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Had our second appointment at the OB today.
Its been over 3 weeks since our last one so needless to say I was a little bit nervous about what would be in there. You read a lot about late 1st trimester missed miscarrages but it seems the little one is doing fine! He/she has even more than doubled in size since the last time that we went to visit.

And what was really awesome is that it looks more baby like now. It was sort of hard to get all mushy about a blobby bean, but this new gummibear looking baby is kinda cute. Hehe.

Anyways doctor says baby is healthy and we should come at the end of next month. I also got my blood taken which cost me a lot more than I wish to recall. *sigh* for non insurance covered births/prenatal appointments in Japan.

I had a few throwing up episodes last week but that seems to have gotten better recently. I have this whole week off so I guess I’ll just spend it trying to relax and stay warm.

Alright, my latest shot!!

Kawaii desho!


I haven’t written for a while. There hasn’t been much of interest on the front lately. I think last week was one of the most boring in sara-kind. And there hasn’t been much on the pregnancy front either for all of those that are interested in that kind of thing.

In fact I was starting to worry that maybe things were going “too” well. Since I haven’t really had anything horrible. Yah – there are little things like my TMI nips feeling like they are being harrased with sandpaper every time I dare accost them with things like.. oh… drying myself off with a towel. I’ve been tired… I get tired from time to time but not so badly as a couple weeks ago.

Anyways as we know today is another Monday and I got up did my routine – shower, breakfast, get ready for work. And… during the brushing my teeth part I felt something was very wrong… very very wrong and managed to make it to the bathroom sink before getting the toothpaste and… my breakfast out.

Thanks baby… yes I know you are there now. Thanks for remind mommy as she is fully dressed and 2 minutes from hoping out of the house on the train to work. Obviously that didn’t happen because as much as I would love to get on the train and forget about a sink full of (rhymes with comet) its not my idea of the first thing to do after getting off work.

So next time… in the toliet you shall go.

In any case I’m taking the morning off. And baby… I know you are there now. Yes I do.

Ugggg – runs for bed….

I am trying my darndest to get in the holiday spirit at the moment. But feel like I’m lacking quite a bit. Since I realized I don’t have any sort of Christmas music on my computer I’ve turned to the power of online radio and am currently listening to the Christmas Music 24/7 channel. Hoping that it helps… and it does, even just listening to the music brings me back to Jr. High/High School when I would put them on my radio boom box and listen to them all night long.

Gah, I miss home so much right now. I have tiny bouts of homesickness through out the year… although I’m not sure if its homesickness or longing for the past. I miss University a lot but not so much the high school period. But even though my University was 7 hours away by plane I always came home for Christmas. So thats really the one time I’ve ALWAYS spent at home… well except for the 4 years I’ve been in Japan. So next year I think I need to go home. I just can’t seem to get Christmas-y by myself and Ryohei’s really no help with that although I was surprised to learn that his parents gave him and his brother a Christmas present each year. Seems sort of unusual for a Japanese family.

I guess once babes is here I’m going to have to try and infuse some sort of of Christmas spirit or else go home. I suppose I’ll need to buy a tree and get some decorations/lights at some point. I do miss “real” Christmas trees though. When Nay and Naoki were here on the way home one day some foreign guy had a tiny mini real Christmas tree which I could smell and it just made me sooooo nostaligic for home and going to pick out our Christmas tree from the big Target parking lot.

I need some cocoa… with some hard liquor… (just kidding…)

I think that this is going to be a “trying” month…
I’m already feeling like I’ve been whacked with the hormonal bat. And I can’t get throughout a day without….

A. Yawning a million times and feeling like I’m going to pass out from lack of sleep (yes I know once the real thing gets here this will be reality as well…)

B. Crying at the STUPIDEST things… endings of tv shows, commercials, blogs, Ryohei… *sigh*

C. Being cranky – ok sometimes I was cranky before I was pregnant but now its A LOT, esp. at work… but I mean its work. I have an excuse there.

This is all compounded by the fact that Ryohei has been very busy lately. He’s been “working late” or “going on” pretty much every day this week, including tonight. And its impossible to fall asleep before he comes home because thanks to the layout of our apartment err… one room. Him coming in will wake me up and then going back to sleep will be harder.

This weekend we are just taking it easy. I’ve been having a lot of fun lately having going to Tokyo, having guests, etc etc but I think I just need to take it easy.

Sorry for the boring post.

One and a half hours left until I can get out of work. Today is one of the special Pizza Hut days where if you do “take out” you actually get the pizza for half off. Thus a large pizza for Ryohei and I to split is only about 1500 yen… wow that’s actually considerable to a price you could get back home. To bad its only a once a month thing… or actually maybe it’s a good thing since I can see myself being yelled at by a multitude of Japanese pregnancy doctors for gaining the “prescribed” 7-10 pregnancy kg on pizza alone.

The downside to the pizza is that its about a 20 minute walk from my office and then another 10 minutes to the station. And THEN another 25 minute train ride + 10 minute walk home. In the current cold snap I’m probably going to have pizza slice shaped icicles instead of the real thing. Oh well, nothing my microwave can’t help with.

