Lately, Daniel has started to become really responsive to us talking to him. With his motor skills getting better and his ability to try to communicate really taking off…it is hilarious to have conversations with the little guy even if we have zero clue what he is saying.
Obviously, at 16 weeks we are a long ways off from him actually saying a word, but this interaction seems to go a long way in encouraging him to make sounds and move around. Plus, he seems to love it and we get to see him smile a lot.
While we are going through these things in early development, I am trying to capture as much of it as I can because I know it is going to go by quickly. He is already growing like a weed and time is starting to fly by. As he continues to become more “human” and less infant, it has been awesome to mess with him.
We Come Pre-Wired With A Lot Of Stuff
Until you watch a kid grow from a dot on an ultrasound to becoming their own person, you don’t really realize how much of what we do on a daily basis was pre-wired in us from the beginning.
I was watching Daniel the other day as he was trying to put himself to sleep. All of the sudden…he started rubbing one of his eyes. No one told him to do that when he was really tired. That was an instinct that turned on randomly and now he does it every time he is REALLY tired and about to fall asleep. Until that moment, I didn’t really think of that action as something that was instinctual and not learned.
The flipside to that is that he hasn’t learned sympathy yet. When he was sick a couple of weeks ago, he would cough, sneeze then smile at us like he had one something funny. He didn’t know that he could play it up for more attention…just that he felt funny and was making new noises. As he grows up, he’ll figure out that being sick and injured brings you a certain level of attention as people react…and that will change his behavior.
It is amazing what the human brain does on its own and how we effect reactions over time. More is coming I am sure…