Wednesday, 9 July 2014

AROUND THE WORLD



This morning Keo was happily playing on his own in his room which gave me a chance to browse the Internet. Sometimes I feel like I am even more disconnected with the rest of the world since I became a mother. My days often start when Keo wakes up and end when he goes to bed at night. I don't really watch TV which means that I don't watch news either and even when I have some "me time" in the evenings I don't read about what is happening around the world. By the time we eat dinner and look around social media sometimes it's pretty much bedtime (getting Keo to sleep is another story that I'll try to blog here another time....). Luckily I have a husband who is very much aware of what is happening around the world and can explain to me without being judgemental when I shamefully have basic questions like what is going on in Syria or Scotland's possible separation from the UK.

So this morning when I opened the laptop, Twitter popped up from the last session. I was initially looking thorough #Brazil to see what people have to say about the last night's game but somehow ended up on #PrayforGaza. I'd had no idea what was happening in Gaza when the football match was going on on the other side of the world. I felt heartbroken. Especially about the fact that innocent kids were killed during the attack. Since I had Keo, whenever I hear sad news involving children it breaks my heart even more. It's like a different level. This morning the news about Gaza somehow hit me deeply and I found myself crying looking at those awful images of the attack. I don't know much about Palestine and Israel more than the basic historical facts but I know that it's always innocent people who get hurt or killed or lose their family when there is a conflict and that's what hurts me most. I felt awful and hopeless and couldn't stop thinking how the parents who lost their child or family were feeling right now. I can't even imagine the pain.

I nearly didn't write about this. I was going to write something else today. I kind of want to keep this space for something fun and happy. But it seems important to write about how I felt this morning to remind myself how lucky that I have this small family and being able to live how we live. How lucky that I have a healthy child and I get to spend everyday with him. Also that I should do what I can do to help those in need. I can't stop a war and all I can do might be to make a small donation or just send a prayer but I would like to believe that those small things can make a difference.

(Here are couple of links for some charities I recently made a donation for if you are ever interested... here and here. Thanks for reading.)

今日の朝きおがおとなしく一人で遊んでくれていたので、それじゃあ家の片付けも終わったのでちょっとネットでもしようかなとパソコンを立ち上げました。もともとテレビはあんまり見ないせいもあるのか、ここ最近前よりももっとイギリス国内だけではなく世界でどういうことが起こっているのか、知らない事が増えてきているような気がします。

夜やっときおを寝かしつけて晩ご飯を食べた後する事といえば、携帯でInstagramやfacebookなどのソーシャルメディアをちょこっとのぞいたり、その他もろもろネットをみてたりするとあっという間にもう寝る時間ということも少なくありません。無知な私とは違い、トムは世界情勢や政治的な事も基本きちんと把握していて、いまさら誰にも聞けないような常識的な事も、ありがたい事にいろいろと教えてくれます。スコットランドがUKから抜けるかもしれない事もこのあいだトムから教えてもらったところです(恥)

今朝パソコンを開いてTwitterで昨日のW杯ブラジルVSドイツ戦関連のツイートを何気にみていたら、ふと「#PrayforGaza(ガザに祈りを)」というハッシュタグが目に入りました。昨日のブラジル戦のまさにその最中、パレスチナ自治区ガザ地区がイスラエルからまた攻撃され一般人や子供達が巻き込まれているという事をその時知りました。日本に住んでいる時は世界で起こっているニュースをみてもどうしても遠い海の向こうの国で起こっているという感覚でしか見れていなかった気がします。なのでイスラエルの事なんてほとんどしらなかったし、中近東の国々なんてほんとに遠い外国という意識でした。

でも多国籍のロンドンで住むようになって、ありがたい事にいろんな国の人に知り会えた事もあり、あの「遠い外国のはなし」という感覚はなくなりました。世界は結構思うより近いです。遠い気がするだけ。こういうのも変ですがみんな普通の人達。さらに子供を産んでからは、特に戦争などで子供が巻き込まれているというニュースを聞くのは本当に辛い。亡くなった子供達の親御さん達のことを考えるだけで胸がつまります。イスラエルとパレスチナの関係など政治的な事は基本的な事しか知らないけれど、戦争で被害にあうのは必ず罪のない子供達や一般の人達。日本にいたときは遠い外国の人達とおもっていたけど、きっと思うより自分と変わらない人達。

基本的にこのブログは、きおのことや日々のなかで楽しいことを書いていきたいなとおもっているのですが、今日の朝感じた事は忘れないうちに書き残しておこうとおもい今日は書いています。今はこっちに住んでいますが私の母国はやはり日本。日本でも特に原発の事や最近では自衛隊の事など、これからの子供達の世代に関わる問題がたくさんあります。毎日あたりまえのように家族と過ごせる事を感謝しつつ「自分ひとりだけだと何も変わらない」ではなく、将来の子供達のためにも個人レベルで出来る事を実行に移していかないとな、と思う日々です。(長くなりましたが読んでくれた方ありがとう。)


