He finally did it. After a few weeks of rolling onto his side and then screaming like a little wild cub because of a trapped arm, he did a roll all by himself today. He still makes old man straining noises whilst doing it but the minute I put him onto his back he’s turned around onto his front. It dawned on me that I can’t just leave him on the play mat anymore whilst I go for a quick pee or a quick snack from the kitchen. He already seems in a massive rush to move. Promptly after rolling onto his front he started wiggling his little bum frantically in a bid to move forward. Hmmm, I think this means I better start moving things out of the way. I don’t think it’ll be too long before he starts moving in a, what looks like, commando bum shuffling style. Although he could hang on a few weeks whilst I baby proof absolutely everything, then that would be fantastic.
I actually thought it’d be a bit longer before he started the “moving” milestones. Apparently I didn’t start any kind of moving until I was about 10 months old. Whenever I hear baby stories about myself it seems I was a relaxed kind of baby and gurgled my way quietly through to the age of 3 when someone obviously turned on my “showing off” and “loud mouth” switch. I look at baby and he really does remind me of a cross between a wild little cub and the 3-year-old hyperactive toddler that I was. He will chat to absolutely anyone in the sounds he can manage. At the age of 5 months that involves mainly coo-ing, screeching followed up by a shy smile once he gets a response. This applies even at the doctors surgery whilst he has a chesty cough and streaming runny nose. Cue the Doctor saying: “Well, he looks very chirpy to me!”… and then I try to point out I am not an overprotective mad mother and that he genuinely looked like he was suffering during the night.
Just the other day I left him on our bed surrounded in with lots of pillows so I could get dressed. After about 30 seconds I returned to find him turned sideways with one of the corner of the pillow cases in his mouth, looking very pleased with himself. His other new thing is to examine each room we enter in our house (or anyone elses!) like he’s never seen it before and will turn around in every direction to get a good look. It is so cute to see especially when he is particularly impressed and rewards the room with a big smile or excited. Cute little man.