Save a Life: Support CleanBirth.org

I’m sure I mentioned this before, but I am proud to be a part of an awesome group of bloggers called Multicultural Kids Bloggers. If you haven’t heard of the group, or you haven’t seen my previous posts mentioning Multicultural Kid Bloggers, please, take a look — the group is amazing!

This week we are supporting CleanBirth.org an organization started by a mom in Connecticut to make birth safer in Laos.  According to CleanBirth.org, the Laos has the highest maternal and infant mortality in the world.

CleanBirth.org Makes Births Safer

In order to prevent the needless deaths of Laos mothers, CleanBirth.org provides clean birth kits, trains nurses to distribute the kits, trains nurses to train CleanBirth Village Volunteers, and funds CleanBirth Village Volunteer trainings. To raise funds for the training, they are launching a crowd funding campaign between February 4 – March 4.  For more information or to contribute to this great cause please visit:  www.startsomegood.com/cleanbirth.

Here is one more infographic about how donating to CleanBirth.org can help save lives:

CleanBirth.org Makes Birth Safer

What is Hanai? The Story of My Hanai Sister

In the past couple of posts, I’ve written about my hanai sister quite often. I’m sure a few of you are thinking, what does that mean? According to Wikipedia,” Hānai is a term used in the Hawaiian culture that refers to the informal adoption of one person by another, regardless of the age involved.[1] It can be used as an adjective, such as “hānai child”, or as a verb “to hānai” someone into the family.” Growing up in Hawaii, I use this term a lot to describe my best friend who is more than just my best friend, but not a blood relative. She is my sister in every way except that she’s not blood related. From the age of 12, my hanai sister has been with me for almost every major event — including PSAT Preparation, college visits, my wedding, and visiting us within hours of Hapa Baby’s birth.

She’s amazing and has always been there for me through everything. She is successful, accomplished, and is the lovely lady that creates all the hair clips and headbands at Blooming Vintage. She created this headband for Hapa Baby when for Christmas last year. To date, it is still the only headband that she will use.

Best Baby Headband Ever

Best Baby Headband Ever from Booming Vintage on Etsy

My hanai sister also made all the flower clips for my wedding. I knew the style I was going for, and she brought this to me as a surprise to add to the wedding. The white flower with a side french braid and black dresses were perfect for a daytime wedding while remaining elegant.

Maid of honors wearing flower clips from Blooming Vintage and Black Dresses from Target

Left to Right: Matron of Honor, Me, and Maid of Honor ( a.k.a. my hanai sister) wearing flower clips from Blooming Vintage and Black Dresses from Target.

I’m so happy and grateful to have had her in my life, and I look forward to many more years of amazing friendship (and sisterhood!)

Do you have any friends that you would consider hanai that you are grateful for? I’d love to hear about them!

Guest Post for Multicultural Kid Blogs: Multicultural Holiday

Last week, I was honored to guest post on the Multicultural Kid Blogs. If you haven’t seen Multicultural Kid Blogs, I highly recommend you visit — the parents that contribute to this blog are an amazing group, and I have learned a lot by being a part of it!

My guest post was about Multicultural Holidays and how my husband and I are planning on sharing our holidays so our daughter is able to experience different ways of celebrating.

Click the following picture to read my guest post:

Sharing the holidays with multicultural families

Hapa Baby and Daddy Time – Stay up or go to bed?

Hapa Baby loves her daddy. In fact, her first word was “Daddy.” As an infant, she would wail “Daaaadddyyyy!!!” as she stretched her arms out looking for D. I guess, then, it is not surprising that Hapa Baby will follow D everywhere (and me nowhere). When she’s with her father, her little face lights up and I can tell she’s content. Sometimes I can’t help but feel a teeny bit jealous. Just a teeny bit.

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I can’t be too jealous, though, because while I have lots of time with her, D doesn’t. He sometimes gets home late and leaves early. When his mother came to visit earlier this year, she pushed me to change HB’s schedule. “It’s better for her,” she told me,” She needs to sleep earlier.”

When I asked why, there was no answer. Just that “It was better for her.” I responded that until there is a reason for HB to sleep earlier (like preschool), HB will have her own schedule so that she can see her father when he gets home. Although she wasn’t happy with me, my husband was happy. He enjoys having HB up when he gets home so she can run to him as she yells,”Daddy!” He laughs as she runs at him with her arms wide open and a grin on her face. When he gets home, as I prepare dinner, he and HB play together. It’s their father — daughter time — a time that I think is extremely important.

Lately, Hapa Baby has been waking up earlier and going to sleep earlier. It’s been a natural occurrence, and has been her routine. The problem, however, is when D comes home, she’s a sleep. I can see the disappointment in his face that she’s not there to run to him. While it’s more convenient for us that we have our nights free, I feel awful that he gets no time with her.

I’m wondering if I should help her get back to a later schedule so he can see her more. She gets a lot of sleep. If she goes to sleep at 10 instead of 8 she sleeps until 12. If she goes to sleep at 8 she wakes up at 7. I’ve done some research and haven’t found anything that says she has to go to sleep that early. Just that babies need lots of sleep. Can’t she sleep later? She has a schedule, she gets lots of sleep, it’s just later. The most important thing for me is nurturing my husband’s relationship with his daughter. These baby years go by so fast, I don’t want him to miss them.

Hapa Baby’s Homemade Halloween Costume – Boo from Monsters Inc.

I wanted this Halloween to be special. Last year, I semi-made Hapa Baby’s Costume. I made her a Minnie Mouse Costume and added a tutu to it. This year, I wanted to make something even better. I wanted to make something entirely homemade. I loved Halloween when I was younger. My aunt, an expert seamstress, would create for us the most amazing costumes. One year I was Snow White, the next, a bunny, and even Rainbow Brite!

As I look back on these costumes, I realize how important these were for me. I would wake up early Halloween morning excited and happy to try on my costume. I wanted this feeling for Hapa Baby. I vowed to learn to sew. Unfortunately, my vow didn’t work out so well. My sewing skills are virtually non-existent, but where there’s a will there’s a way! Armed with Super Glue, Safety Pins, and a Monster’s Inc. Boo Costume Tutorial Blog Post, I created a recognizable Boo costume! Amazingly, as soon as Hapa Baby started toddling around, kids started to shout,” Boo! Boo!” It was a great feeling.

Without further ado, I give you baby Boo.

homemade Boo from Monster's Inc Costume

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