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Yassy’s note:Liam’s first year: Day 249 – Day 254

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 249..

Made 2 food ingredients for Liam this morning.One of them was bread;cut up bread without crust cooked in breast milk (since I cannot use cow milk) in the pan.It was smoothly mashed before but now he is getting big boy so,rough mash now:-) Pan gayu,which we call it is Liam’s fav solid food:-)

My mother told me once that I used to love pan gayu very very much as a baby. Palette came to visit the kitchen while little price is snoozing and got bit of bread to snack. Another one is tomorrow’s new food for Liam. Hope he likes it.

Day 251..

Liam is now getting good at pivoting and 360 spin at least once a day now. Last night, after bathing him and putting him cream on his back by letting him on his belly, he put his head over his hands,looking toward sideways as if enjoying the cream time;massaging time like an old man,lol. Then, he decided he wants to look at me. So, while I was still working on his back of arms etc.. he started pivoting and 180 degree spin. Then, he decided it is tasty to nom on my PJ pants.

Other new stuff happening with him.. he says “hm-ma” a lot and sometimes, I feel like I am hearing him says “da da da” but it could be “ba-ba-ba”. I am not sure but he repeat the same sound a lot anyway. Then, his boom right now is to clap his hands,mimicking me clapping saying ; pa-chi-pa-chi (Japanese, the word is to be used to explain the sound of clapping). He smiles, squeak loud and clap a lot.

When I did skype with my mother and my grandmother the other day, he was mimicking my mother clapping her hands and he started shouting loud,squeaking,smiling and so active,energetic even though it was a couple of hours away from his bed time. My mother and Liam was doing the screaming match;when Liam squeaked, my mother mimicked him and squeaked,which was quite fun for me to watch her being silly:-)

She said “I am not going to loose,Liam” and squeaked. My grandmother was enjoying Liam’s endless clapping. It was very fun skype time. He kept clapping hands non stop whole day and he looks at me as if to say “it is your turn”, and then he claps his hands, and he looks at my husband and claps his hands saying “it is now your turn”.So fun!

Udon noodle with sea bass, spinach soup with tomato.

Day 254…

Little prince Liam tried solid food #21 ” Cauliflower “. Cauliflower got very distinctive texture, and thought I would try. I first cooked to soft and chopped to fine;2-3mm and I let him taste test just to give me info as to size of the bits and how he would take it but the bits of cauliflower 2-3mm on its own was hard for him to take. Therefore, I mashed it roughly, not smooth mash and that is how he is getting.

My husband did feeding of Liam’s second feeding and it was Liam’s first time to taste the cauliflower. Well, he said “He is making face and not eating the cauliflower. He might be not liking the cauliflower. Also, he stopped eating Apple even” I told him “Don’t quick to judge for like/dislike. Right now, he is exploring different kinds of texture and taste/flavor and also learning how to eat food (jaw/tongue motion) he might spit out the food or make face when he gets anything new to him.Cauliflower issue is probably size of bits; texture or something.”

Then, switched; I started feeding him. Well, he did not make face, he opened his mouth wide and ate everything clean. He was even squeaking,talking,energetic even….I do not know what the problem was. He had cauliflower this evening but he was fine,opening mouth wide and ate it without making face. Of course, I made sure the food was rough mashed. I would let him be rough mashed for cauliflower for a bit and then gradually switch to bigger bits.


Stay tuned for more Liam’s story…

Jul 25, 2019 | 0 | parenting

Yassy’s note:Liam’s first year: Day 244- Day 248

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 244..

Liam tried one level up big boy solid food meal;meal ingredients are now graduating from smooth paste to fine chop in size of 2 mm – 3 mm

Some of his food are still from frozen stock so those are still in paste state but, once stock are out, he would be eating fine chop size one. I made one level up size; fine chop. Today was with rough mashed porridge with less liquid called 7 bai gayu (porridge is made with 1 rice vs 7 water ratio and rough mashed) and finely chopped cooked sweet onion in 2 of his solid food meal. He did ok with both.

He will be on this size for next 2 months:-)

Day 245..

Liam’s breakfast today.

Menu; Pangayu (mashed breast milk soaked and cooked bread) with strawberry, and strawberry-acorn squash-cod side dish.

He liked both but he really really loved the pan gayu. My husband saw me plating his meal and said “Liam is not a dog”,lol.

Well, dog bone shape is not for doggies, but cute for everyone’s meal,don’t you think?Lol.

Pangayu with strawberry, and strawberry-acorn squash-cod side dish

Day 246.. We have introduced Liam’s solid food #19.

Shanghai Bok choy

Day 248.

Little prince Liam had quite active morning today;watched me cook his food;stage 2 broccoli and 7 bau gayu (porridge) besides washing dishes and my husband’s lunch box etc.. After that, he pivoted on the floor playing with toy (he started pivoting more and smoothly) and then,I read him a couple of books (the books were written in English but I translated those into Japanese for him to read). After that, some more play time together.

At this point, he did not get tired or sleepy at all even if his usual nap time came. So, I pretended I was closing my eyes laying next to him and what he did? He played with my face and when I made face to him, he was giggling and no sign of nappy nap. So… I decided to have lunch and fed him and do my things in the kitchen. After that, I put him in his bed and he wanted to be hold so he cried. But then, as soon as I pick him up, he smiled and no tears. Well, in the end.. he decided mom is the best bed to sleep on. He decided to snore on my laps..