Wednesday, 18 June 2014

BATH CRAYONS


I was doing our food shopping at Tesco the other day and saw these bath crayons on the bottom shelf. I'd heard a couple of my friends saying they are great fun for bath time but I'd kind of forgotten about them. So I bought them. Seriously, it's the best three pounds I've ever spent! Why didn't I buy these before?! They are sort of regular crayons but you can draw on tiles while having a bath and you can easily clean it off (say goodbye to crayon marks on your wall!). Keo generally likes his bath time (except for when he is too tired or just wants to watch In The Night Garden...)  but now he LOVES it. While I run a bath he curiously watches me drawing some of his favourite things like a cat or dog or car or trains or all the things that 1 year old boys are obsessed with. (Did I mention an airplane?) and tells me what they are pointing at my drawing. It's the cutest thing watching him talk. I always speak to him in Japanese but his small vocabulary is already both in English & Japanese. Some words are much easier to say in English like "car", which is "kuruma" in Japanese, so understandably he seems to be picking up the easier way to say it. I always wonder how he will learn to talk since me and Tom speak different languages. I studied English as an adult (and I am still learning!) so I always wished I'd known English as a child because it's not easy to learn a language as an adult! (I'm sure you'd agree if you ever studied one!) I'd love to know how your kids are learning to speak if more than one language is spoken in your family. It must be so interesting!

Anyway if you have a small child and haven't tried them yet, I'd highly recommend it! He loves to draw too! (I can't actually believe I am blogging about bath crayons. My life is so glamorous.)

この間近所のスーパーのテスコで買い物している最中ふと目に入ったバスクレヨン。普通のクレヨンとは違っておふろのタイルにお絵かきができるクレヨンです。ちょっと前にそういえば友達のママからけっこう楽しいよーって聞いていたのをおもいだし、購入。

約300円で値段もお手頃なこのクレヨン、だたいま母子ともにはまっております!お風呂場でお絵描きっていう意外なところがいいのか、なんだか普通に紙にかくより数倍楽しい!(公園でたべるお弁当が一層美味しく感じるのに近い感じかなw)さらにスポンジで拭き落とせるのもありがたい♪ これならおおざっぱな私でもきれいに保てます。(けっこう家のかべにいたずら書きされてるので.....。っていうか、ほったらかしの私がわるいんですが.....。)

お風呂をわかしてるあいだにクルマや飛行機やわんわん、にゃんにゃんなど、きおの知っているものを書いてあげるとゆびをさしてうれしそうに何なのかを教えてくれます。基本わたしはきおとは日本語のみでの会話ですが、やっぱりトムは英語なのですでにきおは英語と日本語がまじっています。クルマは「カー(car)」鳥は「バー(bird)」でも飛行機は「こーき」で電車は「でー」。でもなぜかきおに日本語で「靴とって来て」というと「シュー(shoes)」といいながら持って来てくれるので靴に関してはなぜか両方で理解しているようですw 

うちの母からも「きおにはちゃんと日本語もしゃべれるように育ててね」と何かある度に言われておりますが(まだえんぴつもちゃんと握れない1歳児にひらがなドリルをおくってくるほど必死の母w)私も大人になってから語学を学ぶのがどれだけ大変か身にしみて体験しているので、息子には日本語も英語も両方話せるよう基本的に私はいつも日本語ではなしていますがこの先どうなるやら。毎日どんどん成長していく息子。がんばって日本語もおぼえようねー!(漢字の読み書きに関してはまたゆくゆく考えます.......。)

 "carrrrrrrrrr!" :)

Saturday, 17 May 2014

PARIS!

 

We had the perfect excuse to go on a little trip to Paris since my mum was visiting us for a little over a week from Japan and she requested that she wanted to see the city. Obviously I happily accepted it and booked the train tickets straight away before she could change her mind to some other city! Luckily, Paris is only a 2.5 hour train journey away from London and it's a big temptation to hop on the train and have a weekend away. (and as you can imagine I couldn't resist the temptation a few times in the past! Who could?! :) The list of how pretty the city is could go on and on but the excitement of seeing the Eiffle tower is something special and never gets old no matter how many times I visit the city. You are so pretty, Paris!  

