Baby Milestones

Have I ever mentioned on here my love of the Wonder Weeks book? It’s brain development concepts from a pair of Dutch researchers and helps parents understand the conceptual/psychological milestones that their children are passing during the first 20 or so months of life. They point out weeks when babies will probably be especially fussy and clingy and call those the “wonder weeks” because they signal a new leap in development. The week or so following such a leap is usually especially relaxed and calm because baby is enjoying their new development. The concept is a lifesaver for that first year when you just wish you know what was going on with your unpredictable baby!

Rainier just recently passed a Wonder Week where he learned about the concept of transitions. Without copying an entire chapter of the book! let’s just say that he has learned how to notice when people move around a room and is especially delighted by his own full-body motion and by shifting sounds. It’s been really fun for us as a family to enjoy his apparent interest in the household. He has learned to blow bubbles (otherwise know as making truck sounds) when he wants attention and it’s incredible to me how often he already uses that to communicate. He can be perfectly content sitting by himself and then he’ll start going “brrrrrrr!” and looking at me expectantly. If I don’t pick him up or interact with him *then* he gets fussy.

Physically, I’m just waiting for him to take off crawling. He can already roll back-to-front and front-to-back. He’s been holding his head up since he was 3 weeks old and he can get his knees up under him when he’s on his stomach. He kicks with his feet to try and scoot around and I think it’s just a matter of time before he realizes how to put all of the pieces together. I’m already on the lookout for baby gates to keep him corralled.

Lastly, he has the best eyebrows in the world.


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