Our little prince Liam had today;Day 248….. AM: 7 bai gayu (porridge made with 1 rice 7 water ratio, rough mashed), shanghai bok choy, and carrot soup with onion before breakfast milk to finish his meal up.Liam loved his solid food.


PM; Somen noodle and cod with Konbu dashi, Acorn squash soup with corn Liam ate everything (somen noodle and cod with konbu dashi served with corn soup with acorn squash) with so much excitement and went to food coma;snoozing before bath time:-) He eats well.

We believe that taste buds are created while baby being introduced to solid food, most parents in Japan do not start with cereal or fruits juice or banana or avocado etc.. but rather, start with bland food like mashed porridge and then start adding vitamin mineral group food;fruits and veg without any seasoning so the babies can explore pure taste of food (fruits yes but not the one with bold strong taste fruits like banana right from the start), then start adding protein source ;white meat fish and then tofu, then white meat poultry like tender and then last is red meat.

We try aiming at letting babies to explore variety of tastes in early age and each meals are nutrition based. Our son now just turned 8 months can eat rice, bread,somen noodle, udon,sweet potato, cod,sea bass, flounder,onion,apple,carrot,shanghai bok choy,broccoli,acorn squash, cabbage, strawberries, corn, spinach,tomato, and more. He eats lots of veg and fruits. I hope he stays being a good eater.

Our pediatrician loved my solid food plan and encouraging me to keep doing what I am doing for our son:-)

Stay tuned for more Liam’s story…

Jul 07, 2019 | 0 | parenting, Solid food for babies

Yassy’s note:Liam’s first year; Day 238 – Day 243

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 238..

Today, my husband was day off so, I told him, why not try feeding Liam his solid food because it is fun watching his reaction. He has not fed Liam solid food before. He fed Liam today for the second meal. Liam was very talkative with lots of expression and I think my husband had lots of fun feeding him:-)

Liam had…. Broccoli soup with cod and porridge with tomato.

Well, Liam really liked my broccoli soup.Big approval from him:-) The soup was made with pureed broccoli and homemade vegetable stock (just cook down carrot and onion with water and strain the liquid and freeze and remaining solid of carrot and onions are mashed separately and frozen so I can use it in place of carrot or onion and use it as vehicle for veg soup of other kind.) My husband laughed at my artwork on his solid food plate, but told him that Liam gets excited for the colorful plate and after bit of each bite of ingredients to taste the pure flavor and mix them up, he gets excited so, I am putting artwork on the plate.

Day 239..

This meal is one of Liam’s solid food for today. He was kicking his legs and banging his food tray with his tiny hands and opened his mouth as wide as he can. He ate it all in 5 minutes! What was his breakfast?

Creamy sweet potato onion soup with flounder and Fuji Apple as dessert.

Day 240..

We have introduced Liam solid food #17;  corn!

Liam liked it:-)Only thing that I have to say for the corn to feed for first 1-2 months solid food eater is that, I had to remove all the skin off from corn kernel and was a bit time consuming even if I used kitchen sieve to remove the skin from the corn.

Day 241..

I have weighed Liam today and he was 16.5 lb! 1 lb more than last month I weighed him:-)

Breakfast: Liam had creamy sweet potato soup with carrot,sea bass, and spinach;

one plate meal for a change.He ate it in 5 min!He really really liked it!

Dinner: He will be having… Udon noodle with cod,and broccoli soup with corn.He will have it in just a min.I hope he would like it! He is, so far, a good eater:-)

To learn about babies development and care, I read Japanese e-magazine plus Mayo clinic baby guide book. Mayo book talked about how American babies are introduced to the food. I read that and took the idea as only grain of salt but I did not like as much as my sister has done with her kids back home in Japan.I also wanted to start him with healthier plan and I decided to go with Japanese way.

Japanese noodle does not use egg as opposed to Italian pasta so, I thought it would be a good stuff to start adding in to his diet. It got flour so, when I fed him Udon noodle, started him just one tea spoon to test with allergy with flour but he was fine so, he got udon in his diet. He will have Italian pasta a bit later to taste.Being Japanese, I could use Konbu Dashi to flavor vegitable here and there so that might be Japanese parents’ advantage.He is now in second month for his solid food, his menu is a bit more complex and with more variety, compared to his first month. I try to serve soup (basically I add vegetable stock or breast milk or fish stock or Dashi to change the flavor here and there) in one of his 2 meal time.

Day 142..


We have introduced solid food #18 somen noodle next

Solid food #18 somen noodle..

Liam ate somen this morning.I served it with warm Konbu dashi and he really loved it, enough to try to nom its container with his chomper,lol. Me and Liam did skype with my parents tonight and Liam was very talkative.When my father played harmonica, he was staring at him on the screen but after he finished playing, he sighed with voice and looked to the side instead of looking at him. My father was sad,lol. Liam was giggly after skype (when skyping, he smiled a bit but not voiced laugh/giggles) and he drunk all the milk and went to bed with no problems. Meanwhile, I made his new solid food ingredient for tomorrow. I wanted to cook acorn squash and cut to about 2-3 mm (itty bitty bits) but I couldn’t and it became mashed style… Oh well, he can try the mashed first then I could try cook less so it would not get too soft but not too firm.

Day 243.

Breakfast: Somen noodle with broccoli and cod

Dinner: Strawberry sweet potato with sea bass and Cabbage soup

Side picture of Strawberry sweet potato with sea bass

Liam especially loved the sweet potato menu. Since he seems to like fish with fruit combo, I have added that to his main sweet potato and he was kicking his legs like crazy and banging his food tray as if to say “Hmmm,Yum!”

