposition. She smiles and coos at anyone now. She loves being held and being talked to and just in general being the center of attention – VERY SOCIAL. She loves having a bunch of people around to spoil her and I’m sure going back to being around just mommy and daddy in Niigata will be a hard adjustment for her.

I’m not really having any reverse culture shock – in fact being here has really made my desire to move back in the next 5 years or so even stronger. But more on that later… anyways we have a busy week leading up to christmas and then on the 27th I’m back to Japan!

We’ll be at the inlaws from when I get back to Niigata the 29th – Jan 1st.

Its been so nice and warm here… sunny and about 21 degrees/65 degrees here. Niigata is about 2 degrees/30 degrees and snowing… its going to be a shock to the system for sure!!!

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Sakura had a BAD night… for her last night.

Put her to bed at 6:45ish per normal routine… normally she stays asleep until a feed around 11:30/12 but not last night. She was up and screaming when I was getting out of my shower around 9:30… Ryohei was late so I went up to try and get her back to sleep and it kind of worked. Ryohei came home just as I got out of the room at 10:45… cue 15 minutes later. Screams!!!

I figure if I go up again she’s just gonna want more boobies.. so I ask Ryohei to go up and gently rock her to sleep… well.. I knew that wasn’t going to happen as soon as I heard him proclaiming “Hi Sakura!” loudly as he went in our bedroom…

Cue 45 minutes later… STILL awake… smiling at Daddy…

Its now almost midnight and I’m exhausted… I want to sleep but now she gets cranky and wants boobies. So boobies it is but she WONT fall asleep… so Ryohei.. who while I’ve been doing this has been snoozing in bed begs me “Can’t you just do something – why isn’t she sleeping?!” Hmm.. I think 11pm Daddy time had something to do with that… but I go back and lie down with Sakura again and FINALLY… she drifts off.

I roll into bed exhausted.. but 3 hours later… *grizzle grizzle, cry whinnnnne*

So… From 4am to 5:55 when Ryohei got up and took her downstairs I was up with Miss S.

So so so so tired… doesn’t help I’ve been going at it on the wii so I’m achy and tired from exercise tired PLUS need sleep tired. Yawnn… almost a kilo down since Sunday though! Woo hoooooo. The Wii only lets you set a limit of 10kg to lose.. I am going for triple that but I guess 10kg at a time is a good goal.

I’m glad I started exercising before America as I will probably go less “for broke” than I would have if I started after the New Year. I’ll still probably gain a little though but I don’t get to go for another year so its sort of worth it.. esp. Christmas dinner – yum!

We have a busy rest of the week…

Tomorrow I am going with Sakura to PIL during the afternoon and we will stay the night since Ryohei has a business trip in Tokyo on Friday. Friday night we are celebrating Sakura and Iroha’s 100 days thingy… MIL is making red rice and Tai fish and SIL and I are making a sponge cake. Also staying there Friday night..

Saturday afternoon we will head back here and then I have that time and Sunday to pack – do general cleaning (Ryohei plans on staying with his parents during weekdays and staying at out apartment on the weekend), and if we can fit in an hour of Karaoke.

Sakura LOVES when Ryohei or I sing now so we are going to try an hour of karaoke.. which we haven’t done FORVER and see how that goes.

Anyways soon it’ll be time for princess to wake up and then its off to the store to buy some ingredients for tonights Basil Chicken and roast veggies.