***ETA - Looks like I missed the annual friendly competition this year. BUT PLEASE donate just a little anyways!***
This is one charity that I love to try and do something for every year. I've been so wrapped up in Oz that I almost missed it this year. Please donate to Project Valor IT. It is a worthy cause that provides voice activated laptops for injured service members. Awesome cause, please if you can donate!
I know better than to compare Oz to others and for the most part I don't. I am of course a total worry wort and am wondering a few things. He's mostly on par for developmental things he should be doing at this and that age, but he's a little slower on others and I think I could or should be doing more to help out.
Tummy time - Oz hates it, period. He doesn't last more than 5 minutes before pitching a total fit while lying on his tummy. I still put him on his tummy anyways until he pitches that fit, but I noticed because he doesn't get a ton of tummy time he doesn't push up on his arms when he is on his tummy. He pretty much turns his head to the side and squaks at you for putting him there. I know tummy time helps with head stabilization. What other things I can do for him besides tummy time to help him work on holding his head up? Oh and if he still hates tummy time and doesn't push up with his arms will he not learn to crawl?
Rolling over - Does swaddling hinder this new baby trick? He still LOVES being swaddled. He smiles, yawns and coo's as soon as he's on the ground on top of the swaddle blanket. Not more than 1 minute after wrapping him he snuggles in your arms and falls asleep. So I really don't want to stop swaddling him but can it keep him from learning to roll over? Or slow that down?
He's still weird about his toys. He loves fabric things but not plastic ones. Stuffed toys, his clothes, his bib and my hair are his favourite things to grab, but plastic toys he will take for a moment and then let them go. Do I care or is this just a preference of his?
He is very articulate though. He has a large vocabulary of sounds and talks to me often. He looks in the direction you are talking if you aren't in his line of sight (He doesn't turn when you call him by name though and we all constantly use his name in just about every sentence). Also when sitting in his bouncey chair he leans forward like he's trying to sit up on his own. He also loves to be facing out when you hold him so he can look at things.
So he's getting there on some things but I am hoping there is more I can do to help him improve on those things he's not so good at yet.
I'm sick as a dog, staying away from the baby so I don't give it to him and have to travel next week. But I ask of you to do one thing today, please remember the Veteran. Take a moment to say thank you, hold open the door or just give a smile to someone who has served this nation. Small gestures aren't small as long as they aren't forgotten.