My mum always tells me how I never crawled and remained sitting until 17 months, when I just stood up and got the show on the road. So when I had Emma, I wondered if (hoped) she’d be the same…at 5 months she began sitting up and seemed so content just sitting there, slowly going round all her toys one at a time.
One thing I didn’t account for, was what goes on in a baby’s head when they see other babies so mobile. Every time we would go to a baby group and she’d see other babies crawl and climb up to see their mummies, Emma would look across and it seemed like she was sizing it all up, working out how she’s going to make this happen soon.
And ‘soon’ came around a few weeks ago – Emma learned how to crawl and climb up on the sofa. Every day she seems to be getting stronger and then the other day I caught her trying to climb the stairs! In fact this past month, every day she seems to be doing something new and testing those boundaries – what happens if she stands holding onto the jumperoo and then lets go? Anyway as I watched her attempt to climb the stairs, I knew it was time to research stairgates, and let operation babyproofing begin…
As with every new ‘phase’ that has come about in the last 11 months, I seem to get lost in a minefield of baby products and not know where to turn.But deep down, this new phase – Emma being so mobile all of a sudden – has made see she is really turning into a little girl now. I am so fascinated to see her explore everything and want to know what everything is, but she’s no longer a little baby needing me to lift her to find a new toy.
I know that everything from this point on will go so fast and is still so young but this feeling of not being needed every waking hour of the day and night is so new for me. And not to mention unexpected to feel like this, particularly when I think back to the sleepness nights of the first few months. But I suppose that’s the thing about this parenting lark, it all takes you by surprise and we’re all just muddling through doing our best.