Yassy’s note:Liam’s first year: Day 155- Day158

In the previous entry titled “Yassy’s note: Liam in NICU;day 8- day 14“, I wrote Liam came to our family about 3 weeks early (36 weeks and 2 days) and he has spent next 3 weeks in NICU.

He was tiny little baby; 18″ tall, weighing 5 lb 6 oz…

Day 155..

Just today,I have found the great breastfeeding track sheet from the bump website.You may want to check it out to keep track of your baby’s feeding.

He looves mama’s milk and when he senses it is time to burp,he gets really mad;his face flashes like crab, and cry out loud to message across. When he knows he is now being able to continue drinking mama’s milk,he stop and becomes so focused for the feeding. Sometimes,he talks to me while drinking.I found it interesting.

Day 156..

I think Liam keep me being creative each day because sometime, same thing works to make him smiles but sometimes,he think it not so funny and I need to create the funnier things to do for him.

That being said, so far, diaper change song (simply I use his sound of u-u-u and make the note and sing for him),and piano keyboard play on him (do-re-mi-fa-so-ra-ti-do from head to toe or vice versa and tickle when do) work all the time though.

The sound I used to make like motor boat was such a hit before but these days,it is hit or miss.

Today’s new thing that made him smile so big was that,I hold him cradle style and stepping forward a little fast with sound “teko-teko-teko (it is the sound in Japanese to describe walking sound)” about a couple of steps and then itty bitty jump forward by saying “po” and he made such a big smile.

I find that taking care of little one sometimes can make you exercise without noticing by yourself,lol. I maybe got more muscle in arms and legs,lol.

Day 158..

Liam and I have been practicing roll over. When his hands gets stuck,in the past, he could not figure it out what he needed to do to be able to bring his hands before him.

Now, he is slowly but starting to understand and figuring it out by himself what he needs to do to bring his stuck arms before him.

I love watching how he grows..

Stay tuned for more Liam story.

Sep 22, 2018 | 0 | parenting

Yassy’s note: Liam’s first year: Day 146 – Day 154

In the previous entry titled “Yassy’s note: Liam in NICU;day 8- day 14“, I wrote Liam came to our family about 3 weeks early (36 weeks and 2 days) and he has spent next 3 weeks in NICU.

He was tiny little baby; 18″ tall, weighing 5 lb 6 oz…

Day 148..

Liam has been doing exercise on his tummy on the floor,on the ball etc.. since..3 months ago daily.

I do let him exercise without the helmet but if I wanted to,I could do exercise with helmet.

Day 149..

Liam had great day sucking one of his favorite pacifier ” Chicco Natural fit soft silicone orthodontic pacifier “.  Wubbanub is my top favorite and his but this chicco one was good one too.

The pacifier was made in Italy and, the tip is breast like and soft and it says it support oral development.The ring part is easy to hold for him and it fit to his mouth and I liked it a lot.

Liam day 149..enjoying pacifier time..

Day 151..

I did skype with rest of my side of family in Japan and since my sister was visiting my parents, we could talk over the skype too.

I heard my mother is going to do MRI today to see if the doctor could find something out of ordinary that might cause symptom she got. I hope the doctor would find something soon because my mother really loves to go to aerobics which she had been going for last 15 years and baking class so badly.

My mother,my grandmother,my father,my sister, and her kids all loved seeing Liam and thought his helmet is cool,lol.But they were surprised he was calm in it.

Our prince (Liam) is talking behind me non stop…

After a while, he went to bed wit his thumb in his pacifier…..

Liam is a smart boy!Lol…

He likes to suck his thumb but he also like to suck his puppy pacifier at the same time! This,is the solution for that problem:-)

Liam Day 151 Liam went to bed with his thumb in his pacifier…

Day 152..

Liam had milk time after bath time and he was so in good mood,talkative,active,and giggly…

Today,he was so into piano game I made up; pretend him as my piano.then, I say do,re,mi fa,so ra,shi do while I move my hand over his body.

Now and then, I simply do like “do-re-mi-fa-so-ra-, ra-,ra, shi (although in English speaking countries,it looks like typed as “ti”)…. do” and when the “do” part comes,I tickle him;bottom of foot sometimes, sometimes cheeks, and he smiles so bad. I sometime hear him vocalizing when he smile (not sure if I could say it was giggle but..).

