Chris and I silently sipped coffee in the tatami room while the baby took a morning nap. Two weeks ago we walked six miles with my mom to Hikichidai Park and back with no signs of labor. My, how two weeks will change your life. Chris straightened up suddenly. “Today is the Yamato Shrine Sale!” he said. “No, it’s…ooh, you’re right,” I said. “I think we should go,” said Chris. “It’s our last chance, plus I want to try putting Isaac in the Bjorn.” Ok, maybe every aspect of life doesn’t change that much.
I took Isaac on his first stroll along the Hikichigawa a few days ago. We paused at the bridge where I take pictures, and I showed him the graveyard near our house that often smells sweet with incense. I like the fresh air and smiles we get on our walks, but I must admit it was a challenge to defend this tasty baby from all the vulturous mosquitoes. A week prior, last Thursday, was our first full day home from the hospital. My mom suggested driving over to Hikichidai Park and looping around part of the kilometer track to follow the doc’s advise of walking as much as possible. I kind of hobbled along, stopping frequently to sit on the park’s many benches. My mom snuggled Isaac and was on the receiving end of a knowing look and kind smile from an elderly Japanese man. “He just gave me the ‘new grandbaby nod’!” she said. About a year ago I’d driven the Scoop over to this park by myself to look at the changing leaves. This year, I got to come with Chris, our brand new baby, and my mom!