Baby D wants to crawl. You can see it in his eyes and hear the frustration in his voice. This morning, I sat down on the floor and put him on his tummy. He immediately popped up on his hands, but he can't figure out what to do with his legs. (The Captain just used his arms to pull his body and legs along….never did properly crawl!) Then, he started scooting backwards. I thought to myself "WHAT am I doing???" YES I want this child to learn how to be mobile but WHY am I encouraging it????? This is what happens when kids become mobile!! Don't rush mobility!!!
|This is not the Captain, of course, but a 3 year old that was in our care and yes, that is baby powder.|
|This is a good day for our floor.|
|Playing in the mud with Cousin Z.|
The captain's new favorite thing is to get his stool, climb up in the crib, and play with Baby D after his nap. This was after he announced to me that he was holding Baby D, over the monitor…
|Nothing is safe. Nothing.|
|And last but not least, this is the reason I say you will never stop baby-proofing.|
I guess I shouldn't be complaining. The days of coloring on walls and writing on furniture are yet to come. There's a website out there….."stuff" my kids ruined. Check it out if you want to see pure destruction. (but mind you, there is a dirty word in the title….just letting you know. We are a family blog, you know!)
So enjoy your babies while they're babies. Help them out along the way, but don't force them to do things. Let them figure out on their own. Mobility brings a lot of joy and yes, even relief for parents, but just let them be little while you can. And know, that you will NEVER stop baby-proofing. I'm going to install a few door knob thingamajigs in a moment. And I'm sure in a couple of weeks I'll be getting a lock for the pantry….
**Sidenote: My brother and his wife welcome their first born baby boy into the world today!!! I'm sure they're not reading this, but if you are…congratulations!!!! And no, this blog is not directed at you or giving you a warning of any kind. But, I guess in some way, it really is. haha! Enjoy parenthood!!! I love you guys!
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Gena and her husband live in the Dallas/ Ft. Worth, Texas area with their three sons. She is a former kindergarten teacher turned stay-at-home mom, blogger, and social media enthusiast. They love being outside, playing sports, raising chickens, cooking, crafting, and more!