Don’t look back

Yesterday, Jewel got it all together and started crawling forward over great distances. The day before that, she’d been able to go short distances, but then would have to sit up to recalibrate before proceeding.

Now, she can go as long as she wants, allowing her to get to anything she desires.

What’s amazing to me–still–is how developments like this are seemingly such light switch events: one day the crawling switch is off, the next day it’s on. Same thing with walking and other physical developments.

Talking is different, since it’s a constant evolution. Hell, if you read this blog regularly, you know that I’m still working on my language skills more than 40 years after the fact.

But, before I get to my next English lesson, my first task will be to crawl around the house, looking for hazards. Jewel’s new mobility combined with her ability and desire to pull up on anything to a standing position mean that she’s able to find hazards nearly anywhere in the house.

That, combined with 3B’s laissez faire attitude about putting his toys away–as well as the fact that our condo is the size of a shoebox, giving him few places to put toys away–has led to some exciting games of Gimme That!-This Is Mine! with Jewel.

Fortunately, she’s still of an age where “look, a shiny thing” really does distract her, but with her constant forward progress, we’re going to have to find a new technique soon, before the shiny thing light switch switches off.

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  • My younger boy is crawling properly as well. And it seems the most attractive thing to mess with is a power cord. I firmly believe that boys are genetically programmed to destroy themselves.

  • I'll tell you that Jewel's favorite chew toy is also a power cord. Darwin overlooked human babies.