Posted by Mandy | Posted in baby boy, challenges, life as mommy | Posted on 05-09-2012
This is new to me. I suppose Logan’s lack of crawling always worried me a little – he was scooting and rolling, but not reliably getting to where he wanted to be, and all the other babies that I see from my mommy groups have been on the move for a while at this point.
Now that he’s crawling though, I really miss my baby being predictably confined to a space. We have most areas of the house baby-proofed, but there are some things that will need more elaborate solutions.. like computer cables, that are more or less unprotected at the moment. We’re always watching him when he’s around the computer area and do a pretty good job of warding him off.
However, with crawling and pulling up comes greater opportunity for, well, falling and tumbling and bumping and hurting. We’ve seen a great deal of this lately – most notably a very, very scary tumble down the stairs when we neglected to fully close the baby gate after he’d just become mobile. We’re not making that mistake again of course, but the memory is fresh. Logan was completely fine – he had a little bruise and cried for about 20 seconds and that was that. Mommy and daddy on the other hand still feel guilty.
Anyway, that really prompted us to up our awareness and remove potentially dangerous situations. I really want to nail some boards in front of the computer cords when we get a spare moment (probably not until after our excursion to Germany), but we have a pretty good handle on everything else.
Logan’s been developing his motor skills a lot since starting to crawl, and interestingly is babbling a lot less since then. I’ve read that when babies concentrate on one area of skills, other already developed skills may take a backseat until they’ve mastered the new thing. It seems plausible, though I miss the random “mamas”.
We also think he just got over a minor ear infection (the pedi was called, but we were advised that unless things get more severe, he’ll probably get over whatever it is himself), which turned him into quite the crabmonster for a few days. Thankfully, we now have our happy baby back.
It really is true that once you have kids you never stop worrying. Sick babies are stress – not taking care of them, that comes with the territory, but worrying about their well-being and wishing you could take their pain away. I expect the stress and worrying will change as he gets older, but never again disappear. I have so much new-found appreciation for my own mother since becoming a mom myself.
On a more positive note, Logan’s passport arrived! I’m happy to report it only took two weeks, and they processed it despite of a spelling error on his birth certificate (in my name, nonetheless). One less thing to worry about!