gentry miyoko nakano

gentry miyoko nakano joined our family tuesday, september 18, 2018.

we went to the hopsital for a scheduled induction, but it turned out i was already in labor, contracting every three minutes and dilating quickly. i had no idea. the medical staff started pitocin, gave me an epidural and told me to push. she was born at 4:39 p.m., after pushing through four contractions.

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i documented my delivery

push, breathe, check iso.

after a few hours of labor, a good epidural and a little bit of pitocin, i grabbed my camera (okay, my husband handed it to me), and started snapping. i mean pushing. well, actually, both.

i wanted so badly to document the delivery of my first baby girl, but the labor was too hard, the pushing lasted way too long and my camera didn’t leave my hospital bag the entire stay. this time though, thanks to an incredible medical staff and the ease of a second labor, my camera got some exercise — and i was able to capture some of these incredible moments, bringing our tiny girl earthside.

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lauren + trav, june 15 2018

on the ten year anniversary of their first date, lauren and trav walked down the aisle to a small group of their very favorite people playing here comes the bride on kazoos. what in the entire world could be better than that?!

so fun taking photos of these two and this wild wedding. giant horse statue, kazoos, a freaking gorgeous 1960s super model as a bride. it was perfect.

here are some of my favorite moments.

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how i’m dealing with migraines during pregnancy

during my pregnancy with mila, i was so happy because i only had one or two migraines the entire time. it was wonderful. especially because the prescription medication i take when i get migraines is not deemed safe during pregnancy.

this pregnancy, however, has been completely different. starting around week 15, i have been plagued with frequent migraines and terrible headaches that last as many as five days straight.

thankfully, being married to a neurologist has some perks and i was able to get an appointment with one of georgetown university hospital’s headache specialists — a doctor with a two year wait list. she shared some pregnancy safe tips with me to survive the headaches and migraines and i thought i would share them here in case anyone else is dealing with the same thing.

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baby cousins and their bunnies

how many jelly cats are enough for two baby cousins? let us know when you find out because three bunnies + a lamb and these two littles still didn’t have enough!

cami, hong and poh came to visit from california a few weeks ago and o m g i cannot wait until we are all close enough for mila and poh to play together every day! okay, so they didn’t play so much as swipe each other’s bunnies a million times and spend a whole lot of time staring at bubbles and eating snacks. but we all loved watching them!

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when dad works long hours

when your dad is in medical residency, the hours at work are long and the time at home feels so short.

steven is a neurology resident, nearing the end of his pgy3. one more year to go and then two years of fellowship and then, i think, is a light at the end of the tunnel. but right now, the 12-hour shifts that turn into 15-hour shifts, the overnights and the pager that has become part of his body and is always beep-beep-beeeeping feels like it will never end.

it means i solo mom a lot.

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the importance of a good mama friend

people say all the time it takes a village to raise a kid. i think, instead, it takes a village to raise a mama. we need other moms to bounce ideas off of, complain to about our babies sleeping habits and celebrate little milestones with. it definitely helps if their baby is the same age as yours.

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the carousel on the mall

friday it was 67 degrees. on january 12! how is that even possible?!

we took mila downtown to walk around the mall and stopped for a ride on the carousel. she’s totally a little thrill seeker — she was having so much fun even though the carousel went just a little too fast and the horses went probably a tiny bit too high. steven, on the other hand, almost lost his lunch.

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mila, you’re eleven months old!

hi sweet girl!

man, you’re precious. if you could sleep later than 7 am that’d be great, but otherwise, you’re a true gem of a baby. you’ve been sleeping through the night for a couple months now and that is sooo amazing. so i’ll take what i can get ;).

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