Before I get into posting about the spectacular Grand Canyon trip I need to blog about the kindness some ladies showed me today.
My parents-in-law belong to a yoga club that meets up a couple of times a week to do a yoga DVD together. I’ve been joining their Wednesday and Saturday meet ups and last week my father in law asked the group if I could start teaching the class. The first class was a success and they asked me to teach the last few classes I’ll be here for. Today I taught the last class as we’ll be leaving to NY next week and the ladies surprised me with a big baby gift. I was touched beyond belief! They really went out of their way when they really didn’t need to. I was happy to teach (for free) and looked forward to the classes every week! Thank you Thank you Thank you!
The group. A couple of ladies couldn’t make it, but they gave me kind cards!
A set of baby items perfectly what I needed for newborn. I was just telling Motozo last night that we really need to get started on getting baby stuff. I’ve picked up a few things here and there, but certainly not enough, so to get a baby gift was really nice! I got hats, one pieces, receiving blanket, hooded towels, wash clothes, and a stuffed coyote. So cute! I love the monkey! 🙂
While I’m on the subject of baby I guess I should update on the baby bump. No photos though as I’m quite shy about the bump. No matter what anyone tells me, I don’t find it too attractive and I’m vain ha. I need a photographer that’ll make me look flattering and until then…no bump photos.
Everything is going well though. 24 weeks which I guess means I’m 5.5 months. It’s quite confusing figuring out how many months I am….I know that sounds ridiculous. Japan counts 10 months and everywhere else (that I know of) counts 9 months so I’m counting somewhere in between. I’m due August 3rd so that means I have 4.5 more months to go, more or less. The bump is noticeably larger since I arrived and a few people finally recognized that I’m pregnant (first time!). Once in the Grand Canyon a guy offered me his seat on the shuttle bus and a waitress at restaurant asked how many months I am, which followed with “oh, my God, you’re so small.” But in Japan I know I’m probably considered normal size. Still that comment made my day. I will not be happy to hear anything related to being big even though I know they are referring to the bump, not my weight. Of course, Motozo wasn’t so pleased to hear this story as he wants to have a big baby. I guess what guy doesn’t eh? Why does big equal good for men? I keep reminding him that I’m the one being stretched and pushing the baby out of me so a big baby is not appealing in the least bit. 🙂
Motozo and I have been considering names and we finally came across 1 that I don’t hate. I’m really not fond of any “English” names or more like, I’m very fond of Japanese names, but we decided the middle name will be Japanese so it’s a huge dilemma finding a first name I can imagine calling the kid. I don’t know whats wrong with me, but almost everything so far has been CRINGE CRINGE. If we were having a girl on the other hand I’d have a huge list of English names I’d be able to choose from. For now, I like using what my father in law refers the baby as simply “newborn” 🙂
As far as pregnancy symptoms I have to say I don’t really have any. Of course, it’s a little harder to do certain yoga poses, but other than a belly and extra weight I feel like my normal self. No unusual cravings, no mood swings, no physical aches or pains that are worth mentioning, lots of energy etc. Newborn moves a lot, but more so when I’m actually quiet and still. I’ve been pretty occupied lately so I didn’t feel him move as much, but I have noticed he kicks when I’m sitting in a position that restricts the belly a bit. hmm….I guess he doesn’t like being squashed. I wonder why……
I’m going for a check up on Monday. I hope the clinic/doctor is good.