Tummy Time: IT DID ME WRONG
August 24, 2009

It all began innocently enough.

When Donald returned to work, Charlotte and I decided it was high time that she spent a little time on her belly.  So I laid out a thick knit blanket on the floor and I placed Charlotte atop it and then I cheered her on.  GO, NECK MUSCLES, DEVELOP!  WOOT!  WOOT!

The books call this practice “tummy time,” and to the uninitiated, it sounds like a BRILLIANT idea.  It sounds magical, almost.  Basically, you put your baby on her stomach and she bangs her head up and down – nearly causing you a heart attack in the meantime because that head?  YOU BIRTHED THAT HEAD AND IT WAS PERFECT AND NOW LOOK WHAT’S HAPPENING, IT’S BEING BANGED ABOUT – and at the end of it all, the kid will have neck muscles.

Of course, neck muscles would mean that my daughter would no longer be falling prey to that unique newborn affliction called Floppy Head Syndrome.  And if Charlotte was no longer a Floppy Head Syndrome victim, then she was one step closer to world domination.

World domination = Obvious parental victory.
(KIDDING).
(Kind of).
(A little bit).

Anyway, so I got it in my head that this whole “tummy time,” thing was just what we needed, and the next thing you knew, Charlotte and I were friggin’ TUMMY TIME MASTERS.  Which is when the problems started.

Three days into our new routine, my little girl?  My sweet little pumpkin?  The darling apple of my eye?  She rolled from her belly to her back.

The first few times, I was able to write it off as being completely accidental.  But a few days later, I am forced to acknowledge that no, this is no longer accidental.  My baby no longer rolls over and shoots me a look of bewilderment, a look of UH, MOM, HOW DID THIS HAPPEN AND WHAT DO I DO NOW?!  Now she wriggles her arm into place, rocks her body from side to side, flips over, and then smiles and coos with accomplishment.

I’m just not ready for her to grow up so quickly.  Thirty-something days old.  Approximately another thirty days away from mini-skirts and bringing biker dudes with tattoos home for dinner.


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  1. By Monica on August 24, 2009

    She looks pretty smug in that last picture.  She knows she’s hot stuff!

  2. By Veronica on August 24, 2009

    Ahahahaha.

    Although, wow, that’s early! Isaac started at 8 weeks, Amy at 11w. Go Charlotte!

  3. By on August 24, 2009

    that is not what i expected the outcome to the ‘tummy time’ story to be! lol
    i expected something more along the lines of ‘tummy time’ is evil and torture! you are seriously lucky to not have recieved a wailing child at tummy time in my experience!
    i have a 7 & 5 year old, with one more on the way-and no one in my family enjoyed tummy time so easily and readily! count your new baby blessings.
    and everytime i see her pics, i want to tell you how adorable she is, and she looks just like you!

  4. By Heidi on August 24, 2009

    Biker dudes with tattoos are usually nicer than Abercrombie-wearing prepsters. ;)

  5. By Marla on August 24, 2009

    Yep, she’ll be saying things like “Really Mom, why are you so lame?!“ before too long…

    But she’s adorable now. :D

  6. By C @ Kid Things on August 24, 2009

    I was another who was expecting tummy time is EVIL because all she does is WAIL. That’s what all 3 of my kids did. WAILED.

    Love that last picture.

  7. By Laura on August 24, 2009

    My son hates tummy time. In fact, he will not lift his head up when I make him lay on a blankie on the floor. He just whines until he falls asleep. So we just started holding him on our shoulder a lot. He can hold his head up fine. I still hold out hope that he will like tummy time eventually. :)

  8. By erin on August 24, 2009

    TK (The Kiddo) also thinks tummy time is evil.  I’m convinced that’s why she has figured out rolling from her tummy to her back, so she can thwart the evil tummy time.  HAHA MOM, FOILED AGAIN!

  9. By Stephanie on August 24, 2009

    WOW!!!! Congrats, Charlotte!

  10. By Dianna on August 24, 2009

    Wow, she is getting big! It’s so hard to believe that thirty some days ago she was in your belly. Crazy. Now, when she figures out how to roll back over - then you’ll have world domination!

  11. By sarah on August 24, 2009

    She sounds like the smartest baby alive. Save for, ofcourse, my daughter. I love that last pic. And I hate your flat belly.

