Baby in Progress – Rikuto

It’s been a month since Mami last went to the maternity clinic, but she went back today for another check-up, and everything is fine. I wish I could have gone with her, but I can’t deny my students their weekly English class! Nevertheless, I got to see the latest video of Rikuto, the baby formerly known as “Peanut”.

Since we found out that Peanut is a boy, it wasn’t hard choosing a name. We had pretty much decided long before Mami got pregnant what we would call our first child. If it were a girl, she would have been named after my Italian grandmother Liliana, but since Peanut is a boy, he gets the name Rikuto. We both liked this name because my name in Japanese is pronounced Ni-koo, and he will be Ri-koo.

Of course, Rikuto could be used in English as Richard, Ricky, Rick, Rich, or even little Dicky, if he takes after his father! Okay, so whether a girl or a boy, Peanut’s first name would have been influenced by my own or my grandmother’s name. He will of course take Mami’s Japanese surname, mostly out of convenience, but also to keep the family name alive. Unfortunately, it will sound much less glitzy than Ricky Ramsay!

Rikuto in kanjiBefore we could be sure that the name Rikuto was suitable, we had to find some characters to represent his name. We eventually chose the Japanese characters for land and person. Therefore Rikuto means “Land Person”, or “Person of Continents”, which seems appropriate considering he will be both European and Asian.

These are the latest pictures. The quality this time is pretty poor, but it’s only four more months before I fill this blog with baby photos!

Rikuto at 21 weeks.Rikuto going into his 6th month, in 4D.

3 comments

  1. Keith

    Hey Nick,
    it kinda feels like that if I want to catch up with you or know what you have been up to, all I have to do is to log on to your site haa haa haa.
    I really love reading your stories and you do write so well. Kinda miss hanging out with you and we do not get to hook up that often which is strange considering the fact that we are partners and good friends. Anyway just wanted to say how happy I’m for you both and little Rikuto and hopefully he will think of me as “Uncle Aussie Keith” who will always lead him down the wrong path or at least quite the exciting path haa haa haa!!!
    Cheers and my best to Mami!!!!

    Keith

  2. Mum

    Nick, I didn’t know you were going to call Rikuto Liliana if he had been a girl. Granny will be thrilled when I tell her. I agree with Keith your writing is so entertaining. I have always loved reading your stories.