Lifespan

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At 0 months:
ARDA sleeps virtually all of the time, only waking when hungry, cold, or wet. He usually drifts back to sleep toward the end of the feeding.

You talk quietly to ARDA during the feeding, making sure ARDA sees your face a great deal of the time.

You try to wake ARDA up for some parent-baby interaction time. You dance gently around with him in your arms, and talk or sing out loud.

You figure that ARDA needs the sleeping time for brain development so you don't disturb him. A
At 0 months:
After only a week with ARDA, you can already feel a hormonal connection. When ARDA cries, you begin to lactate!This will increase if you choose to breast feed, but it will die off gradually if you do not. You want ARDA to be active and curious about his environment, so you:

deck out ARDA's crib with the latest baby gear, including black and white mobiles, rattles, etc.

talk to, hold and interact with ARDA whenever he seems interested. You figure you are the most interesting and complex "toy" in his environment.

give ARDA a lot of audio stimulation, including talking to him, singing to him, and listening to music. B
At 0 months:
Will you breast feed ARDA?

Yes, ARDA will only be breast fed.

Yes, but we will supplement with formula.

No, we do not feel it is necessary.
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At 0 months:
ARDA took to the bottle/breast within the first day or so, and was feeding heartily within the first week. He has been gaining weight a little ahead of the normal charts.

You are worried about ARDA building up too many fat cells, so you schedule the meals and measure the amount he has, making sure it is consistent from day to day.

You let ARDA's hunger be your guide, and feed him on demand and until he is satisfied each time.

You are pleased by this progress, and try to establish six regular feeding times each day. You try to achieve this by delaying meals or speeding things up a bit to hit closer to the target times. A

At 3 months:
You notice that ARDA can learn a thing or two so you start working on his baby IQ!

You show ARDA interesting objects such as rattles, mobiles, and stuffed toys and watch how interested he is in looking at them or reaching for them.

You talk a lot to ARDA even though you know he probably doesn't understand you. You hope this will promote language skills later on.

You walk around outside a lot carrying ARDA or pushing him in the stroller so he can hear and see things such as birds, trees, cars, and dogs. A
At 3 months:
If ARDA was being breastfed, will that continue? (If ARDA was not being breastfed pick option 3.)

Yes.

We will use a mixture of breast feeding and formula for added flexibility, as long as ARDA tolerates it well.

No, it's time to switch to formula because it keeps babies from getting hungry too often, and your partner will be able to participate more in feedings. A
At 3 months:
The lack of sleep during the work-week has been getting on everyone's nerves, and recently you and your partner had some uncustomary arguments.You try getting to bed earlier on weeknights and sleeping in more on weekends. At 3 months:

ARDA is often drowsy, and even when awake spends a lot of time calmly examining objects or gazing quietly at people. What will you do?

Choose quiet activities with ARDA such as talking to him quietly while he explores his surroundings.

Nothing special. ARDA will become more active later as he matures.

Spice it up! Engage ARDA in vigorous physical activity to increase his level of activity.

Mostly choose quiet activities, but occasionally introduce some more energetic games such as swinging ARDA around in circles, dancing around with ARDA, etc. D
At 3 months:
ARDA is generally calm, in a good mood, and is easy to soothe when upset.

You try to get more of a rise out of him by playing little games, tickling him, etc.

Since you want ARDA to be more active and playful, engage ARDA in vigorous play whenever he is awake.

Since...
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