Thursday, March 23, 2006

My First Bath

423477744305_0_ALB, originally uploaded by rustyandlaura.

I had my first bath on March 1st, the day after I was born. I loved the warm water and I hardly cried at all. The nurses just couldn't get over my blond hair, blue eyes, and long fingers and toes. I felt like a celebrity!

Mommy and I stayed at the hospital for 4 nights. (Usually, Japanese babies and their moms stay at the hospital for a whole week, but Dr. Suzuki agreed to let us go home a few days early.) I enjoyed a relaxing bath every morning and being able to "room-in" with Mommy. But I didn't like sleeping in my bassinet. I was much happier sleeping snuggled right next to her.

The hospital took very good care of us during our stay there. Mommy said the food was actually quite good. She especially enjoyed being served breakfast in bed and afternoon tea.


  1. Anonymous10:40 PM

    Did you hear that, Daddy? Breakfast in bed is what mommy likes!

  2. Oh my word, that is the cutest, funniest picture ever. I'm Tabitha and a friend of Rox's, I saw your blog on her blog so I thought I would check it out. Such a cute baby you have! And thanks for taking care of our dear friend Roxanna!

  3. Anonymous2:55 PM

    why is the water so deep? do you not know how to bathe a child safely?

    1. Hi, I just now noticed your comment as this post is several years old. I'm not sure if you will even see my reply, but I thought that you would be interested to know that my son was born at a hospital in Japan, where this photo was taken. He was being bathed by a nurse, who I'm sure has given many baths to many newborns in the course of her career. She held him very securely and he was never in any danger of drowning. Different cultures have different ways of doing things, and of course this extends to pregnancy and childbirth and newborn care as well. Personally, I was surprised, not only that the water was deep, but that they immersed him totally (except for his head of course!), because I had always heard that you should only give sponge baths until the cord falls off. Although this line of thinking is changing in the U.S. My second was born in Michigan, and the nurse gave him a traditional bath on his first day.