It’s been a scream

Tomoe’s new thing to do is scream at the top of her lungs.  I guess she’s exercising her volume now.  She does this at the worst time, too.  It’s late evening and my wife is trying to sleep.

These days, she’s been quite noisy.  A couple reasons are separation anxiety and teething.  When is that first tooth finally coming in?  I thought teething was only supposed to last a few days for each tooth.  Her separation anxiety happens whenever she’s left alone in a room.  Tonight, my wife was on the bed trying to sleep, but as I left the room, Tomoe started crying.  Not so much we can do about this.  I know she’ll grow out of it, though.

No pictures this time, just a quick update.  Also, she can stand on her own for about 3 seconds now.

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Eating, teething, and more

Plenty has happened for Tomoe in the last couple weeks.  We’ve had a couple of immunizations, some physical development, and more!

First of all, a week ago, she got her Hib vaccine (Haemophilus influenzae type b) and this week got her Streptococcus pneumoniae vaccine.  She was pretty good for both, though she gave a bit of a sound during today’s shot.

Physically, Tomoe is getting stronger.  She’s can stand with support, and frequently bounces between squatting and standing.  She’s also been able to stand by herself once, but only for 1 or 2 seconds. She’s getting pretty good at holding things and manipulating them with both hands.

Recently, she hasn’t been eating solid food as much.  She’s been chewing on things a lot, and it appears that a tooth is finally close to coming in.  She’s also been having difficulty sleeping at night, most likely due to this.  We’re discovering some of her likes and dislikes.  She loves yogurt.  But it seems she doesn’t like cheese.

Her intelligence is most definitely developing.  She can communicate some things with us.  When she wants to be picked up, she reaches her arms out.  It appears that she can copy waving a bit.  She also loves to clap my hands.  She doesn’t clap her own hands yet, though.

One big thing that may turn out to be difficult is that she showed signs of separation anxiety when I was home alone with her one night.  My wife was working, and she kept crying no matter what I did.  Feeding, changing her diaper, playing with her, holding her, all resulted in crying.  But that was only one night, thankfully.

I think I’ll finish with some pictures! Enjoy.

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Nice hair! She just had a bath.

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Holding the spoon, but no skill. She can’t feed herself yet.

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Two hands are better than one?

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She’s happy to eat real food.

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Close up!

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Sometimes she can move around a lot. She has a teething toy on her head. This was after her Hib shot.

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She loves to watch our dog Biscuit.

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Sleeping with her favourite blanket.

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Snacking on a rice cracker.

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She’s really devilish.

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She doesn’t seem very scary.

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Because of her teething, she’s rubbing her gums on the edge of the bed.

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Biting hard!

An eventful week for Tomoe

I don’t know how she does it, but Tomoe keeps surprising us.  Recently, she’s been standing up with support and sitting up without support.  But this week’s big news is that she has started crawling forward!  Now we have to work hard on baby-proofing and keeping her out of things she shouldn’t be touching.

I’m not exactly sure how long teething is supposed to last, but the signs of it are all there.  Just no teeth yet.  I’ve read that teething really only happens within days of a tooth emerging, but she’s had the symptoms for at least 2 months now.  Sometimes she’ll suddenly start crying and only stop when she’s able to chew on a teething ring or a hard toy.  This week, she’s been staying awake until at least 2 am, refusing to lie down to sleep.  Holding her doesn’t last very long, either.  She gets restless and wants to get on the floor to play with or chew on her toys.  One reason we need to baby-proof is that we need to be able to leave her for a moment to leave the room for food or use the bathroom.  She’s been pretty fussy lately if we leave her strapped in the bouncer.

As for chewing, she’s been eating quite a bit of baby food.  Some examples are fish and vegetables, bread (baby food style), spinach, potatoes, carrots, apple, sweet potato, and more.  We also have a snack for her to eat that’s like a rice cracker.  She seems to love it, and it breaks apart easily while she gums it.  Here are some pictures of her with it.

Holding an entire piece in her mouth.

Trying to sit and eat with her hand.

Smelling it? No, just missing her mouth.

It gets a little messy.

There’s something on your lips.

Holding on tight to that piece.

She’s also been showing a lot of personality.  Her favourite thing to say these days is “mehmehmehmehmeh.”  She sounds a bit like a cicada. She also likes making faces.  When I make the same face, she laughs.  And she sure does laugh a lot these days.

Funny face.

Last Friday, we went to Warabi city in Saitama prefecture, which is my wife’s hometown.  They have an annual festival in early August, and we’ve been going every year for the past 2 years.  This year, we went again, but we arrived at the very beginning.  There was very little food available at the time.  However, as the afternoon went on, more and more food stands opened and people were coming.  I had some jaga bataa (potatoes and butter), cucumber, frankfurter, and kakigori (shaved ice). It was a very hot day, about 34 degrees, and I got a sunburn.  Tomoe was shaded in her baby carriage.

