So, lately, I have been working with BabyK to up his tummy time. He never has liked being on his tummy, and (completely my fault) I’ve honestly never made him because he would always get frustrated quickly. But after visiting his pediatrician, he stressed the importance not just for building his neck muscles, but back and arm muscles and to build control and all that good stuff. And silly me thought he had to do the time limit all at once, but he told me to try little bit by little bit until he can do the full tummy-time all at once. If he still didn’t like it, to try starting off with tummy-to-tummy… his tummy against ours… then on something else to help prop him like a Boppy or other pillow, then on the floor. (Whew!). So, we have a pillow like a Boppy (the WalMart version – which in my opinion is better anyway because this one has a strap that goes between his legs and velcroes on the side so he won’t wiggle himself down when he’s laying face-up. You can’t do the strap when he’s face-down). We got it right after he had a bad cold when he was about 2 months old because it would prop him up and help him breathe, plus it helped when he would actually breastfeed.
Little by little, we have been making some progress. At first, he hated it and fussed very shortly after placing him on his tummy. I mean, like, within a minute. We’re now up to three 3-minute stretches, sometimes with and sometimes without the pillow.
Â He watches the iPad (facetime with friends or a movie) and plays with his rattles.
Â This past week, he started rocking back and forth to his side and back, but never could get all the way over. Well, this morning, I left him playing with his toys on the playmat so I could take a shower. He usually gets fussy while I’m in the shower because he can’t see me, so when he got fussy this morning, I thought it was just because of that and I finished my shower as usual. When I got out, I went to check on him, and he had rolled completely over! He must have done it right before he got fussy because by the time I saw him, he had gotten tired and laid his head down. Of course, it was all over when he saw me though – he got fussy until I rolled him back over, and he thanked me with a big grin.
Then it hit me.
My baby is becoming mobile.
Granted, it’s time because he’s 4 1/2 months old. But still. It’s not going to be long before we will have to have a much closer eye on him! Can someone say, baby-proofing is NEEDED now? Whoa. I mean, I was like, all excited and stuff that he rolled over (side-note: seriously… it’sÂ ridiculousÂ how tremendously excited I get over stuff like that with him! /side-note) and was texting Erik about it and then it was like theÂ light-bulbÂ went off and I saw a reel of visions in fast-play mode in my head.. rolling, crawling, pulling up, then walking. OH my!
So much is happening this month with him. He’ll be 5 months old the day after Christmas. (another side-note: My neice will be Â 10Â years old that day too! O.M.Gooses! /side-note 2)Â
Then the adventures of BABY FOOD will begin! JOY!!!!