A Day at the Splash Park

Yesterday, we went to a new park that’s near Shonandai Station, though it is about a 30 minute walk to get there.  It’s on the east side of the Sakai River, which means it’s in Yokohama.  It has a birdwatching area, tennis courts, soccer field, baseball diamonds, and an interpretive centre that shows all the kinds of birds and fish in the area, as well as how they created the park.  The northern portion, which is in Fujisawa, is still being built.  It’s a pretty extensive project, and is quite nice.  Looks great for both nature and sports.

We went to the splash park next to the baseball diamonds, and it’s Tomoe’s first time wearing a swimsuit and spending any amount of time in water outside of the bathroom.  The water was cold, but it was a hot and humid day at 31 degrees.  The water felt wonderful.  My wife and I got our feet wet, but Tomoe got her entire body wet.  Here’s a short video of her time.

After spending about 30 minutes there, we decided to go.  The sun was strong, so we didn’t want to spend too much time out.  However, Tomoe had other plans.  She protested and cried for about 10 minutes.  She was not happy.  But I’d love to go again.  That cold water felt wonderful.  There’s one nearer our home at Akibadai Park, a sports centre that has a regular swimming pool, but you have to pay to get in.  However, I want to go swimming.

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Day at Chigasaki’s Southern Beach

On Friday, we had a very busy day.  While visiting the clinic, we had an hour wait, so we went to Denny’s for breakfast.

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Playing a game on the iPod.

The checkup at the clinic went well.  Tomoe is feeling better after yet another cold.  This time, just runny nose and cough.  No fever.  We then headed to Chigasaki where my wife had to run into work for a short while.  Tomoe and I went to Chigasaki’s Chuo Park for some fun.  There was a pond with a waterfall and many dragonflies.  There was so much space, I let Tomoe run around on her own and just enjoy herself.

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Next to a big tree.

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Freedom!

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She loves pushing her stroller around.

But the highlight of the day was Southern Beach.  This was Tomoe’s opportunity to get her feet wet and experience the ocean water.  We didn’t have swimsuits, but she could enjoy the water.  Or so we thought.  She slept the entire time.

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Too sleepy to play.

Oh well, maybe next time.

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.

Happy to be home

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Welcome home!

The above picture was how Tomoe looked when she arrived home on Thursday after a week in the hospital.  She fell asleep. She was given about a week’s worth of medicine, as she’s still a bit sick.  Her temperature is up a little bit, but she is incredibly full of energy!

When we went to pick her up at the hospital, she was extremely happy.  I let her walk around a bit in the visiting area, but she kept trying to run away.  She laughed so hard when I tried to stop her and catch her.  She loves being chased.

Tomoe’s developed a new game.  She now pretends to pick some food up with her fingers and eat it, then chew it.  She keeps doing that, and laughs a lot.  She’s developing quite the imagination.  She did it on Skype for my mom and sister, and they laughed so hard at her.

Sometimes I pretend to eat her feet, because it amuses her a lot.  Well, she’s started doing that to me, too.  She makes the same s0und I do and almost bites my toe.  She’s developing a sense of humour, too!

Ever since coming home, Tomoe has been laughing a lot.  She’s a very happy kid, and has shown that she can be creative and make her own jokes.  I’m really enjoying this!

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.

Tomoe’s birthday fun

Tomoe was so excited for her birthday, she fell asleep yesterday morning.

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She took off her pants.

Well, I’m pretty sure Tomoe has no idea what a birthday is.  But today, we had some fun with her.  We went to Terrace Mall Shonan at Tsujido to visit our favourite kids’ play areas, Kid-o-Kid.  This was her first time there since she started walking.  I’ve got a few pictures to share.

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Playing with her favourite gears. We actually bought her a set of this for her birthday. Maybe she’ll be an engineer.

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Playing with her eyes closed? I just caught her blinking.

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She loves the ball pit.

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She can actually hold the balls.

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Looking from way up.

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And another from above.

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She discovered some baby birds behind this panel.

She had fun, but was pretty sleepy.  So, we went to get lunch, and she fell asleep.  However, she did wake up before we finished eating, so she had a snack.

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Eating some bread.

Well, that was her birthday!  On other topics, she’s become quite the copycat.  She has yet to repeat what we say, but she mimics what we do.  She’s learning by copying.  What she’s been saying has become more and more complex.  She doesn’t just repeat the same syllable over and over, but she combines many different sounds to make baby talk.  I think we’ll hear her first word soon.

That’s it for today.  Happy birthday, Tommy!

Tomoe learns new skills

It’s always amazing to see Tomoe learn new things.  Lately, she’s been learning something new almost every day.  She’s starting to figure things out.

She has a big 6 sided toy that’s also her toy box.  On one side, there’s a door, which she has learned to open and close.  She always tries to find that side of the cube and open it up so she can get the toys out.  Not only that, she’s also perfected the skill of emptying out her toy box and throwing everything on the floor from her bed.

As for playing with toys, I’ve taught her how to bounce a ball.  Now when she has a ball, she’ll throw it down and bounce it.  Unfortunately, she sometimes does that with other toys, too.

A really big thing she’s learned is kissing.  If I give her a kiss on the cheek, she’ll lean in and kiss me on the cheek, too.  She hasn’t done it with her mom, though.

Recently, when she’s been hungry, she’ll get our attention a way other than crying.  When we were coming home from the in-laws’ house last night, she was hungry on the train.  She grabbed my wife’s hand and pulled.  Her hand was over her bottle and senbei (rice crackers).  She wanted some!  She’s learning quite a bit these days.

Not really a skill, but she’s really loving riding on my shoulders.  She always seems to be really happy up there.

Yesterday, as I said, we were at the in-laws for New Year’s Day.  We ate a lot.  Tomoe really enjoyed seeing the family, and there were family members that loved seeing her.  The ones who especially wanted to spend time with her were her great-grandfather (he’s the kind of elderly man who is always smiling and friendly) and her second cousin (a 12 year old girl).  But we found that although she enjoyed the company of the family, she usually wanted to be with my wife or I.