Less than 7 weeks to go!

Its come down to the last seven weeks.  The baby is now about 2000 grams or just over 4lbs.  If she were born today, she still would be a bit small, but would be close enough to term that there would be little complications.  She does kick a lot.  By the 33rd week, the kicks should have subsided signifcantly just simply due to a lack of space, but not this kid.  She hasn’t let up a bit.

BabyPlus Progress 

Its been over 16weeks since we started the first lesson.  We have gone through all 16 lessons.  We weren’t quite sure what to do next after the lessons were over, but the instructions said to just continue doing lesson 16 until birth.  Hmmm….that sounded a bit strange to me but I guess there’s no harm in doing it.  Besides, we’ve already invested 16 weeks into this thing, so what’s another 7?  It’d be really interesting if all of this proves to work, but to honest, I’m not holding my breath over it.

Princess and her injured foot 

Two weeks ago Princess, of our White Terriers somehow injured her rear foot.  She was linping around for a while and looked to be in pain when I touched her foot.  At first, I was a bit worried, but  decided to let her heal naturally instead of taking her to the vet.

After only a couple of days, she was able to put some pressure on her injured foot, but she still walked funny.  A week after the injury, she was walking on her injured foot with no problems, but limped when she walked a bit faster that walking pace.

Now its been two weeks.  We’ve already resumed her regular walks.  She’s able run, jump on furniture and chase after her toys with no problems.  VERY occasionally she’d walk abit funny, but she would recover quite quickly.  Looks like she’ll be fine.

Since there aren’t any new sonogram videos, and there probably won’t be, I have uploaded videos of our dogs playing around in the bedroom and tatami room (Japanese style room).


New Hospital, New Doctor

Up until yesterday, we have been going to a clinic near the train station to do all of the checkups.  It was very convenient in that we were able to stop by on the way home from work in the evenings, and it was never too crowded.   At most, we would wait about 20 minutes, but the doctor would make up for it by giving us a long sonogram session in 2D, 3D and 4D.  On top of that, we didn’t have to waste a weekend at the hospital waiting our turn.  The only drawbacks to this clinc is that they don’t do deliveries.   Therefore, we had to change hospitals and doctors.

Yesterday, we visted the new hospital.  This place is far from being convenient because we have to drive to get there.  Its only about 15 to 20 minutes away from our house, but it still doesn’t quite live up to the convenience of being able to just stop in on the way home from work.

Secondly, the new hospital is quite big.  This means that there are a lot of patients, which translates into a much longer wait to see the doctor.  The last time we were there it  took literally the whole day.  We got there at about 10AM, and we were there until about 5PM, which wasted our whole day.   And most of the 7 hours there, were spent waiting for our turn. This was a far cry from the usual 15-20 minutes (at most) we usually had to wait at the clinic.  In addtion, by the time got to see the doctor, he must have been tired or something because he was really in a bad mood, and spent maybe a grand total of only 4 minutes with us.  So we weren’t looking forward to going back  to this hospital.

However, yesterday our overall experience at the hospital was much better than the last time.  He got to the hospital just before 1pm this time, figuring that there would be less people in the afternoon session.  The wait still took a while, but it was MUCH less than the last time.  But unlike the clinic, the same doctor doesn’t do everything.  There must be about 7 different nurses or assistants, who do each different things like take blood pressure, blood tests, weight and measurements, etc.  And for each, nurse, there is a line.   The lines go by pretty quickly but its so inefficient and impersonal in my opinion.

We waited a total of an hour and half, or maybe a bit more to see the doctor this time, which is a much better than the 7 hours we waited the last time.  Also, the doctor must have had his lunch this time, because he was in a much better mood.  He even tried to speak to me in English.  He asked me if this was our first time to see him.  My initial thought was you don’t even remember us? But, I figured that with the volume of patients he gets, its probably easy to forget.

