Monday, October 29, 2007

Sunday, October 28, 2007

Sorry Jack, You Tiger Now


Before I go into the glorious details of our super fun day...you need to know how Jack got his costume. First watch this YouTube video:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rj4CeTglmI0

When Nona Julie and Papa T arrived they pulled a tiger costume out of their suitcase and began to laugh hysterically about a Comcast commercial where the guy on the phone says "sorry Roger, you tiger now." It was one of those "I guess you had to be there situations". All of my commercials are in Japanese so I had to be resourceful in order to see what the hoopla was all about.

So, Jack dressed up as a tiger today...so what pray tell did his mama dress up as?...A tiger catcher of course! It was the easiest last minute thing I could come up with so that we could go as a pair. I really wanted to do Olive Oil and Sweet Pea or Fiona and ogre baby...but those will be more fun next year if we can get Keith dressed up as Popeye or Shrek.



Leah and 7 month old Gavin, Jack and I got to Kawasaki a little after 1pm and the parade was scheduled to start at 2. We thought we had plenty of time to feed the boys, feed ourselves and find the parade. We got the feeding part taken care of but finding the parade was a whole other story. We walked out the east JR Kawasaki station exit first and started to worry because we were not seeing anyone else in costume. Finally I asked a policeman and he told us to go to the west JR Kawasaki exit...low and behold we started to see more people in costume. Unfortunately it was now 2:30pm and we feared that we had missed the whole parade. We walked around the plaza until 3, and then realized everyone was lining up along side the road. So the good sheep we are, we lined up with everyone else, unsure of what was coming. Fifteen minutes later we hear loud music and we can see a float headed our way! Hooray, we didn't miss it after all! Jack was sound asleep for the whole thing but I took lots of pictures of some very cool costumes. It turned out to be a great day.


Now we have 365 days to prepare for next year. Jack will be mobile by then...oh the possibilities! I love Halloween, have a happy one everybody.

Saturday, October 27, 2007

Happy Two Month Birthday Jack!


Jack did very well at his two-month checkup on Friday...three shots, one oral vaccination and he weighed in at a whopping 13 pounds! He is now 23-1/2" tall which combined with his weight puts him in the 75th percentile for boys his age. Eight weeks ago, when I felt inadequate in the milk department, no one would have been able to convince me that Jack would become such a good little eater that he would essentially double his weight in two months. To me, he looks bigger every day...I wish there was a better way to show how big he is getting.

I finally ordered a camcorder today. After exhausting research I chose a Panasonic Hard Drive model with all sorts of bells and whistles. Pretty soon I will be able to post videos on the blog...how exciting! Tomorrow is the big Halloween parade in Kawasaki about an hour train ride from Yokosuka. http://lacittadella.co.jp/halloween/ I am taking my little tiger and my friend Leah is taking her little elephant (7 month old Gavin). I expect to come home with a lot of crazy pictures of locals in costume. We caught the tail end of tropical storm Faxai today which provided wicked wind and some torrential downpours. Luckily it has let up and the forecast for tomorrow is clear.
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I hope everyone else is having a fantastic Halloween weekend! Eat, drink and be scary!

Friday, October 19, 2007

Environmental Blahg


I saw on the news that bloggers were going to unite and post an environmentally related blog on the 15th. I had all sorts of good intentions to do so but these days my good intentions are constantly interrupted by a little bean by the name of Jack. As far as the environment goes, I live in the most recycling intensive country in the world...as far as I know. I have more than five separate garbage categories, two of which require thorough washing prior to disposal. We even have a special tool for removing the plastic rings off the tops of plastic bottles left behind by the cap. My favorite day is Group Resource Collection Day, unfortunately I never know when this day is until I notice my neighbors putting their items out. I have tried to figure out the schedule to no avail. This is the day when local organizations come around to pick-up cardboard, magazines, newspapers, clothing and other items that can be recycled for money. Moving seems to create piles and piles of these items and I am thankful that I don't have to find ways to dispose of it myself. So here's my contribution...everyone recycle...for most of you all you have to do is put it all in a blue bin and someone else does the rest. If it's more complicated than that...well, wah...everyone should try to make a difference.

For some reason, yesterday and today have been especially rough. He has switched from sleeping in 2-3 hour intervals during the day and 1-2 hour intervals at night to sporadic 30 minute cat naps throughout the day and 2-3 hour intervals at night. Don;t get me wrong...I appreciate getting more sleep at night. It's that during the day he has been on a pattern of eat, diaper change, fuss inconsolably, finally doze off for a bit, only to start the whole cycle over again. For me, the "I have an answer for everything girl", this is really frustrating. Nothing seems to put him at ease for more than a few moments. Right now I have him in a wrap so that I can respond to him right away. The pacifier works until he spits it out and I think he is most comfortable when he is being held. I don't know what I would do without this wrap. It allows me to take out the garbage, eat, check email and update the blog. Going to the bathroom is a whole other story. That's where the magical mobile in his crib comes in. When he's fed and changed I can lay him down in his crib, wind up the mobile and then run to the bathroom. Luckily I can get back before the music stops...this is where the "magical" part comes in...for some reason he is mesmerized by the music and the spinning fish. As soon as it stops he turns bright red and then wails at the top of his lungs. I know this because I didn't get back in time once.

Now it's back to figuring out this whole motherhood thing, Keith is on duty tonight so I have some leftovers calling my name downstairs. I also need to squeeze in working on our Halloween costumes. I won't reveal our disguises until Halloween so you'll have to wait for the pictures.

Thursday, October 11, 2007

Daddy's home


It is such a relief to have Keith back home. His two week deployment turned into three and soon he'll be off again. Thankfully we'll all be together for the holidays including Meme Laurie and Grandpa Tom. Pretty soon we'll have our first Halloween in Japan and it looks like the locals trick-or-treat just like we do. I can't wait for all the little ghouls and goblins to show up at my doorstep. Decorations were one thing I didn't bring very many of, just Christmas and Easter...you know, the important ones. Luckily all of the stores around here are chock full of festive accoutrement's to put us in the holiday spirit. Nona Julie even picked up a few to take back with her to Chicago. Sadly, tomorrow she heads back, unwillingly leaving Jack here with me. I am holding him as I type so she doesn't try to smuggle him in her luggage.

Other than the excitement of Keith being home for a little while, everything around here is day to day. Every time I pick up Jack he seems to have a new sound or smile, he's really becoming quite the character. He's putting on plenty of weight just like a good baby should. Keith commented that his chubby legs are "spilling" over his feet. I am not surprised since he eats non-stop. It isn't a problem until we are in the middle of a department store and he realizes it's been an hour since he last ate. The fit he throws would lead a stranger to believe he has not eaten in a week! He does collect quite a following of Japanese women who all comment, "sono ko wa kawaii desu" - "very cute baby". They are also amazed when I tell them he is only six weeks. He is a total flirt already and he seems so much more alert than other babies around his age. The best smiles come right after he's done eating but I am selfish with those, especially since there is some nakedness involved.

It's time for the Webber family to turn in for the night. Jack usually sleeps from 9-11, 12-2 or 3, then 3 or 4 to 5 then 5:30 to 7:30. Needless to say I am eternally tired, but I figure his willingness to be lovingly cradled in my arms 24/7 will not last forever so I will take advantage of every moment.

Sunday, October 7, 2007