When Rolling Over Is The Hardest Thing You’ve Ever Done

June 21, 2014

Bailey is now almost 4 months old and is growing up to be a happy and healthy baby. We couldn’t be happier as parents to know that.

We have recently experienced our first instance where his arm will be an obstacle he needs to learn to over come, and one we have to let him.

It has to do with rolling over. A few weeks ago Lori was playing with him at her parents where he was able to roll over. Very exciting times for a 3+ month year old. However he hasn’t done it since; even as much as we’ve been encouraging him. I believe this has to do with his arm.

You see, for those of us with two full arms and ten digits we as babies are able to straighten out or fold in our arms to make rolling much easier to do.

For Mr. Bailey Bravo it is not as simple. Because his arm and hand are at an odd angle (relative to his left hand) it actually creates a perpendicular brace against him rolling over.

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And of course this is only a problem because he wants to roll towards his right side.

I have to assume this is because his left hand is the dominant hand and the one he uses to push himself up and over with the most. If he simply tried to roll over on his left side he probably wouldn’t face this problem, but in that situation he’d have to use his right arm strength for the push. Something I don’t feel he is as comfortable doing.

Lori and I sat on the bed with him for quite a while while he was on his stomach encouraging him to roll over.

It was hard to watch because we knew it had to do with his arm. Something we are absolutely sure he will overcome soon enough, but still hard to know that at times, even the simplest things will be hard for him.

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