This has become our morning ritual. Nina chases after her pop when he uses bathroom or takes shower in the morning. At shower, she would climb up to the edge of the tub, then opens the shower curtain. She gets so excited and makes wild sounds. She may like the sound of water or the splash she gets. But I think she knows that's the most exotic place in our apartment. Daughter, wait till we take you to the wild water front soon.
Nina finally mastered drinking from a sippy cup! She first tried a cup that had a hard spout, no luck. So I bought her two more kinds: a cup with a soft spout and a cup that has a straw. I witness her learning both kinds, but she seemed to like the one with a straw. I think this one is the best, since she can drink a large volume quickly. This is a great news for me that I no longer have to worry about her not being able to drink milk from a bottle, as well.
Today, we had a Japanese folk song class (童謡). We sang nostalgic Japanese songs with 4 other Japanese baby boys. It seems that wherever she goes, there's always more boys. At the end of the class, a teacher served us some Herbal tea, I saw other mom let her baby try from her cup. So I let Nina try the same way. She was able to drink from a mug cup! I should start letting her drink from a cup from now on.
Nina had a play date with Miko & Rentaro. She was very touchy with her friends. It is fun to observe the difference/ personality each baby has.
This appears to be Nina's favorite book so far. And this is the only book she pays attentions to at a moment. Ever since she became mobile, she never sits still while I read at her bed time. With this book, she at least sits through the entire time. This book has been around since 1969. The long-seller children's books like that must contain some magical elements in which we, adults tend to forget over time.
*Grains I use are oatmeal, brown rice, pearled barley. I first toast them on a cast-iron skillet. Once cooled, I grind them with a coffee grinder till they become fine powder.
*Alyse's chicken soup: I make them as a batch weekly. A whole chicken, slow-cooked with onion, parsnip, dill, carrot, celery, and pepper.
FOOD TO TRY NEXT