Saturday, April 21, 2007

Month 3: The Virtues of A Low Maintenance Baby

Silas has learned to stand up, and can almost support his own weight. He is also learning to sit up on his own, and will probably be able to reach this milestone within a month. In addition to his drooling, he has also started to develop the undesirable habit of chewing or sucking on his fingers. Silas's dad occasionally entertains thoughts of sprinkling red hot chili pepper powder onto Silas's fingers, just as an experiment......

Silas celebrated his 3rd month birthday by sleeping for 8.5hours straight, from 10p to 630a. His parents are ever so grateful that he is able to sleep so long without requiring a feeding. He is also starting to nap at more regular intervals - once in the morning, once in the afternoon, and once in the evening.
He now eats approximately 5-6 oz of formula every 3.5-4hrs, starting at 630a, and skipping the 230a feeding. Silas has given his parents very little trouble. He is relatively easy to take care of.
Silas recently attended another baby's One-Month party. He was awake for much of the time, and was completely fascinated with the bright lights, noise from the chatter at the various tables, and stared at almost everyone at his table. He allowed everyone to have a chance at holding him, and not once did he complain about the noise, or all the strangers who held him. Of course, everyone at his table praised him for his good looks. He responded by showing off his new found skill - giving everyone the raspberry !!
Silas's vocabulary now includes:




Sunday, April 8, 2007

Update: Week11

Silas now weighs just over 14lbs.
Silas can now lift his head up while lying on his stomach (but his daddy forgot to take a picture of him in action - maybe in the next update).
Silas has also started to salivate - quite a bit actually, and now requires a bib.
Silas's hair stinks, and his hair now needs to be shampooed every other day.

The greatest thing is how Silas can now sleep over 6hrs through the night. He is helping his parents out tremendously by sleeping for so long.
Also, because of various issues related to Silas's Mummy, Silas is no longer nursing, and feeds exclusively on formula. His feeding has noticeably decreased. Up until about a week ago, Silas would feed up to 30oz. per 24hr period. In the past few days though, he has fed only about 20-24oz. per day. Silas would inform his parents of the reduced feeding by barfing up the extra milk. His parents are now very sensitive, and no longer tries to feed Silas too much milk.
One other strange turn of events is that Silas actually prefers to sleep on a regular bed. Prior to this discovery, Silas would act fussy when placed into his crib. His Daddy would always have to rock him to sleep, and made sure he was already asleep before placing him into the crib. Now, his daddy just places him into the bed while he is still drowsy, and he falls asleep on his own. Silas's older sister Tamara also preferred sleeping on a bed instead of in the crib.
Silas is increasingly becoming a low maintenance baby. The only time he cries are when he is sleepy and when he is hungry. His daddy is already thinking of other ways to make Silas even more low maintenance - maybe shave him bald so that he does not need to be shampooed ??