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Our mobility. Or lack there of.

Posted: July 24th, 2009 | Author: | Filed under: Misc. | 3 Comments »

I’ve got a couple of quasi-mobile boys here. They sit pretty well- when they aren’t doing head plants to the 2 square inches outside the “nest” not buffered by pillows and blankets. They can turn themselves around 180 degrees on their tummies to get to the toys they want. They can propel themselves backwards until they hit a wall/entertainment center/chair/pillow.

They do not however, move in a forward motion.
They do not (shakes head and drops head in shame, gulp) roll over.

It’s not because we don’t try. We’ve resorted to taunting with food- placing puffs just out of arms reach and letting them squirm forward. They reach pretty well. Stretch unfathomable distances to get that puff, but they don’t “move” forward.

Mr. Wonderful (interwebs baby researcher that he is) actually put a rolling pin under Lincoln one day in an effort to hoist up his big tummy and roll him forth. Nothing. Actually, he rolled forward onto his big head. End of story.

I blame it all on their big heads (obviously filled with big brains which will one day stun us all with their knowledge of finance and all things language) which, ahem, come from their father’s side. OK, if you must know there is a large head or to on my side of the family as well but that’s really neither here nor there.

You see, when they were quite wee, they rolled over with great aplomb. Rolled right, rolled left- mostly from front to back, but rolling. They had quite a few instances where they lifted themselves up to great heights before they made that ultimate roll- oftentimes their big noggins were the first contact with the yoga mat.

Now when they find themselves on their tummies they kind of freak out. Or they scoot in a circle, spinning on their bellies to get what they want. Or they push out with their hands and back into the nearest obstacle. Sooner or later they dissolve into hysterics and press their faces into the ground in defeat- tears and screaming ensue.

They’ve been getting tummy time since they came home from the hospital. So it’s not that. They’ve had plenty of practice there.

I’m getting worried they’ll skip they whole crawling thing and go straight to walking- not acceptable. Crawling facilitates verbal skills. Twins already have issues with verbal skills. We are a very verbal family. Can’t have slackers if you know what I mean.

How do I get these boys a movin’ on all fours?

And, to that end- rolling over?

I get them up in the morning and they are flat on their backs like they are being held down by some special force (they roll on their sides to sleep so I know they can move) it’s all so sad.

I’ve got 3 weeks before Dr. B asks what tricks they are doing and I’m going to really feel crappy if their biggest feat is putting away a bowl of pureed edamame and spinach in 4.6 seconds and feeding themsleves their bottles while watching Rick Sanchez on CNN in their Boppies while I “clean”.

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3 Comments on “Our mobility. Or lack there of.”

  1. 1 Beki said at 4:01 pm on July 24th, 2009:

    Okay, I feel like a blog-stalker, but I just finished my comment on the last post when you posted this!

    I know it's easy for me to say now, but they WILL move. And you will wish they didn't. Charley would not move. At all. It was well after 10 months before he "crawled," And I use that term loosely, because he pretty much did that for real only for about a week before his first birthday. He, too, had a gigantic noggin. I tried every trick in the book. The one that worked? Watching Jax do it. And being mad he couldn't. But he just didn't really crawl. He walked instead.

    Charley also didn't roll. I mean, he did… once… at 6 months (The VERY first time he rolled was 2 days shy of his 6-month birthday)… but that was pretty much it.

    I think gigantic heads really restrict movement. At least that's what we experienced.

    Keep trying everything "the experts" tell you to do. It won't hurt (except when the head hits the floor). If you feel really unsure, you can always have them evaluated by the early intervention people. But in my experience, Charley learned how to do it the next day (though the PT did give me an idea… to partially roll his bottom half, and make him do the top).

    Hang in there. Worry is all we as mothers do, isn't it?!
    =) B

  2. 2 chelsea said at 10:40 pm on July 24th, 2009:

    Big heads absolutely restrict movement! The couple of girls I know who have big-headed babies constantly complain about their "lazy" kids. I wouldn't worry at all! They'll be on the move before you know it and they'll be pros right away since they took their time to perfect their skills. 🙂

    I also have to add that having a super mobile baby isn't the greatest thing ever. I can't do ANYTHING anymore because I have to monitor Ben's every last movement so he doesn't end up gashing his head open, yanking cords out of the wall or tumbling down stairs.

    Cherish your last bit of quasi-freedom. 🙂

  3. 3 Lindsay said at 12:28 pm on July 25th, 2009:

    My oldest daughter had a HUGE head – 97th precentile when she was born! (ouch!) And she pretty much skipped walking all together. She was my first baby and I was freaking out that she wasn't mobile. Then out-of-the-blue on the day she turned NINE months she started walking!! And hasn't slowed down since! 😉


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