Ryu and I had a town baby thing yesterday. He only just got weighed and shit last week so they flagged that but they needed numbers for the Junior High kids 'lets experience what it's like to be pregnant and look after a baby for five minutes so that it deters us from shagging up and getting pregnant at the age of 16'.
Their is only one class of third years at the Kunimi Junior High School. They got split into two and had turns with the pregnancy suit and then in with us asking questions, changing nappies and the likes. There were only six babies and Ryu was the oldest. He got A LOT of attention which is both nice but embarrassing. I was talking quite a bit to Ryu in English and he was in fantastic smiley form and I'm not entirely sure if the kids didn't leave thinking they would go accost the next foreigner they meet and shag up so they get a cute baby.
Ryu (I just wrote Shou and had to delete it) being very compliant while a boy tries desperately to get his foot through the nappy hole. Now he has his nappy off Ryu had a bit of a 'play' with his bits which the two boys thought was a great laugh.
The class started with just us mothers and babies and a talk on 'your baby during summer'. I have been to all these classes twice before with Shou and Marina but I had forgotten this - a baby the size of Ryu (about ten kilos) sweats about 500ml of sweat during the summer - every day. An adult weighing 50kg loses 1 kilo every day in sweat and I guess adults of a bit more substance lose more! We then had to guess how many sticks of sugar was in each drink - 100 percent juice, pocari sweat and CC lemon. Pocari had the least but was still 11 sticks of sugar (3g each). It is easy to forget how much sugar is in this shit.
There was then a relax (with your now screaming tired baby) and have a herb tea with the other mothers bit - right at the end. Christ if they wanted to relax us why didn't they provide wine and a super taxi to take us all home?
Still, a nice outing with Ryu. Because Kunimi is so small you tend to meet everyone at these things or at the vaccinations. Forges great sense of community. Rah rah.
Right, it's 6am I should think about breakfast for these kids. Ryu is still asleep but he wont be far away and hopefully hub will be grace us with his presence soon.
Off to do a load of errands today, highly exciting stuff like...
- finally taking the fuwafuwa winter blankets to the dry cleaners
- finally sending 'electric cigarette' to sister. I have had it a few days but had to get round to writing English instructions for it. She had stopped smoking but god, all the shit going on with her and I just about needed to start smoking too.
- buy an electronic photo frame as house warming gift for friends. Hub usually puts money into a collection when one of the lads at the office builds a house but this time they aren't so us, and two other families are putting in the usual 3 or 4,000 yen and buying them a gift instead.
- Buy milk, nappies and check loto number - don't think I posted this silly story - on Saturday while hub and I were out we went to fill the car up with gas. Two seconds before the man told us how much it was I said I thought it would be 6,800 yen - it was 6,854 yen. Hub thought Saturday must have been a lucky day for me so we spent three dollars getting a lotto ticket with those four numbers. Silliness.
- Meet friend for lunch - this actually qualifies AS exciting stuff. Haven't seen her for a couple of weeks and she teaches English to High School kids, some of whom are complete bastard dickheads and should be sent to juvenile detention.
Then I guess it's home James for afternoon English. Hub mentioned yesterday that today was bonus day so I need to check with him if that means he wants eel for dinner, two hours at pachinko or a session with the horny housewife.
Right, breakfast and stuff.