daycare bonus

There’s this little boy (probably around three years old) in Yui’s daycare who usually hangs around us whenever I pick Yui up at the end of the day. Surprisingly though, it’s not Yui whom he gives attention to, but me. He would either show me whatever toy he was playing with at the moment or just wave to say hi. Occupied as I am with my reunion with Yui, I have to give him some attention – it’s just so difficult to ignore his sweet attention.

When I picked Yui up earlier, I was quite occupied because aside from hugging and cooing with Yui and listening to the teacher’s account of the day’s highlight while handing me the daycare diary (renraku note), I’m also working up my Nihongo as I chatted with a little girl who kept on lavishing compliments to Yui. With all these vying for my attention, I was caught totally off guard when suddenly someone hugged me from the back. It was the tightest hug a three year old can give. How tight was it? All the tiredness I felt the whole day practically ebbed out because of the hug. I tilted my head to see who it was and sure enough it was the boy. And before I could even say hi to him, he was gone. I’ll make up to you next time little guy. Thank you for that hug, it indeed is a great bonus of some sort in sending Yui to daycare. And my wish is that as you grow, you’ll keep that sweet nature of yours.

And speaking of showing affections, I still am enraptured whenever Yui kisses me. The joy I always feel at those tender moments and the sweetness of it are incomparable. Thank you anak.

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baby diaries: first kiss

You were such a charmer today Yui. Everyone who coos and looks at you you would lavish with a big cheery smile hence you got quite a lot of compliments today.

During lunch, after one of your recent “explosions”, you were happily playing on my lap. You were moving a lot that you were at one time facing away from Mommy or towards Mommy. You were then facing me when suddenly you extended your arm and HUGGED me and then – the most surprising – kissed me! Well it’s more like “slobbered on my cheeks and chin” but it’s the thought that counts 😀

Hugged and kissed for the first time. Ahh. I don’t think I’m quipped with enough words to fully describe how GOOD that felt. Thank you baby.

Happy (little) feet: Yui’s first Mother’s Day gift

Her teachers made it. Nevertheless, it’s still heartwarming. Her mark is on it, after all.

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Tugs at the heartstrings alright. Makes my eyes water thinking the owner of this little feet is my daughter. And the words, though very simple and written by the teachers, touched me deep.

HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY fellow moms!! 🙂

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a translation on the note written

Mommy,
I love you.
Thank you.
Yui

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Many things to be thankful today!

Hubs and I are celebrating our second Church wedding day anniversary.
Always a joy to relive the wedding day memories and the preps
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And today marks a momentous day for our daughter as today will be her nyuuenshiki (入園式)/kindergarten entrance ceremony albeit she’s still not in kindergarten. Suffice it to say I and hubs are so excited for her. This will sort of be my “launching” too to finally be oriented first hand about the Japanese education system. (Which reminds me I still haven’t written about the daycare orientation meeting we had a couple of weeks back).

Last but not least, today also marks the day that I’ll go back to work. It’s just on paper though as I still need to take some leave to consider Yui’s adjustment at the daycare. In a week, it’ll be my first day too!

And for all these blessings and excitement, thank you Po, Lord. 🙂

daycare preps

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Towels, gauzes, drawstring bags for Yui’s shoes and pajama set. And other stuff besides. I’ll be putting Yui’s name on these before handing it over to Yui’s nurse sensei.

It’s almost unbelievable that it’s actually already almost three decades when my own mother also put my name on my stuff for my first day in kindergarten. I remember being very proud seeing my name on my place mat and sleeping mat; could still remember the proud sense of ownership seeing my name on my stuff and that my classmates could see it too.

And now it’s my baby girl’s turn. She’s still very young though to feel the excitement for herself. But soon baby, you’ll get to understand and get excited too. For now, Mommy will try to document as much as she can.

baby diaries: sensitive

Usually bedtime is snuggle up time with you Yui. But this evening, right after bath, you already mellowed down. And after burping your last milk intake for the night, you readily went to sleep without Mommy having had the need to sing lullabies. Even while we were still having dinner and you waited for us in your high chair, you seem to notice Mom and Dad are busy. We had to prepare for Dad’s business trip, see.

Thank you Yui Moirraine for being sensitive. Mom and Dad are so thankful.

baby diaries: laughter

Oh how you love to laugh Moirraine. It seems like you wouldn’t let a day go by without laughing. And you surely initiate the laughter when you feel like having your daily laugh already.

Mom remembers that first time we went to Tokyo with Tita Me-an. You’re used to the attention you get with all our train seatmates. But our seatmate in that particular train ride looked so sad and wasn’t giving you any attention at all. So you know what you did? You almost jumped out of my arms and leaned towards the woman, giving her one of your brightest, biggest, cutest smile. The woman almost jumped out of her skin with your gesture, so surprised to receive such a sunny smile even without prompting you to. And of course Mom and Tita Me-an couldn’t help but laugh a loud laugh with what you did.

But what prompted this baby diary now? Because for today, you waited till bedtime to have your laughing time. Thing is, you were already in the brink of sleep. You were like this baby girl who wanted to play with her mom/dad but was too sleepy. But more so because you were laughing. Too bad Mom already dimmed the lights (and Mom’s phone was charging) so I couldn’t catch it on video. You would open your eyes a slit and give Mommy and Daddy a smile and when you close your eyes, you would laugh, laughter that had you shaking your belly. And these you did again and again.

Mom and Dad are happy baby because you’re happy. Keep the laughter with you baby as you grow.

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