I know this. I get it. But when I look at my 11 month old son and he has yet to crawl or take a single assisted step, how can I not worry?
When he was 9 months old and hadn't started crawling, I wondered. When he was 10 months old and hadn't started crawling, I told myself maybe he just won't crawl. But now? His first birthday is looming and even though he'll stand and play, like in the picture above, he quickly gets angry and flops down on his bum.
Not only does he refuse to be on his stomach, making it quite difficult to learn to crawl, but he hasn't even pulled himself up on his own. He hasn't sat up on his own. He is stationary, quite content to sit and play. Sometimes scooching slowly and reaching to get what he wants.
I want to accept the fact that it's just going to take time for him to become mobile but I'm a mom, it's in my DNA to worry.
So many friends are quick to tell me "oh, once he starts moving, you'll want him to sit still!" or "you're lucky he's not crawling yet!" and while I chuckle and tell them I'm sure I will rue the day I wish he would be mobile, I secretly do.
He gets frustrated so quickly when he can't get to what he wants. Sure, he'll barrel roll if he has to but in the end, he's more likely to sit/lay and play with his toes before he asserts enough energy into scooting or rolling over to what he wants. I will say that he is getting better with pulling up when we help him. I can only hope this is a tiny step in the right direction, pun intended.
Friends - tell me I'm normal to worry? Tell me what to do. Tell me how to teach my son to MOVE. He has a push toy and refuses to hold on. I try the circle of toys but he gets angry then plays with his feet instead. We do plenty of floor time which results in just him laying on his back, even if we start on his tummy. We've held his hands and tried to get him to walk - not a single step taken.
I'm frustrated and tired of hauling my 18 pound baby around.
Is there an end in sight?! :(