Sometimes the ladies at the daycare write little notes about Callia’s day on her info sheet. Here’s what they wrote today:
“She had a few broken up Cheerios and loved them. She laughed a lot today =).”
“Got stuck by a chair when attempting to crawl. It was funny – but of course we moved her after a chuckle!”
I’m just glad they’re having a good time at my baby’s expense! She is funny though.. and mobile.
A few weeks ago, we started practicing to crawl. When a ball would roll away, she’d lean forward and reach but wouldn’t move her butt to go after it. If it was out of her reach, she’d get frustrated and cry.. so I started leaning her forward until she was on all fours and would move an arm forward.. then a knee.. then the other arm.. then the other knee.. until we got to the ball. We’d do that back and forth across the floor. She started doing it a little bit on her own, but didn’t go into a full blown crawl.
I started an intensive exercise program with her to help get her moving around. She has always been frustrated when laying face down.. she just doesn’t like it. Laying flat on her back, she would play or take a bottle or just watch you, but she’s never been comfortable flipped over the other way. So, we practiced rolling over, pushing herself up, doing sit-ups and standing from a sit. She’d hold one of my fingers in each hand and pull on them to sit up or stand or whatever. We’d do 10 or 20 sit-ups in a row, and then move to another skill.
Now, if you set her down on the floor she’ll move 6 feet before you know it. She doesn’t crawl full speed in the traditional fashion, but she scoots around by pushing herself up and sitting back down.. kind of inch-worming across the floor. You can’t just set her on the couch and expect her not to nose-dive off of it anymore.
I also tried to get her to clap. I’d do it and then move her hands for her and make them clap. Then I’d clap. After a few minutes, she’d start clapping with me.
Soon, we begin heavy weight lifting training and learning how to mow the grass.