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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

Yassy’s note:Liam’s first year Day 104- day 108

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 104..

I noticed Liam stops crying when he seems me:-)

This morning, my husband said that he was tracking “me” when I moved away from the spot near him to the fridge to go get the red pepper I was trying to work with his tracking practice (object tracking by eyes).

Felt so good to hear that.

Liam feel mama is calming person to him?Hmm

Liam’s foot 103 days old….

When I first passed by him and saw it ,it looked like he had 3 foot!

Day 105..

Had looong day today.

Went to hospital and grocery shopping and had to stop by baby store to feed him and diaper change.I am tired..

At the baby store, we found that little price was working on something and yes,it was poop blow out!

Good thing that I had clothe along with bibs for just in case I can simply go to bathroom,wet it and wipe the butt before using the wet wipe for easy cleaning.

We cleaned his butt real good and changed his diaper and fed him at the feeding room there.It is real nice store got such room for us mom&dad.

Then, even though clothe was not messed with stain, we decided to change him into new clothe and I realized that all the clothe I put in my diaper bag was newborn size.

He could wear it like 2 weeks ago but apparently, not anymore.He looked like.. wearing spanx-like clothe (tight especially length).He was uncomfortable and cried out loud.

So, we got him one new clothe there 3 months size, and he was happy then.

Note to myself; make sure to put the current size of clothe. I need to make sure of that.

Day 108..

I still need to practice how to put Liam in the Ergo 360 carrier but,I like them!I like how it support Liam,and I do not feel like he is so heavy when the weigh is supported by carrier like that.

My husband was working on the door yesterday and it was so loud noise that he could not sleep then I guess.I had to hold him to let him be comfy and.not crying loud.

I was holding him without carrier but decided to use the carrier and that way,I can walk around the house and he can look around if he wanted to.

At first, he was crying but soon, he decided that snoozing in the carrier was much comfier than looking around.So, he spent some Kangaroo time with me yesterday:-)

He is currently peacefully sleeping behind me. We had long ground time after milk time:-) We did a lot.I like when he smile big,having fun with me:)

Liam in Ergo 360 Day 108..

Stay tuned for more Liam story.

Feb 19, 2018 | 0 | parenting

Yassy’s note: Liam’s first year Day 98- Day 103

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 99..

Ahh,the poop blow out,lol.

I was planning to bathe Liam, and he gave me the blow out diaper just right before the planned bathing time.

Can he read my mind???

Good thing with Liam these days for the bathing time is that, he does not cry at all.He simply stare at me singing,talking made up bath song and, he is in the water quietly:-)

The small tub started getting a little small for him so, maybe he would graduate to whale tub we got while I was a pregnant.

Liam’s Whale tub…

As for bringing neck up as high as he can and stay hold that position, he now can do much longer than before. Practice makes perfect!

He can hold his head quite long these days on tummy time.. like 270 seconds. I feel he has more support on his neck/head.

Day 101..

Liam slept for about 10 hours since last night.It was so long that I was tempted to wake him up,but before I actually do so, he woke himself up.

So, I gave him large amount of milk;140ml.You would think that he would be milk drunk but nope, he was super active this morning (milk high?Lol).

Of course, after the video, he fell asleep for ..maybe another 2 – 3 hours until next milk time.

I am amazed how much he can move after such a large amount of milk in his tummy,lol.

Liam 101 days old..

This smile brighten up my day every day:-)

Day 102..

One little smile makes everything perfect!That handsome man slept 9 hours and had another 140ml milk and deep sleeping:-)

BUT before putting him on his bed, he was again doing his own aerobics on the floor with his singing eh.ah.uh…lol.

I am wondering when babies can see things clearly.

The reason why I wondered about it was that,last night,I was holding him and I saw his head coming toward me a little by little and his mouth was wide opened.

I did not think much then but I found myself my nose was being sucked by Liam:-)

So, told him message well received and went on to milk time.That time, I fed him without tear coming out from his eyes before the milk time.

Sometimes,when he is being burped,he likes to nibble my side of hand; in between second finger and thumb.

Day 103..

I measured his height and he is 55″ tall. He was 53″ on September’s pediatrician  visit He is growing:-)

I knew that my days will be very different from the life without Liam, but I feel motherly instinct is really taking over my thoughts a lot lately.

Lots of things that I wants him to do.. like want to help him eat better when older, lots of things that I do not adults around him to do or want adults to do like no talk on what food they hates (be a better model for the eating) or good hand washing before meal..

Some stuff might be cultural difference but still, I am amazed how much thoughts I can have concerning with our little handsome boy “Liam”.

He sure is the rock and love of my life besides my husband.

These days, I am trying to let Liam practice following object with his eyes, but I had not been so much success;when I thought he was looking at it to follow, I soon loose his attention of his eyes ..

So, I was talking about that to my mother and she said babies can see red or bright bald color better.So, I tried with red pepper this morning.I know it sound silly but tried.

I think it might be working although he does not follow it long time, but better progress on the time he looks at it to follow.

I will be practicing following object stuff with red pepper from now on unless I get to find something bright red that ..maybe make sound like chime.

Lots of stuff to work with Liam!

He now can hold his head for.. wait for it.. 300 seconds!

Liam is sleeping soundly after breast milk was fed.

He had.. 14 minutes one side, 16 minutes the other side and has supplemental breast milk 80 ml.

Last night, when I was holding him, he started head shaking onto my clothe and tried to nibble that breast area through the clothe,lol.Told him,ok, milk time and fed him.

He is a funny little man.

Stay tuned for more Liam’s story.

Feb 05, 2018 | 0 | parenting