Our little bundle of joy arrived this afternoon around 1:30, weighing in at a ‘Jumbo’ 3878 grams (about 8.5 pounds) on the Japanese scale of baby sizes. He’s got a funny ear but we’re going to keep him. I have a new respect for all women who deliver babies, and especially for my wife who did it all without any pain medication (as is common in Japan). Chieko’s contractions came on hard last night and we were at the baby clinic around 2:30 a.m. My happiness is paralleled only by my utter exhaustion right now. Happy day.