Wonder Weeks are a time period in which your baby experiences a developmental leap. As parents its imperative you know and understand all there is about wonder weeks (for your mental health).
She’s crying again…for the third time today.. . and I don’t know why. She isn’t wet, she isn’t hungry, she isn’t scared/cold/hot/etc. She is almost inconsolable and just wants to cry into my shoulder. Minutes later, she is smiling…
I don’t recall when I first heard about Wonder Weeks, but I do remember what was happening in my life. Annabelle was started sleeping less, crying more, and acting strange. While complaining to fellow first time Mom about Annabelle’s behavior, Nikki asked if we were in a wonder week.
A wonder what?
After some research, I learned Wonder Weeks are the time period during which your little one goes through developmental changes. These changes are referred to as Mental Leaps.
“It’s not your imagination– all babies go through a difficult period around the same age. Research shows babies make ten major, predictable, age-linked changes – or leaps – during their first 20 months. During this time period, babies will learn an insane amount. With each leap comes a drastic change in your baby’s mental development. This also affects his mood, health, intelligence, sleeping patterns and the “three C’s” (crying, clinging and crankiness).”
Wonder Weeks can be purchased as a hard cover book or an eBook. I downloaded the Wonder Weeks eBook and started frantically reading the chapter describing Mental Leap 3 (which Annabelle was currently experiencing). Then I went back and read about Mental Leap 2, which Annabelle had experienced around 8 weeks. I couldn’t believe my eyes. Almost all of the skills the book described would appear at the end of her Leap were evident in Annabelle’s behavior. For example, at the end of Leap 2, A would be able to “hold her head up better, turn her head towards sounds, and make short explosive sounds with her voice.” I swear when she hit 10 weeks, all of those skills were mastered.
Fourth Mental Leap
Currently, Annabelle has just completed her fourth mental leap called Events. It started around 14 weeks and supposedly ends around 19 1/2 weeks. This leap was extremely difficult – for it lasted over a month. There was a lot of crying, clinging, and crankiness going on over here – and a lack of sleep (thank you four month sleep regression). However, the changes in Annabelle that we have noticed are amazing.
Clearly she is thrilled with her new skills!
Annabelle hardly misses when she tries to grasp something.
She puts my hand in her mouth.
Annabelle is busy with an activity center.
She reacts to a mirror image.
Annabelle responds to her name.
She notices animals, toys, items that she wants to put in her mouth – and she reaches for them!
With each mental leap, Annabelle becomes more of a little person. She becomes more active, more curious, and more exciting to watch. While I don’t look forward to the stormy behavior that accompanies each mental leap, I do anticipate the new little milestones she reaches!