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Auntie Roxy and Japan

In addition to life, which deserves its own post hopefully soon, My family and I have been taking care of a new addition to the family. I would like to introduce you all to Ally Suri, my niece. She has been staying with us since late March due to the earthquake/tsunami situation that occured in Japan. She lives with my sister and her husband who are stationed at Misawa AFB in Japan. My sister decided to send her here as a precaution because at times the base had no power, their resources were low and they were under a voluntary evacuation order. My sister also said at one point, she may have had to go to Korea and the baby could not go with her. So Ally traveled here to California via an escort. She was 6 months at the time. I first got to see her in person in December when she visited for the holidays and it was awesome to see how much she had grown in such a short time. She's a really happy baby who makes a mmmm sound when she sees cows^^ She also loves to watch sports, especially basketball. She moves her legs like she's running when we see the players run. Its too cute! While she has been with us, she's learned to crawl and even has her first tooth coming out! We continue to communicate with Skype so my sister has seen her grow. Its nice having a baby in the house. It changes everything. At first, she didn't want to sleep at night because I assume, she was not used to the time change from Japan, but now sleeps good.
From taking care of her, I fully realize how hard it truly is and why some people do change or leave their jobs/careers to become full time parents. Honestly, its something I'm not ready for at this time in my life. I'm really busy with my jobs/careers and I feel that its not the right time for me. One day but not yet. Im still trying to find that other person first......  My sister and her husband, who has returned from his tour in Iraq, will be here in the middle of June to visit and when they leave, Ally is going back to Japan. They will be stationed there until January 2012. After that, they will be coming to the states, though they are not sure where their next base will be yet. Its going to be very sad when she goes. In this short time, we have bonded even more and its been amazing having her here. I just heard that my sister is thinking of taking my other brother to Japan with her as a graduation present for a few weeks. I sooo want to go but I don't think I can leave work right now. I want to go while she is still stationed there. I think my next best bet would be sometime in September/October. I hope so. My sister says where she is, the situation has been improving, but Im sure there is still alot of work ahead. I had the opportunity in March to interview a representative from our local branch of the American Red Cross. It was for our community affairs program that I produce for one of my radio stations. It was a great interview and I felt honored to help get the word out for our community and the surrounding areas that this organization exists and is here to help people in need, in my city and all over the world. We spoke about the situation in Japan and encouraged people to help donate. I felt it was another way that I was helping the people of Japan. Ally is 8 months now and by the time she leaves, she will be 9 months. I think she is going to start walking pretty soon..... oh the fun awaits^^

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brendala From: brendala Date: May 19th, 2011 09:45 am (UTC) (Link)
It's sad that she has to be separated from her parents, but at least you get to spend some quality time with her.

And those pictures are just adorable!
pharoah999 From: pharoah999 Date: May 20th, 2011 06:39 am (UTC) (Link)
Overall its been a great experience. They all love her at the radio station, my mom's work, everywhere. The weather has sucked this whole week so we haven't taken her out much. We want to take her to the county fair here in victorville to see the animals. She is just the cutest! Very early riser though.
alexeia_drae From: alexeia_drae Date: May 19th, 2011 03:31 pm (UTC) (Link)
What a cutie!

Wow, I can't imagine having to send my baby away. I'm going to be gone for two days for a convention next month and I'm obsessing and worrying about being away from him for so long. Though I can understand. Japan is not the safest place right now.

And babies have a way of making you fall in love with them in a short time. They are so engaging! Enjoy your time with her!
pharoah999 From: pharoah999 Date: May 20th, 2011 06:36 am (UTC) (Link)
Tx. Yes Im sure I would feel the same way. My sister calls everyday. We use skype a few times a week too so both parents see her crawling and see how much she has grown. My sister says she misses her alot and has bought a few things and sent it to us so Ally can wear or play with. I soo agree with you there. Ive always loved babies and I remember when my brother was a baby. I was much younger so I think now I appreciate and know better to understand what it takes to take care of one. She just makes a bad day go away. Im sure your son has the same effect on you.^^ They smell so nice!! Baby smell^^
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