It is funny I could tell he understood “do” means he gets to be tickled and he gets face like “oh,it is coming!”

I had a great play time with him.

Day 153..

We found very cute bear coat! I loved it a lot!

Day 154..

Tummy massage after every milk time really regulated his digestion schedule and,we could expect it coming on certain days,lol.

Do you do tummy massage to your babies? If not, you should.

Infant Tummy Massage

Babies digestive system works clock wise motion. Babies’ uncomfortable side tend to be left hand side;12’oclock to 6 o’clock side…

1. Head touch; with your left hand side, cup his head and with right hand give him circle motion touch on his head, to calm him

2. With your right hand, place to the cross your baby ‘s tummy. Slide hands on his tummy to the groin. Repeat with your other hand (like a water wheel),a few times

3. Place your thumbs on the center so your hands come to their side of the body.Then, slide out to the waist, a few times

4. Imagine the clock. With your left hand, gently slide your hand from 7 o’clock to 7 o’clock clock wise (big circle) ,a few times

5. With your right hand, gently give pressure and slide your hand from 12 o’clock to the 6 o’clock clockwise, a few times

6. Alternate 7 o’clock to 7 o’clock motion with 12 o’clock to 6’ oclock motion, a few times

7. With your right hand,write the Japanese Hiragana letter の;From 12 o’clock to 7 o’clock and 7 o’clock to 7 o’clock a few times

8 Hold baby’s ankle and gently bounce to relax his tummy, a few times

9. Hold onto his ankle and take his knee and, very gently push baby’s legs against his belly, hold 5 seconds. Release the leg.

10. Bounce the leg again and repeat. Can do up to 6 times with leg bend motion.

Stay tuned for more Liam story..

Aug 20, 2018 | 0 | parenting

Unlikely friendship of a dog; “Abby” the Dachshund and “Bonedigger” the Lion

Dogs give you unconditional love.

Dogs give love to wide variety of spices; from birds, cats, elephant,tiger and more.

Watching such great friendship of dogs would melt your heart.

Recently, I came across youtube video of Dachshund “Abby” from exotic Animal Park in Winwood, OK.

I thought it very cute and thought I would share the video with you.

 Unlikely couple : Dachshund “Abby” and Lion “Bonedigger”..

According to the daily dish website, both came to the refuge when both were young. “While Bonedigger, a Barbary lion, gets along with all four of the dachshunds, it’s really Abby who has stolen his heart”, the caretaker says.

Zookeepers think they were somewhere between six to nine weeks old when they were first introduced.

Despite the size of the body, they do get along very well.

Dog’s unlikely friendship is not that uncommon. I became curious why such bond can happen.

According to wideopenpets website, Professor Gordon Burghardt of the University of Tennessee thinks “Interspecies bonds are more common among younger animals, among stressed individuals who may learn to depend on each other for comfort, and among those living in captivity”

In captivity like at zoo, animals choose their friends from who’s around, and they might seek out friendship in the pen, whether or not it’s a member of the same species.

Any unlikely amazing animal friendship near you?

Jul 10, 2018 | 0 | Cute Animals

Yassy’s note: Liam’s first year; Day 142 – Day 145

In the previous entry titled “Yassy’s note: Liam in NICU;day 8- day 14“, I wrote Liam came to our family about 3 weeks early (36 weeks and 2 days) and he has spent next 3 weeks in NICU.

He was tiny little baby; 18″ tall, weighing 5 lb 6 oz…

Day 142..

This morning, he had a morning bath in the whale tub and then,drunk 200ml breast milk,got milk drunk and went to bed after stretchy exercise,conversation time with me.

Now, Liam is up and playing with makeshift gym stuff my husband has made before.And.. talking to himself a lot.

One of the toy that is hang there is that crinkly book my parents sent him.

He is grabbing it and squeezing hard,making crinkle sound and talking to himself.

Would he be making up the story on his own and reading to me?Lol.

Liam Day 142.. playing Baby gym..

Day 143…

From today, starting with one hour long each Am and PM, Liam has to wear the helmet due to medical reason..

Yesterday was fitting day at doctor office and he did not like it at all and, cried so loud, and we had to sooth him holding him,gently patting his back saying “It will be all right” while he sniffle on our shoulder..

