Welcome to My World!

Thanks for stopping by! My name is Suzan Mayumi Turner. I'm a happy stay at home (expat) mom who does photography and theatre every time I get a chance. Here you'll find some glimpses of my life (now in Spain), my art, and my work. Feel free to drop me a line or two. I'd love to hear from you and make new friends!

Saturday, July 31, 2010

My baby is a Pro...

Today I took his photo to apply for his passport. He did so well as he knew what that was for. He posed like a pro:

Can you believe he is only 2 months and 1/2?!

Thursday, July 29, 2010


Lately I've been asked the same questions over and over again... so I thought, why not blog about it?! So here they are:

1. What is like now to be a mom?
No joke, everyone that I've talked to after I had my baby asked the same question and my answer is always the same: IT'S GREAT, THE BEST THING EVER!!!! It's a deep love that I've never experienced before.  My mother's instinct kicked in as soon as he was born. Even my mom told me she is so impressed in how I've been handling things! It's a such deep and powerful love that I feel like I've been a mom for so many years. Of course I'm not saying I know everything about motherhood, cause I really don't, but I can affirm that now I know what is a true mom's love for her baby! It's just a GREAT feeling ever!

2. How was your labor?
Ha, I always smile when someone ask me that! Well my labor was very interesting, very different from what I've heard and read! First I thought he was going to be born in my 37/38 weeks cause of all my fake contractions and how low he was, but boy was I wrong! He was 2 days overdue. My earlier labor started with very painful contractions (nothing like what the class, books, and friends told me: "oh, the first ones are not that bad, you can even maintain a conversation") I went to the hospital with 4 minutes contractions and after they assessed me, they sent me home cause I wasn't dilated! I got home and went to the tub to alleviate the pain and it helped a lot; however, my contractions were getting so strong, long and close a part  (2 minutes) that was impossible to bear, plus I was feeling a lot pressure down there. We headed to the hospital and I was sure that I had dilated by now. Well, I had... only 1/2 centimeter... I couldn't believe it! I told my dear hubby that had tears in his eyes while watching my agony, "Do not let them send me home!" He advocated for me, telling the nurse that I had a high tolerance for pain so if I was crying that's because I was in a real pain! She explained the reason I was having such strong contractions in the early stage was because I was having the back labor, the baby was facing up and already very low. Well, to cut a long story short, they finally admitted me and gave me the sweet epidural and put me on Pitocin to increase even more my contractions to dilate. After 16 hours of labor, i had my beautiful baby boy!  Now, I wasn't planing in getting the epidural so soon. I wanted to go as far as could without it, but after 8 hours with strong contractions and no dilation, I said I felt enough, now give me the drug! And it was the best decision!

3. What colors are baby's eyes?
It's gray! Well, I don't know yet! Some times it's green. But I think if it was suppose to be blue it'd be brighter by now.

4. Are you still working as a photographer?
Heck yes! And I want expand my business and start taking wedding photos, so spread the word, folks! If there are any bride and groom looking for an artistic soul to capture their big day, drop me a line!

5. What about theatre?
Oh, my affair with theatre will always endure no matter what. Right now I'm taking time from the stage as an actor but I'll be doing some playwriting/directing for some projects.

6. When are you going back to Brazil?
My heart aches when I think about Brazil. How I miss my people! The last time that I've been down there was Christmas 2008. Now since the baby is too young we decided not to travel for a while. But hopefully next year. I miss my f/f like crazy! I love reading your comments on Orkut (sorta like facebook network) and thanks for the emails! i love you all!

7. So, are you American now?
The rumors are true I became a "gringa" ... well at least on paper, cause my look and my accent can't pass as an American! It was a personal decision that I made that was best for me and my family! I'm proud to be half Brazilian and half Japanese and now an American too. As I said I miss Brazil like crazy but since God brought me here I better serve the community around me and getting an American citizenship give me the freedom to do so! "We the people"

Okay, I typed too much.

Happy Weds, folks!

Me and Haruki-chan at downtown Disney.  I love this breastfeeding cover! It goes everywhere with me now!


Nos passeando em  downtown Disney. Esse paninho verde e pra mae se cubrir enquanto esta amamentando! Carrego comigo pra qualquer lugar que vou!

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Rancho Cucamonga Wedding: Mario & Isabel

"She is gorgeous" he said with a big smile as he described his bride. Mario and Isabel is a fabulous couple crazy for each other! They tied the knot in Rancho Cucamonga among their beloved ones!
Congratulations to you guys! Many thanks for letting me be part of this special moment in your lives!

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Sunday, July 25, 2010


- have some wonderful photography and theatrical projects for the future that I'm very excited with!
- feeling very creative lately which helps with number 1!
- got a knew computer for my business that rocks my world! Editing is so much easier and faster now! A big thanks for my wonderful hubby for the wonderful b-day gift that made me feel wonderful! (Yes, I used wonderful three times in one sentence! Please don't tell Mr Grammar!)
- my boy is getting so big. He's 2 months old but looks way bigger! His sweet personality (and yet strong from time to time) makes motherhood a little easier than I thought it'd be!
- got my American citizenship - now I can say: I have Japanese skin, Brazilian hips, and an American passport!

- stayed too long without blogging.... not good for business, not good for f/f (family and friends)! 
- tendonitis- or whatever they call it (carpal tunnel or De Quevain syndrome)! I starting having it during my pregnancy and now it's getting worse. I talked with several moms that had it and for some of them it went away couple months after labor, for others they had to have surgery! Man, I really hope it goes away by its own. 
- weight loss- or should I say weight gain. Seriously, I'm having a hard time to loose the baby weight and part is my fault that is good with a fork (and  a spoon and chop sticks, hehehe....) and part is my slow metabolism that takes forever to burn calories! I'm trying to exercise more which helps, along with breastfeeding, but now I know that I need to start a healthy diet! Arh I hate dieting!
- selfishness- Ah, if there were less selfish people, the world would be a better place to live! I believe 99% of the problems come from it.

PS: We are all doing great! Baby Nicholas makes us laugh everyday! He is indeed the entertainment of the house! 

And here is a preview from a wedding photoshoot. More to come.