Tuesday, August 28, 2007

Week Three

Watching a baby develop is an interesting thing. Moment by moment, it doesn't seem as though much is changing, but when i look back, there is a lot of things that Gavin does differently or better than he did previously. i decided to look up the various milestones that babies reach at different ages, mostly to find out what i should be looking for. i don't want to miss things just because i'm not prepared to see them. It's funny, because i'm looking at the list with the presupposition that Gavin is 'normal' (that he defines what milestones should be reached when). So i'll see one thing and think 'Some babies can do that already!?' and look at another and think 'Doing that takes most babies how long?' Gavin has his own path, and i'm not going to try to fit him into a normal path (who wants to be normal anyways?).

Gavin has much better head control now than he did a week ago. i wouldn't say he is in control of his head at all times, but he will definitely twist around to stare at something that piques his interest - mostly bright lights. He doesn't move his head to look for the source of sounds right now, but i'm sure that will come eventually. He will, however, lean his head back to look at me (or maybe it's the ceiling light) if i have him on my chest. His head bobs and weaves quite a bit, but i don't feel like i need to hold it constantly.

He is also definitely rolling over now. He hasn't mastered the art, and he only rolls one way, but he has the basic mechanics down and will get frustrated if his feet can't find purchase enough to help him over. We try to give him 'tummy time' regularly, but it seems like every time i do it, he decides he is either going to roll over or get annoyed that he is unable to do so (Michelle seems to have gotten better results).

Let's see, what else can i bore you with? Gavin loves taking a bath. He doesn't fuss at all when we put him in his little tub to clean him up (ok, maybe a little when he first gets in or when we are particularly vigorous in cleaning him). In fact, he also loves the sound of running water. It is one way that we can calm him down when he gets particularly fussy.

Gavin is now officially a cousin! Andrew and Courtney had Elle Payton on Friday, August 24th, at 8:04AM, delivered via scheduled C-section. Weighing in at 6 lbs, 10 oz and 19 inches long, she is doing great (as is Courtney). We went to visit on Friday, and Elle showed that she is a champion sucker! She was ready to suck on anything and everything that got in the way of her mouth. We told Gavin that he needed to learn a few things from her, and he has been doing better since then, so maybe he listened to us!

Tuesday, August 21, 2007

Symptoms of Awareness!

So, here's where i start in with the posts about how great my son is. i'll try not to be too over-the-top, but we'll see how well that works. Again, you have no obligation to read this blog, so you've been warned...

Gavin began tracking last Thursday evening (August 16th, or 11 days old). i had him on my lap and would wiggle my fingers above him. When he looked at my fingers, i would move them slowly around, and he was definitely following with his eyes/head. He's been looking at people since he was just over a week old. It's amazing to watch him develop so much so quickly, from someone who couldn't do anything at all when just born to someone who has some control over his head and eyes and appears to recognize Michelle and my voices as well as certain words (his name and 'hungry', mostly).

i set him in his crib yesterday for just a moment to do something (he sleeps in a co-sleeper next to our bed, so he doesn't spend much time in his crib in his room) and when i came back, he was mesmerized by his crib bumper. The bumper has a series of cards that he can look at that are supposed to be visually stimulating for babies (black and white, basic patterns), and he definitely seemed interested. So i left him in there for a while and just watched him as he stared and stared at the cards. i was excited, since i find concentric squares fascinating as well.

The only other 'milestone' that i can think of at this point is that he kind of rolled over yesterday at his two-week doctor's visit. The doctor had put him on his stomach, and he lifted his head up and then pushed himself, a little jerkily, onto his side. He seemed quite surprised at the result, and i don't really expect him to do it with any regularity, but it was fun the one time (for us, maybe not for him).

i've been thinking about whether i even want to look up average ages for baby milestones (such as tracking, rolling over, etc). i know some of them approximately, but not all of them. i don't want to set any expectations on Gavin or feel extra-proud or disappointed if he does things before or after those dates. i fully expect him to do some things early and other things late, to develop some skills faster than others. i'll probably look up the average ages just for my own information, so i'll try not to project those onto Gavin. i just think his development is fascinating, and i'll be looking forward to the next symptoms!

Saturday, August 18, 2007

Welcome

Welcome to our blog about our son Gavin! This is more of a personal log of Gavin's doings and accomplishments, so we don't expect you to actually read this (except you, r.). We're not sure exactly what it will look like, so please chime in and let us know what you think!