Savannah hates being on her tummy. This doesn’t make sense to me, because I can’t sleep unless I’m on my tummy. :-) She’s also incredibly content, and will sit forever entertaining herself if you left her.
However, she’s now almost 10 months old and doesn’t really move or scootch around at all like other babies her age. I really try not to compare, but whenever my friends talk about their kids crawling around – especially kids younger than Savannah! – I feel a little sad and wonder if something is wrong with my baby. Fortunately, one of my friends is a physical therapist for children, and she and I have been getting together weekly for play dates since last fall. She assures me that nothing is wrong with Savannah, that she just doesn’t have that desire to move around. Her arm muscles are underdeveloped because of this.
My friend gave me a few exercises to work with Savannah and encourage her to use her arms more. The intent is not necessarily to get her crawling, but just encourage her to move and explore on her own. So far, she has learned that she can spin around while sitting so she’ll do that which is kinda cute. And we’re making some very small progress with getting her to like tummy time. I’m supposed to put her on her tummy 4 times a day for 15 minutes each.
She gives up and just lets her head sink to the floor as she cries mournfully. I’m a terribly mean mommy!
Today I put her on her tummy for tummy time, and she flipped over to her back. I put her back, and she immediately turned to her back. I couldn’t get her to stay on her tummy! Smart girl. :-) So I’ll have to try some of the other exercises my friend gave me. Maybe Savannah will figure out she can roll from place to place?
To close on a sweet note, when we were driving back from Indiana, I looked in the back seat to see if Savannah had fallen asleep. We had a toy mirror that was sitting on the seat, and the angle was just perfect that I could see her face in the reflection! Awww I just had to take a picture.