Monday, November 20, 2006

Baby Language

Six weeks have gone by since Micah was born and things are starting to get a little more under control.... finally! I just have to have the mindset that nothing can get done around the house with a newborn. Micah was having trouble gaining weight in the beginning, so we were going to the doctor every week to check his weight. I have been nursing him, but we are also supplementing with formula because I wasn't producing enough. Thankfully he takes both, so it's the best of both worlds. The doctor had wanted me to feed him every two hours, supplement after every feeding as well as pump so that I would produce more milk. I have learned to take what the doctor says and modify it a little so that I can stay sane. That every 2 hour thing was tough because I would just get done with all of it and have to start over right away again. So, we're doing better now, he's getting fed and I'm staying sane... which is important!

Micah is now doing pretty well at holding his head up on his own and he seems to smile sometimes when we talk to him. At this point, though, it's still hard to tell if he's just doing something in his pants or smiling because we're talking to him. :)

I am getting a little couped up since most days are raining and cold now and Micah sometimes seems to need to be fed every hour or so... But there are days when I get out to go for a walk with him in the stroller, or we get to the store, or out to his doctor appointments. Most of the day I'm reading a good book or watching TV. Micah likes to be held a lot. Even if he's sleeping in my arms after a feeding and I try to put him down in his crib or bouncy seat, he seems to cry. I'm learning what his cries mean. I've been learning the secret language of babies... something I learned from Oprah, who's quickly becoming my best friend during these monotonous days of breastfeeding and changing poopies.

A few days ago Oprah had a lady on her show who has studied the language babies use. It was incredible! There are 5 distinct cries a baby will make when they are trying to communicate with us. These cries are only made by babies who are 0-3 months old. Take a look!

Oprah Show about Baby Language

  • Neh="I'm hungry"
  • Owh="I'm sleepy"
  • Heh="I'm experiencing discomfort"
  • Eair="I have lower gas"
  • Eh="I need to burp"
This was timely news for me! Micah really doesn't cry very much, but I can definitely distinguish the "neh" cry when he's hungry. Some of the other ones are a little more difficult to distinguish.

Anyway, we're doing really well so I thought I should finally add some meat to this blog for all you friends who check it out! Thanks for reading and posting a comment.

5 comments:

Triscilla said...

Cheri!
What a handsome little guy. The joys of being a mom. I loved seeing all of the pictures. You and David are going to be amazing parents. A lot of our friends are having babies right now too- so it is so fun to hold and see the preicous gifts in these babies from the Lord.

Blessings on you guys,
Tiscilla

jessicanatebecker said...

Cheri,

I love getting a picture of what your life is like now as a Mom! I like hearing about how you are raising Micah and how you are working so hard to feed him! What a process (or as they say in Canada prOh-cess). Love you and keep the stories coming! J

Anonymous said...

Hey guys, It's uncle greger and auntie amanda.
It's nice to see and hear all about what is going on with our little nephew! He's a beautiful baby!
Props too on the "baby languages"! What a great thing for a new mommy and daddy to learn about! It will help us a lot that you are paving the way for us! We'll cherish your hard studying and put it to good use. LOL
take care you guys and we love you!
Looking forward to seeing you all next month


Love,
Greg and Amanda

Anonymous said...

Hey guys, It's uncle greger and auntie amanda.
It's nice to see and hear all about what is going on with our little nephew! He's a beautiful baby!
Props too on the "baby languages"! What a great thing for a new mommy and daddy to learn about! It will help us a lot that you are paving the way for us! We'll cherish your hard studying and put it to good use. LOL
take care you guys and we love you!
Looking forward to seeing you all next month


Love,
Greg and Amanda

Danielle said...

oh my goodness. I saw that oprah too. I think i was sick that day or something. I'm totally getting that DVD so I can learn the language of babies for when our little one comes along.

Glad to hear your trying to use it too!
oh and Micah is the cutest little thing!