Holding Head Steady

Thursday, May 28, 2009
Over the past few days Luke has started holding his head steady. If we sit him up in our lap he does a pretty decent job of holding his head vertical. To best describe how he does it I would say that he is constantly correcting his head position rather than keep the position constant. For instance if his head starts leaning to the the left he will jerk it back right over center then jerk it left again because it was falling right. The adjustments are minor but frequent.

Luke's attitude is also improving. In the past at most we would get about 20 - 30 minutes of him being both awake and happy. Any other time he is either sleeping, eating, or unhappy. Perhaps his unhappiness came from boredom as his mood improved about the same time Luke started holding his head steady.

More important than his attitude improving is that Luke is losing his newborn cry. A newborn cry is hard to describe. I would say that it is a constant irritating noise meant to get through just about any other noise so that the parents hear their children. I'm sure this is some form of survival instinct. By losing the cry Luke is varying the types of his cries and the new cries aren't nearly as demanding. So rather than screaming at the top of his lungs for a bottle he now uses a quieter slower cry.