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William definitely became more fussy right when the wonder weeks chart (from the app) predicted.
It was obvious that he was in his third leap…also known as wonder week 12, or leap 3.
This leap was even more subtle than leap 2, however, with regards to the skills he learned and exhibited.
The fussiness was the only real telltale sign that he was in leap 3…
On This Page You Will Find:
- The Third Wonder Week
- Wonder Weeks Chart
- Signs and Fussiness
- Wonder Weeks and Leaps
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The Third Wonder Week
Leap 3, or wonder week 12, is known as “The World of Smooth Transitions”.
One of the more obvious skills learned during this leap, is a smoothness of your baby’s movements.
Baby’s have very jerky movements up until this leap of smooth transitions.
In addition to physical smoothness, your baby will experiment with his voice and make “smooth transitions” with sounds.
Wonder Weeks Chart
Pages 94 and 95 in The Wonder Weeks book outlines a checklist of new skills that your baby might be learning. For more detailed information, check out the book! Here is our experience with each of the skills:
Listening and Talking
Looking and Seeing
Signs and Fussiness
“Your baby will probably sleep less well now. Many babies wake several times a night demanding to be fed. Other babies wake up very early in the morning. Still other babies refuse to take naps during the day. For many families, the normal routine has turned into absolute chaos…”The Wonder Weeks (van de Rijt and Plooij), page 87
If there is one thing that happened during this leap, it was that William’s naps went south.
He is waking every 45 minutes. The dreaded 45 minute intruder has arrived, and it doesn’t appear to be going anywhere anytime soon.
He’s only waking once at night now, and doing great. For him, his naps are disrupted.
He usually goes down for his nap fairly easily, but then doesn’t stay asleep long.
After he wakes, I am constantly going in and helping him get back to sleep. I pat his chest, or bounce the mattress.
He usually goes back to sleep, but doesn’t stay asleep long.
I am in and out multiple times until the end of his nap.
Often, I have to give him a pacifier to help keep him asleep.
It’s a phase that happened with Caroline as well, so I know it will pass.
In the meantime it is hard. But, I know it is worth putting in the effort now and that keeping him in his crib for the duration of his naps will pay off later.
Wonder Weeks Leap 1 - William's Experience
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Wonder Weeks Leap 2 - William's Experience
The second wonder week, is called “Wonder Week 8”. It occurs sometime around the 8 week mark for your baby. Since it is the second wonder week, it is referred to as “Leap 2”. This leap is “The World of Patterns”.Continue Reading
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Leaps & Milestones
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Wonder Weeks and Twins: What You Need to Know
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As for skills learned… I’m surprised really that he checked off so many boxes above. He doesn’t seem to have had many changes during this leap.
Clearly he hasn’t focused on his hand control at all or the looking and seeing portion of the chart LOL!
He’s a super quiet, chill baby. He’s not doing much.
I worry sometimes that it’s because I don’t get to spend as much time focused on him, like I did with Caroline.
During his wake time, I am often dealing with making a meal, or something Caroline needs. He just doesn’t get as much of me as I’d like.
Then I worry, too that he’s not progressing due to his preemie status, although I’ve never believed he’d be behind because of it.
It’s possible, however.
So, we’ll keep an eye on things and see how he progresses through the next leaps.
He might just be a quiet, chill baby that is content to go slowly through these skills.
He might be taking it all in, so when he does do the skills mentioned above, he’ll have already mastered them through observation.
All I know is this little guy is smiling more and chatting more, and I just LOVE the time that I do get with him. I just wish it was more!
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