Friday, August 30, 2013

14 weeks

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

At last, your baby's sleep patterns may start to settle down, giving you some rest. Many 4-month-olds sleep for a six-hour stretch through the night, though others still wake for an occasional feeding. Some babies take until age 6 months or later to sleep through the night, though, so don't get your hopes up! Two daytime naps are usual now.
Your baby's starting to draw conclusions about the world around him. He's looking at everything with curiosity, even his own reflection.

Prop an unbreakable mirror next to him or sit him in front of your mirror when you're getting ready. Your baby won't realize that it's actually his image in the mirror (this usually begins to happen well into the second year), but that doesn't matter. He'll love to stare at his — or anyone else's — reflection, and he may show his delight by an all-out gum grin.

Your baby may stop sucking his thumb or bottle to listen to your voice. By cooing or making noises at him, and by describing even the most mundane household chore, you're not only connecting with him but also encouraging him to express himself. Wait and see if he "answers."

Your baby is becoming more animated and engaging (even with others) — flashing smiles, oohing, and cooing. And the fun has really begun as he's starting to laugh.

When you're with friends, keep your baby nearby so he can hear the richness of human interaction. He'll enjoy watching the antics of other babies, toddlers, and pets, but keep up your guard: Neither he nor they know the rules of safe engagement just yet.

Anything within your baby's reach is fair game now. While he's mastering his grabbing skills, give your baby interesting things to hold: lightweight rattles that are easy to grasp, a plastic or rubber ring to hold with both hands, squeaking toys, or soft stuffed animals.

Your baby will start to favor one hand for a while and then switch to the other, but you can't really tell whether he's a lefty or a righty until he's about 2 or 3 years old.

Elisha is doing great.

He is still sleeping about 6-8 hours at night, getting up around 4ish most mornings.  He usually takes 3 naps during the day, 1 being for 2 hours or more, and then other 2 being an hour or less.

He is for the first time starting to tolerate and enjoy being on his belly.  I'll lay him on a blanket in the middle of the floor, sometimes propped up on a boppy, and Noah always comes and lays next to him and gets a kick out of being able to interact with and make his brother laugh.

Elisha is also starting to enjoy the mobile in his crib (which he is almost never in).  I can lay him on his back looking up at the mobile and leave him there to be entertained for a bit.  Anytime that Noah realizes this is what is going on he climbs straight into the crib and lies on his back next to Elisha while they both watch the mobile.

He is still so happy, healthy, and getting thicker by the week.  He is a very active baby, constantly moving his body around and looking to engage anyone with eye contact whom he can capture.

We took the boys to the aquarium last week, and I thought that Elisha would be too young to enjoy it, but I was wrong.  He LOVED it and had a great time starting at the sharks and fish, when I would turn around so that he was no longer facing them he would turn his head from side to side trying to see them again.

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