August 6, 2014 * [17 Weeks]
Jane almost rolled over from her back to her tummy by herself Saturday evening. Sunday morning, I set her down on her back on a towel on the floor. I left for a few minutes and when I came back she was on her tummy, looking up and smiling brightly. Fun! A great achievement for such a small girl. Problem: she is becoming mobile.
Since Sunday, rolling over has become her favorite thing to do. She hardly needs the jungle mat or the toys she was interested in before. I can lay her on the floor and she rolls and scoots and rolls. From her back to her tummy and occasionally from her tummy to her back (she sometimes gets stuck on her tummy for too long and then cries).
She does it ALL the time, everywhere. I try to change her diaper and she rolls to the side with her back arched so that I struggle to snap a clean diaper back on. I lay her down for a nap and she rolls over into the weirdest position. I lay her down to play with toys and she fusses because she gets stuck when she rolls.
Sleeping has become an activity that I have to refigure out so I will expound: Monday, I laid her down for a nap but she wasn’t too happy about it, as she does protest naps on occasion. I left her in the crib for only a few minutes when her cry grew harder than usual. After a few more minutes, I went in to check and see why. Jane was on her tummy and couldn’t keep her head up so she was drooling on the bed sheet and screaming. Then yesterday, Tuesday, the moment I laid her down for her first nap she started to roll sideways and tried to roll further. I picked her up and wrapped her tight in a blanket, because that should keep babies from rolling, and she smiled at me as if this were a game to her. When I laid her back down in the crib, she laid there for several minutes, working her arms out of the blanket until they were free and then she wriggled to turn sideways. Since then, when I lay her down to sleep in her crib, she eventually rolls to an awkward position on her side with her back arched and her head as far back as she can get it. She doesn’t seem to sleep as well that way. She woke up in the middle of the night last night, which she hasn’t done in weeks, and cried for a few minutes before drifting off back to sleep. She did that a couple of times. In her first nap this morning she did the same thing. Every time I flipped her body back onto her back, she cried until she moved back into the same sideways position and then the crying stopped. Wow. Okay. This is humorous but I’m perplexed!
Then I got a bright idea! I laid a blanket over a boppy pillow in her crib and nestled her inside. She cried almost five minutes and then fell asleep beautifully. She looks much more peaceful.
… but then it wasn’t working so well. She started to not like that. She cried and cried until falling asleep and then she tossed in her sleep against the pillow. I put her down for another nap (she sleeps a lot!) without the pillow again but she got stuck rolling over and cried. Next brilliant idea! Dear Krissi had sent me blanket sleepers. I stuck her inside without pulling her arms through the arm holes. Instead, I wrapped the straps inside around her arms. Ha! I think she feels the most comfortable this way.