Category Archives: March Photo Challenge

March 13th: Ty Says and Ty Eats

Ty is a big big talker! That is for baby talk, but he still doesn’t say much actual words even though he understands a lot. The most recent new word is “more” He always asks for more toothpaste and tonight he asked for “more” tofu. TOFU! Since yesterday he’s loving tofu. He used to only occasionally eat the deep-fried type and always spit out the non fried type. Until yesterday that is. He seems to even prefer it over his beloved natto.

Since I talk a lot about how little Ty eats I thought I’d dedicate a post to what Ty DOES eat. Of course his likes and dislikes change a lot. One day he’s all over one particular food and the next day he’s so over it. But for now I’m grateful that he likes: tofu, natto, eggs, carrots, beets, hijiki, quinoa, rice, cheese waffle, cheese, chia seeds, coconut flakes, dried goji berries, pumpkin seeds,  edamame beans, adjuki beans, brown lentils, cooked spinach (if its mixed with rice) pasta, gnocchi, udon, and sometimes hashbrowns. The list is short, but I’m working with it. He still doesn’t like fruit of any kind, unless you count dried goji as a fruit. He also likes freeze-dried yogurt drops that I order off of iherbs, but will flat-out refuse yogurt in liquid form. It’s all in the details for him. With that in mind, maybe I just need to present fruit in a more creative way.

I was absolutely exhausted today! I stayed up wayyy to late talking to David about my mama guilt and I totally paid for it today. Drank a lot of coffee and only took a selfie of myself.


I did try to capture the adorableness of David and Ty dancing this evening, but again, I had trouble with the Nikon. Damn it!

It’s sort of a ritual now for us to have a dance session before Ty goes down to bed. Today he asked for music to be turned on after I reminded him that tomorrow we have music class in the morning. David and him jammed it out for a while and Ty even threw in some spins. My mini Michael Jackson, ha.


March 12th: Mama Guilt

First of all, I’m super sorry for the low quality iphone photo. I don’t know how to work David’s Nikon so it makes for a less than ideal usage for spontaneous photo taking. Like this evening, I really wanted to get a shot of Ty running around butt naked and then he started vacuuming  (with the real vacuum cleaner) with all his might and I just about died that I couldn’t figure how to use the Nikon. A photo of Ty vacuuming naked would have been priceless!

So because of that I only have this iphone photo of these curry lentil crackers I made this morning. With Ty off at daycare I have a bit more time to be in the kitchen and I decided I want to work my way through one particular recipe book I have that has very unique and healthy vegan recipes.

Unfortunately, I burnt them a bit. But they still were tasty!


Alright, so lets talk about this mama guilt thing. I knew I’d experience it and I know I know, this is only the 2nd week of Ty being in daycare, but man is it just breaking me up that he’s having a rough time!

The daycare very nicely has a daily report card for how each child was, when he napped, when he pooped, what he ate etc. Today they wrote the report in VERY broken English, but it made me SOOO sad to read! I can’t imagine its any more unusual than other days he’s there. He cries a lot, he gets very tired (his nap time at home is way earlier than the daycare’s naptime), etc But to read today in English how he stared at the door crying. How he asked for Mama mama….OMG I’m getting teary eyed again. Yes, I cried this afternoon. 😦

It doesn’t end there. He doesn’t eat at the daycare. Well, he will eat snacks and a little bit of the veggies and beans that are in his bento, but he doesn’t eat much. I’ve packed nothing but his favorite foods in the hopes that the familiar foods will encourage him to eat, but no he doesn’t eat. He eats them at home no problem. Today I packed for him penne lentil pasta. He loves this pasta, but I doubt he even had one bite daycare. At least he did eat the beets and edamame that was also in his bento, but with his weight decreasing a bit….I am concerned.

I know his weight loss is also contributed by him being sick last week, so I’m just doing my best to have him eat lots while he is home. And eat he does! In the morning he’s finally eating a pretty good amount and he doesn’t stop eating when he gets home from daycare. I have to give it another week or two to see if he will get used to the place and keep in mind that he is home a lot more than he is at daycare so over all he should be able to make up for the lack of food he eats at daycare if he keeps his appetite up at home.

Ah this is so tough! I feel like a selfish mom going for a run and cooking while my son is miserable at school. There are perks also for the child to be in daycare right? The socializing, building some independence away from mama, getting used to other caretakers, being in a Japanese environment etc. I feel guilty to say this, but I am absolutely loving my time away from him, but when he’s home I feel like the worse mom ever for sending him off.

wahhhh….just my little rant.