Stay tuned for more Liam story…

Jun 21, 2019 | 0 | parenting

Yassy’s note:Liam’s first year: Day 233 – Day 238

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 233..

Liam had his 14th new food item:Cabbage.

I was surprised to see how bright green it becomes when cabbages were cooked and mashed through kitchen sieve..He liked cabbage.








Day 233’s Menu include..

Breakfast: Creamy carrot shiroae soup with Udon and cabbage served with dashi (dashi was served in other container so,not shown in the picture).

I find that Liam get super excited and I get super curious look when I draw something on food and mix it right in front of him or pour dashi right in front of him so, I try to serve the food like this these days.

Shiroae is the dish whatever mixed with mashed tofu.Shiroae soup that I made up for Liam was simply carrot and tofu mixed together and made it creamy with breast milk a bit.

He gave me thumbs up.

Dinner: Flounder with Fuji apple sauce, and sweet potato topped with sweet onion

Liam loved dinner so much that he gave me sad face when I told him all gone,but he backed up to happy Liam when he saw the bottle of breast milk (he is mug training so,I put breast milk in the bottle and letting him feed himself now).

Liam liked carrot soup that I made for him this morning too.So far,he is eating very good.

I have been showing you how our son’s solid food adventure was like but, typical way to introduce food to babies back home in Japan is like this: start with mashed porridge called jyubai gayu and start with 1 tsp to start with and after that,gradually increase the amount of food,then about a couple of days on it ,you will introduce the new item with 1 tsp worth again.

I do not think there is specific detailed order but generally, after rice,you can introduce sweet potato,potato,udon noodle in the first month and second month,it is ok to introduce bread.

After some of carb group is introduced, introduce vitamin mineral group;fruits and veg (but veg is introduced more than fruits).

3rd week is introduce new protein source; white meat fish,tofu. 4th week, try the mixed dish with ratio of 5 tsp carb,4 tsp vit/mineral group, 1 protein group.

First month goal is to let the babies explore various kinds of food for texture,pure flavor on its own.Then, second month into it, continue letting the babies explore the food flavor and texture but start offering mixing food here and there,providing carb-protein-Vit/Mineral in one meal.

From second month, you will be able to introduce bread in carb group,which I did this week.Also, veg that has lots of fiber like cabbage from vit/mineral group.

For the second months, go from 1 meal solid food to 2 meals solid food a day and one meal is consists of carb-vit/mineral-protein in one meal to balance the nutrition from solid food.

That is why, you can see carb-protein-vit/mineral group is included in Liam’s solid food each time.Gradually, the amount of food increase over time too.

For fish, it is something with caution.It has to be white meat fish to introduce at first.Liam cannot have red meat fish like tuna or salmon just yet at this point.Starting from white meat fish first.

Day 235..

Liam and I did skype with my parents in Japan. He was super talkative and when my mother tried to entertain him with musical instrument she got such as castanets (she is a piano teacher and she got all sorts of musical instruments at home to teach kids how to play those besides piano.), Liam stared at it very closely with curious look and started smiling but,it had to be castanet to make him smile.

Other instruments, he is not so much smiley.

My mother said “Now I got to go find the castanet for Liam so his grandpa can bring it to him next month”.

They love and enjoy watching Liam over the skype and see his growth and the time they can entertain him through the internet.Wish everyone in my family could come over but it is not possible…

I am counting down for my father to come. Next month, he will be visiting us.I cannot wait!

My sister’s youngest son is finally catching up with growth chart thing in Japan and now he does not have to be weighed and measured so often.He is now 1 year and half.

Liam’s bottom 2 teeth is really getting whitish in the gum and right next to the bottom 2 seems to be a bit bubbly. No sign of teeth coming out on upper 2.

I told about it to my mother and she said she had never heard of this order of teeth coming out;next to the bottom 2 should be upper 2, but she said no worry.All teeth would come out in the end,lol.

Day 236..

Liam’s breakfast and dinner both were big hit.Especially he liked his dinner and ate it all super fast.When told him all gone, a bit of sad face shown,lol.

Menu today…

Breakfast: 10 bai gayu (mashed porridge), carrot and tofu with strawberry

Dinner: Onion and Fuji Apple served with pan gayu (bread which crust cut off was torn into small bits and cooked in a sauce pan with breast milk until no chunk left and thicken.Watch out for the heat level because if you cook with high heat, it will scorch/burn) topped with flounder

It will still be a long long way until he can eat the same stuff with adult in the same texture and cut size without so limited food variety he could have, but I am enjoying making his own food from scratch:-)

Day 238..

Today’s breakfast for Liam is a little dessert-like.He was flapping hands and banging the food tray in the high chair when he saw the menu.I think the more colorful the food is, the more positive reaction I get from him:-)

Menu include…

Cabbage soup with tofu and strawberry bread pudding baby version yassy’s way (just bread crust cut off is torn into itty bitty bits and cooked with my breast milk.Then, strained strawberry is drizzled over the bread)

If you got a little one who is on solid food regime, and can eat bread and strawberry with no problems,then,you can make one for yours too.Or you can use other fruits too.

Liam loves bread pudding baby version my way:-) He opens up his mouth as wide as he can and eat it with lots of smiles:-)

Stay tuned for more Liam story….

Jun 03, 2019 | 0 | parenting

Yassy’s note:Liam’s first year;Day 225 – Day 232

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 225..

Liam is on solid food for 3 weeks plus, and 4th week is mixed meal;getting a little fancier,lol.

