Ellie is “crawling” on her back, going backwards. She can move from one end of the crib to the other. For a long time now she can spin around and face another direction on her back. I do not remember if Dorothy ever did this, but if she did she was way older than 4 months. Ellie’s legs are just so strong! Ellie’s babysitter (who has a baby 1 week older) keeps remarking how surprised she is at the strength in her legs. Ellie figured out that she can turn the mobile on and off by kicking the colorful buttons. She spent almost 20 minutes entertaining herself kicking it on and then off, getting a different song each time. She laughed each time it started again, and talked to the hanging guys going around and around.
Her ability to hold her head up is also remarkable. She has been able to hold her head up for months. I think it’s so she can keep an eye on whats going on with Dorothy. She loves to watch Dorothy play and run around with her friends.
Ellie also rolls over now (has for a few weeks). She gets frustrated though when she rolls from her back to her belly. She rolls on to her belly and the view of the world changes for her. On the play mat, she will roll over and after a few minutes she starts to get unhappy. She hasn’t figured out how to really control rolling over from her belly to her back. She has done it but I think it was involuntary. Ellie likes to look up and kick her hanging toys, she can see whats going on around her. When she rolls over she is stuck having to work harder to see, and she has to take a short break (less than 30 seconds) to put her head down and rest her neck. While she is on her belly, she sometime inches backwards, but I think that is also involuntary. She looks at me as if to say, help me out and turn me over already! Shes moving so much faster than I remember Dorothy doing. I kind of wanted to keep her as much of a baby as possible, so that I could really enjoy her babyhood. She had other ideas, and like Dorothy, Ellie runs the show, and I’m just happy to participate.