Anyways the real meaning this post is not to rave about reasonably priced pizza, but to talk about the weekend I had with Nay and Naoki! Although I don’t doubt that readers of both of blogs will probably be getting the same story twice!! Anyways – without further ado my retelling of the weekend. Oh and being the lazy bum I am – no pics from me. Nay had her camera though and got a lot of nice ones so hopefully she’ll upload a few when she gets the time and you can enjoy my bloated face and 1st trimester pudge for yourselfs.

Friday – N&N drove up from Shizuoka and after a few trying to coordinate efforts to meet up, we ended up in my apartment. Yay! It had been raining horribly the whole morning but by nighttime it was clear and we decided to visit the Kobe Luminarie that night. Ryohei had an eye appointment and was already down in the city but due to some unfortunate gaps in information he ended up waiting at the station for us for about 20 minutes and was (quite) pissed off with me. Not really much I could do though! So we hurried off to pacify the man-baby with some okonomiyaki from his favorite shop. Actually we had a bit of a wait, but finally the 4 of us were at a table eating yummy Kansai delicacies. I even think Naoki took about a 5 minute video of them making the okonomiyaki. After that we went to Lumiarie. It wasn’t as crowded as I was led to believe and was very pretty but really only worth about a 10-15 minute view before getting back to warmth became the more important thing. After arriving home we had an early night (most nights are early nights for me now considering I can barely keep my eyes open past 10)

Saturday – Ryohei was off to work in the morning. *la sigh* Anyways I had heard about a German Christmas Festival up in Osaka from a friend who unfortunately couldn’t go because her daughter was sick, but we decided to go up anyways. I am FINALLY in the Christmas spirit!! It was a lot of fun – in particular the German food, german potatoes, German sausages… etc. Totally yummy and worth the “ouch” factor of the price… It was really fun but FREEZING cold. I had luckily stuffed my gloves in the pockets of my coat when I went out but Nay and Naoki didn’t have any. Poor things… anyways I think the festival would have been more enjoyable if we weren’t feeling like we were turning into yukidaruma.

Anyways after a stop in the big yodobashi camera – we headed back home and bought ingredients for our “family nabe” aka the dish that we pretty much serve guests anytime they come over. Well – actually I mean I – since Ryohei was still working until past 7. Anyways we had the nabe and then the miso rice porrage from the broth and then tried to have some sort of entertainment. I obviously need to learn a few lessons in entertaining as Ryohei and I are the boring types who just lounge around on the computer/tv in our free time. I think its time to start “investing” in some boardgames like “Life” and “Scrabble.”
Oh – also we got a mini showering of gifts from both Nay and Lulu who send me up an adorable toy and outfit for babes. Nay got us our first baby toys – ever!! Woo hoo!! Now I have a rattle… that according to the cover will silence and make even the most ornery baby start cooing at a shake.

Sunday – This was the first time the four of us really got to hang out! (Thanks Ryoheis job) And we decided to do “doraibu” since Naoki had brought the car and both of us really enjoy going out as well, but living in the big city we don’t need a car. After a bit of deliberation we headed out to Awaji Island, the island which connects Honshu and Shikoku. It only took us about 30 minutes to get to the island and Nay and Naoki had never been to Shikoku before, so we decided what the heck and decided to drive to the first town accessible on Tokushima to “get lunch.” Ahh yes, the joys of having a car. So we drove for about an hour and a half in total and ended up in Shikoku at a little ramen place. Which was actually good!! I think I have professed a couple times on this blog my distaste for ramen. It usually leaves me feeling pretty sick – but this was pretty good! Not very oily and yummy broth. Very impressive. Ryohei marveled that I actually ate the whole thing.

Anyways we had plans to meet up with my friend Cassie and her daughter and husband in Sannomiya at 5. So we high tailed in back and made pretty decent time. After a bit of “trying to park the car in the big city” drama, we found a reasonably priced/spaced place and met up. After a quick trip to the Starbucks where Cassies daughter starstruck not only us but pretty much the entire area we were sitting in, we headed up to an omelet rice place to have dinner. Anyways it was a fun evening – the boys ended up on one side listening to Cassie’s husband explain the pain and hassles of registering births, fathering, etc etc…
And we talked about fun girly stuff like pregnancy, going home for births, and epidurials not working….

All and all a great night!

Anyways after that we all parted ways and despite almost nodding off into my Hokkaido Cheese Potato Omelet Rice a billion times I still managed not being able to fall asleep until past midnight. So now I am here at my desk… although with only about an hour or so to wait until I make my march through the cold streets of Kobe in order to acquire a pizza!

I went to the clinic for the first time today and there was indeed a heart beat and a small babylike.. err blob.. on the screen.

But it was my baby… so maybe things will really start hitting me now that this is real.
I have to admit I was a little nervous about what they would find, I haven’t had any issues until now so I was praying that there would be a visable baby and of course a beating heart.

So I was put at apprx. 7 weeks with an EDD of July 21st. Which is pretty much in line of when this child was made.

Anyways the clinic I’m going to now is pretty nice. Nothing incredibly fantastic but the doctor on staff Weds. and Fri. is a woman which for some reason makes me feel more comfortable.

I was asked to come back in another 2 weeks for another “confirmation” check. Guess I’m not out of the woods yet. Oh and apparently one of my ovaries is swollen… any clue on what that means? The doctor said it was fine because pregnancy hormones can do that but we have to keep a watch on it.

Anyways without further ado my little jellybeans first pic!
Not too exciting but you can def. see my little one!!