Here is Liam’s last night dinner Menu; Udon noodle and Spinach in Dashi soup, Stewed Sea bass in Dashi

Udon noodle and Spinach in Dashi soup, Stewed Sea bass in Dashi..

I like to present the dish like this,and then mix the spinach and Udon noodle dish right in front of him. He gets excited for this and open mouth as wide as he can and he ate them all.On top of that, he drunk all the milk, no drop left.

He eats a lot lately:-) Since the meal amount is getting bigger,I was expecting him to leave milk maybe some but nope, he ate them,drunk them all.

Day 226..
Last night’s dinner for Liam.10 bai gayu (mashed porridge made with ratio of water 10 vs kokuho rose rice 1) with tomato, and sea bass in Konbu Dashi


Liam loved it!

As always, I brought the dish like this and mixed right in front of him and helped him eat:-)

Today, I did not take a picture because it is similar idea to last 2 days meal.

He had Udon Noodle with Konbu Dashi mixed with onion, sea bass soup, and carrot.He was really talkative and seemed to like the soup a lot!

Day 228..

Liam was so talkative for the dinner today.It seems like.. he really likes seafood (flounder in Konbu dashi).

His menu today was spinach, 10 bai gayu (mashed porridge mixed with tofu), and flounder soup.

When it comes to flounder soup time, he slapped his hand onto his food tray as if to say “hurry up” and he sometime squeaked:-)

Feeding babies is such a fun!I am having fun making menu plan and feeding both!

Today, he left about 20ml milk after the solid food because .. probably soup made his tummy feel fuller.


Day 230..

Starting today,Liam will be having 2 solid food meals a day.

He had #1 meal in the morning already and he was so talkative and loved the meal.

Here is the list of food he can eat by now.

mashed porridge
sweet potato
Fuji Apple

I will let him try Broccoli tonight.We will see how he likes it:-)

Micky mouse one is; mashed porridge topped with grated fuji apple. and the other one is onion soup with flounder.

It is official;Liam likes Broccoli:-)

Back home in Japan, first 2 months on solid food, goal is to let the babies to explore the pure taste and texture of the food as many as possible, and you can use the flavoring like konbu dashi lightly but not the strong bold flavor like adults’.

So, I simply boiled it,mashed well (first 2 months,he cannot have stem part,only floral top part.Me and Palette shared the stem part to nom on) and served it.

He opened his mouth wide and ate it like he was eating for long time!

For dinner,he had udon mixed with spinach,carrot soup using homemade vegetable broth, and he had… broccoli for the first time. He ate them all,plus 180 ml milk:-)

Day 232..

He liked this very very much and his legs were up and down hitting the high chair food tray,lol.He liked this breakfast that much.

The white one in the green plate is Milk Pan Gayu (torn white bread is cooked with breast milk and mashed).

Pan means “bread”. Bread edge is cut off and only soft part is used.I mixed it with my breast milk a bit since he cannot have cow’s milk yet. Many moms use powdered formulas to make this but I did not use it.

The menu on this day was tomato soup with sea bass and bread porridge with breast milk:-)

Thoughts on introducing fruits to babies..

When I was introducing how I feed Liam on Social media, some people asked why they do not see much fruits in the menu pictures they see. Wondered why I was not feeding fruits to Liam from the very beginning.

My answer was that,by the time that question came to me, Liam was exposed to Fuji Apple and could eat Fuji Apple, and he was eating it now and then.

I just didn’t post every single meal he ate too..

However, that time, he might have been exposed to less number of fruits I think compared to general American way to feed babies.

I didn’t serve fruits every meal like with the amount of entree,though.It is dessert.I also do not like to introduce bold,strong sweet fruits from the start.I rather would like him to explore other flavor first like vegetables,and get familiar with the taste.

Kids would not have problem liking the fruits because many fruits are naturally sweet. Kids would have more problem getting used to liking vegetable flavor.

That being said that weekends I got such question from friends, he was going to be eating strawberries for the first time.I think typical American baby food advice you find is a bit different from typical Japanese baby food advice/method.I follow Japanese method.

At first month baby food, Japanese moms aim at 50 % carb -40 % vit/mineral- 10 % protein

When I mentioned I would feed strawberries next, I got question saying strawberries would not be good to feed to him because it might cause allergic reaction.

Well,babies in Japan can eat strawberry from the early solid food time.One thing people tell you back home is that, serve the food after heating them up,mash them, smooth out through the kitchen sieve. So, I did cook strawberry,not raw.

I heard that allergen in the strawberries whatever it was called and was causing the possibility of allergy can change.This goes same with apple. .

As long as those fruits are heated,that is ok to give from early solid food time. He is on solid food for 2 months so it will be ok..

I will be cooking strawberry first like I did with apple. Then,give 1 tsp first to make sure it is ok with Liam first. In Japan, babies are not encouraged to eat cereal until much later.It is opposite to the states. Method of how parents introduce the food to the babies will be different too.

That being said, there are some fruits Liam cannot have until much later even if heated..I do not remember what it was.I need to look at print out to name them.I think it was something in line of kiwi, mango etc..Oh, babies in Japan does not get introduced to avocado until later but, in the states,many will be eating it in early solid food time..

By the way, solid food adventures first month goal is to let the babies explore various kinds of food for texture,pure flavor on its own.Then, second month into it, continue letting the babies explore the food flavor and texture but start offering mixing food here and there,providing carb-protein-Vit/Mineral in one meal.

On day 232, he has acquired the new skill:lick his toe. Babies are so flexible,lol.

Liam’s dinner today (part of).

