Sunday, February 25, 2007

Haven's First Game

Haven's first game is pretty simple.  She sticks out her tongue waiting for someone to touch it.  She really likes this game.

Friday, February 16, 2007


Haven just gave mom her first laugh.  Parents practically peed themselves with delight.

Sunday, February 11, 2007

Smiles at nine weeks

Two Months Old

Sleeping Patterns

Most agree that the biggest challenge for new parents is not the reduced amount of sleep, but the unpredictability of sleeping time versus awake time.  In the womb, fetuses are nocturnal and, upon birth, we *hope* that they will quickly adapt to our preferred sleeping patterns.  

Haven sleeps much less than the average infant, but her circadian rhythms adapted to sleeping at night relatively quickly.  At two months, she is routinely waking up just once in the middle of the night for a feeding.  

The figures below show the dramatic change in Haven's sleeping pattern from the first to second month.  The time of day is on the horizontal axis.  Each point represents a time that Haven fell asleep.  And, on the vertical axis is the number of hours that she slept.  So, the ideal pattern is for Haven to have her longest sleeps when they start in the evening, and to also sleep for a long time after her night feeding (if she has one).  That would mean that the dots on the right side of the Figures should be the highest.  If her time of sleep is completely unrelated to the time of day, then the dots would be high or low at all times of day.

Here is the graph for her first month of life.  It shows a slight tendency to sleep longer in the evenings than during the day, but not reliably:

And here is the graph for her second month of life.  The difference is dramatic.  She definitely figured out to sleep longer at night, especially the first sleep of the night - starting between 9pm and midnight.  This is very good for our health!

Saturday, February 3, 2007

Haven Book Library

Haven's family and friends like to give her books.  This is what she has and plans to read when she understands that she is alive and has an interest in stories (alphabetical by book title):

Aaaarrgghh. Spider! - Lydia Monks

An Egg is Quiet - Dianna Aston & Sylvia Long

Barnyard Dance - Boynton

Big Bad Bruce - Peet

Big Red Barn - Brown and Bond

Birds - Jeunesse, Delafosse, and Mettler

Boy in the Drawer, The - Robert Munsch & Martchenko

Cat in the Hat, The - Dr. Seuss

Charlotte's Web - E. B. White

Counting Toes - DK

Dancing with Degas - Merberg and Bober

Dear Zoo - Campbell

Each Peach Pear Plum - Ahlberg

Eating the Alphabet - Ehlert

Foot Book, The - Dr. Seuss

Good Night, Gorilla - Rathmann and Putnam

Goodnight Moon - Brown and Hurd

Green Eggs and Ham - Dr. Seuss

Grouchy Ladybug, The - Eric Carle

Guess How Much I Love You - McBratney and Jeram

Hop On Pop - Dr. Seuss

Horton Hatches the Egg - Dr. Seuss

How the Grinch Stole Christmas - Dr. Seuss

Hush, little baby - DK

I Have To Go! - Robert Munsch & Martchenko

I Love You Forever - Robert Munsch & McGraw

I Will Hold you 'til you Sleep - Zuckerman and Muth

If you give a mouse a cookie - Numeroff and Bond

In the Night Kitchen - Sendak

Ladybird, The - Jeunesse and de Bourgoing

Little Engine that Could, The - Piper and Long

Lorax, The - Dr. Seuss

Lost in the Woods - Sams and Stoick

Madeline - Ludwig Bemelmans

My First Mother Goose - McCue

Oh, the Places You'll Go - Dr. Seuss

Olivia - Ian Falconer

On the day you were born - Frasier

One fish, two fish, red fish, blue fish - Dr. Seuss

One Some Many - Jocelyn and Slaughter

Over Under - Jocelyn and Slaughter

Paperbag Princess, The - Robert Munsch & Martchenko

Polar Express, The - Chris Van Allsburg

Professor Wormbog in Search for the Zipperupm-A-Zoo - Mayer

Runaway Bunny, The - Brown and Hurd

Stephanie's Ponytail - Robert Munsch & Martchenko

Story of Ferdinand, The - Leaf and Lawson

That's not my puppy... - Watt and Wells

There's Something There! - Mayer

Thomas' Snowsuit - Robert Munsch & Martchenko

Time for Bed - Fox and Dyer

Time of Wonder - McCloskey

Touch and Feel Farm - DK

Unwitting Wisdom - Ward

Very Busy Spider, The - Eric Carle

Very Hungry Caterpillar, The - Eric Carle

Very Lonely Firefly, The - Eric Carle

We're Going on a Bear Hunt - Rosen and Oxenbury

Where the Wild Things Are - Sendak

Winnie the Pooh - A. A. Milne

Wind in the Willows, The - Grahame and Moore

You are my miracle - Cusiman Love and Ichikawa

A new skill: Holding stuff

Now eight weeks old, Haven has acquired the ability to hold something in her hand.  In order to achieve this skill, her parents must pry open her hand and shove something in it.  It is a skill nonetheless.  Up next, realizing that she is holding something in her hand.

Mastering the Toy Attack

At seven weeks, Haven's skill of attending and trying to strike a hanging toy are notably improved.  Still lacking is the ability to hit the toy consistently.  Her arm movements are unpredictable.  The thinking process appears to be pretty simple: See toy. Want toy. Swing arm. Repeat.