The whole object of travel is not to set foot on foreign land; it is at last to set foot on one’s own country as a foreign land.” – G.K. Chesterton

Wednesday, 22 October 2008

Hello World!

Hubby and I welcomed our little boy into this world on Wednesday 15th October 2008 (incidentally his due date too). He weighed in at 4068g, setting a record as the biggest baby born at Aiiku Hospital in Tokyo. He was measured as 55cm tall with a head circumference of 35cm. If you asked our opinion, this little baby is one of the best looking newborns we've ever seen as he didn't have that wrinkled, squished look that many newborns have at birth.

With 1-day old bub at the hospital:

Though bub was scheduled for an induced delivery on the same day, he managed to beat the clock by a few hours when I started getting active labour contractions at 3am in the morning. I underwent 12 hours of back labour, unmedicated, before it was decided the labour wasn't progressing sufficiently and caesarean was opted. All I can say is that it ain't fun being prepped for surgery in the middle of advanced labour stage.

Both of us are doing well, and we were discharged from the hospital yesterday. I never thought I could survive on only 4 hours of sleep a day, but that is how little sleep I've been getting since last Wednesday morning when I went into labour. You'd think that I'd be able to get more rest at the hospital, but my hospital stay was more like boot camp to prepare me for motherhood. I'm sure my recovery period would be quicker with more sleep, but I get what I can. This little guy has a huge appetite (not surprising if you look at his parents!), and thankfully I've been able to meet his demands, although this wasn't without some initial hiccups with breastfeeding in the first couple of days.

Unfortunately until I've established a routine, I won't have much time for blogging. But do occasionally check back for updates.


  1. Congratulations! Glad to hear that you and the little one are doing well.
    Marie :)

  2. おめでとう!
    Hope to see your pretty baby soon!!

  3. Re: おめでとう!
    Thank you! We miss your family and hope to see you soon too! :)

  4. You must be exhausted Jean!
    We look forward to meeting the Zak.
    Shan and Leigh

  5. And we look forward to introducing lil Zak to you guys!