Wednesday, July 6, 2011

36 weeks

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

Now, and for the next few months, separation anxiety is at its peak. Although it's normal now for a baby to show an extreme attachment to you and fear of everyone else, it can be difficult for doting grandparents and caregivers. You can help ease transitions for your baby by warning people to approach slowly and let your baby make the first move.  If your baby uses a thumb or pacifier to soothe himself as he tries to cope with his anxiety, that's okay. Sucking is one of your baby's only methods of calming himself.

Because of separation anxiety, this can be a tough time to be away from your baby for any length of time. But it may also be hard to travel with your baby right now. He's become used to his surroundings and familiar faces, and he likes predictability. So being on the road can disrupt his sense of security and routine, especially when visiting an unfamiliar place or meeting lots of strangers.  At this age, he doesn't grasp the concept of travel but he'll realize he's in a new, strange place. Be ready for some cranky, clingy behavior and prepare plenty of distractions — picture books, noise-making toys, nesting blocks, hand puppets, and definitely his security object, if he has one. Schedule plenty of downtime away from all the strangers to let him decompress.  If he still uses a pacifier, it's wise to bring along a handful. They seem to vanish just when you need them most.

I'm continually in awe at how laid back Noah is and how well he adjusts.  This week we took him on a 6 hour car trip to Alabama, and while he didn't love being stuck in the back of the car alone for 6 hours, he did easily adjust to new people and surroundings.  He spent a few days getting to play with his cousins and loved every minute of it.  He also had his first introduction to a pool and was quite content to float around on his raft and people watch.

He is such a sweet, happy little kid.  Other kids can come and take away toys that he is playing with and his feelings don't seem to get hurt and he just goes right along and finds something else to play with.  We really do have the best kid in the world!!!!

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