4 weeks old!

Happy 4 week birthday Ei-chan.

Every day I think that I couldn`t love you any more,
and then the next day you do something cuter and more wonderful
and I fall in love with you all over again.

This week was Golden Week (ゴールデンウィーク) and Yoshi took 4 days off work to spend with us. It was really the first time that he has spent so many hours in a row with Aiden, so it was nice to have a bit of help changing diapers (a few), and rocking him to sleep.

In Japan, Golden Week contains 3 public holidays - Constitutional Memorial Day, Greenery day, and Children`s Day. Children`s day 子どもの日 (or more commonly, Boy`s day) is a day set aside to respect children's personalities and to celebrate their happiness. It was designated a national holiday by the Japanese government in 1948.

On Boy`s day (or before), families with young sons usually raise the carp flags known as Koinobori or display a Kintaro doll (which sits upon a large carp and wears a big helmet - kabuto). The Kintaro and kabuto are symbols of strong and healthy boys.

Because Aiden was born only 4 weeks ago (and because Yoshi and I have NO space in his room to put the doll), we decided that we would officially celebrate Aiden`s first Boy`s day in 2012. Sorry Aiden xx

This week we also took Aiden to the beach for the first time. Yoshi`s older brother has a jet-ski that is stored at a beach near Osaka, and we all went out there to have a day in the sun. Although the morning was cold, it warmed up nicely and the boys had a great time riding the jet-ski all afternoon!


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