A week or two ago, Owen learned how to roll from his back to his tummy. Previous to that he rolled from tummy to back quite easily, in both directions; but on his back he was kind of like a turtle. A happy turtle, but he wasn’t going anywhere fast. His arms and legs never stopped moving with his signature wiggles, and he would even grab his feet and roll over to each side to look at toys, but he just couldn’t figure out how to finish the roll. Anyway, he finally figured it out. And I even caught the 2nd one on video (so Daddy could see, since he was out of town). But alas, I haven’t had the time to UPLOAD said video, so you’ll have to wait until I can publish a new set of “Mama Cam” videos from the last few weeks to see the cuteness.
So now that he’s figured it out, he’s a rolling machine. He cranes his neck and rolls his body around, grabbing at toys and giggling his little face off. Playtime now consists of him sitting and playing for a minute or two, then launching himself forwards so he face plants on the floor, then connecting rolls and turning around in circles on his tummy until he can grab everything within his armspan. It’s totally adorable.
However, I think this newfound skill has made him acutely aware of something he canNOT do. Crawl. Now that he spends so much time on his tummy, he stretches his arms and legs out (doing little baby “supermans” like Jillian Michaels does on my workout videos) and uses every muscle in his body to try to crawl, but nothing happens. The last few days he has gotten very frustrated while pushing his torso up off the floor, and it seems as though he wants nothing more than to be able to MOVE rather than just push up and fall down. Last night during our post-daycare play hour he was getting so frustrated he was straining and fussing while on his stomach. I helped him roll over to his back since he seemed like he was stuck on his tummy. He smiled for a minute, cooed, and then immediately rolled back to his tummy and kept right on fussing.
I am pretty sure he is going to stay on his tummy (and fuss) until he learns how to crawl. He seems pretty darn determined.
In the meantime, watching him try to figure it out is at the same time hilarious and painful. It’s easy enough for me to see what he’s doing wrong (he needs to get up on his knees, or master the army crawl with his arms), but it’s absolutely baffling his little brain. I guess this is the first of many times in his life when I’ll have to let him struggle it out to learn an important lesson.
Any bets on how long it will take him to learn how to crawl? How long did it take your baby to get from scooting and doing pushups to crawling? Any way I can help him figure it out?