He is generous with his smiles but bashful at the same time. When he gets too excited he either turns his head away or stuffs his hands in his mouth.
He rolls easily from tummy to back and from back to tummy. She also rotates his body…so when we lay him on his play mat we never know what position we are going to find him in.
His most un-endearing development this month has been his scooching ability. We are not longer swaddling his for sleep so when we put him down he rolls on to his tummy, then manages to scooch himself into the corner of his crib, where he gets stuck then cries for help….we have to go pick him up, pull him away from the edge, etc.
This dog was given to him by the ambulance drivers when they came to visit us at the hospital, so I take his picture with it every month.
Apollo has taken a drastic turn in sleeping. He now goes down, awake for his naps and generally sleeps from one and a half to two hours. Last month we were still swaddling and rocking and he was only sleeping for 30-45 minutes at a time.
Apollo loves to hold hands…I have found that if he is restless while nursing or can't get to sleep, holding his hand will often work. Enoch has gotten him to sleep in the carseat by holding his hand. I asked Chuck if he held his hand when he was in the nursery after his birth, and Chuck said he held it the entire time. I remember the nurses coming to tell me that his oxygen rate actually improved when Chuck was holding his hand and talking to him. How incredible that hearing his Daddy's voice and feeling his touch could actually help him breath!
He is still drooling like a mad mad (I've never had a drooler before) and chomping on anything that gets near his mouth. Oh, and speaking of chomping, he has a clever new way of letting me know he's done nursing. It goes like this: suck swallow suck swallow suck suck CHOMP. Um, ow.
Best of all, he has learned how to get his thumb in his mouth! I know all about the struggles of breaking the thumb sucking habit, but I've never had a baby who would take a pacifier and Apollo is a baby who needs to suck. Thumb sucking seems like a God-given measure of comfort to me.
These pictures aren't the best..he's still recovering from a nasty cold. He had three days of fever, and is now all wet and goopy. Poor little guy. He's definitely on the upswing now however.