So here I am at last with time to put some words down about our "made in Japan" baby! Our story is kind of unusual - I am Australian, my DH is Canadian and we have been living in Tokyo for approx eight years. We met here....neither of us had the intention of staying more than 1-2 years once our initial contracts were up but many years later, we are settled (for now!) with our first child on the way.
DH is completing his PhD here and I work for a US investment bank (just started maternity leave), we travel a lot every year both to see our families and to visit new & interesting parts of the world. We have made a home here, a community, a warm circle of friends and have a lifestyle that we love and celebrate every day.
And so to the story of our baby..... I wonder sometimes if men are ever ready? In our case, I think it was more so DH taking the lead on when I was ready....in reality I could have waited another 2, 3, 4 years and still been a busy, professional woman with different priorities but I think I reached a now-or-never point. At 31, I was ready to focus on family and put my career on hold. Luckily for us, we got pregnant the first cycle we tried and it has been smooth sailing ever since.
Posting now so content is not lost ....