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.
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.
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.