Monday, 1 August 2011

Milestone Watching

It's been nineteen weeks now since our little bundle of Sprout arrived. Each day brings new wonder, new discoveries and gradual improvements.

The googling and gurgling has now developed into a range of sounds - it's fascinating listening to him trying out all the different sounds he can make. Last week his favourite new sound was an "rrr" sound, so he spent a few days saying "errrrr, errrrrrr!". There have been some giggles as well so I have spent more than a little while making silly faces and noises to try to get him to laugh!

Watching for milestones is frustrating - Sprout might do something amazing by accident, such as when he first rolled from front to back and made me super excited, but then I've spent the next several weeks trying to encourage him to do it again.

Many websites such as have extensive lists of milestones that babies may or may not reach at certain times. I have to continually remind myself that the lists are only guidelines - that all babies develop at different rates.

Sproutling can now push himself up with his hands and his legs when on his tummy. Sometimes it looks like he is trying to swim, but he mostly just wiggles around in frustration. The milestone sites tell me this happens around the fourth month so he's on track with that one. But he also could be swatting and grabbing at toys, and he doesn't do that much at all. If I hold a toy out in front of him, sometimes he will reach out and grab it but most of the time he just stares intently at it. Of course, if something ends up in his hand it will thereafter end up in his mouth - he's got that milestone sorted out well and truly. I guess I just need to remind myself not to worry and let him take his own time to learn.

I know I keep banging on about sleep but there's something about becoming a parent that makes you realise just how precious sleep is!  Sprout has been a champion night-sleeper for a while now, but it's starting to get a little harder to get him to sleep in the evening. For one thing, he's more easily distracted while feeding. It also seems to take him longer to get into a deep sleep, so as soon as I put him down in bed, he wakes up again. Usually he will resettle himself without me picking him up again. Last night was the first time we actually put him down and left the room while he was crying - I hated it, but he did put himself to sleep after about five minutes of crying.

I still count myself lucky - I know there are plenty of people out there who have trouble getting their bubs to sleep and wake up constantly all night.

So, all's well in Sproutling's world at the moment. I'm in no hurry for him to start with the teething or on solids or, in fact, any of that rolling around business! 

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