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Learning to crawl

July 20th, 2003 · 5 Comments

Elisabeth learned to crawl yesterday! Hurray! Our children tend to crawl “late”, as pediatricians count. Our first child Abigail started crawling right before her first birthday. Michaela, number two, probably our most mobile and kinesthetic child so far, started crawling at nine months, not that early.

At ten months, Baby Elisabeth didn’t seem too interested in mobility. She could push herself backwards, even get into a sitting position backwards, but she could not cruise or crawl. For weeks, even months, she had been able to get into the crawling position, but then she would fall flat to the floor after she moved her arms. It seemed her hips needed to catch up somehow. I shouldn’t be distressed. After all, the late crawling genes probably came from me: my mother says I never crawled, and I didn’t walk until fifteen months of age. But I confess I was getting concerned.

Friday night Ted prayed a blessing for Elisabeth, that she would learn to crawl, and I sensed something in my spirit resonating with his words. That day I also started putting Elisabeth in disposable diapers (more on that later…), to see if perhaps the bulk of the cloth diaper and cover were hindering her movement.

And on Saturday, she started to crawl! Slow and timid at first, Elisabeth crawled towards toys. Forbidden fruit such as the telephone motivates her most! At the beginning she looked like she was taking her legs along for the ride: they didn’t seem to have a wide range of motion, just being pulled along. It was cute.

Here begins my weblog and I feel like a baby beginning to crawl, taking my legs along for the ride, learning, slowly…here I go…..

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5 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Katherine // Jul 25, 2003 at 7:31 am

    I love you so much, Julie! I am delighted you have started this blog, and will be so tickled to follow along. Your writing is engaging and you have so much to say.

    Love, Katherine

  • 2 enoch // Jul 25, 2003 at 10:30 am

    reminds me of tania & my various fears about our 1 year old daughter: that natalie’s not walking, and below the 1st percentile in weight, but a simple smile from her reassures us that God’s taking good care of her, as he does us.

    loved the last line of this entry. touching…

  • 3 Patricia A. Taylor // Jul 25, 2003 at 1:24 pm

    Congratulations, Julie, on beginning this lovely odyssey and for sharing it with me and others. I look forward to every installment and will pray for you to have the time to continue and to flourish in every area of your life.
    Patricia in Virginia

  • 4 Alethia // Jul 25, 2003 at 5:36 pm

    Your introspective tone resonates with me. You give voice to very concerns I’ve had about my own son. This log will undoubtedly prove as much a catharsis as a journey, and will also be the most precious gift you can share with your children later.

  • 5 Laurie // Aug 14, 2003 at 11:24 am

    I like the peace I hear in your voice.