2 weeks old

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2 weeks old

Now that you and your baby have been hanging out for a few weeks, you probably know each other a lot better than you did when you first met, right? Does she have a favorite movie? Favorite color? Favorite way to be held that helps her sleep? That’s more like it. This time spent together still doesn’t change the fact that your baby hasn’t had too many chances to work on her communication skills, though, so the two of you may still have your share of misunderstandings. Luckily for you, in these early days, your baby has a pretty limited number of interests, so if she is asking you for something, there’s a good chance that that something is either a snack, a nap, a clean diaper, or your attention.

As your baby grows, she will get a lot better at letting you know what she needs, and you’ll get even better than you are now at figuring out what she is trying to tell you. She is also going to grow into a new set of hobbies, though - she won’t always be so captivated by ceiling-fans, for example. New interests might make it harder to run through a checklist of what your baby is trying to tell you, but they’ll also probably make your baby a bit more fun to play with. But for now, until the umbilical stump falls off, at least, your baby is going to be spending most of her waking hours staring up at the world from her back, thinking “there sure is a whole lot more going on over here than there was in the womb.”

Stump or no stump though, your baby probably spends most of her time asleep, which can get in the way of developing other interests. Newborns regularly sleep as much as 17 hours (not in a row, of course), but your baby is also probably finding a little time to bring her hands up to her face - a great way for her to get started on honing her fine motor skills. Today she is bringing her little fingers up near her face, but a few tomorrows from now, she could be doing calligraphy, or dismantling a space shuttle - you never know how those fine motor skills are going to come in handy.

your baby will continue to adjust to this big, bright new world over the coming weeks, months, and years, but for now, the best way you can help get her accustomed to her new home is simply to show her as much love as possible.


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