I am experiencing for the first time the joys of fatherhood. Our daughter Elisabetta is now six months, and things are more or less OK for now - keeping fingers crossed. I have a few questions for the more experienced parents here on the board. It will be a long post, but bear with a worried daddy, please
[li] First of all, has anyone ever successfully raised a trilingual child? I am Italian; my wife is Chinese; and we live in UK. We don’t foresee moving to Italy or China soon. Do you have success stories?[/li][li] It looks like Elisabetta does not have much upper body strength. Her legs have quite a kick, but the arms feel weak. She cannot lift things for very long, nor support her body long during “tummy time” when she’s on her belly. What can I do to help her develop a bit more strength? Move her arms like in a gym exercise?[/li][li] She stopped taking formula from bottles. We tried changing bottles, teats and formulas, but she just refuses bottles. And my wife’s milk supply is going down quickly! Luckily she’s starting on prepared food (mashed vegetables, fruit and the like), but she needs all the nutrients in milk. Do you have any suggestions?[/li][li] She sometimes shrieks very loudly. We don’t know why. When it happens she’s not alone, nor in pain, nor upset, and we give her attention. She’s cheerful and often smiles. What I do at the moment is gently tell her “Shhhh! This is not good at all!” with a, well, a slightly firm expression. Sometimes she gets it (I think), and stops. Sometimes she goes “Aaaah!” very softly, as if she wanted to tell me “I’m going to scream anyway, but more softly to make you happy” (and that’s very cute to see!). Often that’s not enough, and she goes on screaming.[/li][/ul]
I tried messing on Google to find suggestions, but as you can imagine the good is mixed with the bad, especially on parenting boards (ohhh, the parenting boards!) and I’d rather listen to the advice of reasonable people here on the board that had experience and know what they’re talking about.