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Week 22 - Nothing witty to say 
10th-Feb-2009 10:33 pm
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Hamish has discovered two new things this week. One, he can suck his bottom lip in, making him look like a surprised duck. This is a good thing because while he's doing this, he's not drooling. The second thing is that if he purses his lips and blows. This is a bad thing because when he's doing this, he is drooling. And spitting. And blowing bubbles.

We've been cycling toys around as they get soaked in spit, and trying to keep him entertained with new toys. Many of them will become more useful when he can reliably reach them or move to them, but he does get some fun out of anything we can attach to stuff and he can beat to death or eat.

I remain convinced he'll walk before he can crawl - face down is screaming time, whereas propped up he can stand quite happily for a while. ... well, until he realises he is now shorter than everyone else, which is cause for screaming. (Dangerously close to the ground!) Fortunately this is fixed by turning him into hat baby and sitting him on my head.

He's taken to waking up after 30 minutes of a nap and fussing. This is a bit of a worry because it feels like he should be sleeping a lot more, and if we pick him up and resettle him, he goes back to sleep, so that's somewhat borne out. I'm not quite sure what it is that prevent him from resettling on his own, or from waking up completely - I'm guessing it something that'll work itself out, but the little daemons of paranoia tell me I'm destroying his ability to sleep on his own ever. Which, you know, personally is a goal of mine.

goldengrove got to host her mother's group last week, which was nifty. Apparently 7 people and 7 babies fill our lounge, which is not too surprising. Hamish looks scrawny against some of the boofers in his group - clearly a diet of roast chicken and chips is in order if he's going to keep up with them, let alone Chloe.

As promised last week, photos of octopus wrestling.. also bunny wrestling.
Comments 
10th-Feb-2009 12:12 pm (UTC) - Happy
He always looks so happy in the photos he is also very cute!!!
10th-Feb-2009 09:32 pm (UTC) - Re: Happy
:-)
10th-Feb-2009 02:21 pm (UTC)
Is teefs perhaps on their way? If he's mega-drooling and unsettled it could be a sign!

http://www.babycenter.com/0_developmental-milestones-teething_6574.bc

You'll need one (or more - they get thrown, dropped, lost, dirty) of those water-filled rings to keep in the fridge.
10th-Feb-2009 09:29 pm (UTC)
I've thought there were teeth coming since December, so I clearly have no idea :) I think he probably doesn't drool more than your average bear, its just that I'm not used to being covered in drool. :)
10th-Feb-2009 09:00 pm (UTC)
Chloe is also a droolbaby. I understand munchkins don't learn how to swallow their own drool until they're 8 months old or something. Until then... the wettening.

Resettling: nothing like a good dose of paranoia to make you freak out about every nap time. Simone gave unto me the trick of leaving them to fuss and scream and wail for the first waking period and then getting them up. So their next awake period they will indeed be whingey and tired and grumpy. Keep 'em awake for say 90 minutes. Then they'll be so tuckered out they'll sleep properly in the next sleep cycle. Theoretically. I've seen it work... and I've seen it epic fail and result in a very grumpy pissed off overtired child. Variety is teh spice of life?

Hamish IS indeed very cute and clearly very aware and having fun exploring. Yay for baby!
10th-Feb-2009 09:32 pm (UTC)
The lowerlip sucking thing seem to keep it penned up. Until then, trying not to make him hungry. OR happy. Or.. I dunno, hydrated :)

Hmm, I'm not convinced that making the child grumpy - and incidentally, me and liz really tense - is the way to go. I think we might just have to wait until he can successfully amuse himself and then drift off. I hold out hope that once he can pick things up that he has dropped a bit more efficiently that it might happen.
10th-Feb-2009 09:42 pm (UTC)
I love the mental image of hat baby!
Does he sit up tall like a top hat, or low like a bowler?
10th-Feb-2009 10:23 pm (UTC)
I'll try and get a photo for next week ;-)
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