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Jacob is 7.1 weeks and I am still worried about him even though on Tuesday the pediatrician said he seems fine and wait until at least 8 weeks for smiles. I just have this nagging worry because he seems different than Adam or Hannah at that age. He still holds his head to the side and stares to the left or right. He will look straight ahead with some effort but seems more comfortable with it cocked to the side. He is looking at me more for several seconds but sometimes it is like it is right through me. Also he is still not smiling though I did think a couple times yesterday he was kinda grinning but not out of true happiness. He just seems very content most of the time. He will cry to nurse or to be held or have a diaper change but the rest of the time he just seems to like to gaze off. Any thoughts or ideas? Anyone else have something similar happen? I am worried so I would appreciate any and all info. I posted a few days ago too and I want to thank those who responded. It meant alot!
 

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Let me say this first, my DD is now 7 months old and smiles, laughs, interacts all the time with me and our family. I have no worries about her social development now but as a newborn she was not smiling or really responding to me like DS2 did (he practically came out of the womb talking and interacting). I can't remember when she really started to interact but I know it was later than many babies. I was really worried about her for a while because my DS1 is autistic and he was not very interactive as a baby. He was content to sit alone unless he was hungry. I hesitate to tell you my story about DS1 because I don't want you to worry more. Your bambino is only 7 weeks old and although I understand your concern and I believe in a mother's instinct it is too early to be worried yet.<br><br>
As a mother of a developmentally delayed child I recommend you take note of his concerning behavior (jot down a few notes or take a few video clips of what concerns you-DON'T SPEND TOO MUCH TIME ON IT) and then just try to relax and enjoy him. The term "a watched pot never boils" totally applies to a child's development when you a parent waiting for a milestone.<br><br>
Take comfort in the fact that if he is developmentally delayed there is nothing you could be doing at this age other than giving him love and basic baby care which you are already doing. If he is developmentally delayed there is tons of wonderful early intervention that may catch him up quickly.<br><br>
Worrying will do nothing to change anything (this is my mantra and I have to remind myself of this often!).<br><br>
I'm sure he's fine. Take a deep breath and just enjoy cuddling him today!
 

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Maureen,<br><br>
Sounds like mine at that time. Now, at 4 months, he is super interactive.<br><br>
It is WAY too early to worry.
 

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