Tomoe has an incredible sense of humour

A year ago, I couldn’t imagine what Tomoe’s sense of humour would be like.  Now I know.  She loves playing around and joking.

One of her favourite things to do is make faces.  If I copy her, she laughs.  She also laughs a lot if I pretend I’m eating her feet.  But on the other hand, she pretends to drink from a cup, feed me imaginary food, and she’ll play peekaboo with a blanket on her head.  She’s a copycat, too.  She jumped the same way I did tonight, and she also bent her waist the way I did.

She’s also been getting very moody.  When she wants something, she demands it.  If she doesn’t get it, she gets angry.  She’s very impatient, especially with food.  Even though she may be sitting and I’ve got food in her spoon, she’ll cry until it’s finally in her mouth.

She’s talking more now.  However, it’s mostly “hello,” “douzo,” and “choudai.”  She understands things very well, too.  She understands stand up, sit down, come here, where’s your bellybutton, and more.

When she’s going out, she runs to the door and waits patiently for us to put her shoes on.  When she’s going to the nursery, she’s very impatient, though.  She always holds her arms out for me to pick her up and get her out to the car.  She even eagerly holds her arms out for the driver of the car.  She’s really enjoying the nursery these days.

Recently, she’s figured out how to put shapes in holes.  She gets excited and waves her arms when she succeeds.  It’s quite funny watching her do that.  And of course, she’s still obsessed with using a phone.  She’ll use anything as a phone, though.  But she particularly loves using her mom’s iPod Touch.  She knows how to turn it on, unlock it, scroll through the apps, and start up her favourite games.  She’s knows where the start button is for each game, too.  I’m very impressed with her ability to use an iPod so well.

And now, some pictures.

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She’s being silly here. She’s really hard to photograph, actually.

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Tongue out, she’s looking at her own image in my iPhone with the reversed camera feature.

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She loves plastic bottles.

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Mashing her face up against the mesh on the side of her bed. She was having fun doing this.

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She really is hard to photograph!

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Drinking her milk with medicine. She’s had a mild cold this past week.

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The master of using an iPod Touch.

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Yes, she’s holding toy grapes in her mouth.

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My daughter, the comedian

Although she may be cranky at times during her cold, Tomoe still manages to laugh a lot.  She’s a little comedian.

A lot of things will amuse her: suddenly moving my face close to hers, making a funny sound, jumping up and down.  She has a really good time!

Today, she did some things that were quite funny.  This morning, after she finished eating, she decided to start eating her feet.

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Not satisfied with her breakfast, she wanted something more.

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Toe jam!

In the evening, she was left to play on her own in her bed, where she laughed almost constantly.  I’m glad she can amuse herself.  But I was curious about what was so funny.  When I went into the bedroom, I saw something I’ve never seen her do before.  She has a box, around 40cm x 40cm x 40cm, and it’s basically her toy box.  It has many toys on the outside, too.  One side is a net with a pocket, so you can put books or cards in it.  Well, Tomoe had other ideas.  She climbed on top of the box and stuck one of her feet into the pocket.  She was patting her foot in the pocket and laughing.  She thought it was hilarious!

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Funniest thing I’ve seen all day.

I left her alone for a while again, but I could hear some banging noise and more laughing.  I went into the bedroom again to find her sitting in her bed with her feet inside the box.  It wasn’t just an open end, this was a smaller hole that normally has a door.  She was sitting with her feet kicking the bottom of the box.  Every time she kicked, she laughed.  She was having the time of her life.  When I came in, she wanted to stand up, but she was a bit stuck, so she started crying.  I did manage to get a picture before she was completely out of the box.

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I’m stuck!

Tomoe has been getting very creative about playing.  She’s able to independently play, which is a good thing.  This is the age at which babies and toddlers have separation anxiety.  She does sometimes, but when she occupies herself, she forgets all about it.

You can’t handle the tooth!

A couple weeks ago, Tomoe’s lower front teeth finally came in.  However, getting a picture of them is very difficult! It took many tries to get a good picture, and we had to resort to drastic measures.  You’ll see.  Below are some of our efforts.

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I tried using the baby toothbrush to open her mouth, but it was very difficult to do that while trying to take a picture.

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It was also a bit dark, so I needed to use the flash on my phone. Her mouth isn’t even open! But you can see her eye colour quite clearly.

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That’s right, we had to hold her still and pull down her lip. She cried.

These days, we can see that she’s thinking and her personality is developing. She seems fascinated with doors.  She’ll hold the door while she’s in her bed and open and close it over and over again.  She plays by herself a lot now.  Give her some toys and she’ll occupy herself for quite a while.

Last night, I got a big surprise.  When I came home from work, she was in her bed and looked at me.  She smiled as soon as she saw it was me, then reached her arms up to me.  She wanted me to hold her.  That’s a great feeling!

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I have no idea what she’s doing here.

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Sleeping with her strawberry butt in the air.

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.