Yassy’s note:Liam’s first year; Day 182 – Day 200

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 186..

Yesterday was Liam’s very first mug training day with the baby mug that can turn into sprout,straw and a cup as the baby grows.My parents got him for the Christmas and tried it for the first time yesterday.

He needed time to figures it out how to hold but he could hold the mug for a few seconds with bit of my support for the bottle angle.

The handle is not straight down but rather set toward a bit so the baby does not need to angle the bottle high as he/she drinks up the milk or juice.I liked the handle but the nipple part was raher softer than the nipple that I use (Chicco’s) and on and off,nipple got sucked strong and shrunk and folded over and Liam could not get milk out some,which made him a bit cranky for a bit.

Maybe with the cup my parents got us, using from sprout stage might be a good because of the nipple issue.

I tried bottle holder from Chicco today with Chicco bottle and it was better for nipple but the handle is not set toward and no secure mechanism that stops the handle gets turn around the bottle,I liked using the chicco bottle for the mug training for sturdier nipple but I would have preferred the handle came with the mug bottle my parents gave us and the mug mechanism my parents’ baby mug which has mechanism, that stops the handle turning around.

Just running around the house holding Liam (cradle style) with made up sound.I pretended like a car and he is a driver and moved him like so.He laughed a lot and giggles and had so much fun but.. I am tired….

Day 187..

He is 6 months old then.He is practicing sitting up.He can hold his body for about maybe 10 or so second when I release my hands from supporting his body (my hand under his arm) and he does not get baby yoga anymore.His neck is stable,can hold head long time.He just roll over crazy now.

We will be getting high chair/booster seat soon and then, we are thinking about starting him on solid Japanese way.Since my mother told me through my father’s e-mail that I should not put breast milk in the bottle to train him for the hold,I took off the handle from chicco bottle last night and I tried feeding him as I used to.Liam already got the concept of self feeding/handle holding and his both hands came to the center to support the bottle…even though there were no handles to hold onto..

Day 190..

The bottom 2 gum is somewhat rumpy with slight white-ish gum top.Teeth coming in?? We do know that Liam is very drooly..

He has been grumpy more than before and I offer cold teether but he does not like cold one…a few bites and toss to the side…

I find he likes to chew on bibs,my shoulder (clothe) when being burped, and edge of pacifier and edge of his jacket..

Liam day 190.. Teeth coming in??

Liam has been practicing pivoting but not being able to yet.He can roll over to be on his tummy (he is pro for this) but once on the tummy,he puts his elbow on the floor and sometimes put his arms sides as if airplane while he is rubbing his face on the floor towel and he backs head up with his leg kicking up and down below his knee.

He is so far wearing footie.I wonder if he needs to be in jump suit type of clothe;one suit with foot not covered so he can get a good traction on the floor??Would that give good practice for pivoting-army crawling etc..?

Since he is also practice sitting, I also toying the idea of if I should put him in 2 separate clothe piece;top and bottom.

Day 191..

Just back from eye doctor.. I had outpatient surgery done on one of my eyes and one eye is swollen shut;hard to see things well…

When Liam was at NICU,he did not know how to suck,and struggled with breastfeeding him but he is a pro now.He found the nipple on his own and started sucking;-)

At the eye doc place,he was awake whole time and he was talking,smiling to the doc and our doc talked back to him.

We had some errands to do after the surgery but I got pain in my eye and came straight back to the house.Decided to take it easy.I still got paperwork needs to be done but I will take a break today.

Liam is on his tummy in the gym.Trying to figures out how to pivot .I think he is getting better at mini push up;raising the chest off the floor as days go by but not quite success for the pivoting.

Day 194..

Liam says “Feel like a king in the chair”,lol.

We are thinking about starting him on solid food maybe next week (tomorrow and beyond).

So, I did skype with my parents and my sister just now.My sister gave us a cup which we can make 10 times porridge (rice and water ratio is 1:10) while making our own in the rice cooker so, I had to ask what the number on the cup indicated etc..

I understood it fine and that cup comes with the own plastic spoon and while I was showing to my family to make sure I understood “how to” correctly, Liam stole the spoon and started licking,lol.