Menu include…. Flounder with mashed porridge, Broccoli soup and Fuji Apple as dessert

He ate these in 5 minutes! He liked it very much.

Stay tuned for more Liam story…


Apr 28, 2019 | 0 | parenting

Yassy’s note:Liam’s first year: Day 212 – Day 225

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 212..

I felt like tonz heavier today and I was curious about Liam’s weight so I weighed him.

He was 15.5lb, 40.5cm head circumference, and 63cm tall (although last time we visited Pediatrician, he was measured 66cm tall. Maybe how I measured him might have been different from them.

He is growing:-)

Day 214..

Today, I introduced 7th solid food “Spinach.He liked it.

First spinach served to Liam at day 214..

I usually bring him in high chair when I cook in the kitchen, and every time I pull out the ingredients, I show it to him and tell him what it is.

He listen and sometimes,he wants to touch it so I let him if I got no problem him touching the ingredient.

Day 215..

Liam might be thinking he is a magician. Lately, he picks up the object and pass it to the other hand, study and pause and hand the object back to the original hand he picked the object with and he repeats it.

Before, he picked objects and stared at it holding with both hands and straight into his mouth to nom but its behavior is changing although he still likes to vampire my knuckle (he likes to suck my knuckle and he also chomp.) without careful observation,lol.

And at about 8pm, it started snowing…

Day 216..

He gets very talkative when his solid food time comes.When he has audience of his meal time beside me;the feeder, he gets stare at the audience mode and does not start eating. Funny. Yesterday,he had 4 tsp udon mixed with 4 tsp kelp dashi , 2 tsp carrot, 1 tsp spinach.It is a lot for him but, he finished drinking all the 190ml milk afterwards.A day before,he left about 30ml in the bottle though.

Liam had onion 1 tsp,spinach 2 tsp and udon 5 tsp plus dashi 5 tsp plus 190 ml milk for dinner.I was expected him leaving some milk because his amount of food is increasing but no,he drunk them all.He then moved on to play on the tray with blocks.

He observed me making steak burritos.

Tomorrow, I will be adding new protein source to Liam’s dinner and I have to make porridge too and it will be a bit busy day again:-)

Day 217..

Today, I added new protein source;Fish. It is flounder:-) He looked surprised when he first tasted the fish and took time to taste and then.. ate it. It is mixed with Konbu Dashi (kelp Dashi). Kind of like.. fish soup for a little baby,lol.

Liam’s first protein source: Fish! Flounder..

I was wondering how he would be like on fish because texture is very different from pureed veg.But everything was good so far.

Day 218…

My husband brought a cup of snow for Liam to see.Liam put his hand right in without hesitation and grubbed it to feel.

Day 219…

Liam had another new food;tomato.

Liam’s first tomato..

Liam liked tomato! Now he can eat…. Kokuho rose rice (mashed porridge), Fuji apple, carrot,spinach,onion,flounder,udon noodle,sweet potato, and tomato;-) For dinner, he had tomato, flounder, and udon with Fuji Apple as dessert.
Liam had some more food he could eat as day went by.
At day 222, he tried Tofu for the first time seasoned with Kombu dashi.
Liam’s First Tofu ..

Day 222 , it is snow day, and the road looked icy….

That day, I made roasted pork tenderloin with pepper jelly and veg medley for dinner.

Every time I go to fridge,Liam looks at the fridge and stares at the ingredients that I pull out. So,I ,like to always, explain what I got and tell him a bit about it and then go cooking.

He was so interested in asparagus and apricot preserve jar,lol.

If you like to make the pepper jelly sauce, mix 3 tbs rice vinegar, 3 tbs honey,3 tbs jelly or jam (I like to use apricot for pork),after cooking chopped garlic and jalapeno in evoo.Then, add squeeze of lime juice to that and thicken it up.Depending on your preference,you can add dash of paprika to this,which I do.

This is one of my husband’s fav dish.

Day 224..

Liam is getting strong arms (I think). He can lift up his upper body much higher than he was before (before,he was on elbow on the floor,now on fists here and there).

Last night,he could sit on his own without support for longer:-)

He still cannot move forward or backward and simply spinning on belly (pivoting) but I cannot wait to see him being able to do one other new thing in the future

Day 225..
Liam tried another new food.
Liam’s first sea bass..
According to Japanese e-magazine for parents for babies from newborn to 2 years old, when it comes to fish for the solid food, you would want to introduce the white meat fish such as flounder (Liam has had it before) as first fish.
However, to reduce the possibility of causing the allergy, cod should not be fed at early solid food time; ok at much later process in the solid food phase.
Sole is good fish for Liam, but have not being able to locate the fish.
Stay tuned for more Liam’s story…
Feb 19, 2019 | 0 | parenting

Yassy’s note: Liam’s first year: Day 201- Day 211

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 202..

Today,,Liam will be trying his very first solid vegetable;Sweet potato!

very first solid vegetable;Sweet potato..

I have added warm water to mashed sweet potato (unseasoned) and whipped it up.Liam opened his mouth as wide as he can and ate with huge smile along with porridge (mashed).

I gave him one bite porridge,one bite sweet potato and so on and gave him a big dose of his favorite mama’s milk,lol.

This is the consistency how I ended up with.

After he is on sweet potato for a week , gradually increasing the amount of sweet potato.,then introduce next ingredient, For his meal,I cooked only 2 oz and so itty bitty cute amount!

I enjoy baby food making!

It looked so complicated at first, but as I read more and know the basic, it seems not so scary to try new thing,lol.

Day 205..

