Holding my Girl

She’s so tiny and fits in my arms. I how her close and she snuggles in. We rock and rock until she sleeps. If I put her down and she cries, I get to pick her up yet again. The cycle repeats. Hours pass. Tired and tired and tired and tired. But I don’t want … More Holding my Girl

My Mom is Mighty

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

Doing our Best!

Our brand new baby girl has been here about 24 hours. I already love her so much, but that has been true since even before she was born. But, she is a lot of work. Every two hours she needs feeding. And changing. I would add holding to that list as well, but that hardly … More Doing our Best!

Drinking after Work

Okay, confession time: I really like my main job. I kind of fell into teaching. I come from a family of teachers and sometimes it seems like a majority of the extended family, on both sides, either are teachers or have taught. I think that outside of my dad and brother, almost everyone else has … More Drinking after Work

Countdown to Birth

I am counting days. The expected date of the birth of my daughter is March 5th. Counting today, that is seven days away. It’s morning here, so I count it. At some point during the day, I’ll stop including today. My mother will arrive on the seventh. None days away. She is tasked with making … More Countdown to Birth

My Valentine’s Day

As I write this I am riding a train back home. I spent the day teaching at a girls-only elementary school here in Japan. Through out the day I overheard snippets of conversation about who is making chocolate and who isn’t. For this school the vibe surrounding chocolates is more friendly than flirty. I’m sure … More My Valentine’s Day