1. He will literally smile as much as you smile to him! Singing is still his favourite thing to make him smile but he also likes funny faces and sounds. The smiles are more vocal with lots of happy noises and the start of chuckles.
2. He’s able to grip on to my hair and other objects like the bee on his playmat, a rattle and a furry caterpillar. He’s just started holding on to his feet too.
3. At the start of the last month he’d be content in one spot, staring at something like himself in the mirror. He’s now much more active and alert, taking in more around him.
4. Adi’s commented that I’ve given him my double crown. It can be annoying for me because of the way my hair falls, so he’s worried it’ll be annoying for him!
5. He’s still very content but is more certain of what he wants and doesn’t want. He'll put his bottom lip out and be pacified before he properly cries, which I find really cute! Sometimes when he starts to get upset I'll make him laugh and he isn't sure what to do!
6. We've moved on to the faster flowing teats which have made a huge difference. He can eat up to 180ml and feeds less frequently than before. He's really easy to feed at night but in the day he constantly wriggles, sits up and moves his head away!
7. I thought I'd be bothered about him having a runny nose or dribbles, as I’m always a bit funny about that with other kids! It’s definitely different with your own as I love making sure his nose is clean, picking at it and his dribbles don’t bother me! He’s been more dribbly recently, which could be the early signs of teething.
8. I've put away most 0-3 month clothes and he's in-between them and 3-6 month. The vests and babygrows of 0-3 month no longer fit him, but there's still some life in the trousers and t-shirts. Perhaps he has a longer and thinner body than average. I still like putting him in all-in-ones, but I’m starting to put him in separates so that we use them!
9. He loves to lick his hands. He started putting his fingers in his mouth when he was hungry, and would sometimes stick them in too far and cough on them! He now tends to just lick the palm when he’s hungry or occasionally to soothe himself.
10. The ten week wriggle – one evening he spent a few hours wriggling off the mat at every different angle. It turns out he was trying to poo!
11. He loves bathtime so in turn we love bathtime! He’ll splash about with his arms and legs and wriggle his body about. It’s when we’ve had the best chuckles too, probably because he laughs at us laughing at him! He did his first giggle in the bath while I was blowing raspberries.
12. The sounds he makes are starting to be more like words, as if he’s trying to talk to you in a conversation. He’ll even pause when you talk and then start again when it's his turn! Sometimes he’ll make noises for attention.
13. He’s so solid and has doubled his birth weight. He supports himself when you stand him up and pushes himself up on you to stand. He’ll also do a sit up to be sat upright. He fully supports his head to look all around him. I’ve put him in his bumbo seat and sat him in his float on his first swim. He can stand up in his bouncer too, but is slightly too short to bounce in it!
14. He’s rolling over! At 12 weeks he could roll on to his side and the day after all the way over. A week later he rolled back again but that's so far been a one off. He hates being on his front but insists on rolling on to his belly so were constantly having to help him back over again.
15. His eyes have changed to brown like his dads. Everyone who knows his dad says he looks like him, anyone who doesn’t say he looks like me! He definitely is still his daddy’s double, but I think he looks more like me when he smiles.
16. He's just started sucking on his bottom lip. It could perhaps be another sign of teething, but we're hoping it doesn't become a regular thing that he finds soothing. We'll have to see how it goes!