He says he is very ready for the step up food:-)

Also, my father said to me that he is thinking about coming over in end of April or so;sometime in April.

I cannot wait to see him and see him holding Liam and interact with him face to face!

My sister’s kids were on the skype too and they were like “so cute!” and they told me they are waiting for us to come over to Japan too.

We will see when we can go back to Japan;-)

Day 195..

Liam has started solid food adventure. Only one bite of Jyu bai gayu ( it is a porridge, much looser than risotto. It is made with ratio water 10 x rice 1) and it is perfect as a starter food for 5-6 moth old babies. Many kids in Japan starts with this 10 bai gayu as their first solid food.

Liam had his very first solid food;mashed porridge called 10 bai gayu:-)He seemed to find it ok to eat it. He is eating only 1 tsp of porridge.Most nutrition comes from breast milk at this stage.

With my way, after making such loose risotto like porridge, I mashed to small bits of rice so I would not see bigger bits of rice.

This porridge is NOT seasoned.Japanese babies tastes seasoned food much later.

Liam with very first solid food..

On the play mat.He pivoted 180 degree this morning for the very very first time!

Day 196..

Day 2 solid food.. I gave Liam the same stuff to yesterday (Jyu bai gayu;mashed porridge”) but today, he was more interested in the milk in the bottle and kept staring at it and did not open his mouth as wide as he was yesterday.

Maybe tomorrow, I am going to bring the bottle after he had his share of solid food.

On the skype, mother said that mashing through the kitchen sieve so the rice would not have bits is good idea, but at first, try giving him more liquid part than bits (itty bitty bits that is smaller than kitchen sieve can catch).

Day 197..

Talked to my parents over skype last night.Mainly, my mother wanted to talk to me on feeding Liam solid food and she gave me a couple of tips and it was helpful.

I sent them his very first solid meal video and she said he seems to be taking the food well for the first day so, I am hoping he will be like that tonight too.

He was quite talkative and talked to my father,and my mother both and my parents talked back to him over the skype.

It was nice moment.

My father also gave me the specific week in April he is thinking of coming and I cannot wait!Finally, my side of family can get to hold their grandson!My mother probably cannot come because she probably has her own issue still,and needs to care for my grandmother.It is a shame but we can come over there later.

Anyway, this morning, Liam pivoted 90 degree:-) Pivoting milestone seems the most difficult milestone for him to achieve so far,but he is trying. I will cheer for his effort and hope he gets better at it.

Palette was right next to me staring at Liam trying to reach for the toy. Seems like she spends more time around me and Liam on the play mat;-)

Palette rolled on his back and making sound to nudge me to pet her belly and ..you know, Corgi has long ears. Liam was looking like thinking “Can I suck her ear?”.I saw his mouth getting a little moving closer to Palette’s ear so,I told Palette to move and she did move all right but ended up taking space right on my lap;right in front of Liam on his tummy.

It snowed last night and we got about 1″ snow so far.First snow for Liam to look at.

By the way,we went to pediatrician today.

He was 14lb 2.5 oz and 66cm tall! Doc said he is catching up with the growth chart finally:-)

Day 200..

Liam in teething bib.Right before lunch;changed that bib to the regular one.He likes to munch on Mr Monkey Pacifier.

Today was the experiment day with Liam;to see if the separate clothe is better for him to move around or one piece footie.

It seemed like sitting better,moving better,but minor problem is what my sister pointed out;the top goes up when you want to pick him up and he gets exposed belly sometimes.

Other than that, it is fine.The bottom is soft denim and 9 months old clothe but he can wear that one with no problem.

After getting the high chair,I started putting him in the chair everyday when I make dinner and put him on the sideline in between kitchen and living room so he can see me cook.I talk to him and showing and explaining the ingredients and he actually listen and stare at the veg etc..

He wanted to hold lemon and red pepper today.

It takes more time for me to finish cooking but,it is fun thing to do with him.

Stay tuned for more Liam story.

Dec 29, 2018 | 0 | parenting, Solid food for babies

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