Ron woke up this morning and smiled with the rising sun! I am not sure if there were any birds perching by the doorstep (there might have been the duck and some chickens waiting for their breakfast) but the baby was feeling super happy - so much so that we heard the first happy baby giggles!
Milestone: Baby giggles!
Tuesday 30th October
Milestone: Baby giggles!
After Ron had his mid-morning nap snuggled cosily next to me on a pile of pillows, he woke up in a really good mood. He stretched, smiled and made a little giggle. A giggle! It was a little happy baby sound - a high pitched short little sound that filled the room and my heart with so much happiness!
As the morning went on, I started to think that I may have imagined the giggle or that it may have been just one of Ron's baby noises that sounded somewhat different. But then I was talking to him whilst changing his nappy, expecting a familiar "A-Voo" at best, but then there it was again - a giggle! He looked at me, smiled with a big toothless gaping smile and made a very definite happy baby giggle sound. He was happy and he was expressing it in the cutest and most adorable way!
James heard the giggles too so we have been discussing it all day. He has been trying to provoke a little laugh for a while by gently tickling the baby. It seems that Ron feels a tickle when the back of his neck is gently touched, but we never had more than a flinch. . . Today's giggle got James wondering when the baby would begin to feel properly ticklish and be able to laugh!
Later in the morning I was feeding the baby and scrolling through various mummy groups on Facebook where I learned of the baby mental leaps. I didn't know about such things before, so I did some more research and now I can't wait for his first one! A mental leap is like a growth spurt but for the baby's mental awareness, rather than his body - the article I read said that the baby enters a new world after each one, experiencing his environment (and himself) in a completely new way! The first one would happen at 5 weeks and would bring about more interest, more awareness and more responses from the baby!
In the afternoon we went to the common but had to rush back home rather sharpish as Ron was becoming agitated and hungry! As I was feeding him, I was working on transcribing my notebook of scribbles into this blog, then I started to wonder if the blog was at all worth the effort. It is proving awkward and difficult to hold the baby in one arm whilst trying to type up my notes one-handedly, all in between frequent nappy changes and burping efforts. . . The needs of my baby, obviously, come first and I always think that "the blog can wait". All this results in a long delay of me publishing the posts - you see, I am still trying to catch up from two weeks ago and it's making me rather anxious. So, is it worth it?
I realise that there is no commercial value to these articles, no-one is ever going to search for my content or find it informative, interesting or amusing, but what the blog does offer is a way to capture and preserve the fleeting memories for the future - for me, for James and, most importantly, for Ron. Now that, to me, is utmost important. I would have loved to see the diaries of my parents from the time when I was just a tiny a baby - their thoughts, experiences, joys and struggles. . . Wouldn't you?