Tummy Time – Not Happening

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Forget tummy time - I can roll over

For more than a month now, Maddie’s mom and dad have been very serious about tummy time for the baby. Every chance we get, she is perched on her elbows so she can show us her feats of strength!

However, three things constantly threaten to derail tummy time. The first problem is that Maddie obviously prefers to be on her back (less work you know) So, what better way is there to circumvent tummy time than by rolling over on to your back? Being on your back is less work and the rolling over part is kind of entertaining.

Once we could watch the baby frolic on her stomach from across the room. Now we have sit there with her so she doesn’t suddenly decide roll over and start chillaxing on her back.

Problem #2 is that Maddie is stuck with too many honey badger genes to move forward. During the Honey Badger video, the narrator says, “Oh look, it runs backwards.” Well that’s the problem.

For weeks now, Maddie efforts to crawl forward have been very unsuccessful. For some reason, those crazy legs start churning and the baby starts shuffling backwards. Motivation isn’t really the problem, it’s something in her mechanics. The more she struggles to inch forward, the faster she starts motoring straight back.

Problem #3 is Maddie’s morbid fascination with labels. That’s right, those little white tags on the back of shirts or in this case, the tags attached to the tummy time mats. Maddie will do one of those Three Stooges 360 degree maneuvers on her side so she can sample the Labels Du Jour. The more labels the better.

I have yet to taste any yet, but according to Maddie, they are to die for. I have even contemplated tearing the labels off of various items, but why would I rob my daughter of such wonderful times. She will jam three labels into her mouth in an unsuccessful bid to eat them. When you pull her away from them, she cops an attitude and wants to know why you are forsaking her friends.

All in all, tummy time really isn’t going that badly. It’s just another example of how Maddie can complicate a simple exercise, but make it look terribly fun and entertaining at the same time.

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5 thoughts on “Tummy Time – Not Happening

    tinystepsbigjourney said:
    February 7, 2012 at 5:14 am

    Oh yes my wee one is another one of the label lovers.. I don’t think they are warning labels, they are put there strictly for tummy time!
    And I must say Maddie is adorable!

      bizbriefs responded:
      February 7, 2012 at 11:40 am

      Do you think we would develop new flavors?

        tinystepsbigjourney said:
        February 7, 2012 at 4:14 pm

        I think if we did, we would be rich, rich I tell you

    IamNotDefined said:
    February 29, 2012 at 3:38 am

    If she still really loves labels, try a toy called a taggie. It’s pretty much the coolest tag toy you can find, and my daughter, a fellow tag lover goes nuts for them. It’s usually a square of fabric with a bunch of different tags or ribbons around the outside for chewing fun!

      stayhomepapa1 responded:
      February 29, 2012 at 4:27 am

      Great tip, we will take a look. And thank you for the tray suggestion, I know we had one. I will start searching for it first thing in the morning.

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