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!

The week of insanity

The past few days have been quite busy for Tomoe.  We went for a long walk on Friday, she spent the day with her mom and grandparents on Father’s Day, and she went to a baby exercise class on Monday.  So much activity stimulates her mind so much that she gets extremely restless at night.  Basically, she’s been absolutely crazy.  It’s been difficult to get her to sleep, and my wife is suffering from a lack of sleep on the days that she works.

She’s in the last week before she turns 5 months old.  How’s she doing?  First, she’s been spending a lot of time on her stomach, which helps her strengthen her arms, neck and back.  She’s gaining very good control of her head and neck and hasn’t been wobbly for quite some time.  She’s able to push herself up with her arms fully extended now.  With all this strengthening and straightening, she’ll be sitting up on her own in no time.

Her “talking” is becoming more varied.  She says “ba,” “ma,” and “pthpthpthpthpthpthp” now.  She also responds to our voices very well.  She smiles when we speak to her, and if she’s not looking at us, she’ll look when we call her.

One thing that we don’t have is a good routine.  Every night seems different for bedtime.  It really depends on how her day went.  I’ve been able to get her to sleep tonight, though.  Hopefully, she’ll stay asleep until morning.

Tomoe, 100 days old

Today, Tomoe is 100 days old.  This is an important day in Japan, and a big meal is prepared for 100 day old babies to ensure that they will never have to go hungry in their entire lives.  We had our big meal on Monday with the family, as I’d already posted about.

At this stage of a baby’s development, a lot is happening.  Babies are very actively moving their arms and legs around.  Tomoe does that a lot.  She also kicks pretty hard now.  Another thing she really enjoys is being held upright with her feet on the floor or on my wife or I.  She pushes down so that she’s kind of standing.  It makes her give a big smile.  Babies are also supposed to start getting interested in toys, especially holding or hitting them.  Tomoe will hold a toy and stare at it, but that’s about it.

Babies also like to touch things and feel them.  Tomoe is always trying to grab onto something.  It doesn’t matter what, she holds on tight.  It gets slightly painful when she digs her fingernails into my hand or arm, too.  When she does hold something, she always tries to move it to her mouth.  This is also quite normal.  She usually tries sucking on her bib or clothes.  Another thing she loves to feel is being blown on.  We just blow at her hair, and she makes a gasping sound and a very happy looking face.

Tomoe is incredibly alert.  She’s always looking around at things, and when we’re walking around the apartment, she’ll follow us with her eyes.  She’s also unbelievably vocal.  She makes a lot of sounds.  Although she doesn’t have a big laugh yet, which normally happens within the next couple of weeks, she does make a quick laugh sometimes.

We’ve been giving her a lot of tummy time, as well.  This is helping her strengthen her neck, shoulders, back and arms.  By the time she’s 4 months old, she should be able to hold herself up with her arms and also roll herself over.  She’s almost done that once, only making it halfway.

As far as language development goes, we’ve been talking to her, showing her things and telling her what they are.  She may not understand, but she’s learning how we speak, and will eventually try to mimic the sounds.

Finally, here are some pictures.  Being her 100th day, we did find a couple of very lucky things.  Scroll down to the last 2 pictures, and you’ll see.

There’s me holding Tomoe while she sucks on her thumb. She fell asleep shortly after that.

Sleeping on the sofa. She’s done a lot of that this week.

She tried to feed herself, but no control.

It was raining a bit today, and we managed to see this rainbow on Tomoe’s 100th day.

For even more luck, we found a four leaf clover!

Tomoe went to Kamakura

For the second week in a row, Tomoe went to the beach.  It was a bit different this time, as we walked from Kamakura to Enoshima, all of the time along the coast.  Before we got to the beach, we stopped at Kua’aina, a Hawaiian hamburger restaurant that serves the best burgers in Japan, most likely.

Tomoe wants a hamburger, not her formula.

On the beach, she wasn’t very interested in the waves this time.  She just wanted to sleep.  She did get to touch the water this time, though there was no reaction from her at all.  Just sleep.

Looking out at the ocean? No, she's actually asleep.

We walked along the coastline, mostly on a sidewalk, but on occasion, we stopped at a park or convenience store.  At Inamuragasaki Park, Tomoe was a bit hungry.

She was so hungry, she tried to eat the baby carriage.

One thing we noticed is that her eyes are starting to change colour.  It looks like they may become hazel.  They’re still mostly blue-grey, but hazel is becoming visible.  I didn’t think she’d keep her blue eyes.

Tomoe’s also become quite the talker.  Of course, she doesn’t say any words, but she makes plenty of sounds while we talk to her.  It’s pretty cute.  But when it’s late at night, she sometimes likes to make lots of noise.  She’s not hungry, she just wants to talk.  Right now, my wife is trying to sleep, I’m trying to blog, and Tomoe just won’t stop talking.

A new car for her 2 month birthday!

On January 25th, Tomoe turned 2 months old.  A couple days before, her new baby carriage arrived.  Not a car, but in Japan, they call it a baby car.  The one we got is good for babies and toddlers up to 3 years old, so she’s going to be able to use it a long time.

She's sleeping in her new baby carriage in the supermarket.

She’s been spoiled quite a bit lately.  She’s received some new toys from friends of my wife’s, some of which she’s able to suck on.  While she isn’t teething, the toys are great for when she will start teething, but also great for her to suck on when she’s hungry.

On Monday, we went out for the day together as a family at Minato Mirai in Yokohama.  We had lunch together in Sizzler, where Tomoe behaved quite well.  Only a little crying, but a little feeding satisfied her.  We then went out to walk around Minato Mirai.  First, we went over a bridge outside Landmark Plaza that goes over Dockyard Garden.

Chewing on a plastic cookie in her baby carriage in Minato Mirai.

We decided we were going to walk over to Aka Renga Soko, or the Red Brick Warehouses.  On our way, we passed the Nipponmaru naval training ship, and also a popular spot to take pictures, with the Cosmo Clock ferris wheel and the sail-shaped Intercontinental Hotel in the background.

Nipponmaru and the big Cosmo Clock ferris wheel in Minato Mirai.

There’s a causeway and bridge across the harbour that usually has cherry trees blooming at this time of year, but due to the cold winter and early spring, they haven’t begun blooming yet.  At this point, we gave Tomoe her first look at the ocean.  After a bit, we arrived at Aka Renga Soko, which is now a shopping centre.

Aka Renga Soko, or the Red Brick Warehouse, near Minato Mirai.

Not wanting to be stuck in the rush hour train, we decided to walk back to Yokohama station.  At the station, we found that Tomoe had taken a poop, and it was leaking.  What a smell it was making!  We had to ride the 40 minute train ride back to Shonandai with a smelly and hungry baby, then a bus ride to our home.  Finally, we made it back.

Other than that, Tomoe’s been making progress.  She’s been vocalizing a lot more lately, as well as continuing to smile a lot.  No laughing yet, though.  Also, she’s now up to 5300 grams, having gained more than 2 kg in the past 2 months.  She’s definitely looking bigger.  Her personality has been showing quite a bit lately, too.  She really enjoys hearing me speak, and watches me so intently while smiling when I talk in my normal voice.  As well, she seems to like looking at hanging laundry and the colour green.  She focuses on that colour a lot more than others it seems.