Ryoko & Ichiro hitting the big time and looking *extra cute* at their check-up at Sun Clinic here in sunny (again) Okayama. Yes, im super proud papa & hubbo!
The 3 of us, together at first
Flashing back to a year tomorrow morning Japan standard time…
You see the first days were complicated as I was allowed in to the birthing clinic for 30 minutes per day — which included all the Japanese social routines of greetings, bowings, as part of logistical side of temperature taking and signing-in while the lovely staff at Sun Clinic efficiently and politely whisked in and out of the tatami room tending to various things.
But amidst it all, we managed to ask a nurse for snap shot > the first of the three of us together and it is a treasure, forever.
He’s our special lil guy.
“Sun Clinic” the wonderful birthing hospital who took such fine care of dear Ryoko in delivering Ichiro, posted this cute picture of them and Moe Sensei at the one month check-in. Grateful for their sweet and exacting care during a strange time. #pandemic
12:30: I go pick Momma & Ichi up at hospital in just a little bit / So… caught up the laundry, fresh linens and towels everywhere, lots of pillows, fresh air… Now a few dishes to wash and choose a soft and colorful outfit and go bring him home for forever.￼ Totally love this kid and this gig. Continue reading Ichiro: coming home day / 28.6
Ichiro Olson, card #8
“photo wall” June 26, 2020
A nurse at the lovely clinic is a hobby photographer and does a great, constantly-updating photo collage board featuring all the new babies in a similar pose… What a great project! Anyway, I found our lil dude of course.
Annotations., re: Sun Clinic:
So much to say about this but in general, it’s absolutely fantastic… Like a small clinic/mini hospital just for birthing with 98% female staff/drs etc >> after the delivery room, they moved her into a private trad tatami room which is calm & comfy > the meals are all beautifully prepared, balanced and well plated > the staff are lovely and always whisking in to check on something or help with something > she’s getting various training on techniques as well as follow on services like massage.
Normal to stay for four or five days after the birth. They come home today or maybe tomorrow and while I want them here like yesterday, I’m so glad for the great care and recovery time.
One other note on this topic is that throughout the pregnancy we had monthly then biweekly then weekly visits all along with the 3-D model scans and there was mamas and papas classes for the first while and tell canceled because of the plague > Of course they are taking notable precautions at the clinic (which is why I’m only allowed 30 minutes a day but that’s an upgrade from nothing) > and everything is brilliantly clean yet doesn’t feel “clinical”
Amidst all the chaos and commotion and confusion and concern, my adorable wife and our incoming child are bright healthy and happy… Everything going normal except for all the stuff that’s not.
Receiving excellent care at “sun clinic” near our home and today spent time making Plan A, Plan B and so on￼ with lovely midwife & wonderful dr. + I’m learning a lot more birthing specific Japanese words – we also checked out the birthing room and the room where we will stay for a couple days afterwards, and then shared a moment under sakura tree.
Some of the fun/extra parts of preparing for the new arrival – including stroller and crib shopping and what not – well, need to be adjusted. We’ve got a baby bath, some clothes and a diaper strategy. We’ve also been reading to the belly in both English and Japanese and of course lots of music.￼
We’re getting the house already as best we can and and i’m doing my best to be a sweet supportive husband instead of worrying about everything everything everything.
We’ve canceled tea ceremonies and picnics and get togethers of course & have had food delivery service set up for some months now, plenty of rations, masks and first aid kits and blah blah blah so we will work on the garden, plant trees and stay busy in the barn.￼
We got this and June is going to be a magical month for us. ￼We hope some calm come to the world at large by then but the future is unwritten.￼
Amidst the “specialness” of life – which included of late:
- trip to Nagasaki and all the glorious trains, building and museums (well documented elsewhere)
- Mae Maes spring concert in Tamano (artifacts to follow)
- baby coming! (and related prep)
- 10 years anniversary of Vancouver Olympics (which was such a big deal for me and i meant to do “something” to commemorate, but ya know, this feeling was overridden with ambivalence (but do have some notes and copy/pastes i’ll get to before 11th anniversary)
– is the “regular out n abouts” of life. These moments are treasure and, as memory fades, are quickly lost to the “exciting bits” never the less, i capture and archive for me, for others like me, for the little one, for the future, for the process. You know this already so behold, more of the usual: trams, coffees, meals, and various items spotted in the wild.
Ergo, just things, observed / scenes of life in Okayama, en route to “seitai” treatment session:
* fine bicycle (wagyu burgers in bg) at sunny intersection
* non-chronological aside but related / wagyu burger (with Ted) / as an additional aside, compared to 25+ years ago when I was first year, so much more international food available, to go along with the obviously fantastic Japanese native food… Would having pizzas, mighty burgers, lots of India/Nepal food, there are Mexican food places but i don’t wanna be disappointed – Anyway we do not lack for fantastic food even in our small city
* angled manshon apartment bldg, striking against the sky (this is parking lot for seitai sensei)
* ikebana and scroll at sensei’s office Continue reading Diary: Kissaten cafés, sharp knife, drs observations and daily views
You could be forgiven for thinking that my life involves entirely eating delicious food and drinking fantastic coffee as you are somewhat correct… however, there is slightly more going on as i am into the routine of “regular life” and doing things which I file under “life administration”. As such, some tasks (as much as I delight in the mundanity of everyday activity) doesn’t get documentation.
Not that these things are not interesting – but because in the diligence and action itself, there’s interestingness – but photographs aren’t always timely nor appropriate and in themselves, there’s not often a story to be told. Within this thought is why I enthusiastically and rather comprehensively documented everyday life when first arriving in a new place… As in: when you stay in a place for a while, the uniqueness of every day life fades and it’s easy to think that “I’ll do this another time” or “I’ll wait for something special” or “why bother?”
With this in mind, over the last few months of settling in my new home and life, I’ve remembered to fill up this “new white sheet of paper” with all the spectacular regularness of simple errands, neighbourhood observations, pleasant routines and out n’ abouts. Continue reading Diary: Days go by – filled (mostly) with coffee, food and and sundry tasks
So it goes, the festive season passes yet calendar stays busy with the usual sorts of things. Yesterday included returning books to splendid library, a few letters (Switzerland and Indonesia) to the post office, a stop for the best ramen, and a visit to a chiropractor and then a super good little (i mean little) coffee shop – like just perfect right?
In amongst, we repaired/re-did a wall in Tsuchida Cottage, attended a parenting class(!), went to opera variety show, hit up Hatsumi-san’s piano recital, moved some brick around outside, printed more flyers for Mae Maes gig, talked to a guy about replaced some drafty windows, recycled plastic items, booked a trip to Nagasaki…
Here is a variety of snippets collected along the way, with minor annotations as possible.