March 11th: How to

Eat salads daily without the prep being a hassle.

This is a no brainer, but I felt like sharing because it really is a super easy way to insure you have a nice big raw salad daily. With the weather getting warmer I’m getting my appetite for green smoothies and salads back again. For a while there I didn’t care if I had either, but now is the time I go greens crazy until Winter rolls around again.

Before I had Ty I used to make a salad at every meal by taking some leaves off the lettuce and cutting just one salad portion for veggies to be added to my salad. It was time-consuming, but I had the time so I never thought about a more efficient way. Then Ty came along and everything I did had to be efficient. Heres where I started making a huge amount of salad just 1-2xs a week and storing the salad in the fridge for easy consumption.


My salad spinner bowls works perfectly for this. I prep all the greens, chop all the veggies I want into the salad and the bowl has its own spinning top that I use when I store it in the fridge. Wala! Now whenever I want a salad I don;t have to prepare from scratch, but just simply grab a few handfuls of the salad and enjoy with some homemade salad dressing that I always try to make sure I have made and ready to go. That amount up there lasts for around 2-3 days if David is also in the salad eating mood.

For the greens I had green lettuce, lots of parsley and water cress. I like to change my salad base around a lot, but right now I’m crazy about the added fresh herbs. I mixed in tomato, red bell pepper and cucumbers. Then whenever I eat a salad I also add some more toppings of whatever I have premade in the fridge. Which usually consists of steamed veggies, lentils and/or beans of some sort.

And now to pay respect for this day. It’s a sad day with it being 2nd year anniversary of the tsunami in Fukushima, but it’s also a day of celebrating because it’s my moms and my good mama friend’s birthday. Happy birthday dear ladies!

And now I’m off to bed. I seem to have caught Ty’s bug or maybe it was David’s bug? Either way, I have a slight fever and feeling all achy and sore all over! Good thing I had a lot of greens today 🙂 Going to fight this thing!

March 10th: Happy Birthday Lilia and Chris!

Lots of birthdays in my family in the month of March. Today is Lils and Chris’s and tomorrow is moms. I hope Lils and Chris are partying it up in Singapore and I’m looking forward to giving mum a ring tomorrow!

We started our day bright and early. For the first time ever, as soon as Ty got up and got off the bed he ran to the refrigerator indicating to me that he wants to eat. Who is this boy!? Ty never ever does this! It’s a tell tell sign that I’m not producing enough milk and/or he’s just making up for the weight he lost while being sick.  Last night he also got pretty frustrated when no milk came out. He couldn’t settle himself back to sleep so I was forced to get up and get him water. As soon as he drank a couple gulps he went back to sleep. I better start keeping water by the bed. While I admit that I am a bit sad that my milk is naturally dwindling, I’m also happy that he’s forced to eat more solids. I’m ready to wean, but I’m more or less letting Ty decide when he wants to be quits or until my body gives up.

He ate well for breakfast and then we were off to the park before the air was supposed to get suer contaminated by pollution coming in from China.


And man did it get dark and yellow in the afternoon. It seriously was pretty disturbing how smoggy it suddenly got and it was a very very distinct yellow. We kept Ty indoors for the rest of the day. He took a long nap and I did a short workout. David didn’t feel well all morning so I was on my own, but when he got up in the afternoon, I went out to get some groceries and masks.

Then I got cracking in the kitchen. I wanted to bake something fun for Ty to take to daycare.

Savory spinach cheese muffins. Unfortunately. he didn’t seem too into it, but I think I need to try again when he’s hungry because I gave it to him tonight after he had tons of edamame and avocado pasta so he was pretty full after that.


There’s no filter on my phone camera for these muffins. They really are a beautiful bright green color from the spinach I blended smooth. I’m not sure how they taste as they aren’t vegan in the least, but David seemed to have enjoyed a couple mini muffins so they can’t be that bad.

Fingers crossed Ty does alright in daycare tomorrow. He has been SUPER clingy and whinny always asking for “nene” (meaning both sleep and boob) so I know he’s feeling a lot of stress from daycare. Poor boy.

Hope everyone had a great weekend!

March 9th: Aquarium Adventures

We started our day off with a hearty meal. Ty had egg rice(half quinoa half brown rice) and tested out the measuring spoons for feeding.


