My Baby – Week 3
Congratulations! Your baby is entering his third week of life. He may have slept for most of the first two weeks, but you have probably noticed that he seems to be more alert and spend more time awake each day. By now, you’ve probably changed over 200 diapers – you are a pro! You’ve already seen some crazy things in the process. It can be surprising that someone that small can create that much waste, not to mention the smells! You’ve probably been back to the pediatrician to make sure that everything is progressing well. You may even be starting to fall into some sort of a routine.
By week three, it’s probably time for your newborn’s first doctor visit since they came home from the hospital. These visits are usually referred to as “well visits”. At this particular visit, her length and weight will be measured, which will be fun to compare to her birth weight and length. Also, her soft spot will be checked as well as her heart and lungs. If you see your physician pull out a stethoscope, don’t worry, this is a normal procedure.
Three is the magic number.
Colic. What is it, and how do you know if your baby is suffering from it? Colic is defined as a baby crying non-stop for at least three hours a day, three days a week, and for at least three weeks. Most parents of babies with colic would love for their babies to cry only three hours a day; because in reality, colicky babies cry much more than three hours a day. It can be nonstop, almost every day of the week.
Colicky babies cry, and cry, even when they are dry, fed, and burped. As the parent of a colicky baby, just remind yourself that there may just be no consoling him.
Has your baby smiled yet?
While it’s important not to get caught up in the “whose baby does what first” game, it is fun to notice any new milestones that he reaches. Babies who are three weeks old may be exhibiting their first smile, or they may be making their first sounds (other than crying). See if you can notice any cooing this week, or in the coming weeks. Also, during tummy time, has he held his head up at a 45-degree angle?