Happy 13 months!

Tomoe is 13 months old today!

Recently, she’s gotten over her stomach virus, but isn’t the best sleeper. She often wakes up still. We need to think about what to do when she’s too big for her bed, too. Probably back in our bed.

She’s been communicating even more with us, but mainly just baby talk. Her walking is getting stronger, too. She’s walking around more of the apartment now.

Some things I’ve observed about her recently are that she loves to look at the clock and she’s been searching for Biscuit. I guess she won’t understand what happened.

Well, just one picture today. This was after she took a bath. Great hair!

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Don’t I have great hair?

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Was that a word?

Baby talk can be interesting.  Sometimes there’s the occasional “word” that actually sounds like a real word.

Tomoe has been babbling on and on for quite some time now.  While she doesn’t speak in any language we know, she does mimic us.  However, she has managed to say some words.

In the past, she’s said “bad idea,” “yellow,” and “hai (yes).”  But last night, while I was changing her diaper, she said “hayaku (hurry up).”  It was really good timing.  But this morning, she looked up at me suddenly and said very forcefully “Dad!”  She probably had no idea she was saying “Dad,” but who knows?  She often says “dadadadadada.”

She understand words, though.  She knows “bye bye” and waves.  She knows her name.  When we say “bouncy bouncy,” she bounces up and down.  But the word that gets the biggest reaction is “don’t.”  The moment I say it to her, she starts crying.  I could be feeding her, and she’s kicking my arm, then when I say “don’t kick,” she starts crying.  This morning, she was shaking her bed a lot, and I said, “don’t shake your bed.”  She got a very sad look in her face, sat down and starting crying.  The sad look got to me.  I didn’t want her feeling bad about it.

I do have to say that I’m really looking forward to having conversations with her.

Surprise walk

Tonight, just before going to bed, Tomoe gave me a big surprise.  She was playing in her bed at the far end, and I came over to pick her up and get her ready for bed.  I said, “Come over here.”  What she did next was amazing.  She lifted her arms, like she always does when she wants to be picked up, and walked towards me.  She walked with no support!  It was only 3 steps, but she actually walked.  It was almost a run.

On an unrelated note, she continues to say random words assembled with random syllables.  She has now said “Japan,” “yellow,” and now “bad idea.”

10 months and almost a milestone

Today is Tomoe’s 10 month birthday.  Just 2 more months until she’s a year old!  I can’t believe how fast the time has gone.  Soon, she won’t be a baby anymore, she’ll be a toddler.

I don’t have any pictures this time, but I do have some news.  Tomoe took 2 steps while standing up without any support.  While it’s not quite walking, it’s a step in the right direction!

More than ever, she’s reaching up whenever we walk past her, and we definitely know what she wants.  She wants to be picked up.  She’s also laughing a lot these days.  Very happy baby!  One thing that I taught her is “high 5.”  I’ve been working on it for the past week, and tonight, she finally raised her hand when I said it, and she hit my hand.  She’s learning.  This is a very important time to make sure that she hears as much language as possible, and not baby talk.  She’s been forming “words” with 2 or so different syllables, but hasn’t knowingly said anything yet.  She has accidentally said “Japan” and “yellow,” though.

Tomoe is loving books.  We try to read to her every night with one of her books, and she really enjoys it.  She also has plenty of toys to keep her occupied, and she will play on her own quite often.

Hopefully, I’ll have plenty of pictures later this week.

Baby communication

Babies start off without any communication skills other than crying.  That’s the only way you know they need something.  However, as time goes on, they develop the skills required to communicate.  Before verbal communication begins, babies communicate through gestures.  They also like to mimic movements and sounds.

Tomoe’s been developing her skills quite a bit recently.  As I mentioned before, she’s recently started reaching up when she wants to be picked up.  It’s very easy to understand what she wants in that case.  She’s become really good at it.  While she’s in her bed at night, sometimes she’ll stand up and look around the corner at us.  But if I give her a smile, she smiles back.  She loves to smile, and she loves to see us smiling at her.

Mimicry hasn’t been one her her strong points, until now.  Not only is she copying movements, she’s starting to copy sounds.  One thing we’ve been trying to get her to do is wave at us when we wave at her.  Unfortunately, she doesn’t really do it.  She does move her hand a bit, though.  She’s also copied me when I opened and closed my hand.  But the biggest thing is “no.”  Just this week, she’s started copying me when I shake my head and say “no.”  She shakes her head whenever I do it.

Mimicking sounds is also very new.  She’ll blow raspberry sounds whenever I do the same.  But recently, if we say “dada,” she says “dadadadadada.”  She also copies “mama” as “mamamamamamama,” but usually when she’s tired.

Earlier this week, she surprised my wife by saying “yatta!” twice.  “Yatta” is Japanese for “yay.”

We’re not quite sure if she’s said her first word or if she’s just been mimicking sounds.  What’s your baby’s first word?

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.

Tomoe, a baby that gets into everything

Tomoe is nearly 7 months old now.  And she is very mobile!  She’s crawling very well now, and that’s been a problem.  We had to rearrange a few things in the living room to make it safer for her, but she still gets into everything!  Her favourite things tend to be paper, bags, anything plastic, and cans.  When I pick her up to move her away from things she shouldn’t have, she starts crying.  She’s starting minor tantrums.  She wanted them so much, but she was denied.  If she doesn’t get what she wants, she lays on the floor on her stomach, puts her head down on the floor and cries.  She also gets around quite a bit on the bed while we try to sleep.  I’ve woken up with her at the foot of the bed instead of up where she normally sleeps.

She’s also starting to say some new things.  Before, she often said “bababababa” and “mamamamama.”  Then she moved on to “wawawawawa” and “yayayayaya.”  Then it was “mehmehmehmehmeh.”  Now it’s “dadadadadada.”  The first time I heard her say “dadadada” was when she was looking at me and reaching for me to pick her up.  Of course, I’m pretty sure it was a coincidence, as she hasn’t done that since then, but it was a very nice coincidence!

The rest of this post is just pictures, showing her growing mobility skills.

She can pull herself up on the sofa to stand up now. She loves doing this.

She likes showing off, but sometimes she gets into trouble when she tries to pull things off the sofa.

She’s pretty happy to stand a lot these days.

She likes to fight sleep, but when she does fall asleep, she loves to do it while being held.

She’s quite comfortable.

She’ll sleep in almost any position.

On the floor, she has many toys, but for some reason, she loves this blue baby wet wipes box.

Tomoe’s been sleeping a lot on the floor lately. The bouncer restricts her movement too much, as she now likes to sleep on her stomach. She even fell asleep with her head on my foot.

She’s getting really good at holding her own bottle now.

And now some silliness. She crawled into her bouncer by herself.

Then she turned around and tried crawling out.

Such a silly girl.

Almost out!

Well, that’s all for this time.  The day before she turns 7 months old, on this Friday, she’s going to be getting her second DTP shot.