Is that a motorboat?

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.

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Stuck between my knees.

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Blurry hand!

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Looking pretty smug, but she was actually saying “babababa” and I caught her at the “b.”

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!

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Having fun with a mirror.

She’s been a bit sleepy today, since it was a busy day.  But she seems to be in a really good mood.

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Tomoe and a big Pooh

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.

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Hello, big Pooh!

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Can I poke you in the eye?

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What a big head you have.

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What’s this? A little Pooh!

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It’s time to wrestle!!

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Hello again, big 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.

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She’s moving so fast, she’s blurred!

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This is fun!

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It was close to sunset, so my iPhone’s camera kept taking longer exposures. So, we get blurry baby!

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After this, we had a guest.

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.

Teeth are almost here!

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.

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She’s very happy!

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Standing with the support of only one hand.

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She’s climbing! She really enjoys climbing.

Tomoe’s night of surprises

She keeps surprising me.  Tonight, I was happy to witness three things that she’s learned to do.

First, I got to see her standing on her own quite a bit.  She was in her bed, and she usually holds on to the sides when standing.  But occasionally, she let go and stood there for a good 2 or 3 seconds without holding onto anything.  Her balance is improving, and I wouldn’t be surprised if she’s standing on her own very well in a month or so.

Second, she’s getting better at holding her bottle.  She’s learned that if there isn’t much left in it, she should hold it so that the bottom is higher than the top.  She’s starting to understand that’s how she can drink.

And finally, as I was about to take her out to pick up my wife from work, I said to her, “Let’s go see mommy!”  She immediately gave me a big smile and was very happy.

She’s understanding more and more these days.  I can’t wait to see what happens next.

8 months old and almost standing

On the 25th, Tomoe turned 8 months old.  Hard to believe she’s already that old.  She also continues to surprise us.

In the past week or so, she’s been trying to stand up without any support.  She’s succeeded in balancing for 2 or 3 seconds, but quickly falls down.  She was early with crawling, early with standing up with support, and now she seems to want to walk early.  She’s going to need new shoes soon.

On the 24th, she went to the clinic again to get her third round of DTP.  I never realised how many shots babies get.  Tomoe’s been so good, she hasn’t cried once.

She’s showing definite signs of communication with us now.  She responds to her name, gives a big smile whenever greeting us when either of us comes home, and I could have sworn she was trying to copy my wave.  She also hates being left alone.  If we’re out of view, she’ll start crying.

Enjoy the pictures!

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She still sleeps a lot.

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Sometimes she sleeps in odd positions.

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With her gums irritating her, she likes to bite things, including my finger.

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She really likes the feeling.

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She can bite really hard.

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Sometimes her bite hurts.

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Sleeping with her favourite blanket.

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She has a new bathrobe. She seems to really like it.

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She’s wondering what it is.

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Now looking a little moody.