祝★1ヶ月

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ちょっと前になるけど、娘(以下せーちゃん)も無事に一ヶ月になりました!

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退院してからの数週間は、初めてのことだらけで、完母を目指していたのに産院では混合のやり方しか教わらなかったので、そのジレンマでストレス溜まり、、、初孫とあって、実家の周りのガヤもうるさくて、、、家族間のいざこざもあり、、、鬱になるかと思うぐらい悲しくて、イライラという日々が続きました(泣) 一週間検診では、体重があまり増えていなくてますます母乳育児に自信がなくなり、お乳も白斑が出来たり乳腺炎みたいに赤くなったりして、どんどん落ち込んでいき。。。

でも外出はできないけど、いろんな人にメールや電話で励ましてもらって、どうにか立ち直ることができた(汗) 娘のためにも母乳のためにもストレスを溜め込みすぎず、リラックスすることを学んだ!ほんと、妊娠中は早く産まれてほしいって思ってたのに、、、こんなに育児が大変だなんて想像もしなかった。

いろんな人から、赤ちゃんはお母さんの心理状態を見事に映し出すって聞いたけど、本当だと思う。そうしたらますますリラックスして、思い通りにいかない時もまぁしょうがないって、赤ちゃんにも個性があるからそれを受け入れて楽しまなきゃと思うように心掛けています。こんな感じで怒涛の一ヶ月があっと言う間に過ぎていった〜。

母乳が軌道に乗ってるかは分からないけど、日中は一時間半置きに授乳、夜はまとめてよく寝るというリズム。あと数週間したらスリープトレーニングを始めたいので、もうちょっと授乳間隔が空くといいなー。とまぁこんな感じで一日あっと言う間に過ぎていきます。一ヶ月検診では全て順調でホッと一安心。せーちゃんの体重は4360gになり身長は5cm延びてました!

この一ヶ月で成長したと思うこと
★身長が伸びた!ベビーバスがもうギリギリ
★足のキックが強くなった。バタバタしてる
★私たちを目で追うようになった
★”あー”とか”うー”とか言うようになった
★時々笑うようになった

健康に育ってくれてることに感謝!これからも新米ママとパパをよろしくね♪

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Bath time with Selah and time lapsed video

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I tested out iOS 8’s time lapse during baby bath time today and it works well. I tried not to expose Selah too much.

In the future I think I’ll try making time lapsed videos using hyperlapse because it gives more controls over the output speed of the video.

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Food offerings to God

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I was doing my daily bible time not to long ago and came across a verse that never intrigued me before as it did this time.

And you shall set the bread of the Presence on the table before me regularly. -Exodus‬ ‭25‬:‭30‬

God had just delivered the people of Israel from Egypt, the ten plagues and dividing of the Red Sea deliverance event, and was establishing Israel as a nation. There were many commandments God had for Israel but this time reading over Exodus 25:30 I asked myself why did God want bread placed before him? God never ate the bread. There are times in the Old Testament when the pre-incarnate Jesus makes a cameo but never to eat this bread. David Guzik’s commentary, at blueletterbible.org, comments on this verse saying “bread is necessary for survival, and the link was a reminder that fellowship with God was just as necessary for man.” A little later in Leviticus 24:7 God said it was to be a memorial. So the bread offering was a worship act acknowledging God’s presence with his people and man’s dependence on God being just as important as food… that makes sense though there is much more that can be drawn out of the significance of this bread.

I share all of this because this bible verse helped me to understand better the custom of offering food to gods and venerated ancestors. Offering food is an act of acknowledging that those gods or ancestors presence are with them, or at the very least watching over them in some way. Most Japanese don’t think that deeply about it, they just see it as part of the culture… Though they do it wholeheartedly.

The kamidana, a miniature household alter built into the side of a wall in Japanese homes, is one place where food is offered. Usually it’s rice, a piece of fruit, or water. I asked my wife’s grandma what god her kamidana is for and she said it was the god of fire so that the kitchen wouldn’t burn down. The kamidana is after all next to the kitchen.

Many Japanese homes in the countryside that are culturally Buddhist have a butsudan. It’s like a cabinet where past ancestors are acknowledged and worshiped. My wife’s family doesn’t have one as they have Tenrikyo roots. It’s kind of strange, no one in the family really practices Tenrikyo except for Grandma… And Grandma doesn’t really believe and accept it. Grandma’s husband, who passed away many years before, was connected with Tenrikyo and she practices the customs out of respect to his family. They use something that’s like a really big kamidana that functions like a butsudan.

There are pictures of ancestors like what you might find in a butsudan but the setup is totally different, though there is a space to offer food.

Reading and looking more into Exodus 25:30 helped me to understand more about the strong traditions and beliefs connected with food offerings. I’m not saying that the offering of bread in the Old Testament is exactly the same as the food offerings custom in Japanese culture, but there is some overlap. The bible is a multicultural book and we can learn about other cultures and customs from it. Your interest in trying to understand Japanese customs just might be an extra step to helping someone in that culture gain an interest in wanting to understand and know the God of the bible.

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