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…)



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5 responses to “Confused

  1. Sara Emily

    Ha ha – he is a mover! Don’t worry too much about the physical milestones… Savanna only rolled twice when she was 4 months old, then didn’t do it AT ALL again until about a month ago (8 months). She went straight from being a lump on the floor to being a crazy crawling baby going everywhere! Can’t keep her down now! He’ll catch up – you’re right – every baby develops at different times in different ways.

    In the famous words of my dad “You spend the first 2 years trying to get them to walk and talk, and the next 16 trying to get them to sit down and shut up!” LOL That quote is soooo true!

  2. Nic and Abbey

    Well, I’m glad it’s not just Ella! She didn’t reach for a single thing until she was 5 months…and now her hands are on EVERYTHING!

    She was a late roller, too. In fact, she just rolled from tummy to back for the first time the other day.

    But I love the scooting! You’re right…you’ll have your hands full when Miles is really moving!

  3. Caitlyn

    It’s good you’re not worried about it. I did a little, but Chaela didn’t roll until she was about 5 months. In fact, I’m pretty sure her first roll and her first time sitting up were pretty close together. She didn’t scoot until 7 or 8 months though! He is going to be a mover!

  4. Stephanie

    You are funny. No need to worry about the rolling over just yet, he’s still little.
    All my kids did things differently…Brayden hit all the milestones at the time that all the books say; Saydria got to them early, and was walking by 9 mos; was late on everything (and late by a month or so seems so long when they are youn); and Cole was able to go up and DOWN stairs on his own at 10 months. (The going up isn’t a big deal, but it took all our other kids a while to figure out how to go down safely. He figured it out quick!)
    Once Miles really decides to start reaching for things and moving, you may just forget how long you yearned for it. 🙂 He’s so cute.

  5. Stephanie

    I deleted Kai’s name in my last post on accident. He was the one that was late with everything! 🙂

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