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Wednesday, 12 October 2011

On our own

DH is off on another international business trip today. We are home alone and I am left holding the baby and the crazy but cute dog. Oh and the baby is cute too.
So am unimpressed that DH has to go away as it is mostly as support translator for his bosses who can't speak English well enough to communicate with the all important customers. Personally I think DH deserves a pay rise and big fat bonus for his English speaking ability that nobody else in his company seems to have, but everyone takes advantage of. That was my little gripe.

Amelia had her BCG today. Personally I think it is quite barbaric the way it is administered. Surely there must be a better way in this day and age. Amelia is fine, I am the one who is traumatised. At the drs yesterday someone said to me for the first time ever: "Isn't she big!". Their baby was 7 months and only slightly bigger than Amelia. The babies studied each other very closely whilst we waited for it to be their turn to get their jabs. 

Today we talked to Nana in New Zealand on our iMac. Amelia could see my mum well and was quite mesmerised by the screen. Previously we have just been using an iPad which has a back camera and Amelia smiles at the apple on the back, but doesn't get to see Nana herself. Now she can sit up and look at the screen and also enjoys swiveling on the swivel chair at mummy's desk, on my knee of course. Amelia has also started to read picture books. Ok. So she looks at the pictures now. She also appears to be listening to the story and can sit still for a whole book when we read one just after she has had her milk. 

Nana and Popa in Tottori have also booked flights to come and see us in December. This is very big news as it will be their second trip here ever since DH moved here about 15 years ago. They are going to be here for 4 full days. That is going to be interesting. Thankfully DH's mum is not a stickler for tidiness, but has extremely high standards for food. She is a fabulous cook herself and whips up 4 dishes for every dinner and cooks lunch too. So what am I going to feed her?!?! Last time she came, she didn't do anything whilst she was here, which is only fair since I do nothing when I visit their place. I think I will make DH take some extra days off work so he can do the cooking and I will be on Amelia duty instead : ) 

I hope my daddy comes back soon so I don't have to be the only boy anymore

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Blogger Connie in Japan said...

Oh, I remember what it was like when the kiddies were little and I had to go it alone. Ganbatte. And yes- I am beginning to see how things work here in the working world. I feel for you. Your little one is getting so big and she is just adorable!

14 October 2011 at 19:32  
Blogger shufuinjapan said...

Hi Connie, thanks for your comment. Unfortunately family life always comes second, even though my DH does try really hard to put it first.

14 October 2011 at 20:34  
Blogger Origamiliving said...

I can't believe I've only just found your blog :) I live in Kanagawa with my husband and 18week-old baby Brent who was born in July.
Good luck while hub is away! Tak travels quite a bit in his line of business (an accumulative 1 week every month) but luckily baby is falling into a better routine so I can get some shut-eye :)
X Joey

21 November 2011 at 08:11  
Anonymous Kim R said...

Are you okay? Haven't heard anything from you in quite a while.

1 January 2012 at 04:35  
Blogger shufuinjapan said...

Hi Kim, thanks for your message and your concern! We are fine. I have just been taking a bit of time off from blogging because of being crazy busy with puppy and baby etc and to consider what to do with my blog! Maybe 2012 will give me some fresh motivation! Happy New Year!

1 January 2012 at 09:15  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Glad to hear you're ok! I'd like to know about your cultural battles raising a child in Japan...

Lorie in Mexico

8 January 2012 at 09:02  

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