A little shoes gift from Fertility doctor…

He is now 6 months and half old, and loves to roll over and blowing spits and bubbles.And teething,and just started solid food last week or so.

Day 207..

First solid fruits: Fuji Apple;steamed and mashed..

Day 208..

Liam was observing his food is being made in the kitchen.

He chewed his bibs so much that it got soaking wet.Made him hungry that much,lol.

Before I place him near the kitchen,he was playing with his block,banging it against the tray or tossing in the air and it got scared Palette and she went downstairs for cover,lol.

I let Liam lick the spoon after mashing up his food.He was slapping his tummy with open hands.It got approved??

Liam’s first try with onion Day 208 old..

Onion was cooked ,and grated through mesh kitchen sieve.Onion is one of vegetables you can give in the first month of solid food adventure in Japan.

This day, he had.. mashed soupy porridge (10 bai gayu),mashed sweet potato, and mashed onion and finished it off with mashed Fuji Apple;-)
He ate them all!
Day 209…
Liam tried Udon for the first time.Today’s carbohydrate base was this. Just mashed Udon mixed with bit of water. Then, a day before, I made small amount of Konbu Dashi (Dashi made from Kelp), and decided to mix it in right before serving it so it is more like soupier but easier for him to eat it off the spoon:-)He loved it!Of course, no salt added.
Liam first try with Udon..209 days old..
By the way, dashi itself does not have kelp inside. Kelp (kombu) is simply simmered in water and taken out.
Day 211..
I read that taste buds development starts from first solid food time (5-6 months old) and its base (taste buds base) will be build around later months of solid food time (10-11monthsold).
So, in Japan, introducing a lot of texture,color,tastes from the first solid food time (5-6 months old) is considered very important when you start feeding babies solid food.
For me, I had never had Mexican food up until I come over to the states years ago,and I did not get to taste avocado until that time and never had it as a baby.So, it might be the factor for me to get used to the texture and taste. I can eat guacamole from particular restaurant but streaight avocado or guacamole made by other restaurants, I have hard time enjoying them.
That being said, changing the way to cook,different sauce, different seasoning can make different experience and, I used to hate fish as a kid but my mother tried various kinds of fish, various kinds of sauce, various ways to cook them etc.. and it helped me a lot to eat some fish then.
Now growing up, I love salmon or fish and I would say I prefer salmon over steak:-) Big applause to my mother! I am trying to introduce lots of texture,color,taste to Liam to help him eat better. I like he gets excited for the solid food time;-)
I personally chose Japanese method for solid food introduction because we start with fresh food,made fresh with the amount he/she can consume within about in a week, and introducing fresh food each time.
Usually goal is to let the babies to explore the pure taste,texture,color as many as you can but introduce one at a time.
So, it is not flavored. If flavored, often time, dashi made from Kelp (konbu) is recommended .
Liam will be trying out fish next week since it will be 3rd week since he is on solid food.. We should not introduce red meat fish to babies due to possible risk of causing allergic reaction,and babies will get to taste white meat fish first like flounder.I wanted to get sole beside flounder but did not find one.So, he will be getting seabass and flounder next week.
Now, next new vitamin/mineral group food to be introduced to Liam was carrot. I have added a bit of cooled boiled water to loosen up when serving
Liam first try with carrot .. Day 211
He was very very talkative and squeaking as if to say “Yum!” with every couple of bites,lol.It is funny to see him do so and I smiled/laughed at him and he smiled back;-)Feeding time is fun!He had.. Udon loosen up with Konbu dashi, onion,and carrot today for meal and he seemed to like Udon best but he ate it all.
Stay tuned for more Liam story…



Jan 26, 2019 | 0 | parenting

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 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

Yassy’s note:Liam’s First year; Day 168- Day 181

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 170..

Last night,while I was wiping his body after bath time, he flipped over on his own!He now can roll over!

He did that again at pediatrician’s office;we went to get his rash checked out.

He is 13 lb 8 oz now.

After all, she prescribed the mild steroid cream for eczema.We were told to keep the baby lotion applied too.

We were told to put the cream on him 2 times a day for a week and take a break and see if the same things show up. This problem started showing since last Wednesday, and it has been a week.Hope that by letting him wear lighter clothe,lotion,and med (cream) would clear it out.

She thinks combination of drool rash and eczema. Told us to make him drool free as much as possible.He is wearing bibs when he gets to be hold upright.

It was exciting development to witness!

It is so exciting to see how Liam grows and starts being able to do new things!!

Day 171..

Day 172..

Liam’s red spot is gone:-)If you look closer,I can still tell from discoloration (difference is the shade of the skin color) but redness went away and looks smooth and nice.

He is asleep now but this morning,he rolled over by himself twice:-)He does not do that all the time, but when he really wants to get closer to something,it seems to put him more encouragement and he rolls.

Very last one he did last night (he did twice yesterday), he really rolled over whole way;from back to the stomach then weight shifted and roll back to the back:-) He was surprised how it wet for a second but he smiled and maybe it was fun for him.Now we know he is getting to be able to roll over on his own, he has to be under careful supervision more.

In no time, he might be crawling around the house.

It is exciting but at the same time, it will mean that I would need more careful supervision plus stamina than I already have.Buckled up for the new toddler adventure in the near future!

Day 173..

This morning, after feeding Liam,  I saw him rolled on his stomach (he was on his back).

I put him on his back  in his crib and told him “O-ha-yo-u (Good morning,in Japanese)” and wiped his face,wiped his body,put a bit of cream on the spot where eczema thing was. And then left to wash the washcloth.

