December 2006 Archives
2006 was an amazing year of transformation. Both Dav and I, Kats and Waka, and Tesla have all settled comfortably into our new family. I'm sure 2007 will be full of growth and many more changes. May you all have a great 2007 year of the boar!!
I'm not able to upload videos to Kokochi via my new phone yet, so I've posted them to YouTube.
First is Tesla staring at butterflies for the first time at the Museum of Natural History.
Second is Daddy dancing with Tesla in the apartment we were staying at in NYC.
Third is Tesla in her stroller being entertained by Dav with a bug toy while we waited for dinner in a restaurant.
Kats likes it too, but I won't let him sleep on it.
Thank you, darling Raven!!
I was born in NYC, but don't know it at all. And coming from Japan, my understanding of USA is only the west coast culture. I think it would be rather important that I spend some time getting to know this completely other side. Maybe one day we'll have a chance. I'd like that for Tesla too.
For now we're back home in SF. Tesla seems relieved to be home too. Back with her toys, back with the cats, back in our family bed.
It was a fun vacation! Lots of simple strolling around, eating, and just enjoying the city. It was a bit difficult, especially near the end, with Tesla getting so fidgety. We didn't feel comfortable just going anywhere. I suspect this is our route for the next year or so as she increasingly will show her tastes and opinion about what we do. Not being able to hop around the city, visit bars at night, or spend long leisurely dinners didn't bother me too much, however. In exchange, I had moments of, "wow, we're a family unit" when walking about which warmed me immensely.
Luckily, Kathy was able to come over where are staying so our screaming banshee could settle down for some sleep. We ordered in Indian food and caught up. She's one of those friends whom I don't get to see often, but when we do it's all good. She remembered my love for chocolate and brought a delicious box for dessert. Thanks!
We are so gonna visit her in Kenya!
However, Tesla has been rather fussy in public these past few days. Especially in restaurants, she would start screaming about even though she was fed and clean. Could be teething, constipation, or just over-stimulation from being so darn curious and looking at everything. Whatever it is, she put on a few nice screaming shows in MOMA, echoing throughout the hallways. If she was in the stroller, we'd put her in the ergo and I'd try and hide in a corner, singing a lullaby in vain hopes that she would conk out. Oh well. Still totally worth it.
In Central Park. It was quite a nice walk. Great trees, lots of other strollers, beautiful scenery with the building scape peeking through. I'd love to go back in spring or fall. I can tell that the park is key to balancing out the urban bustle.
Since it was drizzling, and Tesla was snoozing, we opted to have our dinner delivered. I'm liking this aspect of NY. Just ring up and voila...yummy dinner. We had Thai. Alaina kindly joined us too.
I'm not so into games, but when I saw their Wii, I had to try...it was indeed fun. Now I finally have a sense of what all the fuss is about, but I won't be running out to get it as I just don't have time! Then, David brought out his Dance Dance Revolution game, and a Japanese drumming game. Their idea was to somehow hook up both DDR and Wii, so one would play that at the same time. Crazy talk! Unfortunately, it couldn't be done easily.
I'm so horrible at such, but it was good fun, and pretty funny to watch each other. I can see how it would be very addicting to get together with friends and play, and play, and play, and play...
There were 2 other girls there, playing with Jet. The pictures don't express at all how playfully chaotic it was since the rainy weather forced Jet and her friends to play indoors in the relatively small living room. Before we knew it, there was playdoh everywhere! I can't imagine what life is gonna be like when Tesla starts running around, having playgroups, using toys, etc. It will be a different world for my dear kitties for sure.
It was super nice to talk (in between caring for the kids) about babies, kids, marriage, etc. Good to have cool friends going through similar life stages. We look forward to seeing this family on the playa all together soon : )
What I loved most by far was watching Tesla stare at everything with such curious eyes. She is too young to comprehend anything we saw there, but she was looking at all the new shapes, colors and sizes. She promptly conked out in the dino bone exhibit though.
The last picture is actually a video that I'll get up later (video uploading isn't working yet). It's of her in the butterfly room, looking all over at the moving butterflies. It was like wonderland for her.
