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The Experience

Warning: lots of pictures on this post!  I figured this would make up for not blogging in a long time.  Our third child, Emmy Noelle, was born on June 23rd at 2:06 pm and weighed 2686g or 5lbs 15oz.  She’s on the small side but a very healthy baby girl.  Anne was a trooper as she was in labor for about 6 hours.  The labor wasn’t necessarily long but of our three kids, this one was the longest and most painful for Anne.  You were great, Honey!  Anne wanted me to document the entire experience and so here it is.  For our families and friends who are far away, I hope this is the next best thing.  Enjoy!

This is where it all begins.  Junko’s ready to lend support.  She was there for Mia and Abby’s birth as well.

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Here she is!

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Our midwife for the day…drumroll please…Nayon!

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Looking beautiful on delivery day.

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This tennis ball will receive Anne’s abuse when her contractions begin.

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Words of encouragement from Junko.

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She apparently said something that upset Anne.  LOL!

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Ikue, another midwife, comes in to give a big hug.

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Nayon didn’t want to be left out: group hug!

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You can do it!

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These midwives are off duty but came in to say “Hi!”

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Megu helps out by fanning Anne.

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One more group picture before Anne gets uncomfortable🙂

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Anne checking the monitor.

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Starting to feel some discomfort now.

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Labor pain in graph form.

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Foot massage to help alleviate some of the pain.

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Ikue is showing Junko the pressure points.

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The pain is starting to increase.

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Putting the tennis ball to use.  Meanwhile…

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Riz is eating Anne’s lunch!  Okay, I’m gonna get crap from this.

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Pain intensifying further…

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She’s getting ready to come out!  Push!!!

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Is she out?!?

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Joy and relief!

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Welcome, Emmy Noelle!

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Priceless!

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Other nurses/midwives pay a visit as they hear the good news.

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Anne’s pain is not finished yet as Doctor Yanai stitches her up.

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Ikue being her silly self.

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She’s all cleaned up and ready for Mommy!

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This is also my favorite!

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Thank you, Auntie Nayon, for a safe delivery!  She also delivered our first child.

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Emmy striking a Michael Jordan pose for Daddy!

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We can’t say enough about how grateful we are for Mrs. Fukuda and Mrs. Itoh.  They are always there for our kids.

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Happy family!

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This goes on Emmy’s hospital carriage.

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Ikue is playing with Emmy while we wait for Anne’s room to be ready.  Ikue delivered our 2nd child.

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Nayon is showing Emmy off to the rest of the hospital staff.

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In her room finally!  Great job, Honey!  You deserve lots of rest and massages (which will come in the next few days).

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Mia’s first look at her little sister.  Next post will be pics of the siblings.  Stay tuned!

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I promise to post more later.  Enjoy the appetizer!

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More Japanese t-shirt madness.

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From a branding point of view, I like the last line.

From a branding point of view, I like the last line.

More wisdom from those crazy Japanese t-shirts.  Make your own interpretation🙂

A new take on quarreling.

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What do you want?

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Remember that book by Robert Fulghum titled All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten?  Well, it’s not true.  Let me correct this title: All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten…a Japanese Children’s Store!!  That’s right.  Many life lessons can be learned from the English you read on kids’ clothing.  I won’t give it all away on one post.  I’ll make a series out of it and post a few at a time.  I hope you enjoy these and take some to heart even as you laugh.  Let the fun begin!

Basically, it’s asking, “What are you doing with your time?”  Key phrase: well-spent (most of us are stuck on “spent”).

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So true and yet so not prioritized.

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This is a birthday post and it is dedicated to my beautiful wife, Anne.  I thought I would spare all of you some gushiness and instead celebrate her day by posting some maternity pics taken last month.  The weather was beautiful and the cherry blossoms were a sight to behold!  Overall, a beautiful day to take pictures of one beautiful wife.  Oh oh…it’s starting to get gushy.  Better get to the pictures.  Happy birthday, my Honey.  You are an incredible woman.  I am blessed.

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Anne is pointing to the sign of Angel Hospital.  She will give birth here.  Our two little ones were also born at this hospital.  We have become friends with many of the nurses and doctors of this place.  Pictures of Angel Hospital and its staff will be posted this summer.  Can’t wait!

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Don’t forget to call your mama!  Go to animoto and make a short video like I did.