Rollin’, rollin’, rollin’ …

I have good news and bad news for you today, my lovely readers. The good news is that Baby Boy can roll over! *High five*

The bad news is that it’s only back to front … and he hates being on his front. *Sigh*

I swear, the kid went from happily lying on his back, to one day figuring out how to lie on his side, and then BOOM! He is now rolling over immediately after you put him on his back. It’s cute! And he is sleeping on his side — also cute!

But then he completes the roll, and ends up on his stomach …
… and cries …
… and I get out of bed for the millionth time and roll him back …
… and then I crawl back into bed, close my eyes, and wonder if he’s rolled back (and is smothering) …
… and I get out of bed again to check on him … Zzzzzzz …

What I don’t understand is WHY he rolls onto his stomach when he HATES being on his stomach? It seems he is not bright enough to understand cause and effect yet.

I did some basic training with him this morning, and demonstrated how to roll from your stomach to your back.

ME: See, Baby? You just put your weight on one side …
BABY: *silence*
ME: … and then you sort of lean back …
BABY: *silence*
ME: … and then you just … OW! MY ARM! … OK, you’re right, this is harder than it looks … OK, now I’ve got it. You should straighten the arm that you’re going to roll over on … Yes, that’s much better. Try it like that!

When training him didn’t work, I got some good advice this morning to try to prop him up — either on his side or his back — to prevent him from rolling onto his stomach while he sleeps. I just tried it — using a two rolled-up receiving blankets — and I’m happy to say, IT’S WORKING!

Let’s hope the little spud learns how to roll BOTH DIRECTIONS soon, though. While I am very proud of his accomplishments, I also need sleep in order to be a functional parent. And until he gets the hang of it, I forsee many mornings of slfhsdukfhdsufhsdkjfhzzzzzzzz …

So what do you think?

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