先週まで日本から母がはるばる遊びに来てくれていました。母にとっては去年のきおの出産後の手伝いに来てくれたのを含めて今回で4回目の渡英。結構もう慣れてるのかと思いきや、日本語が通じない環境、特に飛行機やこっちの空港は何回来てもやっぱりストレスのようで、旅行前はなんと痩せるほど緊張するらしい母.....。でも孫に会いたいという思いではるばるやってきてくれました。そんな海外苦手な母もパリには一回いってみたかったらしく、今までロンドン内しか観光した事がなかったので、それじゃあきおも連れてみんなで行こう!ということで行ってきました、パリ!
ありがたい事にロンドンからは急行列車で約2時間半ほどでいける距離。まさに東京ー大阪感覚。今までもそのお手軽さを言い訳に数回ほど行った事があるのですが、何回いってもほんとうに素敵すぎる街です。


 It was a public holiday in Paris and literally everything was closed! They even closed Champ Elysees for some ceremony and it was kind of amazing to see it being so empty! 

Keo doing the Eiffel tower! :) 

 Poor Keo was stuck in a baggy with a rain cover but he was the only one who stayed warm & dry all day! The adults all got soaked!

 
Those lips :) 

 Mum and Tom take Pairs! :)


Keo was so excited being on the Eurostar. It might have been the highlight of the trip for him :)

We miss Paris!

 (and we also missed the train home. Yes, we missed it. Luckily they put us on the next train for free! They even have better customer service in France!) 

Tuesday, 8 April 2014

CHERRY BLOSSOM BOY


We had an amazing opportunity to join the photoshoot for the super talented Ashlyn Gibson who is a stylist and the founder of the acclaimed children boutique Olive Loves Alfie. (She is also an author of the brilliant interior design book Creative Family Home.)  Keo got to wear a beautiful kimono and had some photos taken with spring-sakura-themed props. It was so much fun! Though Keo had no idea what was going on and kept walking towards me passing the camera so I had to put him back for what seemed like 100 times! You might have noticed that he is clinging on to me in the second photo :) We don't get these kind of opportunities that often (well, none in other words!) so just wanted to share some pictures here....

先日、昔働いていた子供服屋さんの写真撮影に、きおがモデルとして初参加させていただきました。さすがプロのカメラマンさん、すごく素敵な写真ばかりで超感動!こんな経験はめったに出来ないのでとても楽しい時間を過ごすことができました。でも案の定、きお本人は訳が分かっておらず、カメラを通り越して私の方にひたすら歩いてくるので、途中からは私もきおの横に座り、きおをじっとさせる係に徹底。しかし遊び盛りの1歳児をじっとさせるのは簡単ではなく、しまいには店長兼スタイリストのAshlynがきおのあたまに桜の花びらをばらまきだすと、どうやらそれは面白かったらしくなんとかいい写真を撮って頂きました♪きおの衣装は春夏用の超かわいい着物風のトップを着させてもらい、きおの着物姿をみれてうれしかった母なのでした♡

That tongue :) 


All the pictures were taken by the talented photographer Nerys Jones.

Thank you for the fun afternoon! 

Wednesday, 26 March 2014

HELLO WORLD!

We are back!

Oh it's been a long while since I last blogged.  Since I became a mother my life has totally changed. You often hear people say that but this whole baby thing does take up your whole life! I wake up with him (sometimes as early as 5am), feed him, change him, play with him, and feed him again, change him again, play with him again and so on and on.... that's basically my day! haha! But seriously, it can be exhausting. Now that he is a bit older, 15 months in April (how did that happen????), things are actually a bit easier. He was never a good sleeper but is finally sleeping through the night. Well, most of the nights... OK, he is actually up as I write this. It's 21:40 and Tom is desperately trying to get him back to sleep in the next room! (Keo, please sleep....) Anyway, after the full on first year, I feel like I am ready to start blogging again. Well, it's definitely easier said than done, so let's see how it goes! If you happen to be reading this new blog of mine, nice to see you! and hope to see you around!

みなさんよく、『子供ができると自分の時間も無くなるし毎日ばたばたよ。』とお聞きしますが、うちも長男きおが産まれて以来見事に生活が一転しました。今思えば、特に最初の1年は本当にきお一色の日々(まあ、もうすぐ15ヶ月になる今でこそきお一色ですが...)。 毎日早いときは朝5時に起床するきおと共に朝は始まり(ってか、早すぎ。)夜7時のベッドタイムまで毎日この1歳児にふりまわされている毎日です。 

最近やっと夜も寝てくれるようになりだいぶ楽になってきて、といっても毎日一晩中寝てくれるわけでもなく、実はコレを書いてる今も、夜10時にもかかわらず目覚めたきおを夫トムが隣の部屋で寝かしつけてます.....。(しかし絶対眠たいはずやのになんで寝ないんやー??)
とはいえ、やっぱり夜寝てくれるようになると毎日もちょっと楽になり、きおが産まれる前までちょこちょこやってたブログを再会しようかなーなんて余裕まででてきました。約1年全然開いてさえいなかったので今回はあらためて新しいサイト&名前で再スタートです♡ とはいえ、ちゃんと続くかどうか!笑

