She’s on a roll

On Saturday, Emilia rolled over for the first time (that we’re aware of). Mara and I saw her almost do it on Saturday morning, and then Angela called us into the living room later in the day when she was lying on her play “gym”, a mat with a couple of arches from which dangle several toys that are designed to engage the interest of infants (and cats). When Mara and I rushed into the room, sure enough, Millie was on her tummy.

Full disclosure: I moved her arms so they were under her chest instead of under her belly, but otherwise this baby has not been tampered with.

A day earlier, I had put a little teething toy into her hands and she had held onto it for a long time, gripping it with intention and examining it. Even a week ago she lacked the motor skills to really grip something for long, but she’s developing quickly. She does crunches, too, building her neck and core strength. She does them even when she’s swaddled and can’t move her arms. She does them whenever she can, like one of those wrongly imprisoned movie heroes doing one-armed push-ups in his cell against the day he can exact a fit and muscular revenge.

Listen, fish! I don't know what you are, but I'm gonna keep squeezin' yiz, see?

Happy as we are about these developments, both the roll and the grip have down sides. The roll means we can no longer turn our backs on Miss Millie-pants while she reposes on the diaper changing table, or on a bed, otherwise she’ll drop like a cartoon anvil. And being the one in the family with the shortest hair, I alone am exempt from having my locks yanked when I hold Emilia. When Angela or Mara or anyone with long hair holds her, she quickly clamps onto the dangling tresses and won’t let go, and although this is really an unconscious gripping that has been going on for a while, it can only get worse as she starts being the Decider about what she wants to reach for. I’m glad I don’t wear earrings. 

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6 Responses to “She’s on a roll”


  1. 1 Kiwidutch October 27, 2010 at 22:20

    Yep I learned the hard way…
    I do wear earings, but ditched the dangling ones FAST after an incident where my 6 month old daughter almost tore my ear lobe off. Who knew such a tiny grip could grip (and pull) so hard? Yes, real pain, Ouch.
    I was forced to follow her pulling hand with my head so ended up in an unwieldly position whilst simultanously trying to get a seriously soiled nappy out of the way AND hold her wiggling self to avoid her falling off the changing table..
    …let’s just say that the ponytail became suddenly fashionable after that as well because having released her grip on my earlobe, she then settled on my long hair as a decent substitute. (Note:this never happened with KidNo2, I learned fast)
    It’s a situation where you find yourself being held hostage by a baby and simultaniously thinking “good grief, this can’t be for real” “how on earth do I get out of this” and “ow!,ow!,ow!,ow!,ow!”
    Ours, like yours, reached the rolling milestone on a mat on the floor, unlike a friend who went to answer the doorbell, and realised that her firstborn *could* actually roll over when she heard a dull thud and then a wail denoting that kiddo had fallen off the changing table onto the floor.
    Kid survived and is now 18 years old, but it never happened with her second child… she learned fast too 🙂
    Congratulations Emilia! You Rock (and Roll!)
    and p.s. for your Mama and Papa, second children often do things quicker than the first since they have a small role model closer to their own size to inspire them, so start moving the breakables sooner than you think you will need to!

  2. 2 Kip October 28, 2010 at 05:04

    Pretty cool! And yes, now it’s time to keep the peepers on the kiddo. I can leave Will alone now, for the most part (he now climbs the shelves in the fridge), but now that Claire seems to have a mind of her own, climbing the stairs, pulling things off tables…man, the baby gates are coming in handy again! At least she has not figured out how to climb out of her crib…YET! Congrats on the milestone!

  3. 3 Librarian Girl October 28, 2010 at 14:57

    Cute, cute, cute.

    She is really giving that fish what-for.

  4. 4 jstwndrng October 28, 2010 at 19:49

    Kiwidutch,
    Yes, we have a feeling that Emilia is going to be a lot more “ambunctious” than Mara was at any given age. We never had to put plugs in the sockets or shift contents of low cupboards, because Mara was always content to remain “in bounds”. Positioning a chair in front of no-nos sufficed. Millie will be one of those “what’s behind here?” kids.

    Kip, thanks. Angela and I used to make barfing motions when we passed 60s-era split-level houses, thinking we would never want one, until kids. Then we understood the appeal. One baby-gate at the top of the stair and you’re pretty much golden.

    LG, yeah, she’s about ready for toys.

  5. 5 Ami October 29, 2010 at 17:14

    Awww, how cute! It’s all over for you now. Next thing you know, she will figure out how to break free of the swaddle, and voila, you say Yale and Millie says Harvard! (Don’t worry, I’ll have Kip talk to her about the Yale vs Harvard thing:))

    Unlike Kip, I don’t have to worry about keeping an eye on the kiddo’s. They usually make sure they always have an eye on me!

  6. 6 jstwndrng October 31, 2010 at 08:47

    Hi Ami!
    I remember that phase when Mara could not bear to have us go around the corner into the kitchen if she couldn’t see us. Those were difficult times for getting anything done, but kinda sweet, too. As for the Yale/Harvard thing, I have no personal experience to form the weight of an opinion, and I’d be hard put to locate either on a map. So if she says Harvard, I’ll say, just tell me where to drive…


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