This week has been a tough one for us as we learned of our friends' tragic death in Kenya. We keep their families in our thoughts and are planning a memorial in NYC with our classmates. One of our close friends advised us to call our loves ones and connect with our mutual friends in times like this. So, that's what we have been doing. A friend of mine in Japan sent me some silly videos to make us smile a little and our own kids are there to make us smile, too...
For our son, his third birthday meant becoming a big boy in addition to a party, balloons, cake and presents. Becoming a big boy also meant saying good bye to his binky (well, binkies as he had a collection of them!)
How did he do it and how did we, as parents do this?
Read on... picture: modernmom parenting
We traveled to Sharjah the other weekend to go to the Arabia's Wildlife Center. We went there on a Saturday afternoon but it was not crowded and the place definitely exceeded our expectations. It was well-put together, professional and surprisingly big. After going through the small animals sections (the likes of snakes, scorpions, frogs, etc.), there was a big animals viewing section at the end where we saw a cheetah, leopard, wolves, etc. The center also had an indoor bird section where we could walk through and see the local birds, Our favorite was at the end at the center's food area with a 360 viewing area watching animals including flamingos, Rhinos, Arabian Oryx, and Ostriches.
I learned that the scorpions glow in the dark undert florescent light
No pictures from inside because I followed the "no photograph please" rule!
We held a weaning ceremony for our daughter this weekend. This custom is usually performed at 100 days after the baby's birth so we were a bit delayed as our daughter just turned 4 months.
In Japan, "when a baby is 100 days old, families celebrate a weaning ceremony called okuizome, or first food. This ceremony traditionally involves a large shared meal prepared by the mother-in-law. The menu varies by region. Traditionally, a small pebble is placed on each plate and the adults symbolically bite down on it. This ritual is meant to wish the baby a life of abundant food without hunger as well as good strong teeth. While a father or grandfather may pretend to feed the baby solid food during these festivities, the baby is usually still drinking exclusive milk." (Wikipedia)
Picture courtesy of Family Health Chiropractic
Last night, I put our almost-three year old son to bed around 6:30 when he normally goes to bed. Then he starts screaming "Mama~!!!! Come here please!! Mama~!!!!" repeatedly. It is NOT normal for him to act this way so I rushed to his room worrying. He then stands up in his crib, hands me an enormous snot from his nose and says "Mama, throw this away please" then turns on his side to sleep.
I know it is normal for kids to pick their nose and eat the boogers. Some believe this normal but kind of gross behavior is actually good for their immune system. What do you think? Do your kids do this?
We took our 10 day-old daughter to a Moroccan restaurant called Tagine in the One and Only Royal Mirage to celebrate my husband's promotion. We have been there a couple of times because we like the food and the ambiance of the place. We like it much more now because the restaurant was very breastfeeding friendly. The waiters did not say anything about me breastfeeding at the dinner table (though I was wearing a feeding cover) but doted over my daughter asking "how many months is she??" When I replied "10 days", they were very surprised though!
Other restaurants that we tried to go (i.e., Peir Chic at Al Qasr Hotel or Thiptara at the Address Hotel downtown) said NO BABIES...
娘が生まれた週に旦那の出世を祝うためにお出かけ。。。生まれて間もない娘を連れてOne and Only Royal Mirageのなかにある Tagine というモロッコのレストランへ。前にも何回か行った事があるけれど、ここはおいしいです。内装は暗くて音楽もあまりうるさくなくて食べながらちゃんとしゃべれるレストラン。食事中に授乳してても何も言われないばかりか、ウェイターさん達は”かわいいねー、何ヶ月？”と。”１０日です”というと驚かれました。
When I was pregnant, I loved getting these ultrasound photos to take home. These images reminded me that I really had a human inside of my stomach! Now that I am done with two pregnancies, I want to do something with these images. I found this really cool idea online. You can make a canvas print of your baby's ultrasound photo! I think I will definitely do this.