Wednesday, March 16, 2011

20 weeks

Your baby now realizes where sounds come from, and he'll turn quickly toward a new one. One of the easiest ways to engage him is to jingle a set of keys. Wind chimes are great attention-getters, too. Your baby may now be able to recognize his own name and understand that you're speaking to him when you say it. You may notice that your little one turns his head when you call him or talk about him with others. If you want to engage and entertain your baby, all you need to do is talk to him. At this age, babies don't learn language from the television or radio, so turn them off and use real dialogue instead.

Your baby can't express his emotions in the same complex way that you can. Although he can let you know in clear ways when he's angry, bored, or happy, his ability to show love and humor are just developing. Your baby also shows a strong attachment to you by raising his arms when he wants to be picked up and by crying when you leave the room. He may also give you hugs and kisses. And he's beginning to get the joke — he'll laugh at funny expressions and try to make you laugh, too. Keep the laughter flowing with your silly faces!

Not many new developments this week.  Although just yesterday at least two times I think that Noah understood his name and seemed to know I was talking to him.  I've been working on trying to get Noah back on a pacifier, hoping that if I can get him to suck on a pacifier then maybe I can get him to suck on a bottle.  So far he'll suck for a minute or two and then pulls it out of his mouth, or just decides to chew on it rather than suck.  His favorite baby talk sound now is a high pitch squeal, which he'll pretty much do on command if you initiate a squeal first.

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