Lately, Dorrie has made an amazing discovery: with enough kicking and squirming, she can propel herself along the floor on her back to get at the things she wants — specifically, the toys that we typically keep in the area above her mat where we can get them for her easily. But of course, now that she’s discovered that she can get to them herself, we have been leaving them up there so she can make a run for them if she’s feeling energetic. Of course, her little off-mat adventures tend to end when she moves herself too far, and she ends up pushing against furniture, which upsets her enough that we will move her back to her mat again. But of course, then she gets over it, and if she still has the energy, she’ll start squirming her way to her toys again.
Naturally, we are thrilled about this. It is a clear example of her trying to do something for herself, rather than waiting for mommy and daddy to do it for her, and that’s a huge step for her — not to mention, she seems to think it is a lot of fun too. Needless to say, we are encouraging her to do this as often as she feels able.