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.
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.
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.