Test was from today and, I was not sure how he would handle the evil helmet but he was ok at first,looked like nothing matters. But then after a bit, he decided he did not like the helmet and cried..

I placed him in the baby gym, shaking objects hanging trying to distract him,and also offered the pacifier to sooth him.

About 3-5 minutes,he was crying but eventually,he fell asleep. Slept about 1 hour in it.I told him he did good and took the helmet off and he is peacefully napping right now.

At longest,he must wear it until 18 months of age (he was 4 months old on that day). Long way to go but doctor said that he would get used to it eventually..

Back home in Japan,where medical field approach is more holistic, I or rest of my family has never heard of the helmet like this and it was surely something I had to explain what it does, how it supposed to etc… to my parents.

I do not know the reason why I do not see babies with helmet back home in Japan. I wonder if it is simply because America’s medical technology is advanced or people here in the states has different approach to medical stuff to tackle the issue.

Liam Day 143…in helmet..

Liam got flat spot on his head because he had to spend his time in my belly in tight space;bicornate uterus;heart shaped uterus so less space for babies to grow and he had to be on the one side to lay on,I think.

I feel bad about it but there is nothing I can do to change the shape of uterus so,he had to overcome another hurdle but I would like to believe he can get used to it.

Day 144..

When ped recommended helmet for him to wear for changing the head shape,I was like “what?” because I had never heard of it but talking to the orthopedics, I understood how it works and considering he is a boy,the shape of the head might not be able to hide it like girls could.

So, we decided to go ahead especially insurance cover the helmet.However, I was surprised that if the insurance did not cover the cost of the helmet,we would had to pay more than $2,000 for the helmet!

Today is day 2 and he has to wear 2 hours each AM and PM. He fell asleep wearing the helmet but woke up much earlier time than he normally would from his nap and his cry was so different. I feel his pain but he has to endures it… I was holding him til his helmet time is up.

Liam is now recovered from helmet time (was not happy),and after helmet time, he is batting at the makeshift gym stuff,talking to himself calmly…

Still looong way to go for the helmet thing.We have to do 3 hours each AM and PM tomorrow..Hope he can endures it.I had to hold him the last 30 minutes for the 2 hour AM helmet time today..

Day 145..

He wore the helmet for 3 hours in AM and now wearing it for next 3 hour to finish his PM part.

He does not like it at all and cries so madly but, he can fall asleep after milk time (we try to set his time right after milk time).

This morning,he was mad for 15 min but decided he is sleepy and fell asleep for 1 hour,woke up mad but then decided to play with makeshift gym and he tried to be mad again but yawn and rubbing eyes.. and went in and out the sleep till the 3 hours regime is up.

One thing I did for the AM is that, I changed his clothe from fleece to terry clothe thinking wearing the helmet could raise his body temperature.

Then,I have treated him with nice warm bath before his afternoon feeding. He liked it!Slept quite deep ; about 4 hours.

He then up,had milk and now doing his PM helmet time.He was mad like AM but fell asleep behind me.

I hope he gets used to it enough to be able to sleep through the night.That is the big part I wonder if he can be ok through the night…

Stay tuned for more Liam’s story.

Jun 16, 2018 | 0 | parenting

Yassy’s note: Liam’s first year; Day 137- Day 141

In the previous entry titled “Yassy’s note: Liam in NICU;day 8- day 14“, I wrote Liam came to our family about 3 weeks early (36 weeks and 2 days) and he has spent next 3 weeks in NICU.

He was tiny little baby; 18″ tall, weighing 5 lb 6 oz…

Day 137..

Liam was wearing terry material’s raccoon clothe but I noticed that he has got a bit of nasal voice and sneeze/cough here and there so,changed him into doggy paw fleece clothe.

I was a little worried if it would overheat him,but no red face, no hot back so,I think he is ok with fleece material for now.

I usually give milk and then, have conversation time with him and then, have exercise time (he does tummy time, practice rolling over or sit up,tracking object with eyes etc..) and I enjoy the ground time with him very much.

Lately, he gives me real real big smile here and there to me and, his smile melt my heart,lol.

Liam Day 137.. in Dog paw print clothe..

Day 138…

Last night,I did skype with my parents plus my grandmother who live in Japan and,when we started talking and just about picking Liam up to show him, Liam fell asleep in his bassinet and I apologize to them.

