I started this blog in order to create a sounding board and a “cautionary tale” for new parents, old parents, potential parents and the like. Falling into the “new parent” (and some days the “never again” parent) category, I often wonder if I’m doing things right and if my children are developing like they should. God forbid one of my kids ends up being the “slow kid” in class. Yeesh.
At about four months of age, most kids should be able to roll over from their front to their back and vice versa. Well, my son – who’s knocking on ten months – seemed to have a problem. Whenever he unwittingly wound up on his back… this is what he did:
…and this is how he’d stay – Until someone felt sorry for him and retrieved him from this undesirable position.
My son is a strong little guy. He can do a mean leg-push off of the dining room table while in his high chair. His chair teeters and balances on its two back legs brilliantly. (After you change your underwear) you can’t help but applaud his strength. Given his ability, it frustrated me to no end that he couldn’t turn over from his back to his front.
The husband seemed to think that he was just a little lazy, and that our son was the type of person who “will do things or he won’t” – no gray area or inbetween.
I, on the other hand, saw the ultimate “slow kid” lying on the floor and was wondering if buying him only name brand clothing would help deflect some of the teasing he’d be sure to receive. I began to just accept it.
Well, one day out of the blue, my son just… rolled over. He swung those chubby little legs of his to the side and flopped right over to his front. No fanfare, no pomp and circumstance – he just did it.
My lesson? Kids move at their own pace.
No need to panic.
No need to push.
…I’m still going to start that wardrobe just in case. 😉