|Elijah was so frustrated that he moaned until he fell asleep like this!|
We just got through a really rough week. In fact, there were a few days in there that we felt like we were going completely insane. It seems that Elijah is doing much better now, but wow, he was really not impressed and we were feeling the tension. After some research, we felt much better in knowing that this was merely another phase, and as this week progressed he eased up a lot. The information below is from “The Wonder Weeks” book. If you have never heard me mention this book before, be sure to check out this posts –The Wonder Weeks – where I explain it all. Finding this information really helped me through some tough days, and now that Elijah is starting to feel more relaxed and comfortable, we are all happier. There might be a couple more rough weeks coming up, since he is still in this current “leap”, but we feel better now that we know what he is going through. Elijah is currently 38 weeks old (according to his due date), but as you will read below, this stage can even begin as early as 32 weeks.
Wonder Week 37 is known as the world of categories. Your child is now able to understand that particular things, animals, objects, sensations, and people belong together. The book gives this example, a banana looks, feels, and tastes different than spinach, but they are both food. Your baby will also be learning more about his emotions and other people. His language skills continue to develop. He may not be talking yet, but he understands a lot more of what you say to him. He might also be trying to master a new skill. All these changes can be overwhelming for a baby and cause them to be fussy. The fussy period can begin around 34 week, but could begin around 32 weeks and last until 37 weeks. This fussy period usually lasts 4 weeks, but it could last anywhere from 3-6 weeks.
Signs to be on the look out for:
Clinging to your cloths and holding on tight to you, shyness, demanding more attention, nightmares, acting unusually sweet, refusing to have diaper changed, seems more babyish, loss of appetite, cries more often/ cranky, sleeps poorly, babbles less, less lively, sometimes sits quietly, looks like he is daydreaming, sucks thumb or does so more often than before, reaches for a cuddly toy.
|We’ll make it through this Wonder Week leap mommy!|
New skills your baby is acquiring:
(may do some, but not all)
– Classifying world into groups (Understands the category of “horses” despite what they look like: spotted horses, brown horses, white horses).
– Begins to understand what makes something big, small, heavy, light, soft, sticky, happy, etc.
– Baby understands names of animals or objects, and when you ask, “Where is ______?”‚ she will look for it.
– Shows that he thinks something is funny by making a special sound or movement.
– May be able to repeat words after you, and imitate/ mimic what you do. Relates more to other people with sounds and gestures, and recognises people, even in a unrelated situations.
– Makes silly faces at mirror and might laugh.
– May become jealous if mom or dad are giving attention to another child. May start crying when another baby or child cries. Might exaggerate his mood to let everyone else know how he is feeling. – May ask you to play with him, or try to get your attention to do so.
What you can do to help:
If your baby is interested in shapes, give him blocks that come in different shapes and sizes. Take your baby around the house and allow him to touch and hold different house hold objects. Tell him what it is, “This is a small frame, but this is a big frame”. Give them different fabrics to touch (wool, silk, etc.) Let your baby demolish things such as knocking down a stack of magazines of blocks. Let your baby stack a ring toy or stack and pull apart cups or boxes. Teach your baby that some things are fragile and to be gentle with them. Give your baby similar objects that are of different weights so he can learn the difference between heavy and light. Allow him to crawl on, through, on top of, next to objects. This will help him learn about relationships in space. A tunnel toy can be fun for this activity. Take your baby outside for a walk, to play in the grass, or play in a park. The outside is a great place for baby to discover things.
More games to play:
Play with bells and switches (door bells, elevator buttons, light switches, ped. crossing button). Explain to him what these various bells and switches will cause. Dress your baby in front of a mirror so he can watch. Name objects in books, home, and outside, and have your child hand you the object you as asking for. Chase your baby as she crawls/ walks about.
Anything that opens and closes (doors, drawers), pans and lids, alarm clocks, magazines/, newspapers to tear, plastic plates, cups, etc., large cardboard box, contains of all sizes and shapes, balls of all sizes, dolls, blocks, swings, picture books, a baby pool, toy cars.
After the leap:
Between week 40-45 your baby should be out of the fussy phase. This can last 1-3 weeks. They should be cheerful and happy. Babys will show more interest in different object and a greater awareness of their environment. They may also be more independent and do not require as much help from you.
This information was extremely useful for us. It completely sums up and explains what Elijah is going through right now. I hope that some of you find some value in it too, especially that last bit (the underlined portion in the previous paragraph). Sounds like a good enough reason not to go insane!