I'd be very surprised if my baby's first word is anything other than a simple "hello" - it is a very natural conversation starter and I can't help but excitedly greet my little baby, every time I look at his little adorable face!
Experience: Play bath!
Wednesday 17th October
I was still laying in bed, feeding little Ronnie on my side when the midwife turned up to pick up the medical home-birthing equipment. She walked into the dark bedroom, where it was stored, saw what was going on and simply said "Perfect!". She then grabbed the light boxes, leaving James to help her with the heavy stuff and left. This was the last time a midwife would turn up to our house. . .
Ron was definitely on the other side of a growth spurt - he was eating significantly less and sleeping a lot more! He was also awake and alert in between his naps for a lot longer than before which provided for a perfect opportunity to play the "face game" with him.
Firstly, I hold him in front of me and keep saying "hello" to him. It seems like a natural thing to say when trying to get his attention, face to face. We begin the conversation with "hello" and then I tell him how much loved he is and how perfect and beauteous and amazing he is. . . I love him so much, and I can see how much James loves him too! He is such a loved little baby, oh my heart could just explode right now!
Thinking about the "hello" though - I would not be surprised if this was his first word as it is the one he keeps hearing! Then again, hello seems like a good first word to have - I would begin learning any new language with a hello! What is a usual first word? Mummy? Why would he say "mummy" when he rarely hears it. . . I don't talk about myself in a third person so he only hears that word when James says "oh, you're hungry again - ok, let's pass you back to mummy".
"Face game" involves a lot more than just saying "hello" though - I am showing him my smiling face, my surprised face, poke my tongue out, kiss his little adorable face. . . I noticed that he often forms his lips into an "O" shape, as if to form a kissy face too! So adorable! This is how I spent all day today with him - he slept on me whilst I was working on this blog, I fed him a couple of times, we played the face game. . .
Experience: Play bath!
But we also had a bath. This time, however, we took the health visitor's advice and had more of a play swim than just a bath bath. . . We filled up the large tub (not just his baby tub, but our large bath!), I was holding the baby and let him swim backwards and forwards whilst on his back, there were toy boats everywhere. . . I also wanted to try the front facing swim too, as the health visitor suggested so I grabbed the baby to hold him forward and we had a lovely swim around the bath which, to a tiny baby, was as large as a paddling pool!
Following the bath, we had a little bit more of the "tummy time" allowing Ron to dry fully whilst he was working on those neck and back muscles! He is very impressive to watch, those jagged rough and clumsy movements of his always make me laugh!
Once the baby was dried and wrapped up nice and warm again, we read more of "The Alchemist" book whilst he had his dinner and then he slept in his Moses basket whilst we had ours. It was a lovely evening as we timed his sleep and our dinner really well for the first time and so, for the first time, I had both of my hands free to use a knife and fork, like a civilised person once again! It was so nice - the little things, eh?. . .
However, dinner was interrupted when Ron brought up some of the milk in his sleep. I realised that I still hadn't got the hang of the winding / burping and it was causing us some "milk everywhere" moments. I realised that we needed to do more of the "bouncy bouncy" next time.