Menininho is really confused about physical milestones. He’s met all his social ones on time or early (making eye contact, smiling, giggling) but is kind of behind on his physical ones. At 3 months old he doesn’t, when flat on the floor, lift his head up too well, has pushed himself up by his arms only twice, hasn’t rolled over, and doesn’t seem interested in reaching for or even swatting at his toys.
I practice these things every day with him. Menininho gets tummy time on his own and on the Boppy, has several of those toys he lays under, and spends plenty of time on a blanket. I’m not really worried about this though, since he’s meeting the social milestones and because all kids develop at different rates.
The reason I say Menininho is confused is because even though he’s not really doing any of the milestones that come before it, by golly does this boy want to SCOOT. He’s been propelling himself with his legs since he was maybe 6 or 7 weeks old. He doesn’t get far, maybe a few inches, but he focuses sooo hard on it, scrunching up his face and grunting.
This morning I set him on the boppy, hoping he’d lift his head up some more. Instead, this is what happened, all from him kicking his legs:
You can’t tell in the photo here, but he’s still kicking his legs, pushing against the Boppy trying to propel himself further forward. I’m going to be in trouble when he does learn to crawl…he’ll be all over the place!
I’m thinking he’s going to be a Professional Breaststroke Kicker like his mom. (I could out-kick even some of the All-State swimmers on my HS swim team, but force me to add in the arms and well, that’s why I was one of the slowest swimmers on the team…)