It was because they are always looking forward to see him on the screen and loves to entertain (at least trying to) through the screen.

Well, right after the skype is over, Liam woke up crying for a diaper change.

So,I told him he missed his grandparents by a second. I was not sure if I could catch my parents again with skype but I called back and they replied so they could get to see how big Liam got.

During the skype time Liam usually feeling comfy in my arms and simply staring at the screen with curious eyes but last night, he talked a bit to them. It was my parents’ first experience to hear his voice on live except via video I sometimes send them.

My mother told me that my sister keeps diary for every 3 kids;writing about when each kid become able to do thing like roll over etc.. and she makes her kids to keep diary too (well, 2 kids out of the 3 kids are still young so they are not writing any diary yet but the oldest one is keeping diary like her mother).

My mother mentioned that letting a kid to write what happen each day as diary is good thing to look back good days but also it is a great practice for kids to learn letters.

I agree with that and I remembered that my mother and I exchanged diary everyday and I remember how anxious I was to read her replies and comments.

My sister is following her footstep I think and I would like to do the same.

Talking of, I remember that when we were junior high school student, we student had a notebook given by the school and we wrote each subjects’ schedule and any important note to remember and on the very bottom, there were 5 line empty section to fill for the daily diary.Our teacher asked students to write what happen each day and submit it to her and she returns it to us with comments.

Then, I remember that I was told by this teacher that if I keep the same grade with English as is,then, I have risk of not getting into the high school. So,she recommended to correspondence with penpals (good to practice writing English,good to learn new words and phrases) .

Well,I started writing letters in English to them and I really loved communicating with people all over the world in English so, I then started using that 5 line area on the notebook to write the daily diary in English and submitted it to the teacher.

The teacher was surprised but helped me learn better grammar,more words and phrases and it was such a helpful way to learn the English besides English classes.

I guess I was lucky one too considering that the teacher who was in charge of our class was English class teacher.

I was horrible in English, but I ended up getting teacher’s license for English eligible for junior high school class and high school class and,worked at places that require English skill.

My mother’s talk of diary reminded me of my old student year memories.

Day 141…

This book gets crinkle sound and he likes to nom the edge of the book too.It got no word written as well so,I usually make up the story and every time slightly different stories:-)

Liam day 141.. reading book…

Stay tuned for more Liam story….

May 30, 2018 | 0 | parenting

Yassy’s note:Liam’s first year: Day 130 – Day 137

In the previous entry titled “Yassy’s note: Liam in NICU;day 8- day 14“, I wrote Liam came to our family about 3 weeks early (36 weeks and 2 days) and he has spent next 3 weeks in NICU.

He was tiny little baby; 18″ tall, weighing 5 lb 6 oz…

Day 132..

Liam grabbed my finger and gripped very tight and then brought my finger to his chin,while he was sucking his thumb.

Yes, he wanted to suck my finger as well.He simply could not decide which one was tastier,lol..

Liam Day 132 old.. grabbing my finger and sucking his thumb..

I did skype with my family last night and they liked watching how Liam reacts to them but I really wish they could physically touch him,hold him and interact with him real time face to face…without screen.

Day 133…

Went to pediatrician today.Liam is growing nicely.

He was 11lb 15 oz, 24″ tall,and head size was 38″. He got 4 months checkup and got shot and on the way home, we (me and my husband) both got flu shot so,today was shot day for all of us.

Vaccine was my very very first time here in the states so,I was not sure how it would be but it was all right.

Back in Japan, since baby time to grown up,I got shot but I noticed that American doctor tends to give you shot 90 degree angle with long needle one while Japanese one gives (although some without long needle gets given 90 degree but most are 45 degree angle) patient more like 45 degree angle so,I was not sure what it will be like.I survived.

I was told I was the one of those person that doctor has hard time finding good muscle because mine is small.

Day 137..

I am thinking that maybe next month, Liam could go meet Santa at the mall for picture. First winter and very first experience with Santa.I wonder what he thinks.. Little Liam found his favorite toy and He likes to grabs it and bring it to his mouth and nibble. He says “It no milk bottle!”,lol

Liam Day 137.. with funky shape toy..

Stay tuned for more Liam story.

