Hope is 15 weeks old today, and it is my first full day of being the stay at home mom. Wendy has school and soccer, so she works 11 hour days – 7am-6pm. I would be more familiar with how to start a college soccer team from scratch or how to prepare a team to play against an opponent who is ranked in the Top 10. I have experience doing those things. I have never kept a 3 month old for 11 hours by myself.
I actually don’t know how old babies are when they start achieving certain milestones, because I didn’t read any of the books Wendy asked me to read. I read one book about swaddling and shushing – Happiest Baby on the Block – but I never could fold the swaddle correctly. Sometimes I even struggled with the swaddles that are already folded for you with velcro. I get e-mail updates from diaper companies and other baby product companies that are helpful, and I google when I need information.
After a break from rolling over, there is no stopping Hope now. She does not play very long on her back before she rolls over to her tummy. The tummy time has been very good for her neck. According to my google research, most babies turn over from their tummy to their back around this age, but most turn back to tummy 2 months later. When Hope is lying on her tummy crying, I sit down and try to teach her how to turn back over. She doesn’t want to roll over. She wants to crawl.
I would call it the military crawl since she is on her forearms and elbows and her legs are being dragged behind her. She grunts and strains and drools and cries to move about 3/8 of an inch. She gets the edge of her play mat under her arms and pulls the mat under her body, so her head is on the carpet. The mat moves more than her body actually does. Hope is trying to crawl. I just want her to turn back over. It would make my life so much easier.
Hope is making this easy. We’ve almost got a schedule and a routine. She’s not a very fussy baby. She’s easy to entertain. Sometimes feeding Hope requires a lot of work. She is a peculiar eater and has her moments. Hope usually does a good job when I need to get out and run some errands, especially for someone who can’t sit up. Every now and then, one of us does something that makes me laugh so hard, it makes me not want to miss one minute of her growing up. It’s just the first day!