HAPPY EASTER!! My baby turned 17 months and has already decided on her future career path…a shipper! I am totally just kidding but the kid will not keep her diaper on for the life of me. She can rip that thing off if in any clothing item I put on her in, a romper, bloomers, jeans its..I’m not even mad I’m actually impressed. But i did read this is normal so I am not worried, we bought her a potty trainer and she loves to sit on it but still has no idea how to use it. I thought we would start potty training around 18 months or when she starts to wake up dry so Ill keep y’all posted. Layla is progressing so quickly its like every morning I go and get her she is growing up right before my eyes, sad but pretty cool to see she’s turning into a toddler and she’s not my baby anymore ;o(
Eating- Of course she is still eating anything within a 5 inch radius of her, she hasn’t ever missed a meal so thats awesome! Her favorite food is still spaghetti! She LOVES sweets any time she can get some chocolate or ice cream she is happy. She also is a HUGE snacker she goes into her snack drawer and gets out graham crackers, gold fish, teddy grahams, fruit snacks and will go to town. She drinks 2 bottles of milk a day still and during the day she drinks water with a squirt of Mio in it and she will chug it, means lots more wet diapers but I don’t mind because I know she’s hydrated.
Sleeping- Since it was day light savings last month we have extended her bed time to 7:30pm and so dinner is later now which is nice! She is really really good at going to bed and not crying and staying asleep till 6:45-7am. We have a whole routine and around 7:15pm we go to her room, with her milk, pick out a book and she sits in my arms and listens then I put her in her bed say goodnight and leave and she is good to go! Napping has finally got on a consistent schedule she naps from 11:30am-1:30pm and it works and she is a happy camper and I get 2 hours to clean the house, do laundry, get dinner started etc. We did just drop her bed to the floor because we put her down for her nap and saw on the camera she was attempting to crawl over the top so we went in and dropped it! Next step is the toddler bed!!
Speaking- She is a talking machine, all day long non stop she is babbling, most of the time its doesn’t make sense but its pretty cute she tries. She learns a new word every day or so she can say window, keys, ball, come on, mommy mine, bye bye, no, mine, dog, shoes, park, and more. When she wants us to go on a walk she puts our shoes on us its pretty funny and she knows who’s shoes go on who’s feet. She also knows a lot more than I give her credit for I will tell her to go give daddy something and she will hand it to him, or to throw away her diaper..she will, so smart!
Clothing- My tiny little baby she’s 20.4 pounds but is 31inches tall!! She is in 12-18 month and some 6-12 stuff but for the most part 12-18 I put all her old clothes away and left only the 12-18 they may be baggy but its fine. Diapers she’s still in a 3!
She is doing so good and is so much fun, she is a tornado and can destroy a house faster then you can blink and she helps pick it up so its fine I don’t mind. She loves to blow kisses and say bye bye, go to the park, play with her friends and cousins, shop, run errands, and abuse the new kitten we got. 17 months is going to be an adventure and we are happy to do it!
Sorry for the delay again things around here are super busy! Here we go! Tokyo is fashion central and food lovers galore! They are very humble about their cuisine and that is what makes it all better, in my opinion. So if you are going to Tokyo and looking for the best places to eat things can get very over whemling on Google, you need to be super specific and area of the city orientated. We were staying near Ginza so when I searched best restaurants near Ginza it narrowed my search down tremendously. From there I got the top 10 best ones with the best reviews and then did my research from there.I would follow up all my research by checking the Michelin guide and Top 50 Best Restaurants in the world. When I finally chose my top 3 I emailed the hotel and let him know which ones and on which night. 1 month prior to arrival the hotel had confirmed we got into all 3!
- Jiro Roppongi- It is the sushi place owned by Jiros son.
Being that I saw his documentary and read all the reviewsI was super excited to get a spot in here. They are SUPER strict on being on time our rsvp were for 5:30pm because dinner takes 2 hours and they only have 2 time slots available per night. We left out hotel at 5:15 and we didn’t get there till 5:38 and they were PISSED but it wasn’t our fault we hit traffic. Anyway there are only 6 spots at the bar and he makes each piece per person and waits for you to eat them then he moves on to the next. Personally I found the sushi to be not what I imagined it would be it was 19 pieces of odd flavored fish on rice with wasabi and no soy sauce. I had no idea what I was eating and some of the textures grossed me out. But since they are all about respect you must swallow each piece and tell the sushi master how much you loved it by saying “OI SHE” each time. After we were finished I was not impressed with any of it except the tuna. I would not recommend the hefty price tag and the seriousness of it all.
2. Nihonryori RyuGin- has an impressive resume – ranked Number 28 in The S.Pellegrino World’s 50 Best Restaurants (staying there for 20 years), once ranked No 3 in the world, and The Michelin Guide Tokyo 2013 has also awarded RyuGin restaurant 3 stars. RyuGin’s Chef Seiji Yamamoto is known to push culinary boundaries, creating avant-garde dishes, while blending with the seasonal ingredients available in Japan. Every season has a different menu, and every day it may differ based on what is available in the market. This place was amazing! Every dish told a story and it was beyond my imagination on what chef Seiji could do. I loved this place it was super chic, lots of beautiful people, and everyone was nice! I would highly recommend this place!
3. The last night we ate at Sushi Yoshitake – Yoshitake has been described as less traditional than his competitors. Sushi Yoshitake was awarded three Michelin-stars in 2012, the year of its induction into the Michelin Guide and has upheld them ever sense. This sushi experience was different then Jiro it was less informal then a traditional 3 Michelin restaurant would normally be. The chef was super nice and funny we really enjoyed him and his sushi was exceptional. I would highly recommend this place!
Here is my Tokyo restaurant tip! In Japan they value gifts. So I made 3 gifts for the chefs before I came, I got bandanas and I put inside, hot sauce, a sheriff badge, and a Texas chocolate and I wrapped them up. I would hand the gift to the chef before each meal and they went crazy over it. I am so glad I did that because the small gesture went a long way.
On to things to do! I hate to say this but we went to Japan mostly to shop and eat. We did visit a few shines but once you see one you pretty much have seen them all in my humble opinion. Each day I mapped out a new area I wanted to go shopping in and the best place I found was Harajuku (hello kitty pink area), and Ginza.
Ginza is the affluent shopping district in Tokyo, home to the city’s posh boutiques and gleaming department stores, such as the classic Mitsukoshi and avant-garde Dover Street Market Ginza. But tucked in between some of the more imposing facades are simpler pleasures, like the fine crafts at Takumi, and the shelves full of ingenious toys at Hakuhinkan. Stationery fiends shouldn’t miss the nine floors of supplies at Itōya. Shopping options in this neighbourhood reflect the breadth and depth of the city’s consumer culture, which is equal parts high-fashion glitz and down-to-earth dedication to craft.
2. Harajuku & Aoyama
The twin neighbourhoods of Harajuku and Aoyama are home to the famed Harajuku girls (and boys), the youthful shopping strip Takeshita-dōri and the stylish boulevard of Omote-sandō. Sophisticated, high fashion rules the Aoyama end of Omote-sandō, while the experimental hipsters of Harajuku layer haute couture with vintage finds. And then there is Ura-Hara, the maze of backstreets behind Omote-sandō, where you’ll find eccentric little shops and secondhand stores. There are countless shopping options: get started at Laforet, 6% Doki Doki and Sou-Sou for clothes and accessories; Tokyo’s Tokyo for souvenirs; or RagTag for pre-loved fashion.
We visited a Owl cafe in Harajuku and that was seriously amazing to get to drink a coffee and play with an owl so unreal. Make reservations online ahead of time!