He soon learned it wasn’t the best and eventually switched to his yellow spoon. Thankfully, he ate almost his entire portion you see in the bowl.


Then we were off to the aquarium in Ikebukuro Sunshine city. It was the first time for all of us to go and it was pretty fun. The size was perfect for our little boy and he had a blast ooing and ahhing over everything.



It’s really fun to take him to these places now that he’s interesting and can stay awake longer. In fact today he didn’t take his nap until 2:30pm which is extremely late for him. Hope we don’t have to pay for this later as David and I going out for a date tonight and leaving Ty with the sitter.

Sad news is that the camera lens shattered today while we were out. It fell off the stroller and bam! 😦  It’s probably going to cost us a fortune to get the camera fix boohoo!

For the rest of this months challenge I’ll have to use my iphone or David’s Nikon camera. At least I made it 9 days using the Canon. Hurrah for me 🙂

March 8th: I’m In Love With

My cookie scoop! Seriously, this thing is the bomb! I love cookies and recently love making mini muffins, pancakes etc so it’s all perfectly portioned for Ty. It makes everything very uniformed and it’s just plain fun to use. Highly recommend one! 



Sorry I don’t have anything more exciting to post. 

I’ve been suffering from horrible horrible hay fever ever since it got warmer this week. It’s seriously the worse thing ever! Burning itchy eyes, nose that doesn’t stop running, and sneezing every other second. I must get into the habit of wearing a mask. 

In other good news is that Ty is all better. He still doesn’t have much of an appetite and has lost noticeable amount of weight, but at least he’s keeping everything down. Tomorrow I want to do something special for him so were taking him to an aquarium. Should be fun. 

Have a great weekend everyone. 

March 7th: Poor Sick Boy and Our Poor Carpets

Ty has some mysterious stomach bug. No fever, but can’t hold anything down. Luckily, it’s pretty mild. Last night was the worse until he emptied out his stomach and then it was dry heaving and lots and lots of laundry and 3 changes of bed sheets and pjs for all. Then today he has no appetite, but is super thirsty and wants to nurse around the clock. The little bit of food he does manage to eat comes up a couple hours later along with breast-milk. 

Today I hate hate hate that we have carpet flooring and miss miss miss our old gorgeous wooden flooring. I hovered around Ty paranoid that any moment he’ll heave and we will be destined to have a stinky spot on our floor for how ever long we stay here. And then it happened, but thankfully more than half landed on our sofa which thankfully has washable covers. Sure we have a little spot on our floors, but it wasn’t too bad. But for your own sake, if you happen to visit me I wouldn’t recommend sitting on our floors, oh and I guess not on our sofas. Heck, I guess it’s best not to visit unless you’re alright with standing the whole time. 

Like father like son though. Ty loves the carpet and today more so than ever he loved laying on it and then suddenly my hatred for our carpets lessens just a tad bit. 



For any concerned, the photo was taken way before we had a little mishap. 


March 6th: Photo Cheat

I didn’t manage to take a photo with either my Canon or iphone so I’m using a photo that I took yesterday.


It’s been over a month since I’ve used the Ergo. I used to have to make sure I always had it with me if we went outside since he sometimes needed to nurse and nap in it, but now he’s on a pretty good schedule of napping at home or in the stroller with the sitters.
Yesterday I pulled it out though. Ty has been understandably needy and after day care yesterday he wouldn’t let me put him down. I played by his side for a couple hours, but when it came time to make his dinner this was the only way to get the job done.
He was pretty amused and I got some weighted walking lunges and squats in as well which Ty got a crack out of.

In other news, I’m uber proud of myself for managing to run 4 days in a row! Sat – Tues! woohoo! I haven’t ran that many times in a row since pre-pregnancy. I’m hoping I can keep this running streak up for a while and throw in a couple toning/yoga sessions in there someday as well.

Oh, hey, it just occurred to me that today is Ty’s 20 month birthday! Gosh, I’m a terrible mom to just realize that now when the day is almost over! I’ll be sure to wish Ty a happy 20 month birthday tomorrow and I better start brain storming for his 2 year birthday party. OMG, it’s in 4 short months!!!!

March 5th: Gluten Free Banana Pancake Recipe

Ty has been on a total savory breakfast kick. He’ll eat rice with eggs, natto rice, rice with lentils and veggies and refuses to eat a semi sweet breakfast.

