October 27, 2010
Key Words: As you may know ご存じの通り , all the time いつも、ずっと，
for example たとえば, several いくつかの, health care system n. 健康保険制度,
comfortable adj. 楽な, home birth n. 自宅出産 , rare adj. 珍しい, own 自分の,
As you may know, last Saturday my older brother, Jake, and his wife, Jenny, had their second baby. He is the first boy baby in the family.
His name is Max Arthur Watson. Happy birthday, Max, and welcome to the family!
He is very healthy and we are all so happy.
I asked my brother to send my some pictures and he said, “he just sleeps all the time, so the pictures all look the same.”
I think in the US, having a baby is a different experience than in Japan. For example, mothers often go home from the hospital quickly, after several days. One reason is that a hospital is expensive and the US has a different health care system than Japan. Another reason is that mother’s usually feel more comfortable at home. In fact, some women even have the baby at home, a home birth! It is a little rare but actually, my younger sister was born at our house with no doctor or nurses!
And when Mommy and Baby are back home from the hospital or clinic they might sleep in the same bedroom for a little while. But after a few months the baby will probably get its’ own room. My brother’s house is big so Anna and Max have different rooms!
(*In Max’s room there is a bed. This is not his bed; it is a guest bed.)
Thanks for reading!
– Andrew and Kahoru