The doctor even spent more time with us this time.  Maybe about 15 minutes total, of which about half of the time was spent on the sonogram machine.  But since it was a 2D machine, it wasn’t too interesting.  They will start offering 4D scans starting next month, but we agreed that it wouldn’t be worth the time and money.  Besides, we have less than 8 weeks to go, so we decided to just wait until the birth.

the hospital lobby

The hospital lobby

the hallways

the hallways

the waiting room

the waiting room


the patio near the waiting room

OT: Injured leg

Nothing too new to report. The baby has been quite active this week. A lot of restlessness and kicking. The only difference is that up until now, the kicks were noticeable only if I happened to have my hand on my wife’s belly at the time. Nowadays, its quite visible. My wife even mentioned that the baby kicked the remote control (for the TV) when my wife place it on her stomach.

Since Monday morning, Princess, one of our White Terriers, has been limping. It seems that her left hind leg is bothering her. Not quite
sure what the problem could be. The strange part is that she was fine that same morning until she went downstairs. We suspect that she may have hurt herself on the stairs.

I took a look at her leg and her feet to make sure that she was okay. Her middle toe seems a bit stiff (at least stiffer than the toe on he other leg), but she still could bend it without any noticeable pain. At first I suspected that she may have fracture her toe, but there was no signs of swelling.

We were going to see the vet, but then I read on the web that vets really do much in these cases other than putting bandages on or in extreme
cases put a cast on. Many people say that the vets will charge as much as $700 for x-rays and what-nots, so we decided to wait a bit to see if
she’d be okay if given some time. We gave her a quarter dose of aspirin to reduce whatever pain she may have.

She hasn’t lost a bit of her appetite. Still eats…A LOT. Last night, she even jump off of the sofa and ran (limping parts if the way) when
she heard me making her dinner. Sure sign that she isn’t in too much pain. Last night, she even chased her little a bit in the bedroom, and
she seems to walk a bit straighter on carpet and on the bed where its softer, so it seems that harder surfaces bother her a bit. But its very
clear that she will heal without a vets help if we just leave her alone.

Dosukoi! Our little sumo wrestler

I think my wife has been a bit overly concerned that Haruka’s face has grown rounder in the last couple weeks. Having looked at other sonograms of babys at about the same age, they all pretty much look the same to me. The baby is suppose to form a lot of fat layers throughout their bodies, which is necessary so that they can maintain their body temperatures outside of the womb. Without the fat, they would have a very hard time maintaining equilibrium temperature, which is why premature babies are kept in incubators.

However, I did notice that her nose looks a bit smooshed. I suspect that her face is pressed up against something like it has been for the last several weeks. In the beginning, she like to press her face up to the placenta. Since she has turned, I’m not sure what she has her face pressed up against now, but it does look like her nose is smooshed against something.

Below are the probably the last 4D sonograms we will be getting. Not sure if the new hospital will be taking 4D’s, so might not be able to see Haruka’s face again until she is born. There is less than 10 weeks left, which is unbelievable. At times I think that time is going by slowly. But other times I feel as if time is flying by. This is definately one of those times when I feel as if things are going by quickly.

30 Weeks, 3/4 done!

Today marks the 30th week. There is only 10 more weeks left which is a bit scarey considering that the last 10 weeks went by fairly quickly. Last night we went to the ladies clinic near our house to get the final check up at that location. It made me kond of sad to say our goodbyes to the doctor, because he had been so kind and generous during the several weeks we went there.

The next check up will be at the hospital where Haruka will be born. The doctor(s) there aren’t as kind nor quite have the bedside manners as the doctor at the ladies clinic. And unfortunately, they don’t have the latest and greatest ultrasound machine either, so there will probably no longer be anymore 3D or 4D ultrasounds. And 2D’s are too boring to post up.

Last night, we got a fairly good shot of Haruka’s face, but it seems that she has put on a bit of weight around the face. My wife thinks she looks like a sumo wrestler, but I think she looks like any other baby at 30 weeks. I will probably post he picture up later down the line.

Today, we receive a box full of baby clothes from my mom. Thanks mom! Looking at the clothes, it kind of hit me that in 10 weeks time, there will be someone actually wearing these tiny little clothes, which was a pretty hard shot of reality.

Anyways, here are pictures of some the clothes that my mom sent us.

The baby clothes

baby shoes

Shoes in my hand