To be honest, I have forgotten when exactly Schmee learned to roll over from back to front and back again. To be brutally honest, I don’t even remember when he learned to crawl. Too many sleepless nights as he continued to physically grow, adapt, learn new things and become a master of other things has turned my mind to mush. It’s amazing what children go through in such a short period of time. I do remember that he began walking on his own shortly after his first birthday. It all seemed normal to me and still does, which is why as I look at Sweet Pea smiling, laughing and playing and am not the least concerned that, at seven months, she won’t roll over.
It’s not that she can’t, mind you. It really is that she won’t. “Refusal” would be an apt word to describe what appears to be her disposition when it comes to rolling. I know this because I’ve seen her do it. Late at night when she rolls to find mom to comfort a hunger pang or when she’s just got to have a certain toy – especially if it’s Schmee’s Dinobot – and no one is right there to help. Plus, her teachers share stories of her accomplishments and things she’s working on that shed light on her true abilities.
I was always fairly content with Schmee’s timeline for attaining developmental milestones, if at times somewhat jealous when other children his age were on to the next phase of their physical development like crawling, cruising or walking. He seemed to make up for it by being persistent with an activity, enjoy reading (a lot) and manipulating small objects with his fingers and hands. I was also the proud father of a child that at 20 months knew what a locomotive was and could pronounce it to boot (how I remember that one is a story unto itself).
Sweet Pea will someday choose to roll. For now, she’s content with sitting and reaching for objects until she flops on her stomach. She doesn’t need to roll, she’s applying her ability of leaning forward to achieve the goal of reaching for that object! Wow, children are amazing. They each create their own methods to discover the things in their world. We all grow up, but we all do it differently, too, and not necessarily in the “right” order.
I might not remember the day that Sweet Pea rolls from front to back and back again either, but I know that I will enjoy watching all of her days because each day brings with it new tricks, new ideas and humble experiences that add up to a treasure in my heart and that is all that matters.