My baby boy was born June 23 and is not an easy one (even my husband, who knows a thing about babies, says he is "a bit hyper"). He still gets very frustrated 50X a day, but he smiles and laughs all the time now, so that is fun. He loves kisses (he'll even give them), but isn't much of a cuddler. When his hands aren't in his mouth or holding a toy in his mouth, he does love to clap.
He is very active - always flailing around which drives me crazy. He's been trying to stand/walk since he was born. He sits now (though you have to watch him) and has been at that almost crawling stage for about a months (on all fours rocking back and forth) but can't figure it out because he tries to stand up instead and then starts spitting in frustration (he literally spits or straightens out his arms and yells “ugg” like the hulk). When he figures it out, I think we'll all be a lot happier - he really just wants to be able to GO GO GO.
He loves being outside and always has. He is very calm outside - like a different baby. But he'll only stay in a stroller or sling for about ten minutes. He wants carried and wants his limbs free.
Toys are always in his mouth, so no banging or playing. His favorite toys are plastic bags (which I take from him) and spoons of any kind. He does like flashin,g noisy toys and books (they taste good I guess, ha ha).
Nursing was terrible. It took us weeks to figure it out (he wouldn't latch and then, once he started latching, had an inefficient suck and so would nurse for 10 hours a day). We are doing fine on that score now but eating solids is going slowly. For about a month, we've fed him pureed veggies. He likes the ritual of it (prob. because it involves a spoon) but will only eat about 3 spoonfulls and sort of gags on it - though he has to like it because he'll smile and open his mouth for another bite. No teeth yet though he's been teething for 4 months.
Sleep is what it is. He gets 11 -13 total. Knows the difference between night and day. Wakes 5-11 times but goes right back to sleep after nursing 5 minutes. Naps, 2-3 a day, are 30 min to 1 1/2 but mostly about 45 minutes.
He is beautifull. Even as a newborn. Not sure how two rather laid back (very laid back in my husband’s case) average-looking people made this highstrung, amazing-looking baby. It’s a mystery of genetics.
It took a while, but I am enjoying him as he is and not still just wishing he would just calm down and be a “normal” baby. Nonetheless, my fingers are crossed he gets more comfortable in his own skin in the next few months.