At about 8:30am this morning (5 December 2007) Miss Oh Waily rolled over from her back to her front.
We were going to do tummy time on the bed and while she was doing her usual back arching and kicking out with her feet she managed to get herself more or less on to her tummy. Then she managed to turn her head enough that it lifted off the bed. This gave the momentum needed to make it all the way to her tummy properly.
I was so excited that I gave her a huge hug and was going “Yay” “Yay” “Clever girl” all over the place. After a few moments of hugging mayhem I let her roll into me (I was lying beside her on the bed) and gave her a big cuddle. Then I put her on her back, a little way away from me and encouraged her to do it again, which she promptly did. It took her some effort to do it, but she had a determined look on her face and she managed it after a minute of wriggling and thinking and wriggling again. This time she couldn’t control the momentum and she ended up rolling right onto her back again (and directly into a cuddle with me), but she managed to roll from back to front to back in one go.
We tried for a third time, but the effort was getting a bit much. In the end she started getting a bit frustrated, so I gently held her hip forward a bit and that was enough for her to get momentum to turn on her tummy. So, she got a slight assist on her third go. Considering she has needed to be gently pushed or pulled over on to her tummy, even this small assist is nothing.
Fan-darn-tastic. Really and truly fantastic. Now we have to watch out. She has been doing little snake crawls on the bed over the past week and it can’t be too long before she gets the hang of the crawling too. I figure it’ll be a month at the most. But then, I thought she would be much quicker rolling over than she has been, simply because she started to practice 6 weeks or so ago. In fairness, it has only been this last week or two that she has looked seriously strong enough to manage to turn over, so the crawling thing is probably 6 weeks away at the minimum. I guess we will have to wait and see.
Ah the small things in life. It’s enough to start the day with a big smile.
My clever little girl. 😀
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