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Yassy’s note:Liam’s first year: Day 265 – Day 275

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 268..

Liam’s solid food today was noodle:-)

Liam had… vegetable macaroni soup (with carrot and onion) and chicken tender and apple for breakfast

For night, He had Udon soup with corn, cod with acorn squash and shanghai bok choy for dinner.

His meal is a little bit developed and he now can eat more various protein and carbohydrate ingredient:-)

Day 270..

Liam did skype with his cousin Aito (1 year 6 months old) in Japan and his sister Ria and my parents.
Today, my sister’s 2nd kid (son) has ceremony to get into the kindergarten so my parents were her kids’ baby sitter.
My mother and Ria put something on top of their head and bowed so it would drop and it made Liam big giggles;-)
He never missed giggling.
Day 271..
We have introduced new solid food item:cucumber.
Day 275..
 When your little ones are old enough to start eating solid food that include chicken (white meat) and other vegetables (probably 3rd months on solid food where food are served in size of 2mm-3mm fine chop rather than paste) that I am using in the recipe, you can try Liam’s fav dish.

Here is the short baby’s solid food version recipe “chicken noodle soup” if you like to try.

<Make chicken broth>

1. Cut 2/3 chicken breast (skinless, boneless) into smaller rough pieces,and put it into the food processor to make your own ground chicken.

Pulse the food processor and grind them until the meat gets one solid ball of ground meat but not too pasty

2. In the sauce pan, add 200 cc water and 50gram (about 2 oz) peeled and thinly sliced carrot and 50 g ( about 2 oz) sweet onion sliced and all the ground chicken breast and let it come to boil and turn the heat down a bit to simmer once boiled for about 15 minutes or so until vegetables gets tender enough to be able to mash with back of the spoon

3. Drain the broth into small container (Now you got the broth)

4. Remove the vegetables;carrot and onion, and put it onto the cutting board and fine chop them into the size of 2mm-3mm bits and use that for later for another day when you want to make veg soup or some sort for the little ones;you can add chicken broth you made or you can make konbu dashi or you can use liquid you cooked white fish with as soup base

<Make macaroni;Good from 3rd months on solid food>

1. cook the macaroni (I overcook the macaroni a bit) and drain the water and fine chop macaroni into 2mm-3mm bits (about the size of sesame seed)


1. Put Macaroni on the bottom, top it with vegetables (His today is tomato which was boiled and chopped (Make X mark on the bottom of the tomato and remove the stem and cook the whole tomato in rapid boiling water for about.. 3-5 minutes and peel would come off easy.
When peel is removed, remove the seed and chop the tomato meat into bits), Broccoli (due to fiber content in the stem, you can use only flowery part /tip part. Cut off tip of the broccoli and stem them to tender and chop fine), and Asparagus (Same reason to broccoli. Only tip is ok with babies at 3rd months solid food eater. I steamed the tip in size of 2″ length or so and chopped the tip into fine bits), and ground chicken breast

2. When serve, pour the chicken broth to the macaroni; if macaroni was 8 tsp worth, then I find that 6 tsp of chicken broth added is good amount for the meal.The picture is before the broth is added.

Liam was so liking this dish that he leaned forward as if he is going to dive with huge itty bitty mouth opened,lol.His mouth was stalking the feeding spoon very very close.

I say this dish was super hit with him:-)

Now he got fish base,veg base, chicken base and konbu base stock for the soup he can have.

I am enjoying the slid food making for Liam.

Liam had Asparagus for the first time today (always start with small amount;1 tsp, with new food to test out the allergy issue),and I was afraid he might turns his nose up because it will be a bit bitter and has unique taste to it but he was fine.He was opening his mouth like little bird,lol.
Stay tuned for more Liam story…


Sep 25, 2019 | Comments are off | parenting

Yassy’s note:Liam’s first year: Day 255 – Day 264

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 257..

Liam had Okra for the first time. Since he liked it so much that when I was trying to feed from potato dish, he tried to grab the container of this food and tried to eat it off from the container directly,lol.

Liam tried Okra for the first time….
Dinner for him was…. somen noodle with sea bass, cabbage soup and .. strawberry as dessert.
Day 260..
Liam sometimes start reaching for the food container after finish eating. I guess the container is good size for him to hold. He likes to grab it,bang it against the food tray and then…. toss onto the floor,which makes Palette runs for life and go hide under the bed. She hates Liam tossing toys around from high chair.
Do you know why babies likes to toss things to floors?
From eyes of adults, the act looks like they did on purpose maybe because no matter how many times you try to pick things up and give it back to them like spoon or plates,they tend to toss it again and again..
From eyes of babies, very first time, they drops spoon or plate to the floor by accident. Then, if your house was like wooded floor for example, it also makes sound of dropping more easily. Even on carpeted floor, it still makes noise when those drops. So, babies could think when they dropped items to floor, it made sound. Second time around, they wonder if they tries again, if it makes the same sound when they drop things to the floor so they try and see.
Then they notice dropping items indeed makes sound. Therefore, they starts try dropping items over and over again and yo go back and forth between kitchen sink and their high chair spot,lol. Part of growing issue of babies all mothers and fathers face.

Day 262..

Liam started voicing “dadada…bbababa”

Things that I read from Japanese magazine says… 0-4 months a,u e o etc..cooing,

4 month; vowel sound like a, 5 months; consonant practice pa,ki,pu, and 6 months; man-man-man; words are linked together .Then, 8 months;pa,ma sounds that will be made by closing lips.

10 months; being able to say “wan wan” for example (wan wan is the sound of dog barking ) ; taking pause in between one word,it says.

According to the research in Japan, top word the baby ‘s first word is “ma-n-ma;meaning “meal” and mama is 4th ranking, papa is 8th ranking.

Stay tuned for more Liam’s story…

Sep 07, 2019 | Comments are off | parenting