Baby in Progress – Meet Rikuto!

Rikuto - just hours oldFriends, family, and first-time visitors. After blogging about my wife’s pregnancy for much of the last year, our son, Rikuto, was finally born at 9:25am on Sunday, July 22nd 2007, at the prefectural hospital, Gifuken Sougou Iryou Center.

I rushed Mami to the maternity clinic at 5:30 in the morning, and it wasn’t long before the doctor realized that her unusually high blood pressure and still too-narrow “escape route” would require a trip in an ambulance to the hospital for a cesarean birth.

During the ride however, Rikuto’s means of entry into the big welcoming world opened up and he was born in the usual manner while I waited outside – as per my wife’s orders!

Mami suffered some injuries which are probably too embarrassing to describe here, but she is recovering well and will remain in the hospital with Rikuto for a week.

While Mami is sure Riku looks like me, I tend to think he looks more like his mum, but he’s adorable either way. Enjoy the pictures and subscribe for updates!

If you can’t view the photos, you can see the original pictures at Flickr, here.

16 comments

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  2. Shelley

    Congratulations to you both on your gorgeous little boy! You are now a family! I’m sure you can’t wait to have them both home and I hope Mami recovers well. I particularly like the pic of the three of you – Riku looks as though he’s waving at us – and smiling too. He’ll obviously be a bit of a character!

    Well done and I look forward to seeing him change & grow :-)

  3. Emma in Amsterdam

    Dear Mami and Nick, congratulations on the birth of your little boy. Enjoy your first days together!

    PS Don’t hesitate to tell something about the names of the other babies on the maternity ward. When and how do you have to registrate Rikuto’s birth? Did other fathers have to wait outside too? Is that a Japanese custom or a Mami custom? In NL most dads are present during childbirth, although some prefer not to look because of, well, because :-)

    • Nick Ramsay

      Good questions Emma.

      Japanese people really keep themselves to themselves, and the few mothers and babies in the emergency ward all hide behind the curtains of their semi-private rooms. I’m sure Mami will leave the hospital without knowing the other mothers, or their babies, at all. It’s kind of sad, but that’s how it goes here.

      Registration shouldn’t be a problem. I’ll just let my wife go to the city hall and add him to the family register. If I went, I’d have to jump through hoops!

      As for waiting outside, no it’s not the custom, though I think many wives in Japan prefer their husbands to wait behind the door. Our case was a little different. Given the circumstances of my wife’s pregnancy, and that she gave birth in the emergency ward, I was actually surprised the doctor gave me permission to go in… but Mami’s word was the one that mattered.

  4. Jason

    Wow, what a day! Congrats to both you and Mami on your little bundle of joy. I won’t be long before he starts asking for the keys to your car :P

  5. danny walls

    dear Nick and Mami
    Congratulations to the pair of you. enjoy every moment because the time goes too quickly. one minute theyre completely dependant on you and the next they want to do it all themselves.
    All the best for your new little family
    Danny, Rachel and Molly
    xxx

  6. Allan Nichols

    Nick, Mami & little one

    Congratulations to all three of you. Fantastic! Absolutely Fantastic. Yuko, Maki, Shingo and myself are all very very happy for all three of you.

    Seriously, everything about you begins to change now. Even how you look at a calendar will change. All is good. All will be good.

    Take care and all our love to the family.

    Allan, Yuko, Maki & Shingo

  7. Keith

    Loved all the comments here Nick and shows what decent friends you have!! Hope things are going well and will no doubt talk to you later this week!
    Don’t stress and try to get some sleep haa haa haa. I’m still out on who the little fella looks like and I’m sure as the next couple of weeks go by, Rikuto will start looking more and more like either his daddy or mummy. I say this because I remember how everyone was out on Jodie’s first for at least the first couple of weeks and then Alisa started looking more and more like her mum!
    Either way fine looking little lad who has made you both extremely proud already. Of course I will saddle myself with teaching the little fella all about the naughty things in life haa haa haa and can’t wait to take him down the local for a man-to-man talk and of course a few beers!!!
    Keith

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    Spud,

    Congrats and enjoy. It’s a whole new world for you now, I too have a little one of 2 1/2 years old … so if you need any advice, don’t hessistate to drop me a line!

    Darin

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