Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Finding his voice

Gavin seems to have found his vocal cords recently. He's always been good at crying, and making noises with his mouth shut has been a habit for a long time (like grunting or other things), but he has recently mastered opening his mouth when he uses his vocal cords so that he makes the "aaaa" sound. No true consonants yet, really, but several variations of "aaa" and "ooo" and "eeee" (but only the short e sound). Right now he is lying in the bassinet kicking and moving his arms so that the mobile moves around and talking to himself. He seems to enjoy listening to himself make the noises. And it's really funny when he's saying "aaaa" while sitting on Chad's leg and Chad bounces him.

Sunday, November 25, 2007

Cup Photos

Drinking from a Cup 8
Drinking from a Cup 6He was at it again today, so here are a couple photos of Gavin drinking from a cup. We got a little video, too, but I don't yet know how to get it from our video camera to the computer. Maybe we'll figure that out soon.

Friday, November 23, 2007

Reaching and drinking from a cup

Reaching

Gavin decided today that spilling drinking cold water from a cup was fun. We didn't get any photos of it, but since he did it twice and seemed to enjoy it, we probably will be able to get a photo or two soon, maybe even tomorrow. His grandparents and aunt (my family) got to see him do it via webcam. Hooray for the internet!

He's also generally much better at using his hands now. He is reaching for things (including his food source when he is getting ready to eat). He has even figured out how to hold his hands together (sometimes) to grab something - i.e., putting one hand on either side of something and putting pressure on them towards each other.

Friday, November 9, 2007

Schedules and such

When Gavin was born, the plan was to feed him on-demand, which in my mind was whenever he was hungry, and sleep whenever he decided to sleep. That worked for a while. About two weeks ago, however, I realized that Gavin was not sleeping when he needed to sleep (he would yawn and rub his eyes but then not go to sleep for another few hours). In addition, he had started eating on only one side at a time but every hour to hour-and-a-half. (I actually caused this to happen, because when he started throwing up/spitting up a lot all the time, the doctor suggested that I try feeding him on just one side in case he was over-eating, which he wasn't.) The very frequent eating also made it impossible for him to get much sleep at all. And, he basically has never been good at sleeping anywhere other than in someone's arms or right next to me in the bed. So, all that bundled together made me reconsider what we were doing about two weeks ago.

I've always said that I would never put my child on a schedule, and I've always hated the "cry-it-out" method. But it was obvious to me that I had to get Gavin eating on both sides at a time again (partially for my milk supply - he wasn't sucking very much/hard each time because he wasn't all that hungry). And, for his sake and for my sanity, he had to be able to sleep by himself. So, I decided I'd try the schedule thing - regular feeding times and regular naptimes. I realized that I would have to be pretty strict about it at first to get his body into more of a rhythm, so he and I both ended up enduring a lot of crying. I tried putting him down in his cosleeper and staying there, with my hand on him, comforting him, but it only made him madder.

Happily, it is actually working out really well. Two weeks later (and after a lot of trying to figure out what his actual eating and sleeping needs and patterns are), I am not super strict about when he eats and sleeps, but I do have an idea of what is normal for him. I am much better at reading his sleepiness cues and putting him down when he needs a nap (since he actually will be put down now!). I need to be a little more observant about the hungry cues and not be too reliant on just the clock (for instance, last night he needed to eat two hours after the last time rather than three, but it took us about 15 minutes to figure that out). He sleeps in his cosleeper just fine now, and most of the time with very little or no fussing or crying when we put him down. He has even been fairly happy when he wakes up, just making noises for at least a few minutes (unless he wakes up really hungry). In general, a day goes like this, at least for the moment: wake up around 7:15 and eat, possibly go back to sleep until about 8am. For the rest of the day, eat about every 3 hours, taking about 45-minute naps sometime in between. Go to sleep around 8:30 or 9pm, sometimes eat at 10-ish. Eat once during the night.

I think all of us are benefiting from more of a routine. I know that I will have at least 4 45-minute stretches of time when Gavin is sleeping and I can do things that need to be done around the house, during the day (like showering!). Gavin is getting regular sleep and full meals and is much more comfortable being alone. Even while he is awake, he doesn't get really unhappy whenever there's no one in the room (at least for a little while). He is also much less fussy in general during the day. Chad gets to have a sane wife and sometimese even clean laundry, clean dishes and/or dinner. I know that there are many people who are against any kind of schedules for babies, and I understand the arguments and generally agree with them. However, I think that every child is different, as is every mother, and I am for whatever works for the baby and family's best in a given situation.

Tuesday, November 6, 2007

Hands, again

Spinning the toy
Gavin spent at least 15 minutes today playing with the toys that are attached to his swing. I managed to get a couple of good photographs of him batting at the spinning toy. He continues to learn what to do with his hands!

Sunday, November 4, 2007

I think I have hands!

Gavin is just now discovering that he has hands! Yesterday was the first time he seemed to purposely grab a toy and try to bring it to his mouth. He started putting his fists in his mouth a while ago (maybe a month or so?), but this was a much more purposeful action, a "I see that toy in front of me, put my arms out toward it, touch it, open my hand, close my hand (hoping I managed to grab it), and pull my hands up toward my mouth" kind of action.

Other photos I have just recently gotten are (finally!) a smile or two and him finding (and sucking on) his thumb.

Also, I couldn't resist dressing him up on Halloween in a costume a friend let us borrow. He was way too cute.

Friday, November 2, 2007

I've got a thumb!

Gavin found his thumb yesterday. It could have been the day before, but for certain I walked into where he was sleeping and saw his thumb pushed way inside his mouth and heard loud sucking noises going on. Really, I'm relieved. He still won't suck on his pacifier - chew on it and play with it with his tongue, maybe, but never suck. And he seems to want to suck often, much more often than he wants to eat. He'll suck my knuckle or my hand sometimes, but today he chewed on my thumb knuckle enough that it really started to hurt, and I think he gave me a bit of a bruise on my hand where he was sucking. I never thought I'd think thumb-sucking was a good thing, but I don't suppose he's going to do any permanent damage to himself and he goes back to sleep better if he can get a good couple of minutes of sucking in when he wakes up in the middle of a nap.

I think he's working on discovering his hands, too. He grabs things now, on accident mostly, but once he grabs something, he does have a tendency to pull it towards his mouth. Whenever I put the pacifier to his mouth, he tries to either grab it or push it away (sometimes I can't quite tell which). Maybe in another week or two he'll be able to actually hold a rattle or other toy for long enough to pay attention to it and keep himself slightly entertained.