Monday, June 23, 2008

busy day

Today after the girls came home from school we had three errands to do.

The first was to pick up Misaki's passport from the passport center in downtown Osaka.

The second was to go and visit our friends who just had their second baby this morning. The baby was breach, which they knew beforehand, but their doctor wanted to try a natural birth first instead of going with a C-section and they were happy to go along with it. Their little boy is sooooooooo cute. It almost makes me want to have another one. Almost.

The third was to go over to our other friends house and see if their son could infect Natsuki with chicken pox. Emi, Misaki and Sakura had chicken pox two and a half years ago and although I went back and forth about whether or not this was a good idea, I don't want to be worrying about her getting it once she gets into school. We don't leave for Canada for another month and there's not much going on before that so I figured now is as good a time as any. We'll see if we were successful in two weeks!

We left our house around 3:30pm and we didn't get back home until 9:30pm. That's how long it takes to run those three errands in Osaka, in case you're wondering.

Also... Sakura-isms:

sakana butsuri = sakanatsuri (fishing)
nekk = next as in "Nekk is my turn"

Plus she keeps finishing every sentence with, "because I'm four". Yeah, it's already annoying and she's only been four for a week now!


Mom said...

yes, you want her to get the chicken pox now, as it will vaccinate her against shingles in her old age of all things! We were both recently asked if we had chicken pox as kids, and when we said yes, the answer was "oh, that's so good" there you have it, ladies and gentlemen. It should take 2 weeks to incubate, and a week to get over, and then you can come to Grammy's house and have ice cream!

Christie D. said...

The chicken pox thing sounds good! But you might not want to visit that family with chicken pox any more for now (if you are going to Canada in exactly one month), because like you said it will take 2 weeks for the chicken pox to "take", but then it may be up to 10 days or so before they are officially "not contagious" (last spot has "dried"), and even then the dried spots can be very visible. If they are not on her face so much it won't matter, but if they are on her face it might cause awkward looks on the plane or at customs. Before flying you might want to get a little note (in English and Japanese) from your doctor saying that it was chicken pox and that it is now officially not contagious anymore!

mom -- kids who have had chicken pox may get shingles as adults, but that applies to anyone who has had chicken pox or the chicken pox vaccination. I think the only people who absolutely cannot get shingles are those who have never had either chicken pox OR the chicken pox vaccination (but that is a dangerous situation for an adult, and not advisable!!).

My husband had chicken pox as a child, and last fall came down with shingles. Then my sons caught chicken pox from his shingles (they had not been vaccinated for chicken pox, so we encouraged them to catch it and get it over with). I on the other hand, had also had chicken pox as a child and so I was fully protected against catching chicken pox either from my husband or from my children - it was a wonderful feeling to be caring for a house full of sick people and know I couldn't catch anything!!