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Lots of new developments, just in the past 24 hours or so. Calvin has started rolling over. Eric told me he’s done this a few times this week (from his back to his tummy), but I caught it for the first time this morning. By the time I got home from work he had taken it to a new level – now he flips over onto his belly almost as soon as we put him down, and has managed to go from tummy to back a couple of times, too. He’s not quite as sure of himself rolling onto his back, and is still more likely to get frustrated while he’s on his tummy than he is to roll back over, but every time we flip him onto his back he just rolls right back onto his belly – he’s pretty proud of his new skill. Today he also started rolling onto his side while he sleeps. His neck is getting really strong, too. He doesn’t yet sit up by himself, but he holds his head up so well when we put him in his Bumbo seat.  When he’s on his tummy and trying to turn back over, he brings his knees up underneath him in a way that makes it look like he’s going to start crawling. He doesn’t have the coordination to do that yet, of course, but I’m starting to wonder if we’re going to have to child-proof the house sooner rather than later. The boy does like to move.  Scary thought.

Here’s Calvin rolling over (he was too interested in the camera to roll back):

Here he is in his Bumbo drooling and playing with toys:

We are fast approaching the 4-month-old mark – I can’t believe it! We had a rough time earlier this week – a nasty heat wave made us all cranky and kept us from sleeping well. We’ve recovered pretty well, though, and Eric’s clearing some space in the basement so we can hang out down there when it gets hot again. 

Here’s naked Calvin playing with toys:

Eric caught a little bit of Calvin’s laugh on the webcam – not great quality, but it’s the audio that’s most important on this one:

 

Calvin watches The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers

Calvin watches The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers

 

New toy

New toy

 

Are toys supposed to make you worried?

Are toys supposed to make you worried?

 

Floor time is still his favorite

Floor time is still his favorite

Calvin wrestles with his blanket:

Calvin tries to eat the crinkly frog:

Our little monkey boy is 14 weeks old. Yesterday we went to the doctor. He got some shots and was weighed and measured.  He weighs 13.5 pounds and is 25.25 inches long. He’s 50th percentile for weight and 80th for height. His doctor told us “that’s why he looks so lanky.” Um, okay. Does this boy look lanky to you?

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I know he’s not the biggest kid around, but seriously, he has fat rolls all over. We got a good laugh out of that. He’s definitely long – he’s already pushing the limits of some of his 3-6 month clothes, even though he still has room in the torso. The doctor says we’ll be able to tell more when he’s about 2 years old, but she suspects he may be taller than me or Eric.

Calvin’s showing more interest in his toys and we’re trying to give him a variety of things to do and play with. If you give him a blanket while he’s on the floor he’ll wrestle with it, which is really cute. I’ll try to get some video this weekend. I really like the Eric Carle toys we got him at Target – they have a little bell inside which is very soft – not obnoxious at all, thank God. The Elephant has crinkly stuff in the ears and I find it very soothing to play with – I have to remember that the toys belong to Calvin, not me!

More pics from this week:

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Calvin turned 3 months old last week, and it seems like he changes every day. He keeps getting more active, and of course it seems like he’s constantly growing. He’s started laughing, which is so fun! And he’s REALLY close to rolling over.   For awhile now he’s been pushing off with his legs and arching his back and has come close a few times.  Just today he started rolling himself onto his side and staying there for awhile – we’re just waiting for him to tip over. Since he doesn’t really like being on his tummy, I suspect he won’t be very happy when it happens.

 

Ready to roll

Ready to roll

 

On his side

On his side

Eric made him an activity gym out of PVC – we’ve got a few different toys to rotate in. He seems to like it! Now that he’s so active and alert he seems to respond well when we give him new things to do, see or play with, although he still takes more interest in a burp cloth than in any of the toys he has.

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He’s adjusting well to mom being at work and dad being home, and he takes a bottle with no problems. He sleeps really well when he’s swaddled (we had a new record last week: 7.5 hours in one stretch), but just in the past week he’s started busting out of the formerly Calvin-proof, velcro-fastening swaddlers which means he’s not sleeping nearly as long. We experimented with not swaddling him over the weekend – the first night he woke up every hour and at midnight I gave up and swaddled him. The second night he did 2 stretches of 3.5 hours. Not great, but better. We might try again this weekend, but I’m not quite ready to give up my work-week sleep. Even when he busts out of the swaddle blanket he’ll usually get at least 4 hours in one go. We’ve gotten spoiled!