Baby Elma Family Milestones

Very nearly almost

22/08/2013

I’m watching Elma like a ticking time bomb.  Not for the usual, and perhaps more bomb-analogous reasons, but because any second now that little girl is going to figure out how to crawl.

On her eight month birthday she was incredibly mobile, but relied on rolling as the way to get around.  Any quest for a toy (preferably something of Kitty’s) started with a belly flop forward, folding herself in two with staggering flexibility, reaching and straining with starfish hands to get a fingertip on the grail in question.  If that didn’t work she would flip and wriggle onto her front and then roll or back shuffle to the end.

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But in the few days since she’s really started to figure it out. I found her sitting up on Saturday when I could have sworn I’d left her lying down when I popped into the kitchen, and thought perhaps it was a fluke, or a little bit of sisterly assistance. But she’s worked it out, pushing herself back up by lying on her tummy and reversing inch by inch until she’s up, with a shout of triumphant surprise.  She’s even mastered it in her Gro-bag which gave me a bit of a surprise when I went to check on her afternoon nap and found her sat up to the side of her cot, hauling in the musical teddy that hangs on the outside.

From sitting she can get to all fours, sometimes both legs behind her, and more often, one still tucked under her bottom.

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And there she sits, rocking back and forward, willing herself onwards, trying to think it through and make those thoughts into movement, and frequently face planting the carpet as she experiments.

All it’s going to take is that one moment when she lifts a plump little knee and moves it a smidgen forward and she’ll be off, finally able to chase her sister, or get to all those exciting bright sharp sparkly things that Mama has put so tantalisingly out of reach.  I’m so excited for her, and for me, even though it means double checking the child proofing and working out how to balance the need for a stair gate with her sister’s need to get to the bathroom (anyone who’s figured that one out, please let me know!).

It’s her first step, well shuffle, on the road to new adventures and it’s going to be amazing.

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  • Katie 22/08/2013 at 12:11 pm

    Be careful what you wish for lol! I’m sort of half dreading my youngest learning to crawl (he’s 6 months at the mo) and half really looking forward to it. No idea how i’m going to keep all the little bits of toys etc out of his reach!

    • Carie 23/08/2013 at 12:16 am

      I think I’m more excited this time round because I’ve seen how much fun Kitty had exploring once she started to crawl – and because there are few things cuter than a little baby shuffle disappearing down the hallway!

  • mandycharlie 22/08/2013 at 3:42 pm

    With a 2.5 year difference, I am pretty sure the older brother soon learn’t to use the child safety stair gate. Alternatively put a stair gate on the kitchen and the stairs and allow the girls free access to the hall, loo and living room. Very pretty photo’s.

    • Carie 23/08/2013 at 12:19 am

      I’m thinking an easy open stair gate is probably the answer. We struggle to find gates for the stairs and the door to the study because they are strange widths, and the stairs don’t have parallel anchor points hence the gate on the lounge last time. To start with at least I can just close the door because Kitty is tall enough to open it.

  • Rachel 22/08/2013 at 9:06 pm

    That stage is so exciting! I got a glimpse into my son’s personality when he was learning to crawl – very ambitious but easily frustrated. Good luck with the baby proofing.

    • Carie 23/08/2013 at 12:20 am

      Babies have such a lovely confidence in their abilities to do anything don’t they!