A magnificent milestone: The Rollover
November 30, 2009 (WPVI) -- I always knew I'd be a proud parent, but this past week I realized just how proud.
Sienna will turn 4 months this week and that means my husband and I were on full lookout for one of the first physical milestones: The Rollover. Until now, almost every movement was dictated by Sal or me or whomever was holding her. But last week, Sienna moved herself. I don't mean flailing her arms and legs while I change her or batting at a rattle; this was a real motion.
Since mid-October, she was getting close. In fact, I often wondered how she kept herself suspended on her side. I thought the sheer weight of her head would have been enough to just tip her over. But she managed to keep herself balanced on her side looking up at us seeming to say "What does a baby have to do around here to get some help?"
So for a couple of weeks, we watched, we waited, we even pushed a little bit to give gravity a helping hand. I started getting nervous because I was afraid I would miss the official "first roll over" while I was at work. I didn't. It happened at 8:03 am Tuesday, November 10th. I jumped up and started clapping, laughing and if I recall there was a tear or two in there. It was at that moment, I knew exactly what being a proud parent meant. It's extremely difficult to describe because it's a feeling I've never had before. Certainly, there have been people and accomplishments in my life I have been proud of, but this was quite different.
I can't communicate with Sienna just how proud I am, but I'm absolutely sure that babies have a great insight into your emotions. She gave me a little smile as I continued to clap and dance around celebrating her accomplishment. Then I had a flashback... I remembered how I felt when my parents told me how proud they were of me. It was then I decided it would be something I made sure I articulated to Sienna all the time. As amazing as it is for a parent to feel pride for his or her child, it's just as wonderful for a child to know his or her parent is proud.
parenting - erin o'hearn, parenting, erin o'hearn
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