1. Provide a brief description of “your baby” between the ages of birth and eight months of age (including name and gender).
My baby, Omar, was born on Monday March 14, 2016 at Rouge Valley Centenary hospital. My water broke at home one week before the due date, my husband and I rushed to the hospital as soon as we could. On the way to the hospital my contractions increased. I was nearly fully dilated by the time I was wheeled into the delivery area. I never had the option to have a natural childbirth breathing and relaxation techniques. My husband and I had been practicing our breathing technique for the past three months and before it was time to push. Finally I was happy when they placed this beautiful baby boy on my chest!
Once the hospital released us to take Omar home, we noticed that he spends most of his time falling asleep, or is slow to wake up. Soon after I started to notice from his crying when he needed to be changed or when he is hungry. At three months Omar was not a fussy baby. He was fussy on rare occasion only after meals and most of the time he was content. Also he is able to focus his eyes on me and he spent a great time looking into my eyes. Omar is showing more interest in his surrounding and he smiles at familiar people. At 8 moths I give Omar the object permanence test and he was able to find a hidden abject as long as I didn’t wait too long or distract him in the middle of the search.
2. How does your baby’s eating, sleeping and motor development compare to the typical developmental patterns as outlined in your textbook?
Omar eating, sleeping and motor development compare to the typical developmental patterns in the textbook are:
Textbook development pattern
At the beginning of infancy, sleep is the major state that occupies a baby’s time-much to the relief of exhausted parents who often regard sleep as a welcome respite from caregiving responsibility. On average, newborn infants sleep some 16 to 17 hours a day. However, there are wide variations. Some sleep more than 20 hours, while others sleep as little as 10 hours a day (Peirano et al., 2003: Buysee, 2005).
He is awake about half of the time and he sleeps about 6 hours at night in total. Also He is sleeping in two to three hour blocks during the day. When he is awake, he sometimes moves about restlessly
For the first six months of life, there is no better food for an infant than breast milk. Breast milk not only contains all the nutrients necessary for growth, but it also seems to offer some degree of immunity to a variety of childhood diseases, such as respiratory illnesses, ear infections, diarrhea and allergies. (Feldman and Eidelman, 2003; Canadian Paediatric Society, 2005; Der et al., 2006).
I’m breast feeding my son and bottle feeding him too. He took to the bottle /breast feeding within the first day or so, and he was feeding heartily within the first week. Also he has been gaining weight a...