This is a little blog about little milestones – the ones that don’t usually get mentioned on development checklists, but feel special to me.
My little girl can now burp on her own. Sometimes they are delicate lady like burps and at other times it sounds like we’ve got a steelworker after a couple of beers in the room. This may not seem like something worth celebrating but it means I no longer have to worry about patting her back for ages in the middle of the night trying to coax out some wind without waking her (if you have ever managed that you are a more accomplished parent than me). If that results in more minutes of precious sleep for me then happy days.
This week she has also grabbed her feet with both hands – known as the happy baby pose in yoga . I also tried it and got a reminder that she is way more flexible than me! She also sucked her big toe for the first time. These may not seem like obvious milestones, but it shows she is now aware of her whole body, whereas before her feet were just strange things that occasionally got in her eyeline.
I spent ten minutes pinned to the floor this week as she grabbed a hand full of hair in a vice like grip and wouldn’t let go. She’s grabbed me before but never with such intensity and focus, and I didn’t have the heart to free myself so I just stayed there with my head on the mat and bum in the air hoping no one looked in the window.
She also blew her first raspberry. I don’t know what that means but it was very cute.
Yesterday I caught her intently watching the football World Cup on TV. I don’t want her watching TV this early (surely at least rugby would be preferable to football), and I know it’s just a blur of colour and sound to her, but at least it’s a sign her awareness and eyesight is improving.
It’s been a busy week and after lots of attempts she has now taken to rolling from her back to her front in one direction. I wouldn’t say she’s mastered rolling like a proper milestone, because each roll is more like a slow motion walrus wildlife documentary and she keeps getting her arm stuck underneath. Unfortunately she can’t yet roll back again, so after a few minutes on her tummy she gets frustrated and cries until I help her onto her back, only for her to flip straight over again seconds later. So until she masters rolling both ways I’m on permanent baby flipping duty. Hopefully she’ll master rolling both ways soon and I’ll be celebrating that milestone, although that might bring all new challenges so I should be careful what I wish for.
They really do grow up so fast. I know everyone says that, but I didn’t believe the shock of it until I experienced it myself. Each week brings new mini-milestones and I can’t wait to see what next week brings. What are the small milestones you are celebrating this week?
Photo thanks to Jason Parks on Flickr (https://www.flickr.com/photos/jasonlparks/)