Tuesday, April 28, 2009

An Active Sean

Sean is officially an "Active Baby". It's true, Audrey looked it up. According to "What to Expect in the First Year" an active baby has the following attributes:

1. Kicks out of a swaddle
2. Sleeps less than most babies
3. Very alert, interested in the world around him
4. Becomes restless when feeding
5. Dressing and diapering sessions become wrestling matches.

While Sean doesn't meet all of the criteria all of the time, he certainly does meet most of them most of the time. He is notorious for punching his arms and kicking his legs out of even the tightest swaddle. He most certainly doesn't sleep a lot or for long stretches. His favorite move when having his diaper changed is to straighten out his legs and push them together, making it a challenge to get the new diaper on. It's quite funny actually.

Lastly, Sean is very alert and interested in everything around him. He is interested in people and focuses on those around him. He can be entertained for hours by the Flutterbug (aka Baby Crack). He is always holding up his head, looking from side to side, taking in our faces and listening to our voices. He is constantly pumping his arms and legs, making fists with his hands and cooing. It is awesome to watch.

While it can be a challenge at times to have a baby that doesn't sleep all that much I am certainly not complaining. Well, maybe a little, like when I don't have time to brush my teeth because Sean is awake from 5:30am to Noon and wants to ride the sleep shoulder the entire time. But it's truly amazing and a blessing to have a baby this young be this alert and active, cooing at you and smiling. He's interacting with us, which more than makes up for the zillion laps Papa has walked with Sean through the living room and kitchen. Who knows, maybe Sean really is Super Baby ;)

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