Once upon a time, what feels like a lifetime ago, I was working towards my masters degree. To make sense of what I was researching I read a lot. A lot a lot. Including lots on power and gender. It’s funny what sticks with you. I had to look up Nancy Folbre, but I remember … More “Who Pays For the Kids”
I’m a little bit glowing today. My little girl is growing up so fast. She just turned 11 months, and now we have her first word. Earlier in the week we heard that she might be speaking from her teachers. It was nice to hear, but we weren’t really sure. Of course we trust the … More First Words
I’m a day early. Tomorrow my wee little lass will be 11 months old. Sometimes the cliches feel like the most accurate of phrases. The time has indeed gone by so fast. The amount she has changed in these 11 months is startling. Except I guess not. I mean, it’s all natural. But it feels … More 11 Months of Airi
Somethings always out a smile on my face. Joining that list is my little girl’s hair. Not only is it soft and fluffy, but it is also pretty punk rock. It’s current natural state of being is to stand straight up and kind of lean towards the middle, giving her a baby Mohawk. Combine that … More My Little One’s Mohawk
I hold my daughter and once again I marvel at how tiny she is. My hand stretches from shoulder to shoulder and I’ve had apples larger than her head. She nestled into me and the world is one again at peace. Contentment flows through me. It’s energy that I want to breath in. Her hair … More Two Months and Five Days
For most of the day I’ve been help captive by a very tiny warden. She’s forced me to parade while carrying her for hours on end. Food has been prepared on demand, and if it does not arrive timely enough, loud reprimands ensue. Even now I am forced to rock endlessly as she lounges. If … More Help!
Some things you want to go on forever. For me, my baby girl sleeping on my chest is one such feeling. She has only existed outside of her mother for just over two weeks, and yet she feels like an essential part of my life. Like I’ve known her forever. I love this little girl … More Contentment
The truth is I was going to write about something else other than my not-quite-a-week-old baby today. Not that I had anything specific in mind, but I was thinking maybe a week straight was too much. Then two things happened. The first is my mother, who is in town to help us out for a … More My Mom is Mighty
Our little girl is five days old, and for her first five days she stayed with her mom at the midwifery. But today was the day we got to take her home. That in itself was a small adventure. We don’t have a car, nor do we have a car seat for such a small … More Coming Home with Airi
Airi’s grandmother, Mima, safely arrived in Japan today. Very few things are as moving as watching your mother hold your child for the first time. It was beautiful to see her hold my son for the first time almost for years ago, and it was beautiful to watch her hold my daughter today. And now … More The Arrival of the Grandmother!