Apr 29, 2018 | 0 | parenting

Yassy’s note: Liam’s first year: Day 124- Day 129

In the previous entry titled “Yassy’s note: Liam in NICU;day 8- day 14“, I wrote Liam came to our family about 3 weeks early (36 weeks and 2 days) and he has spent next 3 weeks in NICU.

He was tiny little baby; 18″ tall, weighing 5 lb 6 oz…

Day 124..

Liam had long long breast feeding time again. 39 minutes total!!

I was really thinking that he would probably not going to take any more milk via bottle which we are supposed to give after direct breast feeding to ensure he is getting some.

Well, after fell asleep a bit with breast feeding time, he took all 90 ml supplemental breast milk in the bottle!

He slept about 4 hours since,then had another milk time and currently sleeping like am angel.

I did skype with my parents last night and Liam was sleeping but just about when we were to say “finish,log out”,he woke up and he met his Japanese grandfather/grandmother over skype again.

I saw my grandmother too and they liked how well Liam is growing and they cannot wait to see him all the time.He is cutie pie,they say and I enjoy watching how they interact with Liam over the skype.

It is a shame they cannot come whenever they want to… 14 hours flight away is so far!

I know my father was originally planning to come visit us in October but he had bad intuition (he kind of felt something not right and he was debating if coming or not coming long time) and he decided not to come. However, he told me that he will be coming over in spring;April or May next year when he told me he would not come in October.

I heard my parents decided to go to hot spring (onsen) for relaxation to celebrate their 40th wed anniversary.I told them have a nice trip and enjoy!

Day 125..

Liam was fed by my husband a second ago and, my husband called me and said “Look!”

This is what I saw.

Yes,Liam is a big boy now and can drink milk on his own,he says:-)

Liam Day 125 drinking milk on his own ..

Day 126..

His feeding number in a day got decreased so, I upped the amount of milk in the bottle.

Since the bottle in the picture is almost full when one feeding worth of milk inside,he has graduated from this bottle yesterday and now using medium sized bottle (it was 8 oz bottle). He is taking 150-160ml milk each feeding now:-)

He sleeps quite long during the night.He slept 11 hours last night.

Day 127..

After started giving Liam tummy massage;1 to prevent constipation, 2 to keep things moving and if any burps left in tummy,he let it out from rear…his bowel movement is much more regulated and we can guess which day he would poop.

Today was that day.

Sure enough he did one before grocery shopping (we could do diaper change before leaving) but I saw his red face with straining with sound…and smell…

I think he is working on number 2 poop today…

I will give him more time and then change his diaper.

I was warming up the milk but I will let him finish his business first.

If you have a baby to care for, I recommend to do the tummy massage after every milk time.

Liam likes massage time too!

Day 129..

The little prince is sleeping peacefully and, I am not happy that the water company is working on the pipe and doing flushing thing which result in twinkle water so it means, no laundry.I hope it gets done by dinner time so I can cook and do laundry and all other thing. He killed 2 sheets, 2 clothes today..

Liam is up from nap but not crying at all.Just looking around.He saw me and started flapping arms and legs.

I said to him “O-ha-yo-u. (Good morning in English)” with bit of tone;the same tone I used to tell to my belly.He smiled a bit and flapped arms and legs even more.

Does he remember the words I used to tell him each and every day??Hmm…..

More Liam story continues.Stay tuned.

Apr 08, 2018 | 0 | parenting

Yassy’s note:Liam’s first year Day 120 – Day 123

In the previous entry titled “Yassy’s note: Liam in NICU;day 8- day 14“, I wrote Liam came to our family about 3 weeks early (36 weeks and 2 days) and he has spent next 3 weeks in NICU.

He was tiny little baby; 18″ tall, weighing 5 lb 6 oz…

Day 120..

I remember that NICU nurse once told us that Liam is not a handful guy and when he cries,it is usually diaper or food and he is not as fussy as other babies and easy to handle.

I do not know if other babies at the same age do not sleep as long as Liam does.

However, he always was/has been a good sleeper.

Day 121..

Liam Day 121… 7 am morning..

I am pretty sure I put him on bed straight but he moved his head 90 degree to the left and he was using the pocket as leg rest,lol.

When you look back the day old Liam, I can see how big he became and has grown so much!

Day 122..

When I did skype the other day,with my parents in Japan,they said that Liam is very fortunate to have such a wonderful family members around him;me,my husband,and in-law family.

