In the last 3 weeks, Haruka has undergone several graduations:

-Went from an inflatable baby bath, to taking a bath with her mother

-Went from using a 150ml bottle to a 240ml bottle

-No longer uses her cradle (too small from her), and plays quietly or noisily in her gym.

-Has outgrown a lot of her clothes.

-Went from flopping about with no real control over her limbs, to effectively being able to use both hands and grab things.

-Able to roll over at a greater rate of success.

The list is endless and still growing. And it seems like every couple of days, she is able to do something new. The newest feat for Haruka is sitting on her own unsupported. Although she still has a ways to go with this, she’s able sit on my lap with no back support or me holding her, for several seconds. Even when I am supporting her, I can tell she is making tiny adjustments trying not to topple over. According to the Baby Centre site, it won’t be for another couple of months before she is able sit completely on her own, but I have a feeling that this will come much earlier, because Haruka seems to be adamant and determined to do everything early.

Haruka playing in her baby gym, just before I leave for work

On a different note, this week is Autism awareness week. And all week, I have been reading several different articles relating to autism and its symptoms. Fortunately, Haruka hasn’t shown any symptoms of having autism, but apparently it seems to strike at about 18 to 24 months old, so its too early to say. But I am pretty sure that Haruka will be okay.

And in addition to reading articles, I have been watching videos on YouTube of several different children who were diagnosed with autism. But the one child who captivated me the most, is a little boy named Quinn. His video is here. Out of respect to him and his family, I won’t embed the video here, so please go directly to YouTube to watch his videos. Just watching this amazing boy kind of makes you wish that your child was born autistic. However, I’m sure that there is much more to Quinn than just his amazing ability to pick things up quickly, and I am also sure that his parents went through a long struggle with him. But its also a testament to say that autism is definitely not an untreatable disability and can be treated through proper therapy and care. Something that the future Emperor and Empress of Japan should take note of, no doubt.

Finally, as an addition to the photo (above), I will also add a very short video of Haruka mumbling to herself while she plays in her gym. Kind of boring, but it all that I had time for.

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