this morning my son is hoisting himself up on his knees and elbows. I inform him that a baby his age is not allowed to be doing things that look like crawling.
“stop that.” I say, and gently nudge him over with my foot.
he gives me a screech-laugh and rolls back onto his belly to try again. he keeps screeching and making happy sounds; like this business is something he’s done before and forgotten how fun it is, and is excited to have that fun again.
I felt that way a couple of times too, watching my older kids when they were toddlers. Playing in the snow and rolling down hills. I remembered how much fun it used to be, and jumped in with them. Didn’t work out so well for me though. The snow just made me cold and wet and rolling pell-mell down a grassy slope just makes me feel sick.
this kid really is making progress, I think, and wonder if I’m wrong about the whole “you shouldn’t be crawling yet” thing. My oldest didn’t crawl until he was 9 months old but for the life of me I cannot remember when my second was crawling.
So I google it. Because google has all the answers (well, okay, I just googled “Which church is the true church?” to see and apparently google does NOT have all the answers after all). The general consensus is 6-10 months. Ambiguous much?
I look down at him. He is two feet further backward than when I started my google search.
“you won’t be six months old for ten more days, buddy.” I nudge him onto his back again.
as I walk away, I can hear him laughing.