Okay, okay...I admit that I'm a little competitive. I realize that every baby is different and develops at different rates, but I can't help by want Ella to be the brightest and smartest baby around.
Over the last few days, Ella has gotten so close to rolling over from back to tummy. She would swing her top leg over, but her bottom arm seemed to keep getting stuck under her. There is another baby who is three days older than Ella at daycare, and the care providers told me that she had rolled over on Thursday. Of course, I immediately started doing the math in my head: if she is three days older than Ella, and she rolled over on Thursday, then than means that Ella needs to roll over by Sunday to be on par. Sure enough, I went into the nursery this morning to get Ella...and there she was, on her tummy.
I think it's one thing to want Ella to grow and develop and meet her milestones appropriately, but I need to remember not to push her too much. And I need to keep in mind that every baby develops differently. We all develop different strengths and weaknesses that make us who we are, and babies aren't any different. I want to always encourage and inspire her to do her best, and sometimes that does mean pushing her a bit. But I don't want her to resent me for pushing too much or comparing her to others.
Yesterday's blessing was the chance to have dinner with some good friends after a long week. I felt bad that I had to leave a bit early to put Ella down, but it was fun while it lasted!