  12. By Stephanie on August 24, 2009

    that IS early - what an accomplishment!

    regardless of how many books and magazines tell you how wonderful tummy time is for your child (for the neck muscles, and digestive functions, etc) they fail to tell you how much babies HATE it. i knew tummy time is a required daily practice, but it always felt like i was torturing my poor kid by the way she’d scream and fuss while on her tummy…

    it all worked out in the end though - when they get to about 6 months they LOVE to be on their tummy because they’re gettin’ ready to MOVE. :)

    yay Charlotte!

  13. By Elizabeth on August 24, 2009

    Totally the problem.  Nobody tells you that when you follow the “tummy time” regime, you lose your wee baby and get a strong baby.  “Strong baby…. I’m not ready!!!“

  14. By Sarah A. Schlothan Christensen on August 24, 2009

    Elizabeth - I know, it’s like an evil plot against me.  Here I was thinking “oh, how nice would it be if I didn’t have to support her neck all the time?“  And instead, what I get is ROLLING OVER?!  Since when is growing up allowed around here?!

  15. By Jasmine on August 24, 2009

    Watch out…. next comes the scooting and crawling.

  16. By Joe @ IrrationalDad on August 24, 2009

    We had the same problem. Tyler started rolling over at 3 weeks. I say it’s a “problem” because he HATED tummy time and would roll over. It’s hard (read: impossible) to have tummy time if the little one knows how to end it.

  17. By kbreints on August 24, 2009

    What a sweet heart! Fast little learner! Watch out! She is way to smart already!

  18. By Stephanie on August 24, 2009

    Re: Blog comment

    I agree! Who in their right mind, would want to go home 6 hours after giving birth?! Also, we haven’t asked yet, but we’re pretty sure that our dr’s want us to stay longer since this is our first baby. I highly (HIGHLY!) doubt that I’d go home 6 hours after giving birth. Especially to my first. You never know what can happen.

  19. By repliderium.com on August 24, 2009

    You guys both look great.

  20. By MyHormonesMadeMeDoIt on August 24, 2009

    Not long before she will be running the show around there and you are already thinking where did the time go?!?!  She is precious:)

  21. By on August 24, 2009

    Go Charlotte!

  22. By on August 25, 2009

    i just had a thought-
    if you have a boppy type device, try tummy time on that. the baby wont be completely on a flat surface-but it will encourage the neck-and could* discourage the rolling…

  23. By Tabitha (From Single to Married) on August 25, 2009

    Wow, I had no idea they did that so early!  Go Charlotte - she’s a smart little girl!

  24. By April on August 26, 2009

    uhg, if she’s rolling over?  so NOT a problem.  both my boys SCREAMED and cried bloody murder when we did tummy time.  it was awful.

  25. By Spruce Hill on August 26, 2009

    I did lots of tummy time with my girls. Wow she rolled over! Awesome! Biker Dudes are totally next :)

  26. By Jennifer W. on August 26, 2009

    Lord help you.

  27. By on September 06, 2009

    Funny blog…great pictures…but seriously…
    You really (all you mommies listening?) DO NOT have to force your baby through “Tummy Time”.  Torture is not pleasant!  It is not the best way to encourage strong core muscles, which is what babies need to develop to be able to crawl, sit up, walk and so on.  Your best bet is to remember the simple rule of starting babies on their backs (and absolutely always for sleeping until they can turn over both ways on their own).  Additionally, do not place a baby in a position that they can not get into by themselves (like sitting).  If they can’t get there the they are not ready to be there!  If you would like more information about safe, respectful and in-tune caregiving, research Magda Gerber.  She is a well known expert in the field of child development and her philosophies are widely accepted and practiced in quality child care settings throughout the world.  Sorry for the long soap-box comment, but I am an Early Childhood Education Professional who cares for babies each day, so I feel compelled to pass on helpful information!  By the way, when my grown children were babies, I placed them on their tummies, from birth!  Only back then It didn’t have a coined name and I wasn’t aware of different points of view!  Just something to consider!  But mostly ENJOY your treasure of a girl!  She’s beautiful!  I should have started with that comment, but I go straight to education mode!!!!  Best of luck as you make more exciting discoveries together!

  28. By Jinxy @ Jinxyisms on September 06, 2009

    I agree with Amanda, that was now how I expected the post to end.  Tummy time in our house was evil till about 6.5 months and that was just because she could sit up then and at 7.5 months it was great stuff because she was starting to crawl.

    Way to go Charlotte!!!

  29. By square peg web on June 18, 2010

    I started tummy time almost immediately.Lay her on her tummy for a few minutes at a time, and gradually increase the amount of time as she gets older.You can shake a rattle or other toy in front of her face for her to look at.


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