Still putting up the decorations.

I’m standing inside one of the decorations.

I was inside this.

Tomoe dressed in her jinbei.

Sunny and hot day and decorations are hanging everywhere. It’s still early, most people are still at work, but it’ll be crowded in the evening.

Some bright red decorations.

Although Tomoe has been having trouble going to sleep at night, she still naps well during the day.  She’s been sleeping in many different positions.  No longer is she just on her back, but now she’s on her side and stomach.  I even woke up one morning to find her halfway down our bed laying perpendicular to the normal position.

She is so sleepy!

How can she sleep like this?

The good and the bad

The past two weeks have been incredibly eventful.  Tomoe’s been becoming increasingly mobile.  While she isn’t crawling yet, and probably won’t be for at least 2 or 3 months, she is slowly moving herself around on the floor, including making a full 360 over about 5 minutes.  Not only is she doing pushups very well, but she’s been raising her bum in the air while on her knees.

What a fascinating red thing.

Let’s do a pushup!

And now bum up!

Tomoe’s been reaching for toys and other objects a lot these days.  When she sees something she wants, she’ll try to reach for it.  She’s also been manipulating things with both of her hands, and is getting better at controlling them with her hands.  She’s now able to hold her bottle with her hands, but she doesn’t have a great amount of control.  She has certain toys that she really enjoys playing with, including a Shimajiro toy (it’s a tiger) and a musical Winnie the Pooh.  She really likes reflective surfaces, and she enjoys making lots of noise with her play mat.  There’s a butterfly with a noisy plastic inside that she’ll play with for a long time.

She’s also started eating solid food daily.  Mainly, she’s been eating okayu, which is made of rice.  She seems to love it!

She’s still unable to sit unsupported, but she does use her hands to hold herself up.  She’s becoming more upright while sitting, as well.  However, she hasn’t been able to put herself in the sitting position yet.

She’s been very vocal as usual, and her sounds are becoming more varied.  She can pronounce all the main vowel sounds, as well as the letters m, b, n, w, and ng.

One really big milestone is that she’s recognising her name now.  When we say her name, she’ll look at us.  It’s nice to know she understands it!

This post is called the good and the bad for a reason.  Now for the bad part.  Last week, Tomoe developed a fever.  However, this is completely normal, and it has to do with teething.  But due to this, she had 3 somewhat sleepless nights.  It was pretty sleepless for my wife and I.  She cried most of the time and had a temperature of 38 degrees.  It wasn’t a bad fever, but enough to make her uncomfortable.

Even though she had a fever, she still played.

After her fever, she developed a bit of a rash, with lots of red spots on her skin.  This is also quite normal, caused by the fever.  Last Friday, she slept a lot!  She could finally sleep without feeling sick.

What a great position to sleep in.

But on Friday night, she started getting itchy.  She had a bright red rash on the back of her neck and behind her ears.  She kept trying to scratch it furiously.  That night, she had a hard time sleeping yet again.  She thrashed about in bed, because she couldn’t scratch the back of her neck.  It was driving her crazy.  We didn’t get a good night’s sleep again.  The next day, her rash almost completely cleared up.  We figure it was from sweat.

Since then, she’s been pretty normal.  Her usual cheerful self!

She can’t seem to hold still for a good picture. There’s the butterfly she likes to the left.

Hello!

Attack of the teething baby

Teething is a very uncomfortable time for babies.  Tomoe’s been going through it for a while now, although no teeth are visible yet.  It’s been getting much stronger lately, though.

She’ll grab anything she can get her hands on and put it in her mouth.  If she can’t find anything, she’ll put her own hands in her mouth.  She sucks on a lot of things and drools.  She’s been using a pacifier a lot.  Another thing she does is if she’s holding someone’s hand, she’ll pull it toward her mouth and bite down.  And boy does she bite hard!  She’s got some power in those jaws.  When her teeth start coming in, we’ll have to be careful so that she doesn’t draw blood from out fingers.

The time that the first tooth comes in varies a lot.  For me, my first tooth didn’t appear until 7 months old.  For my sister, it was at 4 months.  Tomoe’s at 4 months old, and while I can actually see where her teeth are under her gums, they aren’t pushing through yet.  I’m really wondering when her first tooth will appear.

12 week old Tomoe and a baby smile overload

Tomoe is 12 weeks old.  Almost 3 months now.  A lot has been happening in her life lately.  One of the biggest things is that she’s been drooling a lot and hasn’t been drinking as much as usual.  She’s teething!  She’s now 60 cm from head to foot. Also, she’s been getting stronger, and seems to love sitting up, as well as trying to stand up.  She gets a big smile if she’s held up in a standing position.  Lots of smiles.  So, for those of you who love smiling baby pictures, here you go!

Uh-oh. That's not a smile.

I guess she doesn't smile all the time.