Friday, October 4, 2013

19 weeks

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

Even though crying is still your baby's strongest form of communication, he's also developing his sense of humor during his fifth month. He may start to laugh at pleasant surprises such as your face appearing from underneath a blanket or a toy popping out of a box, provided it isn't too loud or startling.

Encourage your baby's laughs, giggles, and smiles with funny faces and lots of general silliness. Babies enjoy hearing a variety of sounds and you don't need special toys or instruments to provide them. Simply click your tongue, whistle, or make animal noises — your baby will love it!
Encourage your baby to experiment and play with a variety of objects. Something as simple as a clean cloth diaper might occupy him for several minutes. Watch him suck on it, hold it, and discover what happens when he scrunches it up.

Give him a light rattle and see him delight in the sound it makes when he shakes it. An activity center or crib gym is a good choice for this stage, as your baby begins to explore the cause and effect of moving a lever and hearing a bell ring, for instance.
Babies see color from birth, but they have difficulty distinguishing similar tones, such as red and orange. (Babies can tell the difference between very different colors such as red, green, and yellow.) As a result, younger babies often prefer black and white or high-contrast patterns.

At your baby's age, color differences become clearer, and your baby has started to distinguish between similar shades. Present him with a variety of colors in books, toys, and clothing.

Elisha is doing great!

After several weeks of not sleeping through the night (after a few of having slept through the night) he has had a few days in a row now where he has slept as late as 4 or 5 am without getting up in the middle of the night.

One day last week Elisha rolled all the way from his belly onto his back, but he has not done it again since, and he hasn't rolled from his back to his belly yet.  He can start off on either his back or belly, but usually stops mid-roll, on his side, and stays that way before rolling back to whatever he came from.

He's working on a little army crawl/ scoot on his belly also.

He can also sit up some on his own, as long as we are nearby to catch him if he suddenly looses control and falls.

He still sleeps in his swaddle blanket and cannot nap without it, as soon as he falls asleep he moves his arms and wakes himself back up.  Jeremy and I keep making jokes that he'll be 8 years old still being swaddled and we'll be wrapping him in a sheet, because I don't think swaddle blankets get any bigger than the size our large baby is already in.

Here is a link to Noah's weekly update at 19 weeks.

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