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    Viking Samurai

    By thomas | September 18, 2007

    Well, it’s been about a week without an update!  But there’s good reason.  My wife and I had our firstborn a little more than a week ago (September 8th).  For those who don’t know, in Japan it’s the custom to keep baby and mommy in the hospital for a week or more after the birth, so I spent quite a bit of time there over the last week.  If you ever end up having a child in Japan, a good money-saving tip would be to convince the doctor to let you out of the hospital early – those bills add up!

    Today was taiin day.  Taiin (退院 [たいいん]) means “get out of the hospital”, so now we are all back at home.  I have some articles brewing, so stayed tuned to learn about finding cheese in Japan, mail-order DVD rental services, and 300-yen steaks!

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    7 Responses to “Viking Samurai”

    1. Harvey Says:
      September 18th, 2007 at 10:28 pm

      Whoa! A baby! Congrats! What’s the little guys name?!

    2. thomas Says:
      September 19th, 2007 at 12:27 am

      Harvey: Thank you! We are very happy with our new little guy. His first day at home was exciting for all of us. His name is Noah. We even picked out kanjis for him (乃阿 [ノア]).

    3. shiisa Says:
      October 14th, 2007 at 7:14 am

      Congratulations on the latest addition to the family! Little Noah will be providing you with much love and little sleep in the weeks to come!

    4. thomas Says:
      October 14th, 2007 at 9:42 am

      Thank you for the kind words shiisa! You are right on both counts. We receive lots of love, but his “Sports Time” begins at about 1am. The trade-off is well worth it though. :)

    5. Delaina Says:
      October 20th, 2007 at 11:38 am

      Congratulations! My hubby and I are expecting our first (a little boy) in about 6 more weeks. I will try and take up your advice on seeing if we can get out of the hospital early, but somehow I doubt our doc is going to go for it. :)

    6. thomas Says:
      October 28th, 2007 at 9:41 am

      Wow! Congratulations! It’s an exciting time. They will make you stay in the hospital, but they will take really good care of you too. Here’s to a safe and easy birth!

    7. Daily J » Topic » Baby Noah vs. The Elephant - an interview with Thomas, proud father and blogger @ Nihonhacks Says:
      November 23rd, 2007 at 7:23 am

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