Just a quick Happy Halloween from us, and especially from Tomoe.
Tomoe has just turned 9 months old. Her personality has been showing quite a bit lately. She can be pretty funny.
We know that she likes the colour green. She also loves her blanket, as well as her new toy stuffed dog. She finds puppets quite funny. She also thinks that wiggling our feet is funny. She watches shadows. She hates the vacuum cleaner. She’s started laughing at more than just funny sounds, she laughs at funny faces. She laughs at laughing. She likes dogs and cats. She still likes ocean waves. She had her first taste of lemon, and it wasn’t a big sour face, just a little.
Tomoe’s becoming better at standing on her own. She can go a few seconds without any support before she falls down. I think she’ll be able to walk within the next couple months.
And now for some pictures.
For those last two pictures, we went to Tsujido Kaihin Koen (Tsujido Seaside Park) and she had her first chance to walk on the ground outside with her new shoes. We later went to the beach, enjoyed watching the very large waves coming in. Near Enoshima, we met a dog, and she seems to have no problems with dogs, as well as cats.
Today, it seems that her cheeks and nose are getting a bit red. My wife and I both have a cold, so we’re wondering if she’s catching our cold. Hope not.
There’s been a constant noise this week that sounds like a motorboat. What could it be? Tomoe’s been blowing raspberries all week. She’s been particularly active with her “p-p-p-p-p-p-p-p-p-p-p” and “b-b-b-b-b-b-b-b-b-b-b” today. We were out much of the day, and we had plenty to do.
She woke up in a good mood.
First thing we had to do was get another shot. This time was the polio vaccine. She doesn’t seem to cry at all when she gets a shot.
Next was to go shopping. We needed baby food and some warmer clothes, since winter is coming. Her old winter clothes don’t fit anymore. She also needed shoes, partly to keep her feet warm, but also because she should be walking pretty soon. She managed to stand unsupported for nearly a minute. Also, we got her a kind of baby toothbrush. She’s getting her second tooth now!
She’s been a bit sleepy today, since it was a busy day. But she seems to be in a really good mood.
Last Friday, we went out for a walk after lunch, being a beautiful day. We visited Akibadai Cultural and Athletics Centre and checked out some sports related activities (I’m interested in the walking courses). We then visited somewhere I haven’t been since January, the clinic where Tomoe was born. There’s a little play area for children, and Tomoe got to finally play there. She seemed to really like the big Winnie the Pooh.
We noticed how much fun Tomoe was having with the stuffed toys, we had to get one for her. We found a pretty cheap one that she seemed to like right away. It’s a soft, fluffy stuffed dog.
On our way home, we stopped at the playground near our apartment. She’d played on the swing earlier in the week, but I never got the chance to see her playing on it.
At this point, a young girl, maybe about 7 years old, came up to us and started playing with Tomoe. She seemed to really enjoy playing with her. She pushed her on the swing while I stayed in front of her. Tomoe laughed a lot. The girl actually asked me most of the questions, instead of my wife. I answered as best as I could in Japanese. She basically wanted to know how old Tomoe was and when her birthday is. The neighbourhood kids seem to be really nice.
On the baby development side of things, Tomoe continues to practice balancing while standing in her bed. She can manage 3 seconds without holding onto anything. She’s also walking from one end of her bed to the other while holding onto the side with one hand. She’s doing a lot of practicing.
Unfortunately, she’s been awake until around 2 am a lot recently. But I’ve heard that babies between 6 and 10 months old tend to have difficulties sleeping through the night.
She’s been throwing things a lot recently, too. She likes to grab everything, bang it on something, then throw it. She also has a fascination with the bedroom door. She’ll hold it and move it back and forth. She’s getting very good with her hands. Apparently, babies this age sometimes start waving and pointing at things. Tomoe hasn’t done either. However, she does reach up when she’s about to be picked up. And another thing, she seems to like holding my nose sometimes, and laughs when I rub her feet or hands on my chin.
Tonight, she found something rather amusing. As I was changing her, her clean diaper was sitting nearby, and it was slowly folding up after I’d opened it. She laughed as it folded up. I tried it a few more times and she laughed every time. Her sense of humour is developing.
Tomoe’s got some big developments lately. In addition to her growing ability to stand without support, she’s finally reaching another milestone. Her teeth are starting to come in!
On Saturday, as Tomoe was biting my finger, I noticed her gums felt a bit different. I opened her mouth and looked at her gums, which isn’t a very easy thing to do. I could see both of her lower front teeth through her gums. They were starting to push through. They should be coming out very soon!
And now, some pictures, which my mom is expecting me to post.