The best compliment that I got from my father was that, not only Liam is growing physically but I am growing inside too.

Also, he said I am looking more mother-figure each day.I am so happy to hear that.

Day 123..

Found an interesting person to discuss topic with.

I found him through youtube and he is from the states,living in Japan, and he does podcast thing,talking about cultural difference between USA and Japan.

Since he has been experiencing both cultures and raised his daughter, I was interested to hear his view on supplementation on breastfeeding etc.. I was not sure if I get a reply or not but I did.

He told me that Japan in general tries to take less aggressive, more holistic approaches; while the US favors more aggressive intervention.

He said he weaned his daughter to mugicha;wheat tea, as opposed to fruit juice like Apple juice many parents might wean their babies to here in USA.

He also wrote to me that Japanese culture enjoys a healthy diet and the longest life span in the world (Japanese women live longest:), so he says our culture’s track record speaks for itself.

Reading that,I thought he was right about diet thing because our dishes tend to be much less fat;typical USA dishes for dinner for example has cream,cheese,butter a lot of times and plate is different; ours is a little bit of meat, and cooked with lots of vegetables while American plate is more of meat as star in the plate.

Plus amount of food served at the restaurant is very different and we do not have doggy bag in Japan;restaurants there do not allow you to bring food home.

Then, typical American breakfast starts with sugary, high fat thing like sausage,pancakes, bacon,hashed brown,muffin etc.. while our typical breakfast is what my husband described as “smaller portion of dinner plate” and it is more savory and we eat rice,side dishes, and fruits for the breakfast although now and then, we have toast with a cup of tea or coffee along with salad and/or side dishes western style Japanese breakfast).

Anyway,I was curious how they raised his daughter in Japan especially I was curious about supplementation when breastfeeding.

He wrote that his daughter never took vitamin D supplements, and she never vaccinated for rota-virus because they don’t do that in Japan (they do in the USA).

Vaccination variety is one thing I was surprised to know how many shots were given to kids here in USA and how less in Japan.

I find kids here get more shot than us in Japan but then, America is big country with many immigrants living inside and I wonder people get vaccinated more just because kids here would be exposed to more variety of virus than us kids in Japan .

Another cultural difference I found between USA and Japan is that back home in Japan, when people get cold especially during the cold months, they wear mask so they would not pass the virus to others when they cough.

Hospital guides you to cover your mouth with upper arm but us in Japan gets instruction such as cover your mouth when cough with two hands and wear mask if you cough badly so virus would not get passed to others.

Also, during the cold mouth, we are encouraged to hand wash often and gargling especially when you were out and back to home.

You would probably see more people wearing mask during flu season there.We are proactive for cold and we gargle every time you come into the house and also wash hands too.That is something schools teach kids to do for preventing cold.

As for Liam today…

When I breastfed Liam this morning,he was on me for… 39 minutes (total)!! and he did not need any guide to the breast.He found the spot on his own and started sucking,lol.I was not even ready yet.

At the end, he was laying on side,curling up a leg a bit with his hands over his eyes and started Zzzzz and,when I tried to give supplemental milk (breast milk in the bottle) as par pediatrician recommendation, he woke up wide and finished off 90ml milk via bottle. But when burping times,he was so not liking the bottle been taken out to burp and cried loud a bit.Then soon get quiet when bottle gets back to him.

I do not know what I am eating that makes him go nuts that much, but I am glad he likes the milk from me.

I had fresh fruit (various kind of fruit;blueberry,pomegranate,pineapple,cantaloupe etc..) with drop of plain yogurt,drizzled with honey as my breakfast dessert after breakfast meal.I wonder that made it super tasty milk,lol.

He is sleeping like an angel…

He definitely likes breast milk better than formula. I read in Japanese e-magazine before that depending on what you eat that day, the taste of the milk changes each time.

It is kind of interesting to think that he is eating the same thing but he gets various kinds of taste with it.

It was the day that made me think of more of our cultural difference.

Stay tuned for more Liam story..

 

Mar 26, 2018 | 0 | parenting

Yassy’s note:Liam’s first year:Day 114 – Day 120

In the previous entry titled “Yassy’s note: Liam in NICU;day 8- day 14“, I wrote Liam came to our family about 3 weeks early (36 weeks and 2 days) and he has spent next 3 weeks in NICU.