Stephan's company, Thinking Pictures, makes very cool interactive video screens gaining popularity in Europe and Asia, used at cinemas to promote upcoming films. The screens adapt to whether there is zero, one, or a group in front of it, and can do a variety of "smart" video streaming. The company is also working on streaming screens on clothing. For now it's for promoting products, but Dav and Stephan got excited about other more creative uses for such digital clothing. Tesla observed all this, and I kept thinking how digital clothing might be completely normal for her, while here we were looking at bulky prototypes.
The office was huge and located in a old biscuit factory. Very beautifully renovated. The building had great soup and bread shops downstairs too.
We flew to DC to visit my grandmother, and introduce Tesla. My grandmother usually lives in TN, but for 3 months, she's been in DC close to where she used to live so she can hang with her writer friends. Unfortunately, she got sick and was out of it for 2 months... and she's going back to TN next week. So she really only got a couple of weeks to enjoy being here. Super bummer.
We were all excited to have Tesla meet her great grandmother though. Tesla took a quick liking to her, and I think my grandmother was smitten too.
What I forgot to calculate when reserving tickets was that an early flight meant REALLY early for us since we're still on pacific time. So in reality, we woke up at 2am to get ready. And on the way back, our flight back was delayed several times (after we boarded so we just sat there FOREVER), and once near NYC, we had to wait for 45 minutes or so to even land. Next time we're taking the train for sure. All was worth it though!
By and large, Tesla got ALL the attention. Everyone took pictures of her...and I have to admit, she was adorable. I'm sure she'll appear on flickr. She was even in a good mood, smiling and looking around at all the Santas. We joked that we've ruined the Santa concept for her since she will have memories of hundreds of naughty silly Santas running around (this year apparently there were about 400 Santas)
Unfortunately, it started to rain at 4pm. We joined friends in a bar to stay dry, but after about 30 minutes, I was booted out for having Tesla with me. No worries...Tes was tired and I was ready to get her home snug in bed anyway. Dav is still out there representing the Yaginumas : )
Anyway, these pictures are of Ruth (last 2 pics), Tesla's nanny for one day a week. Tesla's grandma Marie will be taking care of Tesla on the other needed 3 days a week when I return to work in January. I met Ruth through Kiki & Charlotte. Charlotte is 8 months, and will be sharing a nanny with Tesla, meaning Ruth will care for both of them at the same time. Ruth, Kiki, and us (obviously) are all Burning Man follk. Yay!
We have quite the plan to help ease the transition. Today was our first hang out time. Next time, Ruth will come and be with Tesla one-on-one. Next, Charlotte will come over to be with Ruth one-on-one, but at our place (where the care will be regularly) to get used to our home. Kiki will not come that day. Tes will have one more one-on-one with Ruth while I'm out. Thereafter, I'll be at work where the first week I'll work as much as I can, but will leave if I'm called back (ie. Tes is freaking out). From the 2nd week of work, it's the real deal.
In all honesty, I think Tes will be fine. She's a chill happy baby and is rather easy to care for. I think the challenge will be for me! I'll miss nibbling her, smelling her, hearing her rustle from her sleep, taking her out on walks...etc. At least I'll have ALL Thursday to be at home with her plus the weekends with daddy.
Doesn't she look nice and snug carried by Ruth? That made me so happy and relieved.
I was reading Cherry Blossom Adventures the other day, and found a perfect picture of Cupie Doll. See the resemblance of the faux-hawk and thunder thighs (as Katia aptly coined them)?
Speaking of Tesla's faux-hawk, we decided to take advantage of her fabulous asset and create a fun punk Holiday "family picture." I won't post the final photoshopped version to keep it a surprise, but you can see Tes here with her true mohawk. See our punkshirts too?
Yes, Tesla is still growing like a weed. Even for us, we really can see her change everyday...more interaction, more babbling, better coordination. I can almost imagine her as a little girl.
Here she is up against Katsuo. She's just beginning to beat him in size, and remember how small she used to be? She's gonna be a terror to them soon!
The other pictures show her in a sweater I brought back from Japan. I went through some old boxes of mine containing favorite stuffed animals, etc. One of my bears was wearing this grey sweater. Ian and I used to wear it when we were babies. It's so weird to remember dressing my bear in it, and now my daughter has it on!
p.s. Tesla can now roll from tummy to back, and back to tummy. I just watched her roll over and over and over, about 3 feet across the living room!
hmmn: musings from the far east(erwood)
Big in Japan
Ed the Cat
Anil, the Nigritude Ultramarine
A Full Belly
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