Hospital Stay Day 6 & 7 – Going Home Tonight!


First of all, please take a moment to look at the new banner on the right. Do you see the “Top Mommy Blogs” banner? Being in hospital has been boring. I read a lot of blogs, and lots and lots of blogs about multiples, most of which I find from this blog directory. So I signed myself up and listed my blog on it. Please do me a favor and click on the banner once in awhile to vote for my blog. If no one ever clicks on it at least once a month, my blog gets deleted from the directory. At least I think that’s how it works. Anyway, your help is appreciated!

I really wish I had some kind of exciting news to update with but alas, there is nothing. Weekends around here are pretty slow apparently. No exams, few staff. Just my daily NST, which was completely normal. Bland hospital food, which I am getting really tired of. Seriously eating white rice with every meal for the last week is really getting to me. I think I can request bread in the mornings instead, so I’ll talk to the nurse about that today. See? Exciting stuff going on here!

Saturday some friends came to visit with their 2-month old. The wife gave birth here too, and although we always had our appointments at the same time by some twist of fate, we still hadn’t met her baby. I had a cold when the baby was born, and then I got the flu, and then the girls got the flu, and it was just a string of illnesses in our house, so it was not only great to see them, but I was really happy to hear her birth story and how she felt like the midwives took really good care of her during her labor. After giving birth in a midwife clinic surrounded by women that I trust completely and have a really great relationship with, it is really hard for me to feel comfortable in this big hospital with staff that changes around every day, and not feel completely confident that they will be willing to work with me and do things my way, while still making sure my boys get the best care too. It’s pretty much all about the babies here, which is great in a way, but I need some care too considering I’m the one who’s got to do most of the work.

Anyway, the girls were over the moon to see the baby too, as their visit coincided with Akinori and the girls. I still don’t think Amelie quite understands what’s going on, but as pleased as Sara was to see the baby, she kept saying she was more excited about her brothers coming. She’s such an awesome big sister! Yesterday Akinori came with the girls and his parents. It was nice to see them as I hadn’t in awhile. And then the weekend was over.

Today one of the women from my room got released. She was in danger of pre-term labor and on an IV drip for THREE MONTHS!! But she will be 37 weeks tomorrow, and no longer considered pre-term so she gets to go home now until her labor starts. Tomorrow another woman is leaving and going back to the hospital where she was originally. She’ll be 34 weeks, and was also hospitalized quite early, but her cervix kept getting shorter and shorter, and her original hospital can’t handle preemies that are too little, so she was transferred here. If she goes into labor now though, the original hospital is able to handle babies who are not so preemie, so she is going back for another 2-3 weeks until she is full-term or gives birth.  The woman next to me is having a c-section on Friday, so she will be moving out of this room Thursday night or Friday, and the woman on the other side is leaving on Saturday until she goes into labor, as she will also be 37 weeks then. SO, if I don’t give birth sometime this week, I am going to be left alone (maybe because I have no idea what the 1 other woman in the room is here for as she never opens her curtain or talks to any of us) in this room.

Oh! I wrote too soon! Another woman was just moved into this room. She was actually in my former room with me too, but no one in there ever opened their curtains, so I never got to talk to her. While we were waiting for them to change beds and places around (because the woman who left had a prime window spot, so everyone else moved in order of priority, and I inherited her electric magic bed! YEAH!!! This means I may actually be able to sleep!) I spoke to her for the first time and found out she is due in July and has to stay here until she gives birth basically. She has an 11 month-old at home. Poor, poor woman. 😦 The other woman I mentioned going back to her original hospital also has a baby who is 1 or nearly 1. I guess this is probably the reason they recommend you wait a year after giving birth before getting pregnant again. So I guess this means that at the very least she will be here until I give birth.

Tomorrow are Sara’s class photos. At her kindy the moms are in the photos too. If I couldn’t be there, I know Akinori would be in the photo instead, but I know my daughter, and I know she would be sad that she was the only one without her mom in the photo, no matter the reason.  Since there is absolutely no sign of me giving birth anytime soon the doctor said I could go home for the night tonight.

(Continued from home) Akinori and the girls came to pick me up about 5:30, and we went out for dinner at a family restaurant, and it was soooo good! Akinori had made curry for dinner, which I appreciate and I’m so, so, SO sorry I told him I didn’t want to eat it, but man, oh man! The first time in a week I have a choice in what I want to eat for dinner, and let me tell you, it is NOT Japanese curry, no matter how tasty Akinori’s curry is, and he does make yummy curry. Who knows when the next time I will get to eat what I want is as I doubt I will be let out of the hospital again before giving birth, and it may still be a week or more before that happens. Hopefully not, but you never know. Besides, his dad gave him ¥5000 to take me and the girls out to dinner and, I thoroughly enjoyed my Caesar salad and quesadillas. 🙂

We came home and sitting on my sofa watching TV feels so nice. Watching my girls sleep feels even nicer. I love them so much.

Akinori took another photo of my belly today. I  I’m 36 weeks 4 days. WOW! I can’t believe how fast the time has gone by, and I am already at this late stage, and it is basically time for me to stop being pregnant. But god, I don’t want to give birth, at least not unless someone can guarantee me that it won’t hurt. Anyone? Anyone?

36 weeks 4 days


About Brenda in Nagano

Originally from Chicago, I knew I was destined to spend the rest of my life in Japan the moment I set foot in the country at the tender age of 16. However, I was quite intent on spending that rest of my life in a major city with a full on career, until my Japanese Prince Charming came trotting down from the mountains of Nagano to sweep me off my feet and whisk me away, turning my whole life plan on its head. Two months after moving to Nagano I gave birth to our little Princess Charming, so now I am officially a SAHM and teach a little belly dance on the side.

3 responses »

  1. And here I was really shocked why they send you home without actually having the babies out. 😀
    But being back home just for a night, a visit in a restaurant and some photos sounds very nice.
    Sorry, can’t tell you anything about the pain. 😦

  2. Sounds like a nice night and am sure hub is OK with fact you didn’t want to eat rice again for your hospital escape meal!! Nearly 37 weeks aye. The boys are doing so well. I am convinced years of belly dancing has made your womb into a super womb but also hoping that they realise soon that life is a bit more fun on the outside.
    Have they got you walking all over the hospital and doing squats yet?

    • They knew I didn’t want to give birth before April 2nd, so they didn’t push the issue. The moment I got back to the hospital though, it was all, “okay, time to get those babies out!” And one of the nurses mentioned squats, but really yesterday when I got back I was just too tired to do anything. I’m done now. These boys need to find their way out soon!

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