Wednesday, December 17, 2014

13 Weeks Pregnant

13 weeks pregnant. Baby is the size of a peach.
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11 Weeks Pregnant

Week 11. Baby is the size of a lime. 
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Saturday, December 13, 2014

10 weeks pregnant

Baby is the size of a prune!
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10 months of pregnancy

Yes. You read right. This is the first of the many that will I will right about my pregnancy in Japan.

Like back home in Canada, they have the same old pee-on-a-stick test, no line means not pregnant, a line appears you're pregnant. And most of these boxes have English instructions inside. 

Now the easy part is finished, now you need to find a ladies clinic to get checked out. You're probably going to want to find something close to home and good luck finding an English speaking one. The doctors test for pregnancy the same way as you do, peeing on a stick, no needles required.

I ended up going to an doctor near my place but he speaks only Japanese. But with help from my husband and family I have manage to get by so far.

After you know your due date you can go to the city office and tell them your date and you will receive a mother book for the doctor to write all the details of your pregnancy, as well you use it when the baby is born for all the shots and doctor check-ups. You will also receive coupons for your doctors appointments and you can get discounts and receive money back after the baby is born through your insurance. The doctor will tell you which paper to bring. You will also receive tons of papers, flyers, samples and booklets on preparing for childbirth and all the items you will need. Another important item you will receive is the pregnancy badge. You place it on your purse and when you are on the train it will let others know you are with child and let you sit....but this usually doesn't happen in Tokyo. Most people ignore and will never offer a seat. But once you get bigger some will let you sit.

So that's all I have so far with my pregnancy in Japan. I will keep writing more information as it appears.
Here was our announcement for our baby. 
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Saturday, November 15, 2014

Sugar Cookies

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2 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup butter, softened
1 1/2 cups white sugar
1 egg
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1/2 cup sugar for rolling cookies
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line cookie sheets with parchment paper.
In a small bowl, stir together flour, baking powder and salt. Set aside.
Using a mixer, beat together the butter and sugar until smooth and very fluffy. Beat in egg and vanilla extract. Gradually blend in the dry ingredients.
Roll rounded teaspoonfuls of dough into balls, and roll in sugar. Place on lined cookie sheets about 1 1/2 inches apart.
Bake 8 to 10 minutes in the preheated oven, or until lightly browned. Let stand on cookie sheet two minutes before removing to cool on wire racks.

I didn't have a mixer so I just used arm power XD I'm sure they would turn out better with a mixer. 
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Thursday, November 6, 2014

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Sunday, September 28, 2014

Thailand Day 2 Off to Chinatown!

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Another early morning had us heading towards Chinatown again and our first stop was the Golden Buddha at the Wat Traimit Temple. It's the worlds largest solid golden statue. 

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Located at the end of Chinatown Yaowarat Road, and near Hualampong Railway Station.

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The building has been newly renovated and but still has the old classic architect. 

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We has wonderful weather for our trip! 

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More golden statues. 

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There were hardly any people there, so we could enjoy the temple at our own pace and don't have to be squashed in. The room is pretty small. 

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View from the top. 

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We have arrived at Chinatown!

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The streets are busy. 

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First stop is some pomegranate juice!

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So many shops, so many things! Lots of crafty things, bulk items. It's crazy! You could actually spend days just wandering the back streets. 

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Of course we stop for some snacks!

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And some more. These are made from coconuts. 

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This weird green thing, we had no clue, but was one of the most amazing things we ate!

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Coconut treats

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Some noodles for lunch.

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Farewell Chinatown!

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Saturday, September 27, 2014

Egypt & Turkey Part 27: Back to Eqypt

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We arrived late at our hotel in Eqypt, and soon we fell asleep. It was another early wakeup call for us the next day and we went and had our last breakfast of our trip.

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Today's tourist spot was the Mosque of Muhammad Ali.

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My friend had to get a gown because you can't have a lot of skin showing and she had on a tank top.

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Our last stop was a museum and we were lucky enough to have a chance to see real mummies! Sorry no pictures of those.

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One final shopping stop and we were off to the airport.

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 Our flight back to Tokyo.

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 We enjoyed some pizza at the airport.
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