He was tiny little baby; 18″ tall, weighing 5 lb 6 oz…

Day 114

In the last entry titled “Yassy’s note: Liam’s first year, Day 109- Day 114”, I wrote that in Japan, pediatrician does not say anything about supplementing breast milk even if babies were fed exclusively breast milk just like my younger sister.

Here in USA, supplementing Vit D to breast milk if you feed your baby more breast milk.

I know why pediatrician says to give Vit D because American academy of pediatric recommends it, but breast milk tastes different, and nutrient will be different from one person to the other depending on what they eat.

Therefore, I do not know if AAP people recommends Vit D based on typical American diet for moms.

In Japan, people eat a lot of fish, egg etc and go outside to play more than here in the states,I think, and I wonder breast milk nutrient content on typical Japanese diet has more D,thus the moms there do not give supplement to babies nor pediatricians there do not say anything about it either.

I get nervous about Vit D thing because it is fat soluble vitamin and,it means that when body did not use that D,then, whatever left will stay in the body as opposed to pee out like Vit C,for example.

You can see how much of Vit D you give to babies, how much of prenatal vitamin got D in it but you cannot see how much D actually in my own breast milk. Kind of like blindfolded.

For dogs,for example, you do not want to give D via supplement like cod liver oil because it is way easier to overdose the D than getting Vit D from food source naturally.

The dog can get D from fish like salmon,mackerel,liver,egg,sunlight etc.. Beef heart is good source of A&D also.

In general, back home in Japan, we do not take supplement as much as people here do.

Day 115..

I had a good conversation with Liam.Today, he was holding his tongue by his lips and staring at me so, I talked back by sticking out my tongue slowly and then quickly hid my tongue inside;peak a boo tongue version.

He liked it and gave me a big smile and tried to mimic me and he stick his tongue out although he did not hide it as I did.

He likes peak a boo play with me,my version;me covering his eyes and move my hand away so he can see my face instead of covering my face and hands away:-)

So far, we are practicing rolling over.He has a bit more to go especially when he got his hands stuck underneath his belly/chest,but he is getting there.

He gets his hands out and pause like showing plane on the exercise mat.More for him to think;put his hands on the mat and head up for that.

At night, after the milk time and bonding time, I have put him in the bassinet,and I put the makeshift gym over his bed so he can play with it.

He was first talking to himself but started playing the gym then fell asleep.

He is looking like an angel:-)

He can take 150ml milk now.That is when he gets before bed,and very first thing in the morning.

I cannot believe that this little guy was having poor feeding when he was born.

I still remember we were telling the nurse “he took 10ml, 20ml” etc.. and had time he had to be fed via feed tube.

Day 117..

Tired and sleepy (exhausted);spent busy day yesterday and lots of things done to welcome visitors…

They will be coming in a few and hope I have energy to entertaining them (make sweet dumplings and rice pancake together). And I hope they like the dish I prepped this morning,cut veg last night…

Good thing that I did most of prep yesterday or I would have no energy to cook.

I have no energy to read newspaper either.

I had 3 hours sleep and did pump and then back to bed and woke up 2 hours later to feed Liam and I am up since 6:30am or so;had 5 hours nap total.

Liam is sleeping nicely,and I am sure Palette would wake him up when the visitors coming.

Day 118..

Last night,Liam’s aunt and I made sweet Japanese dumplings and everyone liked it.You can find the recipe here at the link here.

I need to fix the font and broken pictures but you can see the recipe there.

Liam also had whale tub bath with his aunt and I at his side.Since she is working for hospital dealing with babies,I thought I would ask her about proper bath step and,I think I got it ok.

Only part I need to be sure is that I maybe should wear terry mitten or something to pick him up from the tub from side of our tub so I would not drop him because he might be slippery on bare hand.

She was laughing about all the gadget we got like gator temperature meter thingy,arm pad ,whale knee pad etc.. but that is what happen when you do not have experience with babies.

I simply went through website of our fav baby store and read review carefully and picked the best reviewed one and I read the products detail and decided which one to take.

As you noticed, Liam’s bathing time is whale theme.

Liam’s whale tub..Liam now 3 years old cannot fit in this anymore..

