Almost milestones

Tomoe’s been pretty active lately with her development.  Even though she’s had a cold, and is only now recovering from it, she kept going as if she was never sick.  She’s almost achieved some milestones, though.

Her ability to walk keeps improving.  She’s been attempting to walk on her own recently, without us helping her.  She keeps falling over, though.  She’s managed one or two steps only, but she should be walking soon.

She’s also been getting closer to clapping.  That’s normally a 10 month milestone, but she hasn’t mastered this skill yet.  She did almost clap a couple days ago.  Her hands came together instead of moving her arms up and down.

But there’s one thing that she’s now doing that is an achievement.  She’s hugging!  Sometimes she wants to be picked up and holds her arms up, but other times, she’ll grab hold of my waist and hug.  She also holds onto me very well while I’m holding her.

Last week, she had her last vaccination for a while.  This one was for polio.  Next year, she’ll get some booster shots, but not at the frequency she’s received shots in the past few months.  And the great thing is, she never cried once!

Now, enjoy some pictures!

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I’m drinking!

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She loves playing with these gears. They must be her favourite toy.

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Looking at a book now. She seems to turn the pages on her own now.

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Now she’s wearing a new headband made by her mommy!

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She’s really happy.

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Where’d the smile go?

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There it is! Looking cute.

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After a busy day shopping at Costco, she took a nap.

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.

8 months old and almost standing

On the 25th, Tomoe turned 8 months old.  Hard to believe she’s already that old.  She also continues to surprise us.

In the past week or so, she’s been trying to stand up without any support.  She’s succeeded in balancing for 2 or 3 seconds, but quickly falls down.  She was early with crawling, early with standing up with support, and now she seems to want to walk early.  She’s going to need new shoes soon.

On the 24th, she went to the clinic again to get her third round of DTP.  I never realised how many shots babies get.  Tomoe’s been so good, she hasn’t cried once.

She’s showing definite signs of communication with us now.  She responds to her name, gives a big smile whenever greeting us when either of us comes home, and I could have sworn she was trying to copy my wave.  She also hates being left alone.  If we’re out of view, she’ll start crying.

Enjoy the pictures!

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She still sleeps a lot.

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Sometimes she sleeps in odd positions.

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With her gums irritating her, she likes to bite things, including my finger.

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She really likes the feeling.

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She can bite really hard.

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Sometimes her bite hurts.

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Sleeping with her favourite blanket.

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She has a new bathrobe. She seems to really like it.

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She’s wondering what it is.

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Now looking a little moody.

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!

Security blankets are for babies!

It’s been a little while since I’ve updated what’s going on with Tomoe.  Well, she’s now 7 months old, and doing great.  There have been a few changes recently, though.

The biggest change is that she’s now sleeping in her own bed.  Basically, while sleeping with us is fine, if either of us isn’t in bed, Tomoe’s in danger of falling off the bed.  She’s getting very active, and if she wakes up while only one of us is in bed, she may crawl to the edge. So far, she’s sleeping fine in her bed.  Another advantage of using her bed is that it can double as a playpen.  If we’re busy, and she’s getting into mischief, it’s an easy way to keep her out of trouble, keep her safe, and let her play with her toys on a soft mattress.  She can also stand up as much as she wants.

Another big change is that Tomoe’s got herself a security blanket!  She’s had the blanket for a few months now, but only recently has she become so attached to it that it actually stops her from crying.  She loves it!

Tomoe’s also received her second DTP shot, and she took it very well.  She seems to have no problem getting her vaccinations.  The only problem is keeping her still.

She’s also growing quickly.  Her weight is average at 8.1 kg, but she’s already 75 cm!  Normal for her age is 60-70 cm.  Apparently, that’s what I was like at her age.  She may end up being a tall girl. She’s not very chubby.

She’s now eating solid food twice a day, and it includes a lot of vegetables, rice, bread, fish, and meat.  She doesn’t seem to dislike anything yet.

Tomoe has started problem solving.  She dropped a toy, and it disappeared behind something.  She seems to understand now that it’s still there, she just has to go over or around the object.  Getting smart!

And now for some pictures.

Sleeping on my foot again.

She’s really happy in her bed.

She loves her blanket. It’s a Pez blanket.

Happy, even though she’s blurry.

Big strides at almost 6 months

Tomoe has shown some amazing things recently.  I’m actually utterly enthralled at what she’s been able to do.  She’s so far ahead in some skills.  Right now, she’s sleeping, but earlier, she did everything that’s been amazing me lately.  I’ll get to that soon.

I’m sleepy.

Tomoe has shown the ability to sit upright while using her hands to hold on to things to balance.  But she usually just puts her hands on the floor and leans forward.  She can’t balance yet.  But she’s been able to do something else.  Her first step towards crawling!  She’s shown us that she can get on her hands and knees, and she does it with so much ease now.  She frequently rocks forward and backward, like she’s trying to figure out how to crawl.  She can’t do that yet, but she can turn herself around with her hands.

Look! I can almost crawl!

Not only that, she’s been arching her whole body with her hands and feet only on the floor.  She did that for the first time in the past week.  She’s getting strong arms, legs and back.

Look! No hands!

In the above picture, she’s actually fallen asleep while drinking.  However, she can now hold the bottle herself, and she will take it out of her mouth, and when she wants it again, accurately put the nipple back in her mouth.  Her coordination isn’t perfect, but she’s doing incredibly well!

On that topic, she’s able to reach for and grasp many objects.  She’s been playing with toys a lot these days, including shaking them to make noise.  She’s extremely curious, and she wants to touch everything.  She’ll hold things with two hands or just one hand, and she enjoys feeling things and seeing what kind of sounds they make if she scratches them.

I’m so sleepy.

On Friday, she got her DTP (Diphtheria, Tetanus and Pertussis) vaccination done, and she was so good!  No crying at all.  Not one complaint.  I don’t think she even noticed!

Her social skills are quite good now.  She interacts with us a lot, and now that she understands her name, she looks when she’s called.  She’ll also interact with other babies.  Her vocalizations are becoming more varied with lots of single syllable sounds and some rather sudden bark-like sounds, like “HAH!”

She’s been trying more and more kinds of solid food lately, too.  She’s enjoyed spinach, pumpkin, sweet potato, and more.  She tried apple for the first time and gave us a hilarious look on her face.  Too sour! She gave the same response for yoghurt.

But I think the biggest thing is that her legs are becoming so strong, and her refusal to sit down have resulted in her always wanting to stand up, with support, of course.  But she’s getting so good at it, she can push herself up from a sitting position to stand up!

Look everyone! I can stand!

She not even 6 months old, and she can stand.  She’s always surprising us!

Tomoe’s first vaccination

Today, Tomoe had her very first vaccination.  What she got is the BCG vaccine (or Bacillus Calmette-Guérin vaccine).  This vaccine is for tuberculosis, and it leaves a rather distinct scar on the arm.

Here’s her arm and the 18 spots.

Tomoe did very well when she got the vaccine.  She made very little sound.  Not even a cry.  She can’t have a bath until tomorrow, though.

This was only round 1 of several rounds of vaccinations.  DPT is next!