Grandma is back!

Grandma is back! She flew in late on Monday night with bags full of goodies from Japan – including some Tokyo Bananas. The girls are happy to see her, and so are Qumi and I. I was able to grab a beer with some friends, and Qumi gets to enjoy a little free time during the day. Grandma stays for 2 weeks this time and we will cherish every minute of it. 

A couple of Qumi’s friends came over to hang out today, Saki-chan (in the middle) is practicing for her own little one in a couple of months.

P.S. All the images can be clicked on and downloaded.

Time to admit it, they might have colic

Well its been a week since grandma left and it was tough. The girls were screaming all day and night, I think its time to admit it – they probably have colic. It seems that it is more common in babies with milk/lactose allergies. Sometimes they just scream and scream and scream – and other times they sleep. The good news is that it does end I have been told, and only a couple more weeks (or months) till they will be sleeping through the night.

Daddy doing his best to keep them calm.

The girls playing in their new floor gym. Not sure they really get it, but will stare at the stuff hanging on occasion. 

Here are the angels holding hands, they love each other – at least for this picture.

Until next time… I will try to update this blog more often, but usually haven’t had the time. Hopefully when the girls start sleeping through the night.

Hurry back grandma

Grandma is heading home and Qumi and I are really going to miss her.  She has been such a huge help, and we’re not sure how to do it without her. The girls are really going to miss her as well, but I am sure she will be back as soon as she can.

My belly, the perfect cushion.

Since the floors are all marble and not at all forgiving for babies falling on them, we setup a futon in the living room. It’s great, all of us can hangout there without fear the little ones rolling off the couch.

Birthdays Galore

We celebrated a few birthdays this week.  The girls turned 2 months on the same day I turned 444 months.  Grandma’s birthday is today and Fu-chan’s is coming up soon. We enjoyed a quiet little party at home with ton’s of Mexican food and an ice cream cake from Baskin Robbins. 

And the cake!

Everyone got their turns to hold the babies, it was really nice. I got to take a short break and enjoy some champagne and beer. I need to get them all back again soon 🙂

Fun at the US Embassy

Brought all three of my girls down to the US Embassy to register the little one’s birth, get them social security cards, and of course their first passports. I have been prepping Qumi of the process of not only entering the Embassy, but what you have to do once inside. The security is similar to that at an airport where everything gets X-rayed, no liquids, and you have to go through metal detectors. Its a huge imposing building (really a fortress).

We followed the website and prepared all the paperwork, leaving nothing to chance. Showed up with all my forms, 10 years worth of tax preparations, my high-school diploma, birth certificate, SS card, and even my baptism certificate. The interviews started and Qumi was in the middle of breastfeeding Kaitlin, so with me supporting Kaitlin’s head, Qumi raised her right hand and swore the truth, all while feeding Katie – what a trooper.  The website clearly states that they only need copies of certain documents, but apparently it is wrong. We needed the original birth certificates in addition to the copies. There was another couple there with the same issue, and they had to go back with their baby twice. Luckily, the consular that helped us understood our dilemma and allowed me to come back without the girls. So barring any issues with my translation of the marriage certificate, our girls will be accepted as US Citizens in 7-10 working days.

Qumi’s mom is here for a week and brought a ton of presents for us and the girls. She is so happy to have grandchildren! I am sure she will spoil them for the rest of their lives.

Grandma and Kristin