I love watching my babies develop in their first year of life; the changes are so rapid and dramatic! Lydia is now beginning to fix her gaze on objects or faces. She is just beginning to follow or track objects and faces as they pass in front of her. Her movements are still very reflexive, and accidental, but it won't be long before we see her reaching and grasping.
In the picture above, you can see Lydia looking at an object in her floor gym. Lane is patiently playing with her, not understanding fully how limited her abilities still are. He is watching and waiting for the first signs of play from his sister!
Hope is very happy to cuddle with Lydia. She and Sydney took turns holding Lydia the other day and took pictures of each other with their sister. They took nearly 40 photos!
Lydia is filling out and growing stronger, as you can see in this picture of her on her Daddy's lap.
Best of all, we are increasingly blessed with her smiles. These were very random and reflexive at first but we have seen a few now that we believe are more responsive.
I only began to study child development since first becoming a mother ten years ago. In those early years of my motherhood I checked out stacks of library books and read up on what Jean Piaget had observed about babies and children. According to Piaget, Lydia has just moved out of the first month's stage of reflexive motions to the second stage which is from one to four month of age. I am not schooled in psychology or sociology, but find Piaget's observations of the stages of development helpful in interpreting the things my babies are doing. Unlike Piaget, I see the glory of God in every milestone my children reach.
A more practical resource on child development is The New First Three Years of Life by Burton White. I recommend it especially for first time mothers.