Life lately

Sorry I haven't been blogging so much lately. I guess I have been busy, or preoccupied. Why?

1. New Job !
I will start working part time from the middle of April. There is a little family-run English school / day-care about 10 minutes walk from my house whose owners heard about me from Yoshi`s sister-in-law and offered me some work. The best part is that I can take Aiden with me and he can sit in (hmmm?) on the lessons or play in the play room.

2. Birthday !
Aiden will turn 1 on April 8th and I am busy planning his birthday celebrations and buying presents. His little cousin Mone (10 days younger) will also turn 1 in April and we will have a joint birthday party for the two of them, and the rest of the family (Yoshi`s mum, brothers and sister and all their kids). I am in charge of decorations, and each of us will bring a plate of food. 

3. Snotty baby.
Aiden has a kind of cold - again. I am sure it is the 100th time he has had a runny nose this year, and there doesn't seem to be anything we can do to stop it. It doesn't bother him much during the day, except he HATES me wiping it... but at night he wakes up screaming (shrieking actually) because he can't breathe through his nose. The doctor at the ear, nose, throat place gave us a bottle of orange syrup that did nothing and the doctor at the local hospital gave us a bottle of a different kind of orange syrup that hasn't done anything yet either. We have tried steamy hot baths, hot flannels, the humidifier in the bedroom... nothing seems to unclog him. We even tried this horrifying snot sucking contraption (ママ鼻水トッテ);

We did not have the easiest time administering it and I am sure half the neighborhood would have heard Aiden`s response. It worked temporarily but I am sure he won't let us near him with it ever again! It certainly didn't go down anything like this picture suggested...

So that is why you haven't heard much from me, but I will try to be a bit more bloggy in the coming weeks!


  1. Congrats on the new job! That's great Aiden can go with you :) sorry to hear he's been under the weather - Little S got her first bad cold last week and she hasn't been sleeping very well either. Finally dug out the nose bulb (I refused to get the snot sucker!) but it's almost impossible to get her to let me do it. I've been sleeping with her head in the crook of my arm as being at an angle seems to help a bit. Hope he's better soon!

  2. Oh me too - sleeping like that I mean! It works pretty well until my arm cramps up ;)

  3. I am happy that you are able to have a part-time job and keep Aiden close! That is awesome!

    Your family party sounds like fun! Just try not to have an apanman theme ;)

    I have some baby advil (for 6 months and older) I bought from America that a doctor their recommended for minor cold issues. Would you like to try it out?

  4. Yay for going back to work!

    Hope Aiden is on the mend now.

    I have the snot-sucking routine all down now. It's horrible though, it involves sitting on them so my legs press their hands down while my calves hold their head straight. Looks like torture but gets the crap out of their noses!

  5. Hi, I stumbled across your blog from Nay's blog. You could try baby fess saline drops or spray. Should be able to get them on line, I think. they work really well at thinning out the gunk. it also comes with a aspirator snot sucker thingy that looks a little less scary than that one in the picture.

    I like the baby fess spray because my DD who is 13 months now tolerates that best. Also baby balsam or baby vicks is good to rub into their chests and feet. HTH Kim

  6. Thanks for all the comments. I think that we have to be a bit `persistent` in getting the snot out! I am sure no one likes it, but being stuffed up is even less fun :)


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