Almost 2 1/2 Years Old

Here’s a little update with how things are going in Tomoe’s life.

She talks a lot.  Not just in English and Japanese, but also in gibberish.  But her gibberish sounds more like Japanese than English.  She’s learning new words at a very quick pace and understands how they connect with feelings, objects, and so on.

She also hasn’t been sick lately.  That’s a very good thing.  No secondary nursery since January.  She accidentally stole a toy that she forgot in her shirt (it was a toy thermometer) from that nursery, and we haven’t had the opportunity to return it yet.

Anyway, I’ve taken a lot of videos recently, and thought I’d share them with you.

Calling for mommy:


She loves bread:

An interview with Tomoe:

Tomoe in the playground:

More playground with a slightly messed up video:

Part of my Japan vlog.  She appears in this video:

She loves to swing:

A future gymnast?

A future soccer player?

She loves airplanes:

Happy! Angry! Sad! Best video so far, I think:

This is how to play a piano without a piano:

Well, there you have it. Hope you enjoyed them all.  Please subscribe to my YouTube channel!


15 thoughts on “Almost 2 1/2 Years Old

  1. Our two girls really are kinda alike: the calling mommy or daddy, the gibberish (that’s Hana’s main language, and it also sounds more Japanese than French, although she has finally started repeating words, hence I can make her speak more French little by little), the singing, the playgrounds and so on…
    They even have the same Anpanman “pen book”

    • That book is great, isn’t it?
      She seems to repeat everything these days. She’s begun stringing together a couple words, so in about 6 months, she should be forming sentences.

      Although at this very moment, she’s being a little brat and refusing to go to sleep.

      • That book is awesome.
        I’ve been looking for something similar in French, but it doesn’t seem to exist. Well, I got her the “tag Junior” from Leapfrog (it exists in French) but I’m not a big fan (Hana kinda plays with it, but she doesn’t really listens to what it says).
        Ravensburger (a great German toy and games company) also has a similar one, but not before Age 4.

        Hana has been forming simple sentences for a couple of months, but only in Gibberish-Japanese, not in French. It’s interesting how she uses a lot of nouns in French, but most verbs, conjunctions and such are in Japanese. It’s a split for adjectives. Her sentences too, all have the verb at the end, and she uses imperatives (-te at the end) and past tenses (-ta) at the end, but sometimes it’s words from her own inventions like “atete” which kinda means “give” but also “help me” and generally speaking “dad/mom do something for me”

        In terms of behavior she alternates being very sweet and being a demon. Her latest thing is to test me, literally. When I tell her not to do something, you can be sure she’ll do it again and again, looking at me straight in the eyes to see my reaction.

        • Tomoe does the same thing. She’ll touch something, and when I tell her not to, she’ll keep trying over and over again, until she sees she’s trying my patience. If she becomes defiant, it’s time for a time out. She hates that. In the end, she says “sorry” to me.

          Tomoe’s been forming 2 or 3 word sentences lately, though mostly in Japanese. But tonight, she decided to be a bit of a liar and immediately after I changed her diaper, she said, “Poop! Poop! Change diaper!” I checked it, and it was clean and dry. 5 minutes later, she said the same thing, but again, clean and dry.

          She also uses -te and -ta endings in her verbs. Though she’ll use some English verbs, like eat, run, and jump. Lots of nouns in English, while sentences tend to be in Japanese.

  2. This reminds me of my daughter as well. Very similar with the Japanese and english, as well as the jibberish. My daughter is also in love with Anpanman (the same video you posted a bit back) and has the anpanman pen board too. Crazy! Only thing different, is we currently live in America, and visit japan once a year maybe at most. But we are trying to keep the Japanese culture going (wife is Japanese). Apparently she just went crazy at our dog “Dame! Leo!” for barking and waking her up…oh funny girl. I just thought it was a funny coincidence about our (all 3 apparently) daughters being similar!

      • It does, but my daughter loses interest in things and jumps around from favorite toy to favorite toy. So ours has only had the batteries changed once since Xmas time. However, my son (10mo old) may take up interest in it soon.

        How is life in Japan? I am pretty jealous. I’ve always wanted to live there, but my wife is somewhat against it, due to work-life balance. It will take a lot of convincing, but I really wish my kids could grow up in a Japanese environment.

        Currently, our daughter will be attending a Japanese youchien (lots of Japanese in California, so we are lucky) this coming September. But it will cost us a pretty penny…so it’s a bit of a trade off. I would much rather be there, paying 1/3 of the price and getting the same or better quality care and instruction. Oh well, maybe one day 🙂

        • A little off topic, but concerning the work-life balance, as long as you’re not a salaryman, it’s not as bad as they say. Also, while work conditions are worse in Japan than they are in Europe (What? only two week vacations, and that’s also your sick days? What, you get healthcare and social security only if you’re full time?), they are much better than they are in the US (then again, every OECD country has it better than the US).
          Then again, it depends on what line of work you’re in.

          • Right, I forgot to mention that. It really depends on the company, and since I’m teaching English, just like with almost any other English school, they restrict us to 29.5 hours so they don’t have to pay for health care or social security. I have to pay for health care myself. However, health insurance is socialised here, which means you cannot be denied health insurance, and the cost is based on your income, not your health risk level. Health insurance covers 70% of your costs. This is one thing I miss about Canada, free health insurance, covers 100% of the cost, and the coverage is for life. No one is denied coverage.

        • We’re pretty lucky to have a 24 hour, 7 day a week youchien. Everything’s in Japanese, of course. However, they’re very nice people, and they offer a pick up and drop off service in the morning and early evening. It is expensive, though.

          Life has been quite expensive for us, and we’re pretty busy. Now that the hot and humid summer is here, we won’t be going out so much in the afternoon. I love it here. My work-life balance is fine, probably similar to what it would be in Canada. However, with a later shift, I don’t get to do much in the evenings.

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  4. Oh my god she is so adorable!! Since I’m mixed myself I’ve always felt kinda connected to others and watching those videos makes me want to have my own cute little daughter too haha
    This post is a little bit older but I’m sure she’s developing well and it’s great that you’re raising her bilingual! 🙂

    • I should update. She speaks conversationally now in Japanese, but not much in English. She understands English, but doesn’t speak it much.

      Thanks for the comment!

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