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パパと恵太くんがお揃いの緑色ボトムかと思えば、ご夫婦は涼し気なブルーのシャツでこれまた仲良しコーデ。頭にはDBYDADWAYのガーゼ大判ハンカチをバンダナにと、さわやかなファミリースタイリングでご登場。ママいわく「今日みたいな格好にレインストライプという柄がすごく合うんですよね。もう一つウミノモリというモノトーンの柄も持っているんですが、どちらも離乳食などお弁当を包んだり、そのままスタイ代わりとして使ったり重宝しています」とのこと。この仲睦まじい雰囲気は出産のエピソードを聞けば納得、すでにスタート時点から“チーム”としての一体感が発揮されているのでした。出産に立ち会ったパパが陣痛と格闘するママをいたわる様子を見て、看護婦さんが思わず「もしかしてご主人って医療関係の方ですか?」と聞いてしまうほど、安定感のあるサポートを前夜から朝方にかけて続けた橋塚さん。ふたりにとって期待と不安が入り混じる初産ではパパの存在感は決して小さくありませんね。大内さんも「私自身はすでに疲れ切って、なんでもいいから早く出てきて~ という感じでしたが、主人は付きっきりで献身的でしたし、もちろん息子もがんばって出てきてくれたので、ほんとに3人で産んだんだ! と当時を振り返って実感しています」。そんな彼女の出産後、第一声はといえば「すっきりした~ !!」という叫び。自身はそのことをまったく覚えていないほど恍惚となっていたため、看護婦さんからその事実を聞かされて「そんな“感動を呼ばない”セリフを発してたんだ」と思わず失笑したのだそう。

As soon as you see the dad and baby Keita in matching green pants, you notice that the husband and wife are wearing refreshingly blue shirts, which again indicates an intimate match. They appear in an invigorating family style with large gauze handkerchiefs by D BY DADWAY worn as headbands. The mom says: “A pattern called rain stripes will match an outfit like today's perfectly. We also have another monotone pattern called Umi no Mori (Sea Forest). Both come in handy, since I can wrap bento boxes and baby food in them or use them instead of bibs.” This affectionate atmosphere, if you listen to Birth Episodes, is convincing, and the sense of togetherness as a team has been displayed from the start. From the previous night to the early morning, Mr. Hashizuka provided support that inspired a sense of security so much that, seeing the dad, who was present at the birth, sympathizing with the mom, who was wrestling with birth pangs, the nurse involuntarily asked “Perhaps your husband works in health care?” At the first birth that is a mixture of hope and anxiety for a couple, the dad's presence is by no means insignificant. Looking back at that time, Mrs. Ouchi, too, expresses her actual feelings: “I myself was already tired out and my only thought was, ‘I wish the baby would come out as quickly as possible,' not really caring, but my husband was constantly at my side and was selfless. Of course, the baby, too, did his best and came out, so I felt like it was a birth by three of us!” For her in a state like that after the birth, the first cry came as a “Clear!' wail. Because she herself became so ecstatic that she did not even remember it, she was told about the fact by the nurse, she involuntarily giggled as she said: “I actually uttered the words ‘It does not call forth such emotions.'”

7月某日、満1歳を迎えたばかりの恵太くん。「これからはずっとこの子がいるんだ… 」生まれて間もない頃に橋塚さんが会社から帰宅して、すやすやと眠るわが子を見てとふとそんな風に思った日から早くも1年が経ちました。パパ1年生の1日は布おむつ洗いからスタート。目が覚めてから出勤前のあわただしい時間ですが、橋塚さんはその流れでお風呂掃除もすませ、息子と束の間の戯れを楽しみ、みんなで食卓を囲んでから家を出るのが日課となっています。お仕事で平日は夜が遅く、週末に出勤という週もあるなど、家族全員が確実に揃う貴重な朝を濃密に過ごしています。「出産前から布おむつに関心はあったのですが、実際には紙おむつに比べるとやっぱりたいへん。最近でこそ、お出かけする場面が増えてきたので紙おむつを使う場面も増えましたが、ずっと布おむつ育児を続けてこれたのは彼のおかげです」とママも日々、感謝しているご様子。「8カ月ぐらいまでほとんど手がかからなかったので、“余裕~”と思って油断していたら、この頃はいつだってママと一緒にいたいモード。少しでもママと離れてしまうと大泣きしてしまい、気軽にトイレも行けないほど私にべったりなんです」と大内さん。これではママが疲れる一方ですが、パパが育児に積極的に関わることで、ママに少しでも自分の時間を作ってあげられるはず。「雑木林や川が近くにあって散歩コースには恵まれているので、最近はよく出かけますし、お互いの学生時代からの友達とも家族ぐるみで遊ぶ機会が増えてきましたね。みんなこどもが生まれ始めたので、昔、集まっていた時よりも人数がうんと増えてにぎやかなんですよ」。自然体で子育て、日々の暮らしをエンジョイする三人はまさにチーム!そのものですね。

It is a certain day in July. Baby Keita has just turned one year old. A year has swiftly passed since the day that Mr. Hashizuka came home from work shortly after the baby was born and, looking at his soundly sleeping son, suddenly thought: “From now on, for as long as I live, this child will always be part of my life …” In the first year, the dad's day starts with washing linen diapers. The time from waking up and until he leaves for work is very busy. Still, Mr. Hashizuka’s daily routine has become such that he manages to clean the bathtub, enjoy playing with his son for a short while, sit down to eat with his family, and then leave home. On the weekdays, he comes home late because of work, and sometimes on weekends he has to go to work, so he enjoys mornings, when the entire family is sure to be present.“ I had an interest in linen diapers even before the baby was born, but in reality they are much more demanding than paper diapers. Recently, we have started going out more often; consequently, the use of paper diapers has also increased. The fact that we have been able to use linen diapers all this time is thanks to him,” adds his mom, expressing her gratitude every day. “Because he rarely required much care until about 8 months old, I let down my guard, thinking, ‘Well, I can have a little spare time.’ But now he is in a mood to be always with Mom. Even if he is separated from Mom for a short while, he starts wailing, and clings to me to such an extent that I cannot even go to the toilet, ” says Mrs. Ouchi. With this, the mom is bound to keep getting tired. However, by taking an active part in his upbringing, the dad is expected to create some free time for the mom, even just a little bit. “There is a coppice and a river nearby, which abound in walking paths, so we have been going out a lot. We also have more opportunities to have a good time with our friends from our school days and their families. All now have children, and the number participants has increased, which makes the party more fun.” The three enjoy their daily life, raising their baby in a natural manner, and surely are a team!

July. 2016


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