Wednesday, April 6, 2011

23 weeks

 Here is what is going on with Noah this week according to;

By the time she's about 6 months old (though sometimes it takes a little longer), your baby's hand control is developed enough that she can rake a small object toward herself. She may not actually grab it, but she can bring it to her. You can help your baby practice this by placing a toy within her reach and waiting for her bring it close. In another month or so, she'll learn to grab larger toys and start to practice moving objects from one hand to the other. Let her work with this skill by giving her a small rattle or toy to hold on to. Then help her transfer it to her other hand. Then move it back to the original hand, and so on. When she learns to transfer objects, a whole new world opens up — she now has two hands to have fun with!

Your baby now sees and hears the world almost as well as you do. Her communication skills are expanding rapidly, too, as evidenced by her squeals, bubbling sounds, and operatic octave changes. Her sounds can demonstrate her attitude or response to objects — such as happiness, eagerness, or even satisfaction — with a problem well solved. At this age, about half of babies babble, repeating one syllable — such as "ba," "ma," "ga," or other consonant-vowel combinations — over and over. A few will even add another syllable or two, making their sounds more complex. You can encourage your baby by babbling right back at her and by making a game of it ("The sheep says, 'baaa,'" or "The goat says, 'maaa'"). Or, when you hear a syllable you can't identify, just respond enthusiastically with, "Yes, that is a car! See how shiny the red paint is?" Your baby will appreciate your encouraging her by keeping the conversation going. She'll also appreciate it if you listen as if you understand everything she says and find it extremely interesting. Try simulating a conversation: You listen while she talks, then ask a question and wait for a response!

Noah is doing good.  He still takes about 3 naps a day, usually two in the morning and one in the afternoon.  He loves to be outside, and loves to watch other kids play.  He still loves his Jump Up, but lately doesn't like it much when he's in it and can't see me.  So more often than not I put him in his walker instead.  His feet don't quite touch the ground, but he loves being able to stand up, and to be wherever I am.  He can contently sit in it for an hour watching while I do dishes or cook in the kitchen.  His toes barely graze the floor, and at times he can use them to push himself a few inches one way or the other, but for the most part he stays stationary and observes his surroundings.  I'm thinking about starting rice cereal this week or next, and then pureed vegetables soon to follow.

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