Friday, August 26, 2011

14 Weeks

Eleanor is 14 weeks old today!

This week her hand-eye coordination really improved. She started not only grabbing objects, but looking at what was in her hand very intently.

She’s laughing more and more. Yesterday she laughed just because I laughed, which made me laugh harder, which made her laugh harder! I can’t describe how wonderful it is to lay on the floor and laugh with your baby.

Saturday, August 20, 2011

3 Months

Eleanor is three months old today (and 13 weeks old yesterday).

This week she has enjoyed sitting up with our assistance, getting tickled, listening to the banjo, and staring at her feet. She did not enjoy riding in her stroller, getting her diaper changed, or having clothes pulled over her head.

Friday, August 12, 2011

12 Weeks

Eleanor is 12 weeks old today, and just this morning she rolled from her tummy to her back for the first time! Her neck strength has really improved lately. I’m not a big stickler about tummy time, but I try to give her a chance to work on her strength for at least a few seconds every day, which means I put her on her tummy until she cries. I noticed yesterday that she was holding her head all the way up and supporting herself with her arms better than usual and for a longer period of time, then when I tried today to get a photo of her tummy time skills she rolled right over! We’re waiting to see if she’ll do it again after Daddy comes home tonight.

I think she is also starting to purposely grab onto things. She doesn’t really reach out directly for objects yet, but she seems to deliberately lift her arm up, then put it down, inching it closer to what she wants to get her little hands on until she has it in her grip.

She’s developing so fast these days. She’s figuring out so many new sounds, skills, and even moods. I can’t wait to see what each new day will bring.

Edit to add: She just for real laughed for the first time too! What a day!

Friday, August 5, 2011

11 Weeks

Eleanor is 11 weeks old today!

This past week has seen a major development. Eleanor figured out how to move her hands up to her mouth. Chewing on her fingers is now her absolute favorite thing, as you can see from these pictures.

Her head and neck control is getting really great. She is able to hold herself up and look around while in my arms. She has started moving her body a lot more and is gaining mastery over her top half. Now when she is done being in the sling she pushes up with her elbows and lifts her head high as if to say, “Ok, get me out of this thing!” She has also started showing a preference for her daddy. When he comes home from work she smiles at him and leans towards him. At first I thought her leaning was just a fluke, but she’s done it now three days in a row! She wants to go to daddy! I hand her over and the two of them head to her nursery for a sing-a-long. She likes to hear Twinkle Twinkle Little Star and The Wheels on the Bus.

As for her lower body, she is slowly beginning to figure out her legs. She pushes against things with quite a bit of force and is starting to bear weight with them if you put her in a supported stand.

She still hates the play gym but likes the bouncy chair again, especially when I dangle her little Zoe muppet toy from it. She looooves looking at Zoe. I think it’s just a matter of weeks until she is reaching for her.

She eats a lot, sleeps a lot, smiles a lot, and chatters a lot. Our hearts are overflowing with love.

I finally figured out how to take half decent videos with my camera, so here are two from this week: