Crawling is our next big milestone, and Kate is so close it's not even funny. She has the first action down - leaning forward from sitting to a semi-crawling position.But that leg under there, it seems to give her some trouble.No matter how many times she goes at it, or which direction she approaches the forward motion from, she's always left with that leg stuck under there sort of sideways.Try as she might, it just doesn't seem to straighten itself out easily.After several attempts, she will usually get into the proper position on her hands and knees. But not every time.Usually she maintains this position for 5-10 seconds before she falls flat on the ground and begins to attempt to swim across the floor. This is the point where she gets mad if you don't immediately come pick her back up to sitting position.We play this game over and over and over and over and over and over and over all day long.
Part of me just wants her to "get it" and start crawling. Clearly it's a source of frustration to her because she knows there's something there; she senses that she's close to a breakthrough. I can see it too.But then part of me isn't ready to start chasing her all over the house just yet. Part of me really likes that she can't go anywhere for now. That part of me selfishly wants her to stay a little, helpless baby forever so that I can sit here and blog without having to see what she's gotten in to. That part of me doesn't really want to figure out what to do with the DVDs and CDs that are all-too-accessible to a crawling infant yet. That part of me doesn't want to put up baby gates and lock up all the cabinets.
That part of me is in for a rude awakening.