For the first 11 weeks of his life, Oliver could have cared less about all of the brightly colored, developmentally appropriate, designed-to-stimulate toys we had purchased and strategically placed in his play areas. We could wave a rattle in his face all day long and he would just gaze right past it at an interesting spot on the wall. Anything placed in his tiny fist would be immediately discarded. Oliver was perfectly content to spend all of his awake time looking at his pinwheel mobile, staring at himself in the mirror, reading books (or, rather, having books read to him), and talking to his “baby friends.”
Then, last week, something amazing happened — Oliver suddenly discovered toys! It started with a stuffed duckie; we placed it on top of him and he suddenly started “wrestling” and sucking on it. Within a few days, he was grabbing, shaking, and sucking on his rattles. In the past week, he has progressed to interacting with the toys in his activity center in their intended manner (i.e., spinning the spinners and pushing the pushers) and (just today, in fact) batting and grabbing at the toys hanging from his activity mat. He is a little playing machine!
It is so amazing and amazingly fun to see Oliver beginning to interact with the world around him. The look of intense focus as he tries to get a toy to do something, followed by the bright-eyed smile when he succeeds, is hard to beat. Of course, I would be lying if I said that I was not more than a little happy that Oliver’s favorite “toys” continue to be his Mommy and Daddy!