Baby Elma Family Milestones

Ready! Steady! Crawl!


A lazy Sunday afternoon.  Yesterday to be precise. The Grand Prix murmuring away in the background.

Kitty, fingers smudged periwinkle blue from some overly enthusiastic rubber stamping earlier, and with at least one butterfly sticker attached to the back of her arm courtesy of the same artistic endeavour, squats on the carpet in front of her play kitchen, trying to build a Gruffalo jigsaw puzzle.

H has assumed the traditional Sunday afternoon fatherly pose and is lying in his arm chair, feet up in front of him, searching Pinterest for inspiration on how to build a daughter-sized castle out of cardboard boxes.

I’m flitting between finishing a little bit of blog coding that I started during Elma’s nap, helping Kitty with the puzzle and watching Elma pull out each of her toys from their blue plastic bucket and scatter them in a baby blast wave about her.

And Elma?

Elma is thinking.

Elma is watching Kitty, and more importantly, Kitty’s jigsaw puzzle.

She decides that jigsaw looks much more chewable than teddies, and reaches out for the box.

It’s too far away.

So she rolls forwards onto all fours, and slowly, smidgen by smidgen.

Elma crawls towards the scattered segments of Gruffalo.

And she’s been practicing ever since:




Although I think she may have aspirations beyond her current abilities given how often she headed for the slide!





I love her little concentrating face, and that sticky out tongue.


Oh this is going to change everything!


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  • mel 26/08/2013 at 8:30 am

    uh oh! she will be off before you know it chasing Elma everywhere she goes beautiful x

    • Carie 26/08/2013 at 2:54 pm

      It’s true, the world, or at least the house, is her oyster!

  • Caroline 26/08/2013 at 2:16 pm

    These photos are brilliant! My first never crawled so when the second did I wad fascinated! Love the concentration face so much!

    • Carie 26/08/2013 at 2:55 pm

      Thank you 🙂 it’s been great fun watching her because she never commando crawled like her sister, just straight up and off!

  • Katie @mummydaddyme 26/08/2013 at 10:58 pm

    Yay go Elma!!!! What a clever girl. These photos are gorgeous Carie. There will be no stopping her, or you, now! 😉

    • Carie 27/08/2013 at 12:26 am

      Thank you 🙂 ! She’s so incredibly pleased with herself too, it’s really funny, she spent today crawling a little bit, then sitting up and looking around for adulation!

  • mandycharlie 26/08/2013 at 11:57 pm

    Oh yes, you are going to find levels of fitness you never knew you had. That and the eyes in the back of the head will take on new life forms.

    • Carie 27/08/2013 at 12:24 am

      There speaks a mother of two! – wish me luck xx !

  • Katie 27/08/2013 at 12:02 pm

    Go Elma! That’s great news – well sort of…. 😉

    • Carie 27/08/2013 at 1:30 pm

      I think it’s good – but that’s probably because she’s not that fast at the moment!