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!

1 comment:

William said...

I love this!!! But then I'm the grandpa...so I am totally over the top, proud to be biased etc... This is great...thank you...love it!