As those who follow our goings-on on Facebook have heard, we have reached another milestone: Calli is crawling.
For about two months, she's had the back-leg motions going, but her arms had yet to co-ordinate. It kinda looked like she was trying to swim on the carpet. It also resulted in more than a few face-plants, and it still takes her a moment to realize that pain hurts. Her face makes an expression of confused concern for a moment before she starts fussing.
For the last few weeks, she would rise to her hands and knees, and rock back and forth; a motion my mom called the “Rock and Roll.” I'm guessing she needed some practice at feeling motion in that position, but I'm no expert, so I could just be talking out my ignorance on this one.
Earlier last week, Andrea told me that she had crawled, but it was two “steps.” I thought it would take longer for her to get moving, but on Friday (May 7), she saw something that motivated her to move in earnest, one of the dogs toys. Yup, after all the money spent by us and many family members, she thinks that Kuma's squeeky toy is worth learning a new skill to attain. Thankfully, she'll also crawl to get to her own toys, or the dog's furry toes.
Awhile ago, we learned that crawling isn't an essential developmental skill. Over the long haul, there isn't anything she gains from crawling that she needs to grow into a fully-functioning adult. Many kids will skip crawling, including one cousin of Andrea's; she just rolled everywhere! That would be kinda funny to watch, but for a first child (which she was), it may have been a a cause of concern.
Most of the comments on Facebook were to the tune of “Congratulations! Put your valuables of higher shelves!” Our glass-top coffee table is now in the basement; she'll have plenty of opportunity to get stitches, there's no need to give her greater odds of needing Emergency Room visits!
Now if you'll excuse me, I've got some cupboards to child-proof. The dish-soap bottle looks too much like her “Boppies” for my liking...