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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 ..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

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

Yassy’s note:Liam’s first year: Day 159 – Day 162

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 159..

The new one he is practicing along with roll over is reach and grab toy near him while he is on tummy;moving to the side by bearing the weight one side to the other.I also practice with me in place of toy. When I call him “O-i-de (come over in Japanese)”,he makes great effort to come closer to me and it makes me feel great that he thinks I am the important person in his eyes.

Liam loved i-na-i i-nai- ba (Peak a boo) using my red monkey blanket this morning after bath & Milk time.

He was so smiley with the game,I wanted to capture his huge smile but I have not being able to capture the moment with the video yet since he does not smile as much or he simply stares at the camera as if what is this thing right in front of me even though I place my face right next to the camera..

Too bad… Maybe someday…

Liam Day 159.. Smile of the day..This is what keeps me smiling every day:-)

Day 161..

My parents in Japan sent him presents plus some kitchen gadget to make solid food for Liam in the future,and amulet for his health.

He is inspecting his Christmas gifts a little early.

He loved them all!

Then, just now, another ding dong door bell and his aunt&uncle in USA got him big Christmas present!

What a day for him!

Liam Day 161 days old.. inspecting Christmas present from Japan..

For us, the best Christmas gift in 2014 was Liam, who we thought would be impossible to have one:-) He will be loved very very much not just by us but also by others surrounding him.

Today is rainy and chilly..

When we needed to go errand, Liam wore fleece racoon footie with Racoon knitted hat.

At the grocery store, my husband was carrying him in ergo and, Liam had such a fun looking around interesting new person,new stuff in the store.

While he was on the bench with his daddy, and I was in the line of cashier to checkout,some people stopped by and talked to them.

I know there is a saying “a puppy is a chick magnet” but I think,in our case, “Liam is the chick magnet” for my husband,lol.

He seems to get lots of attention when we go out to shop etc..

At the baby store, some staff notices us from pregnancy time and they are kind of watching over his growth as well, and they talk to us and comment like “Wow, he got big”, ” he got more hair now” etc..

Maybe he is too cute to pass by without talking to him,lol.

Day 162..

I weighed, and measured Liam’s height.

He is now 13.5 lb,and head size is 39cm. Height remaining the same to the last month;61cm (about 2″).

He is not getting taller than last month but gaining weight..

Stay tuned for more Liam story..

Nov 02, 2018 | 0 | parenting

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

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