it’s a girlllll!

paul and i are glad to announce our second-born daughter, koyuki sophia.

koyuki was born at 10:43pm on monday, july 26th.

her birth weight was 3240g.

she is now five month old. she is happy, healthy and beautiful.  koyuki is a japanese name combining the kanji ‘small’ + ‘snow’.  it means that it is snowing gently.  we wanted her to be as gentle and pure as the untouched snow.

i’ve been fortunate that she is very calm and happy.  she hardly cries.  even when she wakes up at night for feeding, she ‘talks’ like ‘uh~, uh~’ to call me.  she smiles and plays on her own happily.

i’m still a three year old parent.  i’m learning to take care of two children.  i’m lucky that she’s a good sleeper.  i used to think that the saying, ‘sleep like a baby’ is just to tease sleep deprived parents.  but now i learned that there are some babies who actually sleep!  she can sleep 8 hours straight, even 12 hours once in awhile.  i only have to nurse her once at night.  i couldn’t believe at first that she can do that.  i remember checking to see if she’s okay only to find a peaceful baby sleeping.

if and when my three and a half year old boy sleeps through the night for the first time ever, i’ll be laughing.

elijah loves koyuki so much and plays well with her.  he expresses how much he loves her by kissing and licking all over her face and putting her small fist in his mouth(why?).  he’s learning to be gentle with her.  we pretend that she can walk.  he likes to hold her hand and go for a stroll around the house.  we’re playfully amused that she can jump so high and occasionally she can fly so fast.

nowadays, she likes to observe her hands very carefully.  her eyes are glowing when she does that.  it is so fascinating to see how human beings start to make sense themselves with their bodies and the world around them.  i fail to appreciate the basic fact that my eyes can see, my mouth can talk, my legs can walk, and my hands can draw.  it’s a cliche but watching her put me back to appreciate such basics of life.

(koyuki on a lovely blanket by carole)

today’s elijah :: trying out kiwano

paul has been very helpful doing some grocery shopping when i’m not feeling well.

he’s so adventurous that sometimes he brings home some food that i don’t know what to do with.

the other day, he came home with this african fruit called ‘kiwano‘.

the two boys liked it and finished it all making loud sucking noises. according to them, it tasted like a banana.

i’d have been more adventurous if i wasn’t pregnant. but for now, i’d rather eat a real banana.

today’s elijah :: school play at japanese school

elijah started to go to the japanese school here in saskatoon since september last year.  the class takes place every sunday morning for two hours.  elijah is in the preschool class and i help out as a teacher’s aide.  i make materials and do some drawings for them.

we had a school play day at the end of march.  elijah’s class did a traditional russian story called “the great big turnip“.  for this play, i painted the background image.

there are six characters in this story — grandpa, grandma, grandchild, dog, cat, and mouse.  we have 8 kids in our class, so we told them to pick the role they like and we could have two of the same character.

everyone picked a character except elijah.  at that point, all the roles were taken.  so we told him that he can be any character he wants.  so he picked…

an elephant.

「ぞうさんに、な、り、た〜い!(i want to be an elephant!!)」

he said that out loud standing on his chair.

then, he told me the day before the play that there is no elephant in the story…

too late, elijah!!