happy 2009, kanpai!

happy 2009 kanpai

happy new year to all of you!  i hope your first 18 days were glorious and that the glory continues for the next 347 days.

elijah wants to say to you all, ‘KANPA~I!’  i should write it in all capital letters for accuracy.  elijah has been really into saying ‘kanpai (cheers)’ whenever he gets the chance.  he says ‘kanpai’ to clink glasses (he’s drinking barley tea or milk in a cup), but also says it when he’s eating food from a plate.  he wants us to grab our plates and clink them against his, many times every meal (whenever he wants attention).  i’ve tried to correct him, but his adorable face always wins.  there are so many things to say kanpai to in elijah’s world.

happy 2009, kanpai

elijah turned 19 months old last week.  i thought he was pretty adorable his first year, but his 19-month-old cuteness just keeps accelerating.  his communication skills have been improving like a storm.  he can make two- and three-word sentences now.  he can say ‘kore nani (what’s this)?’, ‘mama suru no (mama do it)’, ‘milk hoshii (I want milk)’, etc…  he can also say prepositions like ‘mama mo (mama, too)’ or ‘elijah no (elijah’s)’.  he seems to understand that i speak japanese and paul speaks english to him.  so when he speaks to paul, he says ‘papa, too’ or ‘papa’s’.  

he can say names other than papa and mama.  he says his playmates’ names, grandma and gido to paul’s parents and ba-ba and ji-ji to mine.  today he said to me, ‘ba-ba, nihon (grandma, japan)’.  

my family is still living in japan so we communicate on videochat.  when elijah and i videochat with my parents, elijah does his best to show them how much he’s learned.  he holds up shapes in front of the camera and says ‘sankaku! (triangle)’ or ‘shikaku’ (square) and sings the ‘ABC’ song or ‘Twinkle, twinkle little star’.  my parents applaud and cheer every time.  

so close and so far away.  it makes me feel a little homesick.

kanpai, nihon!

happy 2009, kanpai

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  1. Anja Flower’s avatar

    Kanpai! Elijah is as cute as always.

  2. Dawn’s avatar

    It’s absolutely adorable that he speaks Japanese; I love the way you describe him!

  3. shaun’s avatar

    happy new year to the 3 of you. elijah looks really happy.

  4. valeriahernan’s avatar

    love your artwork!
    its so nice to see how you mix motherhood and work, i try to do the same thing, its hard but its so rewarding!!

    greetings from chile, latinoamerica

    my flickr :
    http://flickr.com/photos/valeriahernan

  5. rafaela’s avatar

    Kanpai, Yuka!
    Have an excellent 2009!

    I got a little emotional by reading this post of yours.
    My nephew was born this last Christmas, and since I live far away from home, I haven’t got the chance to see him, yet. Like you, me and my family communicate via videochat.

    I’m soon going home, though, but only on vacations…

  6. Ku’s avatar

    あけましておめでとうございます!

    I’m ready for the year of the Ox. Happy 2009!

    Kanpai!

    Elijah looks cheery as always. I hope your family is well.

  7. Blake Himsl Hunter’s avatar

    My son is 10 months old and adorable. Your post makes me want for him to be older and start speaking some. Elijah is adorable!

  8. kat kat’s avatar

    awwww he’s such a cutie! Happy New Year to you too! xo

  9. yuka’s avatar

    happy new year everyone.

    kotoshi mo yoroshiku onegai shimasu.

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