Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Haley Turns 3 months old!

I was so worried when Haley wasn't cooing as early as other babies. I think Haley is a little ahead developmentally, but in some areas she's behind. Like all moms I have a tendency to wonder if she's reaching all her milestones fast enough. Luckily there are lots of resources out there that list milestones. But pretty much all of them say the same thing... don't worry, your baby will likely be just find, babies do things at their own pace, and unless they are significantly lagging behind the curve they should be fine.

Some resources focus on major milestones such as parenting or this article at WebMD
For specifics you can see more great like the one below charts at babycenter for kids up to age 3 or read more about milestones and age appropriate games at gerber

Child's Age

Mastered Skills (most kids can do)

Emerging Skills (half of kids can do)

Advanced Skills (a few kids can do)
1 monthLifts head when lying on tummy
Responds to sound
Stares at faces
• Follows objects briefly with eyes
• Vocalizes: oohs and aahs
• Can see black-and-white patterns
Smiles, laughs
• Holds head at 45-degree angle
2 months• Vocalizes: gurgles and coos
• Follows objects across field of vision
• Notices his hands
Holds head up for short periods
Smiles, laughs
• Holds head at 45-degree angle
• Makes smoother movements
Holds head steady
• Can bear weight on legs
• Lifts head and shoulders when lying on tummy (mini-pushup)
3 monthsRecognizes your faceand scent
Holds head steady
• Visually tracks moving objects
• Squeals, gurgles, coos
• Blows bubbles
• Recognizes your voice
• Does mini-pushup
Rolls over, from tummy to back
• Turns toward loud sounds
• Can bring hands together, bats at toys

But the list I seem to run to the most is the one in What to Expect the first year.

90% can...
*on stomach, lift head 45 degrees -check

75% can ...
*laugh out loud -not yet
*on stomach, lift head up 90 degrees -I think so (you can be the judge, look at her picture below)
*squeal in delight -not yet
*brig both hands together -check
*smile spontaneously -check
*track an object 180 degrees from side to side -check

50% can...
*hold head steady when upright -check
*on stomach, raise chest when supported by arms -you be the judge
*roll over (one way) -she almost has back to tummy,(she started rolling onto her left side at the hospital, but now she's getting suck on her arm. she's never tried tummy to back)
*grasp a rattle held to backs or tips of fingers -check
*pay attention to an object as small as a raisin - I'm not sue, never really tried.

25% can...
*bear some weight on legs when held upright -check
*reach for an object -check
*keep head level with body when puled to sitting - check (although now she prefers to be pulled to standing)
*turn in the direction of voice, particularly mommy's - not yet
*say "ah-goo" or similar vowel-consonant combination - I've heard it once or twice, She's finally got the coos down.
*razz -not yet, she actually started crying a little when I blew raspberries on her tummy earlier today.

She can also track objects vertically and diagonally. She did it today with looking at a picture of herself on my phone. She has also gained quite a skill for blowing bubbles. All in all I'd say she's doing just fine. And it's becoming so much more fun to play with her since she can do and respond more.

Rolling onto her side in the hospital. I was so worried because of all the warnings about SIDS. The nurses said it was fine.
Still not quite rolling all the way over now.
But she's getting closer. Especially when there are things to reach for.
Some of the first smiles

The progression of Tummy Time
I think she's raising her chest a little and starting to use her arms.
The first thing she started getting a hold of was her lion. She loves this thing! The first time I think it was a little accidental, but now she just goes for it a lot of the time.
She is having a blast holding onto this rattle
Bringing her hands together
Holding up her head in her Bumbo. She's been a pro at this from the beginning. people always seem to be impressed by her alertness and her holding her head up so well.
She's loving to Stand!


Kara @ KSS said...

Yay go Haley!! :)

Lindsay said...

Okay - first off - she's ADORABLE. And 2nd - she's STANDING??? Geesh...another sign my daughter is physically UNmotivated! She won't even put any pressure on her legs....LOL! Way to go strong girl!