5.03.2010

big news!

drumroll please....

folks we have a

she scooted herself from playing with those toys all the way over there! (more of a spinning than a scooting really- but who's being picky? it counts! :) we are THRILLED! right after this picture she rolled onto her back- you can see her pulling the arm underneath to roll in the picture. but the "knee play" idea has been going great! she'll be happy on her belly for fifteen minutes or more now. historically, he would only tolerate belly time for a few minutes, or seconds, before rolling over. 
here's a little bit about the process of learning to crawl from parents.com:

"Before crawling, a baby must first lose his infant reflexes--such as flailing his limbs when he's startled--and learn how to coordinate his arms and legs, which is no small feat," says Parents advisor Steven Shelov, M.D., chairman and vice president of Maimonides Infants and Children's Hospital of Brooklyn.
In addition, your little one can't bust a move until he wins an important battle with gravity. "You've got to remember that when a baby is born, he suddenly experiences a pull of gravity ten times stronger than that in the womb," explains Jody Jensen, Ph.D., associate professor in kinesiology and health education at the University of Texas, in Austin. "Being able to crawl means your child has learned to resist this pull of gravity while developing the strength to lift up from the ground."
Your little one may move backward at first. But with time, he will discover that by shifting his weight from one side to the other, he can coordinate his arms and legs and propel himself forward. (You'll probably notice that your baby spends the weeks--or months--before he actually crawls rocking back and forth on his hands and knees.) Although most babies start creeping between 7 and 10 months, it's not unusual for a child to make his first move much later than this. Experts believe chubbier babies crawl later since it's harder to push up onto all fours and drag their extra body weight.
and the different types of crawls:

Standard: The classic crawl: She alternates a hand on one side and a knee on the other to get around.
Crab: By bending one knee and extending the other leg, she slowly propels herself sideways.
Commando: Lying flat on his belly, he manages to drag himself forward using his forearms.
Roll: Before they are strong enough to get up on all fours, some babies roll to get where they want to go.


ok, now i have to go baby proof my house.

7 comments:

Ashley Hoff said...

Yay for scooting! What a great milestone. I'm sure she'll be crawling in no time and then before you know it, she'll be running all over the place!

MV said...

How exciting! Go baby gril go!

criticalcrass said...

YAY! this is great news!!!

Accidental Baby Maker said...

horray for scooting!!! I have been a nanny for over 9 years and know that this is an amazing landmark!!! ADORABLE!!!!

http://accidentalbabymaker.blogspot.com

Southern Loves said...

YAY...what fun!! :-D

Ashley O. said...

Yay for scooting!! I have a roller! :)

lorirgaither said...

Yay! That is so exciting! Go Wren!Just for you (Charla) I figured out how to sign up and follow your blog!