OMG is it March already?

This year really is flying by! It seems like just a few months ago that Yoshi and I were hurriedly choosing place settings and flower arrangements for our summer wedding, and now there is just a month left before we become parents!

I suppose I am not too stressed or worried. I don`t think there is too much left to do before the little one arrives.

Some things that are on my `must buy before baby arrives` list that I have yet to cross off are;

* a baby monitor
* a mobile to hang over the crib
* a breast pump, some bottles and a bottle steriliser
* a nursing pillow
* lots of diapers and wipes
* a car seat (choosing and buying that is Yoshi`s job)

and I still need to decide on an outfit to bring him home from the hospital in. I am not really sure why... but all the books and websites suggest that it is a good idea, so I`ll try to choose the cutest outfit we have so far.

I don`t think baby will mind if we have a baby monitor or a mobile in his first few weeks of life, so those two items can wait. A car seat is necessary for the ride home from the hospital, and of course diapers are very very important, so I will definitely get onto those soon.

In the next week or so I will also try to get some other things out of the way;

* hair cut and highlights (who knows when I`ll have time to do that again)
* my baby shower (a great way to see all my friends before I go into baby-induced hibernation)
* a new camera? (actually I have a camera - Sony Cybershot - but it is a few years old and I lost the memory card a couple of weeks ago, so am considering buying a whole new camera!)

Happy March 1st everyone.

Important Japanese events celebrated this month include...

Hina Matsuri (雛祭り) = Dolls Festival / Girls Day - celebrated on March 3

Shunbun no Hi (春分の日) = Vernal Equinox Day - celebrated on March 21 (national holiday)


  1. Hi Fran! Yes! Time flies.

    It is funny that you say "choosing and buying that is Yoshi`s job". But so do I! I do that sometimes because I don't want my darling to think that everything is done "AUTOMATICALLY"!!! hahaha

    Please please take care!!!

    What is the baby monitor and the mobile, btw?!?!

  2. Thanks Ochi! A baby monitor is like a radio (sometimes with a video) so you can stay in one room, and listen to/watch the baby in another room. A mobile is a decoration that hangs above the crib and moves around (sometimes plays music) to help the baby go to sleep.

  3. I have a baby monitor - hardly used, still has box and instructions that I can give you if you want - or if you want I can take a photo of it later after have dug out of wardrobe.

    Also have a car-seat - which clicks into a pram. It is a combi and has been used for all three kids but it still fine and I loved the design. Going from car seat to inside, to pram. A lot less hassle than having to wake a sleeping baby to take them inside. I can take a photo of that too if you like.

    Email me at if you are interested. They are second hand of course and I know how nice it is to have new stuff for the first baby :)


  4. Hi Fran, I just came across your blog. I hope you don't mind me commenting! After I gave birth to Leilah my nursing pillow was a life saver for at least a week. Needless to say it wasn't being used as a nursing pillow but more for me to sit on! So I would bring one with you to the hospital just in case.

  5. Thanks everyone for your lovely comments. Nay I often read your blog too! Leilah is such a cutie, and growing up veeery fast! Thanks for your advice. I saw some nursing pillows on sale at Babies R Us, so will have to pick one up soon.



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