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Week 14 & 15 - "and not just monkey faeces either" 
16th-Dec-2008 09:27 am
Things got a bit busy and crap, so I didn't post for week 14. We successfully drove to Barham and back - 7 hours to get there (with a feed in Forest Hill (oh yes, we made it that far) and then again in Heathcote. The road between Echucha and Barham is really boring, especially after driving for hours and hours already. The weekend was nice, visiting Liz's family was neat and full of genealogy gossip :) The drive home required a stop after Hamish waited until we'd been on the road for 15 minutes before needing a serious change of pants - hooray!

Hamish continues to develop. He is amused no end by a set of rings hung from the bouncer, and has almost got the knack of dragging them to his mouth to be covered in spit. Instead spit is applied to the hand and then to the rings, with mixed success. When you leave him in the bouncer and walk out of the room, he watches you leave with ever-increasingly large eyes, which frankly makes it quite hard to leave. While this might seem like a good evolutionary trait, parents also require food sometimes and so I don't think its a long term winner.

He still takes a while to feed, partly because he dozes off in the middle of things. On the plus side, its more often than not that he sleeps for 7 hours over night, which is nice. Its nicest when its 12-7am, but that's mostly because when its 9pm-4am, its not clear that goldengrove should go to bed too. Hamish can roll himself over from his front to his back, so its only a matter of time until he rolls off the change table; a possibility that is enhanced by his current tendency to try and curl up into a ball, echidna style.

Hamish and his great grandparents
15th-Dec-2008 11:28 pm (UTC)
I'm sorry for your recent loss.

Sounds like Hamish is turning into a little person. :-) That's exciting!
16th-Dec-2008 05:11 am (UTC)
OMG beard of doom, doesn't he try and hang off that thing? :)
16th-Dec-2008 12:38 pm (UTC)
Wha? Didn't I have it long at some point when I saw you regularly? It comes and goes....
16th-Dec-2008 05:12 am (UTC)
Wow Hamish certainly looks like his dad :)

And I can lend you some beard clippers if he ever latches on and won't let go :)
16th-Dec-2008 12:38 pm (UTC)
Heh, he looks _so_ much like his cousin its a bit frightening.
16th-Dec-2008 10:56 am (UTC)
I'm told that babies suddenly become a bit easier after 3 months as the digestive system and sleep patterns kinda get their act into gear.

Please (lie if you have to), tell me it's true. Yay for 7 hours of sleeping in a row: that seems to at least partially support the above theory!
16th-Dec-2008 12:41 pm (UTC)
I think the feedback of having them smile helps a lot. Its some ray of hope that it isn't all screaming meat. And that seems to kick in at the end of the 3 months. I've heard it called the 4th trimester, which seems about right.

Digestive tract I can't help you with, but the night sleep is really true :) He can sometimes end up overtired, and scream and squirm with being too tired to sleep, and that's a world of pain, but there's starting to be some discrimination in the noises he makes - hungry is different from just cranky is different from sore. Unfortunately 'wet' can sound like any of them.

Do you guys need any help? If there's anything we can do to help prop you up a bit if you're flagging, please say.
16th-Dec-2008 08:32 pm (UTC)
We've already got lots of smiles and she's really a total darling. We just dug a bit of a hole for ourself the past week with the "only go to sleep in someone's arms" thing which is causing some hours of screaming joy as we break that habit. That and she seems to want to be awake a bit more, even though tired, so we end up in the land of overtired. Usual baby stuff. :)

I only really need help to insert more hours in the day in which to do things!
16th-Dec-2008 08:32 pm (UTC)
And occasional reassurance that all this behaviour is Just Normal. ;)
16th-Dec-2008 11:38 pm (UTC)
HEh, babies can go to sleep *not* in someone's arms? NEVAH! We can get maybe 2 mins where he's not being held or asleep where there's no screaming, but that's expanding as he learns about playing with stuff.

Yeah, more hours and more arms.
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