He used to be crazy about these banana pancakes I used to make for him, but since lately his enthusiasm for anything bread related has totally disappeared, I gave the pancakes a break for a couple weeks and brought them back today.

Don’t let the bottom photo fool you. He looks all happy with his pancake and took a bite but ended up spitting it out. I don’t know if its the rice flour I used or if he’s totally off on the banana. This used to be the only way he’d eat bananas. I ended up whipping him up some natto rice and he ate that! While its great that he likes natto, I do still wish he was more into breakfast food. It would make my job as his personal chef a lot easier. Now I have to make 3 savory meals a day and with his limited amount of foods he will eat its really hard!

His hair is awesome, I know!


Still I’m going to give you this recipe since I know there has to be other toddlers out there who are into breads and pancakes etc. Its super super easy and even on our busiest days I’ve been known to whip them up. Of course, I won’t be going out of my way for a couple more months now to make these, but hubby Motozo benefited from this and ate the entire batch today, so I’ll take that as a positive taste test!

I can’t take full credit for this recipe since I got the idea from a simple vegan recipe, but I added an egg and it pretty much makes this recipe full proof for any gluten free flours. Although, I can’t vouch on flours other than gluten free oat, buckwheat, and rice flour. I’ve tried all those 3 and oat flour is by far the best. I haven’t tasted any of them since they have an egg in them, but I can tell you that the oat flour fluffs up and has a soft texture, buckwheat makes for a rather heavy pancake, and rice is soft but thin. Ty definitely prefers the oat flour, but that may be due to him just being into banana pancakes back then. I even made oat flour pancakes for him recently and he still wouldn’t eat it so I cant say he didn’t like the two others based on the flour differences. Let me just remind you that he used to be crazy for this pancake and would happily eat it for breakfast and snacks! I guess he just got sick of them.

And on to the recipe.

Gluten Free Banana Pancakes

1 banana

1 egg

1/2 cup of gluten free flour or regular flour

1/2 tsp baking powder

In a food processor puree the banana smooth then process everything else until combined, adding more flour if the batter seems too watery.

Heat a skillet on low heat with some heat friendly oil.

Pour pancake batter 1 tbsp at a time making some cute mini pancakes.

Blah blah. I’m sure you all know how to make a pancake so I’m not going to type it all out.

This doesn’t make a large portion. It would be the perfect amount for a guy with a hungry morning appetite or be just right for 1 women and a toddler (depending on how much your toddler eats). Ty doesn’t eat much and when he ate these pancakes he had about 2 mini pancakes for breakfast and 2 for a snack. So one batch lasted about 2 days and thats it. But if you look at the ingredients, its not much so a women shouldn’t feel guilty for eating the whole batch for breakfast. It is, after all, the most important meal of the day, no?

Let me know if anyone tries it out 🙂

March 4th: Spring

Is in the air. 








So just a update on how Ty did at daycare today. He seemed pretty interested to go in and play with all the new toys, but as soon as I said good bye he got really upset and cried. After I got out of the building I realized I had his coats with me so I went back up to the school and in that short time he stopped crying. 

The workers said he got a little fussy around noon and didnt eat much lunch which is to be expected because he usually takes a nap aroud 11 or 11:30AM then has lunch after he wakes up so he was tired and didn’t have an appetite. 

I only left him for 3 hours and I kept myself busy. Did an 8km run, showered quick then dashed out to do some grocery shopping and was able to pick Ty up just in time. He was pretty emotionally when I picked him up, but he was super happy to get into his stroller and again he was super happy when we got back home. I was really counting on him taking a nice long nap since these days he sleeps for 1hr – 2hrs now that he’s on a one-nap-a-day schedule, but he woke up after a short 40mins and the rest of the afternoon he was one cranky baby. He’s totally entering the terrible twos a little early I think. If he doesn’t get what he wants he throws a big fit, arches his back when I carry him and try to console him, and cries with all his might. He used to stop crying pretty fast and would get over his disappointments fast, but now….man, its super hard to remain composed and be patient. Breath breath! 

He also likes to put on his own shoes and hates to have my help which of course erupts in a dramatic fit. Argh! I know he’s feeling stress from his morning so I’m really really trying to be patient with him. 

I felt really guilty that he was indoors all morning when if he were with me he’d be able to go out to the park. When we visited the daycare they said they go outside if the weather permits, but today I was told they don’t go outside everyday 😦 HUMP! My boy NEEDs to go outside or he goes stir crazy. I’m really hoping he gets to go outside tomorrow.