Well, it finally happened.
I try not to be one of those moms that constantly compares her kid to others, or worries endlessly about their developmental progress. I remind myself:
– It’s not a competition
– Bella is unique
– Things will happen when they are supposed to.
But sometimes (like when your kid is 4 days shy of 8 months old and still doesn’t crawl) it gets a little hard not to have a few worrisome thoughts run through your head. All my friends babies can crawl, some of them are even getting ready to walk! The thing was, Bella could get in the crawling position. Heck, she could go from there to sitting and back just fine.
The actual concept of moving forward seemed to puzzle her. She would rock on all fours, then shoot herself forward like a cannon and land on her stomach. This seemed to eventually get her to where she wanted to be – with a few chin burns along the way – so I suppose she didn’t see any need for moving her arms.
Today I sat Bella down near me as I folded laundry, and pretty soon a toy rolled out of reach. She took a head dive forward, and then propped herself up on all fours to try to get it. I watched in amusement for the cannon to begin.
To my surprise, she suddenly moved her arm, then the other, and began to go forward! I think she shocked even herself because she ended up going so fast she bonked her head on the bottom of the crib before I saw what was happening.
And didn’t care – she actually bonked it again trying to get the toy and still didn’t care. I had to move her away from it because she’s seems to have inherited her Daddy’s hard head. (Seriously, he used to crush beer cans on it before I asked him to stop.)
Then, I pulled her back away and waited to see what she would do. She looked around, saw the laundry basket – reached up and pulled herself up on it!
I was so proud. Many hugs and kisses followed with Bella looking very pleased with herself.
Later, I sat her down on the floor to repack her diaper bag and she fell over sideways.
Baby steps. 🙂
This is a tad long but she does get moving eventually, and it’s pretty funny looking –