It has been three weeks since our return from the States, and life is slowly returning back to normal.  It took a while for Haruka to recover from her jet lag.  For a while, she would get really irritable and drowsy in the early evening and eventually fall asleep.  This of course translated into getting up really early too.  But I guess that’s just the residual affects of traveling over seas.

For me, life returned back to normal the very next Monday, when I had to face the reality of going back to work.  But I must admit that I found myself day dreaming of the two short weeks I spent on vacation.  I am not sure why, because it’s not as if I had a spectacular time.  Most of my time was spent just doing things I would do at home, like watching TV or surfing the web.  But I guess just being away from the rat race, is enough for me to enjoy myself.

Haruka’s English is continuing to improve.  Her vocabulary continues to expand and she understands a lot more that she did before she her trip to the States, so in my opinion, this whole trip was worth it.  This also motivates me to teach her more, so lately, I have been speaking to her in mostly English.  And for the most part, even though she responds in Japanese most of the time, she does seem to understand what I am saying.  Moreover she is able to identify words or even full sentences in some of the American TV shows she watches on cable TV.

Another good thing that came out of all of this is that Haru no longer wears diapers during the day.  She has been wearing her Dora the Explorer underwear that we bought her while we were in the States.  In the beginning, she had a couple of misses, but I think she quickly understood that she can’t make in her pants anymore, so now when she need to use the bathroom, she says “pee pee” or “poo poo”.  She has been near perfect for 2 weeks now.   She only uses diapers at night now, but so far her diaper has not been soiled for nearly 2 weeks, so she may be completely diaper free in a week or so.

Haru and Molly

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