Our Mika Alex has been a pretty laid-back
little dude for the past 9 months and 3 weeks. In just under a week he’ll be 10 months old and, while he’s not crawling 100% properly (i.e. forwards) just yet, he’s definitely making moves.
See above, Exhibit A: he gets up on all fours, monkey-style. Not sure if maybe the wooden floors hurt his knees? Although I don’t think that’s even possible, given how FAT his knees are! He does a couple of baby push-ups, maybe moves an inch or two forward, then rolls over onto his bum, usually ending up about 30cm or so BACK from where he started. He has started pulling up onto the furniture (which is kinda scary as he has NO fear and has already bumped his nose/chin a couple of times), as well as standing up in his cot, which I lowered today after he almost did an Olympic gymnastics dismount FAIL right out of it!
Exhibit B: Mr Busy Body, below:
He’s at that
stage where you can’t really leave him on the floor, to his own devices. You can’t leave him on the bed, either, I’ve learnt. That’s right. I ALLOWED my baby to fall off our bed. *DIES* It was possibly my worst moment as a mother EVER. No … I think having to hold Luca’s writhing body down in theatre while the anesthetist drugged him for his grommet procedure was probably my worst moment as a mother. Either away, it sucked. I sometimes think that Mika already has a case of “Second-Kid-Syndrome”, having been already allowed to fall off the bed, eat unwashed fruit (and many more) before his first birthday. I felt horrible. As soon as I knew he was okay (which didn’t take long as he’s a tough little guy!) I downed a glass of wine and had a bit of a cry. As we do.
Anyway, I was saying that he’s at the age where it’s impossible to take your eyes off him for longer than a minute, unless you’re prepared for SOMETHING to happen. Because it will.
He LOVES his Tigger Bouncy thing but I think he gets frustrated that he can’t get around like the rest of us. So, I’m thinking of borrowing a walking ring for him for a while. I have a feeling he will have a very short crawling phase and will, instead move along to walking in no time. He just prefers being upright and I can’t say I blame him. We also popped out and bought him a Chicco Modo Music ‘n Play Table today, which he’s loving. I think he’s also losing interest in the “baby” toys (hand-me-downs) from his big brother and is looking for something more. Second-Child-Syndrome again …
Just can’t get over the fact that he’ll be one in two months’ time. Wasn’t it just yesterday that he was born? Wasn’t it the other day that we had INSANE IN THE MEMBRANE sleep-deprivation and we had to hire a night nurse? (RIP Patricia … we miss you!)