From Newborn to Infant

Did you know that 3 months marks the beginning of infancy? No longer is my little Luke considered a newborn, he has graduated to the infant stage. I really can’t believe that the first 3 months have flown by so quickly. I realize that I’ll be saying something like this every month, but part of me is looking forward to all the changes that are just around the corner. I mean he has already made so much progress since the day we brought him home from the hospital. Some of my favorites of course are the increase sleep he gets at night, the fact that he seems to be doing so well in the feeding and gas passing departments, 😉 and especially how much he smiles and giggles for me every day.  Since he is at the 3 months stage I no longer have a little fear nagging me about the fact that he could still become colicky. That is such a huge relief, for those parents who experienced that I deeply feel for you and if you are going though that right now, hang in there it is not forever, even if sometimes it may feel like it.

Here is a little baby milestone chart put together by babycenter.

Child’s Age Mastered Skills (most kids can do) Emerging Skills (half of kids can do) Advanced Skills (a few kids can do)
1 month Lifts head when lying on tummy
Responds to sound
Stares at faces
Follows objects briefly with eyes
Vocalizes: oohs and aahs
Can see black-and-white patterns
Smiles, laughs
Holds head at 45-degree angle
2 months Vocalizes: gurgles and coos
Follows objects across field of vision
Notices his hands
Holds head up for short periods
Smiles, laughs
Holds head at 45-degree angle
Makes smoother movements
Holds head steady
Can bear weight on legs
Lifts head and shoulders when lying on tummy (mini-pushup)
3 months Recognizes your face and scent
Holds head steady
Visually tracks moving objects
Squeals, gurgles, coos
Blows bubbles
Recognizes your voice
Does mini-pushup
Rolls over, from tummy to back
Turns toward loud sounds
Can bring hands together, bats at toys
4 months Smiles, laughs
Can bear weight on legs
Coos when you talk to him
Can grasp a toy
Rolls over, from tummy to back
Imitates sounds: “baba,” “dada”
Cuts first tooth
May be ready for solid foods
5 months Distinguishes between bold colors
Plays with his hands and feet
Recognizes own name
Turns toward new sounds
Rolls over in both directions
Sits momentarily without support
Mouths objects
Separation anxiety may begin
6 months Turns toward sounds and voices
Imitates sounds
Rolls over in both directions
Is ready for solid foods
Sits without support
Mouths objects
Passes objects from hand to hand
Lunges forward or starts crawling
Jabbers or combines syllables
Drags objects toward himself

so far Luke is pretty much on track with the above milestones. He recognizes me, he holds his head steady for prolonged periods of time, and he can track objects in his field of view. If I talk with him and smile his face lights up. I love how he coos and chats with his little baby noises. He loves belly time and only likes sitting in the Bumbo for about 15 minutes tops. I know it won’t be long before he will love to sit in the bumbo and then will be able to sit up on his own. He has started drooling quite a lot this is new for me, I am thinking he is going to be cutting teeth soon. Not certain but there are little signs for it like red bumpy gums which will give way to white spotted gums then the teeth will come through.  I don’t know how long now but the drooling is a good indicator that it will be soon. This is very early in my experiance as Seth’s first tooth only arrived around the 6 month mark if not later. I will have to go back and check on the date but I’m pretty sure it was even later than that.

Sleep- this is getting better. According to the experts over at what to expect a 3month old should be able to sleep about 6 hours before needing more food. And Luke has been doing so pretty well. He has had a few days where he was getting up earlier but he was also eating less at his feedings too. I am so looking forward to little Luke sleeping at least 8 hours at a time hopefully this is not too far away.

As he is sleeping longer he is awake for longer periods during the day which means that I need to be more diligent about entertaining him. I see that right now with Seth around he is getting a lot of entertainment from watching his little brother playing all around the house. One thing I have realized is that I need to get some toys out to provide him with something to reach out for. He has not shown any sign of reaching out for stuff as of yet, but then I haven’t really given him much of an opportunity to have something to reach out for. I remember Seth having a little play mat with toys hanging above him that he would spend some time in every day. I wander where that mat went to???? hmm… need to scour the garage 😉 I do notice that he loves the mobile over his head on the swing he spends a lot of time in. He also loves the mirror and his reflection. I’ve caught a little video of him smiling and giggling at the reflection above him. It’s so sweet and so exciting to see.

Well that just about covers everything for now, however, I did get in a quick photo shoot of Luke today while Seth took his nap. Ck out this cutie pie of mine. He is so sweet. In case you are overwhelmed with the amount of photos; I did trim them down quite a bit but you know it’s just too hard to trim too much. Speaking from my perspective as his mom that is, I had a hard time deleting from the album, I mean look at all the little faces he makes. So I hope you enjoy this little gallery all about Luke!


2 Comments on “From Newborn to Infant

  1. what a big boy you have – i can’t believe how quickly our boys are growing and that yours is no longer considered a newborn – learned something new! 🙂 also sad that mine is only a newborn for another month…

    love all the pictures – he is such a charmer that mister luke! 🙂

    • thank you, I agree I think Luke is a total charmer. 😉 and yes they are growing too fast and changing so much it seems every day.


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