Saturday, December 17, 2011

Some simple Christmas decorations for 2011

DSCF0044I am a total sap for Christmas stuff. I love decorating and making my living space as warm, and Christmas spirited as possible while I am away from family in Japan. Of course, now I have my own family in Japan, but this is more a yearning for things back in the US.

Over the past couple of years I have purchased various Christmas knickknacks to decorate my living room. This year I added an LED wreath for the front door and some window decals. My wife as always is indifferent about my decorating but she likes it after I am done.

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This year I won’t have any presents under the tree, but at least I have a huge present that is my recently born son. Smile Hopefully I can take him and my wife back to the US to see my family for Christmas in 2012 or sooner! Sometimes its hard to live life straddling two countries so far apart.

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Friday, December 2, 2011

A new addition to the family.

DSCF0011I tend to keep this blog focused more on stuff I do than very personal stuff but this is something I simply cannot hide.
I am no longer just a man, I am a father. My son was born this day on December 2nd 2011 at 5:52am. I want to be the best dad I can be for him. Someone he can look up to as a role-model and someone he can depend on.
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Waiting in the recovery room with a monitor till the baby was ready to be born.
So, here’s the breakdown of how Ron was born. It was a record cold day for my part of Japan in Yamanashi. We were anticipating snow that same night which was very unusual for so early in the winter. Especially since it snows maybe twice at most here.

It all started with a phone call from my wife after my first class of the day. She surprised me with a call telling me her water had already broke and she was in a bed at the clinic ready to have our baby. This was about 10 days earlier than the expected date so I was a little surprised and excited that it was happening all of the sudden.
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This photo was taken minutes after he was born. He has changed so much since!
With haste I hurried down to the clinic as fast as the speed limit allowed me to be with my wife in labor. To my surprise, my wife wasn’t anywhere ready to give birth but she was in the early stages of labor with her water already broke. I spent the next 8 hours waiting for the labor to start. It didn’t really begin till around midnight. After nearly 13 years of standing by my wife’s bedside, our son was finally born safe, healthy, and screaming.
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The room where our son was born.
For the first time in my life I had this weird rush of happiness and dread. Happiness that my son was born and dread that a long chapter of my life has closed forever. The chapter about me not having any real responsibility except for myself and my wife. Now, don’t get me wrong, I was in no way disappointed that I was now a father, I just was so used to not having to be so responsible. I am sure I will learn quick anyhow.
I can’t wait till Ron gets bigger. I am really clumsy with newborns. They are so FRAGILE! Smile