 "Is mama blogging again?? "

Friday, 26 April 2013

Don't grow too fast, my little boy!


it's been such a long while since i last wrote! living with a little baby has taken over my life completely - sometimes i forget to take a shower, i often eat food standing up these days, i learned how to go to the toilet without putting him down and waking him up, also i now walk round the flat so quietly like a ninja so i won't wake him up!

but i've been missing writing this little blog of mine and always feel like i should document all those precious little things that happen in our life now. (but i always end up choosing to nap rather than blog!) keo is now 3 months and a half. he is growing fast. real fast! he rolled over the other day. hooray! (i was half asleep and nearly missed the proud moment!) and started to talk (well, not really "talk" but he makes a noise. sometimes he goes on and on like he is passionately talking about breast milk or something! :)

最近めっきりブログを書く暇もなく毎日バタバタと過ごす日々が続いています。赤ちゃんのいる生活、だんだん慣れてきたけれどなかなかブログを書く時間もなく、っていうよりあっても昼寝を選んでる状態!(もしくはちらかってる家の片付け!)でもきおとの日々の生活をちゃんといろいろとブログに記録していきたいなっとはいつも思っているのだけれども。

きおが産まれてからというもの、自分がお風呂入るの2日くらいすっかりわすれてたり、立ちっぱなしで食事するのもしょっちゅう、さらにスリング(日本語でおんぶひもみたいなの?)で寝てるきおをおこさないようそのままトイレする技も取得などなど、いままでありえなかったことがごく普通になってます。

きおもはやいもんで3ヶ月半。最近の彼は寝返りを初成功!朝の6時くらいだったから私は半分うとうとしてる時に、朝から元気いっぱいのきおはよこでくるっとひっくり返り、それを見た私は眠気も一気にふっとんで感動!さらに最近は声を出すようにもなりました。もっぱら、あおーあおーあわーあわーって感じで本人なりに何かについてしゃべっている模様。(本人の話題といってもおっぱいか寝る事くらいやろうけど。笑)


these are his little videos - here and here if you are interested....

please don't grow too fast my little boy! (but please sleep at night....)

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Thursday, 21 February 2013

6 weeks!



keo will be 6 weeks old this thursday and is growing very fast! he has turned into a VERY hungry baby and feeds so much. when he cries for milk, nothing will make him calm (but my boobies!) he went through a growth spurt the other week and he was feeding every 30 mins which was tough! he now has proper chubby baby cheeks and arms and legs which are so adorable and i could just keep stroking them forever.

we are slowly getting into a routine and he is feeding every 2 to 4 hours now which is giving me some time to sleep too.... we started to take him out in a sling to the park/local shops and he loves being in it and sleeps very well. being outside also takes my mind off the daily feeding routine and keeps me sane so i'd better keep it up. 

i am still sore from the daily feeding (my nipples that is.) and went to see a breastfeeding lady at a local children centre the other day to get some help. she says the latching is perfect (thanks to all the youtube clips/website that i desperately watched million times) but his mouth is still small and he can't open his mouth wide enough which is apparently the reason why.  apparently it could take 3 months for the pain to go away.... that's another 2 months! umm...

P.S. THANK YOU SO MUCH for those who sent us cards/presents! keo is a very lucky boy! we can't thank you enough for your generosity!

今週の木曜日できおが産まれてから6週間目になります。長かったようで早かったような毎日バタバタの6週間でした。2770gと小さいカラダで産まれてきたものビックリするくらいきおの食欲は底なし、おっぱい大好きでどんどん成長しています。お腹がすくとすごい勢いで泣きはじめ、おっぱいをあげる以外何をしても泣き止まない!ちょうど3週目に一週間ほど、いわいる「成長期」をむかえてその時の食欲はさらにびっくり倍増。一時は30分おきに授乳していました。その週をすぎてからは授乳の間隔も2−4時間ほどになり、私も寝れる時間が増えすこし楽に。

でもあいかわらずおっぱいは痛いままで、先日近所にあるチルドレンセンター(国が経営しているママと子供達のための施設でいろんなクラスがあったり子供達があそべる施設)の母乳エキスパートのお姉さんに話をしにいったところ、吸い方は問題ないけれど、どうやらきおの口が小さいのが原因のようで、3ヶ月ぐらいすればいたくなくなってくるでしょう、とのこと。あと2ヶ月も痛いのかとおもうとちょっと気が重い....。涙 でもおっぱい大好きのきおのためになんとか頑張らなければっと日々の授乳にのぞんでおります。

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