Over the last few weeks, we've been trying to give PK some tummy time, since, according to the "experts", it helps to develop motor skills, strengthening back and neck muscles, and even affects how the baby learns how to talk. Crazy stuff! Unfortunately, PK HATES tummy time. My heart breaks every time I put her on her tummy, because she wails and wails and wails. The poor little thing starts kicking her legs as if she were trying to crawl, and flops her head about. It's funny to watch, but at the same time, I hate the fact that she suffers so much!
Overall I find it pretty hard to schedule in some tummy time. I want to put PK on her tummy when she's in a relatively good mood so she lasts longer without wailing, but by the time I remember, it's usually after a feeding. Lately, I've taken to putting her on her tummy before a feeding. I know that she'll ultimately end up wailing anyway, and I figure that this way, at least she gets a reward for staying on her tummy - FOOD! On the bright side, Sunday was the first time where she actually stayed on her tummy for an extended period of time without complaining. Unfortunately, this time, she just lay there, comfortable as can be, not moving a single muscle. Doesn't that defeat the purpose? I'm trying to get more creative and roll up a blanket to put under her arms so that it forces her to raise her head. Sometimes it works, and she bobs her little head up and down. Other times, she doesn't bother moving her head and just cries and cries and cries.
I don't know if it's from the tummy time or burping her over my shoulder, but at least I've noticed that her neck seems quite a bit stronger. I just hope that the day when she doesn't wail while on her tummy comes really really soon!
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