Ack… I haven’t posted anything here in quite a while. Well, Ryoko gave birth to a baby girl on Sept. 25th. Everything went fine, and we have named her Eren. The spelling is what it is because we wanted no ambiguity between the Japanese and English on her name. The characters for her name are 恵蓮, the first character pronounced e or megumi means ‘blessing’ or ‘grace’, and the second character ren or hasu means ‘lotus’. I’m afraid this is the only picture I have handy right now, it’s Ryoko in the hospital with Karisa on her lap holding baby Eren.
Bassett women
Eren seems to be a good-tempered baby so far, and Karisa has gotten used to the idea of a baby sister (and hence no longer being the center of the universe) pretty well. Ryoko is recovering well, so really no major problems.

The only scary thing is thinking about what will happen 10~15 years from now when they become teenagers…