Wednesday, May 10, 2006

Things That Go *FLIP* in the Night

Joshua apparently didn't read the child development books that say that your baby is supposed to roll from front to back somewhere around four months. He has done it once, maybe, and that may have been with some help. Recently, however, he has mastered the back-to-front roll, although he's never quite sure what to do once he's on his front.

Two nights ago, sometime between 2:00 a.m. and 6:30 a.m. he decided it was time to sleep on his tummy. I woke up at 6:30, surprised that I hadn't heard from him in so long, so I went to check on him. From the doorway I could tell he was on his stomach. I don't actually remember my feet touching the floor between the door and the crib...I'm pretty sure I leapt. But there he was, sleeping like a little log. I ran to get Jay, who was already up, so that he could see. As we were staring at him he woke up and pushed up on his arms to stare back. I wish I had a picture of the look on his face. It said something like, "What on earth has happened?" He didn't make a sound for the next fifteen minutes but had a very perplexed look on his face, like he still couldn't figure out what had happened. Last night was the same.

Next week he'll be driving.


anna said...

So are you going to let him keep sleeping on his belly? David was a belly sleeper execpt I kept flipping him thinking he'd die of SIDS, now looking back I wish I would have left him alone.

They grow up so fast. I would love to see a picture of that face.
He'll be crawling before you know it!

Jenny said...

The week Mr. Mark learned to roll from back to front was the week he slept through the night for the first time. (And crawled, and started to try to walk, and got his first tooth.) It was a busy week...

Mary Beth said...


Flipping him back over would require getting up in the night while he's sleeping. It'll be a cold day before I do that. Although last night I did wake up to the sound of him crashing against the crib rails as he rolled over. It was kind of funny. My pediatrician is of the opinion that once they can roll over by themselves they're out of the woods as far as SIDS.

That was a busy week. No wonder he slept through the night. He was probably to worn out to do anything else!