We are expecting our first child in less than three weeks! I am scheduled to deliver our baby at the Ishinomaki Red Cross Hospital which is a very large facility. We are so thankful for the excellent care I’ve received at the hospital – I couldn’t have asked for a kinder staff or a better prenatal experience. Incidentally, we have Japanese national insurance and so far, most of our visits have been free! In fact, I haven’t paid more than $4 for any of my prenatal visits.
Recently, my gaijin (foreign) friends have been kind enough to throw us two baby showers. This is a totally foreign concept here, so it’s been fun to include Japanese ladies in on all the fun.
Shower #1 was held in Sendai – many of the guests were contacts from my time in Sendai back in 2001-2003!
Our friend Sarah made this lovely coconut cake
Here I am with a Japanese lady who is seven months pregnant – I think that Japanese pregnant ladies tend to be super small compared to us foreigners.
My teammates here in Ishinomaki held a shower for me and it was just as terrific!
The sweets table – check out the diaper cake!
The gracious hostess Katherine
We played a guessing game of “how many centimeters wide is Danielle’s waistline?”
Opening gifts – here I received an adorable finger puppet set
It was so good to see the ladies having fun together and enjoying themselves.
We have received so many gifts from friends here – it’s been overwhelming at times. We have received loads of diapers, a stroller, tons of baby clothes, baby toys, financial gifts, and so much more. I have to admit, I am excited about the idea of raising a child in Japan. I know we will face lots of challenges, but I also know it’s going to be rich and sweet. We can hardly wait to meet our little girl and introduce her to our many friends here in Japan.