When I back,he was on his stomach again.

While raising Liam, I am amazed how much of work is going into one simple task such as reach and grab things, bringing toy to mouth , how we learn to walk etc.. I found it very interesting.

Day 174..

We did skype with my parents last night again. Since new year, my sister family was there.Her husband was out to go get some special goodies from car place for the new year event, but youngest one was at home with my sister and my parents and my grandmother.

So, we could do baby skype; the youngest one of my sister’s kid and Liam met and stared each other,lol.

The youngest kid of my sister kept pointing at Liam and said “:ah,ah,ah” with curious look. With Liam, he was staring back at him talking,sometimes sucking/chewing his bibs.

It was funny.

At the end, when we were about to say “bye-bye”, he open-close hands signaling “bye-bye”, and it was cute!

My parents say that the two really look alike;Liam is Westerner version of my sister’s youngest kid:-)Looking the two to compare,maybe she is right.They may feel like staring at their own mirror,lol.

Liam had smiley moment and my parents were excited to see that face in live too! I really cannot wait to go see them soon because they have not hold him since birth at all because they live so far far away…

Have any of you done baby skype? It is so much fun!

Tonight, Liam is playing with baby gym,batting at the toy,talking,making strange sound and very active..

I noticed that he does not take nap anymore after 5pm feeding until he goes to bed for the night.He is getting older:-)

Day 175..

Today was such a busy day and Liam was so active at home…

He was rolling over and trying so hard to get closer to his new stuffed doggy that is from laughs and learn brand;where babies touches paws or tummy and it makes sound words like “hand” or music like “abcdefghijklmn”.

After that,he had short nap like one hour,woke up for a diaper change.

Then, since then, he was in mood for the baby gym so, he was kicking legs,flapping arms like crazy next to me ( I was inventory counting ) .He must have tired.

He did not sleep until his next feeding comes and time to go see my eye doc.

Once car running, he started sleeping and at the eye doc office, he was sleeping ,snoring away.

The doctor has seen Liam before since birth so he is kind of watching over his growth too and commented he got big:-)

After that, we went to outback steakhouse for dinner and he woke up.

Now, he is busy looking around him,following people with his eyes,entertaining himself,smiling at us across the table when our eyes met:-)

Just around the time to leave, the manager at the restaurant came and commented that he is one happy good boy that likes looking around,smiley,and entertaining himself, not crying away:-) He talked to Liam a bit too.

I think he is getting more curious about his surrounding.

After the dinner, we went to baby store to feed him and he was out.

Now our prince is in the deep sleep for the night…

I heard we might get snow tomorrow about 1″ and grocery store shelf had lots of empty space. 1″ snow seems to make lots of stuff out of stock by the time we go shopping..

Day 178..

He is right now “roll over crazy”. He cannot do weigh shifting from one side to the other to move to the side to get to the toy yet, but can do reaching out to grab the toy if the toy was right in front of him.

Day 179..

Back from Orthopedic doctor for Liam.

The doctor was happy about how his head is growing and Liam was having so happy milkful of tummy and sleepy, there were no struggles for the doctor to measure his head:-)

I told doctor about sweating and rash he got (we think it was combination of drool and seat;helmet raise more body temp) and asked how other parents are letting their kids wearing clothe material wise, but doctor did not know that answer…

But he said he could make a tiny hole so the heat could escape a little. So, he did some work on his helmet.

I hope it will help. The hole is so tiny so I do not know how much it will help but better than none,I think.

Liam fell asleep in the car seat and slept in his crib a bit but I think he is waking up now. Calling me for.. maybe diaper change!

Day 181..

Just bathed Liam.He really like to ride the whale tub,lol.

He was so happy,smiley and today,for the first time,he played with water on his own,lol.He kicked the water and I think it was fun and he kept kicking the water and watch it splash.

He is now playing with my husband’s beard:-)

Stay tuned for more Liam’s story..

Dec 15, 2018 | 0 | parenting

Yassy’s note:Liam’s first year;Day 163 – Day 167

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 163..

It is raining here in VA and no snow.Palette , the Corgi , is disappointed for no snow situation.She loves snow very much.

Liam was just being bathed and, I knew that there were 2 little red dotted spots 2″-3″ above nipple area before,which we thought maybe the edge/bottom of the helmet is rubbing against the skin or something when he sleep looking tad right side, but by today, I noticed more red rough rash around collar bone area;where clothe collar could come contact with, plus one red dotted spot on one of his upper arm.

I have put moisturizing baby lotion cream on it as I have done with his cheeks (his cheeks were red and rough around earl;y Nov but, it cleared out when we put Aveno cream (lotion) for baby on it).

I do not know what is causing it or what it is.I wonder if it is too dry for him at home? Or clothe material is irritating? Or since he is getting more drooly,even if I am wiping drool when I notice it,the drool soaks through the clothe and irritate the skin??? I doubt it was due to detergent;Ivory snow.

He will be seeing pediatrician next month and we will keep an eye on it and let her know about it.

Day 164.. Christmas day…

Our year 2014 was such a great year when it comes to family matter (Liam). When compared his pictures with “now” and “then; day old picture”, I can see how much he has grown.

Liam is now a little over 5 months old.Since he was born about 3 weeks earlier,when it comes to development part, he is about 1 month behind but developing,clearing all the milestone things fine.

Since he is getting bigger, he will be eating solid food in a few months (maybe next month or so) and I was curious how big his mouth was and let him measure his mouth;turned out his mouth is big enough for 1/2tsp measuring spoon but smaller than 1 tsp measuring spoon:-)He actually opened his mouth as I try to measure his mouth size.

