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The Return

Stella and I are closing in on our last couple of days in North America. 

Returning home to Japan (or wherever home happens to be) is always the same: ambivalence (happy to return to our normal routine; sad to say good-bye to familyfuntimes); delight (Mr. Chef! Mr. Chef! Mr. Chef!); chaos (a million things to do and far, far fewer than a million hours in which to do said things); dread (24 hours travel time, and a squirmy baby on my lap, and a guarantee of sciatic pain and exhaustion), anticipation (travel is fun! I love airports! can't wait to see Mr. Chef! and the katz!) and sadness (bye-bye amazing grocery stores, so long Nanny and Papa and aunties and cousins).

We are slowly preparing our bags, running around town stocking up on over-the-counter medicine, next season’s baby cloths, crunchy granola health food sundries and trashy magazines, while at the same time trying to pack maximum fun into every moment of each day, and press these golden hours with the grandparents between the pages of our memory books.

Papa came home from work early today. So, we spent the afternoon teaching Stella to walk. 





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Small Style, Cousin Style

I'm closing out on a whistle-stop visit to my hometown in Canada. Which is awesome because it means I get to pack lots of family time into a couple days. And even more awesome because it means that Stella got to visit her cousin Nicholas. Well, to be accurate, her second cousin. And we all know that accuracy is EXACTLY what Expatria Baby is known for.

Anywho! Small Style this week, which, in case you were unaware, is hosted by Morgan at Mama Loves Papa, features Stella who was reunited with her cousin, six months her senior.

These two wee ones are the very picture of adorable. Two little gingers, side by side.

Nicholas taught Stella how to drink from a sippy cup AND how to share.


Stella had the time of her life teaching her cousin how to  play her favourite game, bam bam bam. Basically, you take any surface, and bam your hands vigorously. It is a hoot and a half with the small set, let me tell you. 


So taken with Nicholas was Stella, that my unwalking baby grabbed onto his shirt and ran after him, following him the entire length of the house as he tried to flee, before they both crumpled into a pile on the floor. 

My auntie, who was Nicholas' chaperone for this visit, assured me that Nic was tough and not to worry about all the bamming and rough and tumble play. Although by the end of the visit, little N was clearly fed up with Stella the bruiser, and I was re-thinking my choice of introduced  games. Like, for example, bam bam bam on Mama. Or push Papi and he falls over. When I taught Stella these hilarious games I was not thinking that she would then re-create them with children who do not understand that a swift push to the chest is actually a greeting and a sign of love. Oh dear, what a rookie mistake. Live and learn and rethink parenting practices.

Stella Wore:

Dress - Tea collection

Bib - Fåfa (from Japan)

Bow - AdornMeGirl

Amber Necklace - Hippie BS teathing remedy. It may or may not work, but certainly is cute, and matches her bow which is currently my fav.


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A Bag of Rocks

Please brace yourselves for what is bound to be an all-time low of unimaginative moooooommy blogging tedium. But I have an excuse;* I'm visiting my aunt and reuniting with my hometown and am so full of family funtimes that I'm as tired as a bag of rocks and have not the wherewithal to compose cohesive thoughts so here's a random accounting for things:

Stella ate (and loved) feta cheese. WTF, child? Who gave you your taste buds?

I visited my Grannie. Apparently someone told her to turn on her filter because she made far too few hurtful / inappropriate comments. My blog is sad. BUT I'm seeing her again today. Hopefully she'll have a few zingers for me. 

I got my haircut by an old friend. We met when we were about knee-high to a grasshopper and got into lots of trouble together. One day, she and I kindly served "apple juice" to our little sisters. Out of a margarine container. The "apple juice" was warm. We made it ourselves. Out of water. Thankfully, our little sisters were smarter than we thought. 

I came to North America to escape the heat in Japan. But turns out that it is going to be 38 degrees (38 degrees = about the temperature of hell, for all you Americans) tomorrow and we're diving to Toronto to stay in an apartment with no AC and I've been advised that I'm not allowed to use my computer because it will heat up the place too much. (Punch me in the face. Because of the computer thing. Heat. Meh. {I'm just joking, Auntie, btw! Thanks for putting us up!})

 *and by excuse I mean I'm full of shit. 


