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Mirai and Taishi’s Twin Birth Story

This birth story starts much differently than my last one. The effects of COVID-19 can be seen across that world, and Tokyo is no exception. In my third trimester update, I wrote about my feelings on giving birth alone, something I, nor many people I know, ever thought they would have to do. And yet […]

Preparing to Give Birth Alone During COVID-19

As many of you who follow me know, I am pregnant with twins (35 weeks and 3 days when I am writing this) and I am preparing to give birth during the COVID-19 crisis. I personally know many people who are in this same situation, in Japan and abroad. In Tokyo, the vast majority of […]

Why choose natural childbirth + my tips for once you have

i standon the sacrificesof a million women before methinkingwhat can I doto make this mountain tallerso the women after mecan see farther legacy – rupi kaur Natural childbirth, just like breastfeeding, was never something I imagined myself becoming so passionate about until I actually experienced it for myself. It seems that, at least in the […]

Twin Pregnancy Second Trimester Update (Weeks 13-28)

As I sit down to write this, I am 29 weeks pregnant and officially in the third trimester! Before I forget everything, I want to talk a bit about how second trimester went during my twin pregnancy. Right around 12 weeks pregnant is when the nausea began to clear for me and I felt like […]

Asahi’s 2 Year Update – Sleep and Everything Else

I’m a few months late on this post (blame my twin pregnancy!) but I’m happy to finally get to it now! Asahi is currently almost 2 years and 3 months old and a few things have changed in the last few months which I will try to note. First off, from about 20 months old […]

Weaning from Breastfeeding in the Toddler Years

This post is close to my heart right now as my son recently weaned from breastfeeding at the age of 25 months. I want to share a bit about my story as well as provide some tips and advice if you are thinking of encouraging your toddler to wean from breastfeeding. Weaning is a complex […]

First Trimester Update (Weeks 1-12) – Pregnancy #2 with Twins!

When they say your second pregnancy flies by they weren’t lying…although I think I can only say that about the last week or so because the rest of it I basically felt horrible! Here’s a roundup of my experience in the first trimester during my twin pregnancy! If you prefer video format, you can also […]

Breastfeeding in Public in Japan – An Honest Guide

So, let’s get into this. One of the most common questions I hear from parents who are new to Japan, or just new to parenting in Japan, is: Is it culturally acceptable to nurse in public in Japan? My answer, yes, but also no. It’s been my experience that breastfeeding is generally accepted and supported […]

Asahi at 18 Months

Asahi is now 18 months old! My last update was when he was 15 months and although some things are similar, he has also changed quite a bit, mostly in the realms of eating, sleeping, and speaking. I’ll start with his daily schedule: 6-7AM – Awake for the day. Cuddles with mama and playtime while I […]

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