I really did not want to get sick because I may get Liam sick,but I feel like I am coming down with cold… Not coughing,just scratchy throat etc…

I was gargling every time I go outside but, it was cold yesterday outside when I took Palette out and with the assumption she will potty soon,I did not wear jacket, and visitors were coughing so,I might have needed more vigorous gargling…

I took tynol cold which OBGYN said ok to take for cold while breastfeeding.Hope it makes me feel better.

I go bed early tonight…

Day 119..

Yesterday morning, our visitor had left and, my sister in law asked me where Liam is.

She asked me because it was quiet, and his bassinet was not in the living room yet.

I told her that he is still sleeping and also added that he sleeps 7-10 hours during the night.

She and her husband was surprised to hear that.

I then said that he will be crying or wiggling around 7-10 am.

Sure enough, he was up at about 10 am or so and he was the last one in the family to be up.

I am happy Liam can sleep through the night now.

Day 120..

Just finished breastfeeding Liam directly.He is a pro now.Back in July,when he was born, he did not know what to do and he even could not suck once but now, he goes on town for longer minutes.

In fact, he was on me 28 min total (one side 12 min,the other 16 min) and he was placing his one hand over his eyes and literally started sleeping at the end.

When I finished one side of breast and burp him and turned his head to the other so he can suck the other side of my breast, even before I place my hand under my breast to hold, Liam found the supply spot and started sucking on his own,lol.

He knows where the milk is coming from very well.

I find that direct breastfeeding has some sort of special feeling between Liam and I. I enjoy breastfeeding him and see him get milk drunk with milk drop on his cheek:-)
Stay tuned for more Liam’s story.

Mar 10, 2018 | 0 | parenting

Yassy’s note:Liam’s first year:Day 109 – Day 114

In the previous entry titled “Yassy’s note: Liam in NICU;day 8- day 14“, I wrote Liam came to our family about 3 weeks early (36 weeks and 2 days) and he has spent next 3 weeks in NICU.

He was tiny little baby; 18″ tall, weighing 5 lb 6 oz…

Day 110..

4 m in the morning after drinking 140ml milk, he is so awake and active!

Those days, I was up every 3 hours or so.I was like zombie even if I try to nap when Liam was closing his eyes although it did help some.

Liam Day 110…

Day 111..

My husband made a makeshift gym for Liam. He loves that. He talks to himself and bang at it:-)

The green toy is from my father in Japan and we did not have the link so,I used my hair string thingy but apparently, he bangs it too hard enough for it to fall.He kept going,going because he loves this makeshift toy:-)

Liam Day 111..

On the same day at night, he saw his grandmother/grandfather living in Japan over the skype. He was so quiet,staring at the skype screen. Looked so intrigued.

When I was doing skype,I sent them a video showing how he was playing with make shift gym. Mom said that “oh,he is moving so much.It is good to prevent him getting constipated because of lots of arms and legs movement”. It was funny comment. He really loves the makeshift baby gym.

I don’t get bored looking at him,lol. Always interesting to see how he grows.I have measured him at home today and he was wearing diaper,clothe but weighed 11.5lb, 55cm tall.Growing and getting heavier each day.
 

Day 114..

Question to moms; Did you give Vit D supplement to your little one when they were little?

Here in the states, even in the Mayo clinic book,it says that breast milk is low in Vit D, so when you feed more breast milk than formula, you need to give Vit D.

Our pediatrician said to us the same.

She said to give Vit D if you feed breast milk more than half a day,if all day formula,no need to give.

I was giving the supplement but noticed that Visol D,which pediatrician recommended is full of artificial stuff like artificial coloring, artificial flavor

(ingredients; Glycerin, Water, Polysorbate 80, Citric Acid, Vitamin D3, Sodium Citrate, Sodium Hydroxide, Artificial Flavor and Artificial Caramel Color. )

and I did not like the idea to give artificial stuff so I stopped giving it to Liam.

The reason I asked above is because my sister raised all of her kids (4 kids) without any added supplement in Japan. Just simply feeding breast milk,no supplement and the pediatrician there is ok with it.

I wonder if Japanese kids eat more fish than kids in the states when they get older and giving D is not necessary when they are little there ?? (Since when they are older, they are more likely eat the fish)

Or, they play more outside the house than kids here in USA thus they get more D via sun light??

Overall, even for adults, it looks like more common for people to take supplement than those in Japan.

Stay tuned for more Liam’s story.

Feb 25, 2018 | 0 | parenting