And now, apropos of nothing, heeeeeere's Stella! (Who is currently taking an epic nap, and willundoubtedly wake up as soon as I hit publish.)

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On the Road Again With Links

A stationary rock grows moss...or something? Isn't that an expression? An old Chinese proverb???? I could google it, but, well. Whatever.

I'm traveling again, visiting my aunties and collecting some wonderful Grannieisms for you all. Believe me, I have a few shockers in my back pocket. Anyway, all this means that I'm going to be out of theinterwebular loop for the next several days.

However, if you're jonesing for some Stella cuteness (because obviously you are, I mean, knowing what we are up to clearly is a major and significant issue at the forefront of EVERYONE's mind) do not despair. 

There is a wonderful post (ha! I wrote it!) over at Mummy in Provence on my experience having a baby in a foreign country. Go read it! Please! And comment! Lots! 

Mummy in Provence is a fab blog (fablog?) for all you granola-friendly multi-cultural minded mums.Ameena (an English-Egyptian Dubai-born France-living granola entrepreneur rockstar) writes about baby-led weening, Elimination Communication, and third-culture kids. She also has a weekly feature exploring the myrid cultural differences to be found in the way different cultures go about birthing babies. 

Also, in case you missed it, my first NSEW: Expat Dispatches post wherein I feign having thoughtful insights, parenting wisdom and a large vocabulary. Check it, bitches. 

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Talk to Me

Get in touch, I'd love to talk. You can find me here: 

Email - erica@expatriababy.com

And I'm on Twitter.

And Pinterest

In addition to maintaining this super-awesome blog, I'm a freelance writer. I've been published in Shanghai Talk, and I've written on some great expat blogs, see here and here.  I write about parenting, cross cultural and otherwise, food, travel, and all things fabulous. 

If you'd like to know more about something I've written about, or you're just curious about what I'm having for breakfast, please get in touch. Don't be shy! Say hi! 


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Me Elsewhere

I write in other places, too.

Japanese Kids Clothes at Paul et Paula

On having a baby in Japan at Surviving in Japan

My go-to meal at The Enlightened Bug

What I eat for breakfast at Paul et Paula

My take on baby sleep at Babble.com

Proof that I really AM as crazy as I seem at Aiming Low

Real talk about Expat Wives at International Man

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Expat Blogs

I read these blogs. You should too. 

4 Foot 9 - A shorty with a big heart and a Shanghai Alum

4 Kids, 20 Suitcases and a Beagle Writer, blogger, mother, dog-owner, and 7 times expat.  

Adventures in Expat Land  Linda is an American writer, wife and mother living in the Netherlands. 

Barlow's Cayman - Reflections and remembrances of past adventures from a wise and entertaining writer based in the Cayman Islands. Worth a read. 

Chronicles of Serbia - Bi-continental adventures in pregnancy from an American who splits her time between the US and Serbia.

Culture Happens  is about the cross-cultural journey of becoming cultural insiders. 

Expatlogue - A Brit making a home in Canada as a trailing spouse who helps me see my country with new eyes. 

In Search of a Life Less Ordinary  A British writer and expat many times over, Russell currently calls Australia home.

I Was an Expat Wife  A former expat now repatriated to Canada, Maria writes about life after expatria. 

Mummy in Provence  An English-Egyptian-Dubai-born-France-living-AP-friendly mother / entrepreneur / blogger. 

Our Delhi Struggle - Former Delhiits returned to the US.

Paul et Paula A fashion and design blog for international / tri-culture kids. 

SInospilce John is an American expat, linguist, and techie with with whom I used to work. He lives in China and speaks some wickedass Chinese. 

The Diary of a White Indian Housewife - An Australian woman married to an Indian man exploring the everyday wonder of living in India. 

Zhong Gou Jumble - A young American professional, and all round bang up gal in Shanghai (who, incidentally is a former colleague of mine). 


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