Mar 14, 2011  •  In Baby, Claire, Motherhood, Parenting, Personal

Uncanny Timing (Or, She Rolled!)

Did my daughter know that I had posted an unflattering picture of her last night? Perhaps she sensed my worry at having voiced my concern online?

BECAUSE GIRLFRIEND FINALLY ROLLED TODAY!

And not just once but twice. During different tummy times. So I know it wasn’t just a fluke.

She still doesn’t like it. Both times, she started crying immediately afterwards, as if confused and startled at how the heck the world could (literally) turn upside down in the blink of an eye.

And both times, I immediately embraced her and praised her like she had just discovered the cure for cancer.

(I actually do the same with Comang whenever he does something good, like learn a new trick. Is it bad that I treat my dog and my baby to the same sort of positive reinforcement?)

I knew I shouldn’t have worried so much; there isn’t anything physically wrong with her — our pediatrician had even pointed out that her neck control and balance seem to be better than that of most babies her age. It was just a battle of wills, and in this case, mommy eventually won out.

I am not looking forward to tonight because they say that most babies who reach new milestones have trouble sleeping. But this is surely a day I will remember…my baby rolled over for the first time on Pi Day 2010!


We started solids just last week. So far it seems to be going pretty well.

14 Responses to “Uncanny Timing (Or, She Rolled!)”

  1. Hooray! My babe has been rolling back to front but either cannot or will not go from front to back. She totally does the faceplant, but this gives me hope! (Just found your blog via a friend, and I’ve really appreciated your sleep training posts in particular.) :)

  2. Yay!!

    Funny what you say about Comang & Claire – I find myself saying the same thing to babies that I do to our dog! Can you say “Good girl!” to a baby? I was immediately embarrassed after saying it to my friends baby the other day…

    • Haha I feel the same way sometimes when I talk to my daughter! Even with tummy time, I’m always saying things like, “Roll over!” and my dog comes over as if to say, “Do you want me to show you how it’s done?”

  3. I knew she would!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Yay Claire!

  4. Yay Claire! She totally knew it was Pi day; what a way to celebrate ;)

  5. Yay, Claire!

    Btw, I plan to secretly use many of the things I learned/ do with my dogs with my kids. It’s so not-pc to admit it, but hey, I even use some of the same theories with my work people and they’re adults!

    I think it’s more that I treat the dogs like I would treat a kid than that I would treat a kid like a dog, if that makes any sense.

    Either way, yay, Claire!

  6. Please tell Claire I said, ” You Go Girl!!!”. What a geek in diapers– Pi Day! ;)

    Congrats, Momma!

  7. Christine:

    congrats!! i can’t wait for my little one to roll over, but he still doesn’t have good neck control. :(

  8. Yay!! I don’t have kids yet, but I imagine that there will be a lot of similaritiest between kid and pet praising, teaching, etc.

  9. oh claire, you make us smile.

  10. I love how you say you treat your dog and daugther the same. I think I’m going to be in the same boat when my little one is born (in August!). Congrats to Claire on her milestone!

    • Congrats on your pregnancy! Yes, sometimes I have to really wonder if I treat Claire like Comang, esp when saying things like, “Good girl!” or “Roll over!”

      The funny thing is, I’ve read that most adult dogs have the mental and emotional intelligence of a 3-year-old (well, in Comang’s case that’s probably closer to a 2-year-old ;-) ) so I still find myself talking to Comang more than I do to Claire, because I know that he understands me and can follow commands. We’ll see how that changes once Claire gets older. :-)

  11. Donna:

    LOL – I have to share this clip with you of Neddy –
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YOFO3lHvnw4

    He must have been about 3 months old in this picture but we call it “Flipping Mad”

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