After that,he was playing with spoon a bit. He is mentally ready for the solid food I think.Next step is to be able to sit with support without sliding to the side or baby yoga to the front.He can hold his head fine but would need to practice sit well.

I would like to help him eat well.No more “I hate xyz food” topic on our dinner table;that is the rule for my husband and for the visitors.

Anyway, I am thinking that if we could cerebrate the Christmas alternating Japanese way (eat cake&wake up finding the presents right next to the pillow) and American way (present gotten via wish list under the tree and eat feast with family) would be fun.

Back home in Japan,we do not have “I want XYZ for the Christmas” etc.. and presents are usually the secret surprise.When I came over to the states for the first time, I was surprised to find out people were exchanging list of what they want in advance.It is one way to do it, but it was interesting to find out the gift giving culture (Japanese) way and the other way:-)

By the way, I sometime sing to Liam and recently,I sang jingle bell to him and he was flapping his arms and kicking legs in very excited matter and was smiling at the part “hey”. I think he likes the song,especially “hey” part:-)

Liam 164 day old.. first Christmas day..

Day 165..

Back from walkie;Liam in Ergo carrier, and I let him wear his fleece jacket over footie and went out for the quick walk.

He was looking around although he might have not being able to see things well because of the way he was in the Ergo (he looked like right in front of his face when looking to the side was the shoulder strap for me to wear.). I still need to practice to let him be inside better so he can see things better but we saw squirrels running across the street and he had something to see:-)

He liked Ergo ride and by the time we back home, he was happy and wanted to his usual arms flapping,legs kicking but got tired sooner and started yawning.

He then soon went to bed… Zzzzzzz..

He is getting heavy! He weigh 13.5 lb now.. 61 cm tall….

On the day 163 note, I wrote about red rash around collar bone area etc wondering what is causing it but I am getting more certain it might be a drool rash because he is really drooly and yesterday,he was restless after evening feeding and I was holding him face out so we can watch tv together.

He was watching the screen fine but I noticed real soaked wet spot on the area where the rash was..

I did not notice drool soaked clothe when he was in his bed,so it must be coming out after he was on my lap. Maybe holding upright makes his drool travel to chest area and soak the clothe more than he being sleeping in his bed…

What I did then was changing his clothe and wiped the rash area with warm cloth and put the baby lotion on it.

I changed the clothe because leaving the wet spot would not be good idea because ..1, he may catch cold during the sleep  and 2, he should be better with dry clothe for the rash things

I thought of putting bib over the clothe while I am awake. I do not think it is practical to change clothe every 30 minutes  throughout the day.

Day 166..

Back from Ergo walkie with Liam. This is the second walk today for me. The first one was in the early morning with Palette and this one is with Liam.

Liam likes Ergo ride and for a few minutes,he was snacking the shoulder strap (chewing on the shoulder strap) while enjoying the outside view but then he decided he can look the other way to see things better and he was looking around,narrowed his eyes when the bright light comes through..

On the way to home, we were stopped by a lady and she did chitchat with me. He really is a chick magnet,lol. People seem to want to talk to him.

After the Ergo ride,he enjoyed conversation time with me as well as off the wash cloth game (put the wash cloth over his eyes and he reach and grab to off from his face). But then he noticed that he could cheat if he moved his face side to side and he cheated the game a little but he had fun smiling big.

He is now out. He is holding his favorite pacifier;wubbanub with puppy, around puppy’s leg area. Palette is checking out nibbles in the kitchen.

Our dinner menu today is meat sauce spaghetti Japanese style; the sauce got nutmeg,thyme,soy sauce, chicken consomme cubes,bay leaf etc.. It is a little different from meat sauce for spaghetti here in the states.

Day 167..

Last night, I checked his red rash spot around neck and I was shocked to see how red it became;it was like cooked lobster shell color (mean red)..

That morning,I put Aquaphor on smooth surface area with pinkish spot and rough spot baby lotion. The spot that I put the Aquaphor got worsen the spot that I put the cream on it while it was less red and better the day before yesterday with baby lotion..

So, I decided to stick with baby lotion, and keep an eye on it and try taking pictures so I can compare side by side to determine any new spot or redness etc..

The spot that I did not put the Aquaphor on and put baby lotion on got less pink and it became hard to spot if I did not know where it was located at.

I will keep him on lotion for about a week and see if it helps.

The picture was taken after bath time today so, it is redder than it was pre bath time but it was redder much more last night before I said “no” to Aquaphor and put the baby lotion on it before bed. By the morning, it was a little better than last night I think but it still is there..

I looked at Aveeno baby lotion I was putting.It specifically says irritated skin and for eczema.Maybe,that is why, the spot above the nipple got much better while neck line where I put Aquaphor did not get better.

When I did skype with my parents last night, my mother has suggested to let him wear the good absorbent undershirts clothe cotton 100% my sister gave him when I was a pregnant. So, I am trying that in case the clothe only over the naked body had problem soaking up the drool/sweat plus I think having undershirts might also good to protect the skin from drool dropped on to the clothe although now he wears bibs when he is upright position on laps.

Liam Day 167 old.. rash…

Liam says “Thank you for the undershirt” to his Japanese aunt (my younger sister)…

It is the undershirt my sister sent me when I was still a pregnant. Liam was too small to wear this when he was born,but now it is in good size!

Stay tuned for more Liam’s story.

Nov 24, 2018 | 0 | parenting