Crawling

So apparently a ten month old should be crawling by now. We’re first-time parents, so if we hadn’t been interacting with the outside world, we’d think Finn was doing just fine. But, the truth is, he’s not. He just recently accomplished sitting. He’s not crawling and not close, really. This was especially clear at Christmas as we watched cousin Everett cruise around the room on all fours, up a couple stairs, and “walk” himself along the couch. Amazing!

I’m trying to be tough, but I’ve got to tell you, it’s heartbreaking to watch him try move on his tummy. His upper body is so strong, but those legs are heavy to drag across the floor. Trust me, I’ve tried it myself. It is so frustrating! Feels impossible. It’s not impossible though; we’re learning new techniques with our Sooner Start therapist and we’re dedicated to practicing every day for at least 30 minutes. What should come naturally to a baby just won’t for Finn. It will take lots and lots of practice for him (and for us).

Finn’s personality is laid back, and he’s not too motivated by toys. So tonight we used a graham cracker to entice him to crawl.photo-185

It worked a little better than the stacking rings, but when we left the room to allow him to get frustrated and try on his own (one of the techniques), he just escalated into a blood-curdling scream for several minutes. Breaks my heart. Not fair. photo-186

We’ll try again tomorrow, Finn. You’ll get it baby.

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9 thoughts on “Crawling

  1. Oh sweet Ash. Thank you for sharing this post. Thank you for being real and raw. You are an incredible mother and I learn so much from you. Love you dearly and praying for God to carry you through.

  2. Breaks my heart for all of you! I can’t imagine how hard it is to watch your baby struggle. Your venerability is so refreshing!

  3. Where there is a will, there is a way. I believe you guys will accomplish your goals. Just remember to breathe! He is such a cutie.

  4. And, surprise, I’m filled with tears again.

    What a sweet, sweet boy. And what a sweet, sweet mom you are. This blog and these words are not only going to be a treasure to you, but to him also. He will have no doubt that his mom is on his team and fighting for him all the way.

    Maybe someday you guys can come over for dinner one evening. I’d love to chat with you all and see the boys play.

  5. How lucky for Finn to have a trainer for his Mama. Patience, encouragement, motivation, accountability, drive, cheer leading–all part of you and what you do. God was smart when He gave you to Finn.

  6. I have had these same thoughts on our son’s journey with CP. You are not alone. I have to stomp out feelings of envy when I see a 13 month old walking, running, climbing, jumping…when its SO hard for my boy to acheive this skills. Bless you all…and please ask your in-laws to introduce us in person next time you are in Tulsa 🙂

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