Today, Tomoe is 100 days old. This is an important day in Japan, and a big meal is prepared for 100 day old babies to ensure that they will never have to go hungry in their entire lives. We had our big meal on Monday with the family, as I’d already posted about.
At this stage of a baby’s development, a lot is happening. Babies are very actively moving their arms and legs around. Tomoe does that a lot. She also kicks pretty hard now. Another thing she really enjoys is being held upright with her feet on the floor or on my wife or I. She pushes down so that she’s kind of standing. It makes her give a big smile. Babies are also supposed to start getting interested in toys, especially holding or hitting them. Tomoe will hold a toy and stare at it, but that’s about it.
Babies also like to touch things and feel them. Tomoe is always trying to grab onto something. It doesn’t matter what, she holds on tight. It gets slightly painful when she digs her fingernails into my hand or arm, too. When she does hold something, she always tries to move it to her mouth. This is also quite normal. She usually tries sucking on her bib or clothes. Another thing she loves to feel is being blown on. We just blow at her hair, and she makes a gasping sound and a very happy looking face.
Tomoe is incredibly alert. She’s always looking around at things, and when we’re walking around the apartment, she’ll follow us with her eyes. She’s also unbelievably vocal. She makes a lot of sounds. Although she doesn’t have a big laugh yet, which normally happens within the next couple of weeks, she does make a quick laugh sometimes.
We’ve been giving her a lot of tummy time, as well. This is helping her strengthen her neck, shoulders, back and arms. By the time she’s 4 months old, she should be able to hold herself up with her arms and also roll herself over. She’s almost done that once, only making it halfway.
As far as language development goes, we’ve been talking to her, showing her things and telling her what they are. She may not understand, but she’s learning how we speak, and will eventually try to mimic the sounds.
Finally, here are some pictures. Being her 100th day, we did find a couple of very lucky things. Scroll down to the last 2 pictures, and you’ll see.