Manya has been rocking back and forth on her knees for several weeks now. The movement is quite hypnotic. It has gotten to the point that I'm not sure whether I'm supposed to call around for a Minyan or if she's personally calling a Adhan.
The bouncing is known to be a legitimate precursor to crawling but with each day that passes I hear more and more stories about babies who skip the crawling stage and go straight to walking. Of course those babies didn't spend a lot of time on their belly. Manya spends a great deal of time on her belly. A vast majority of that belly time was spent spinning in circles, "planking" (which she never would pose for pictures), and rocking/praying. With each crawling attempt Manya never quite got to the point of moving her arms forward which ultimately resulted in a face plant or a slow motion reenactment of the friendly fireman "Stop, Drop and Roll" if you included "frustrated cry" after the roll.
We attempted to work with her by giving her incentives to crawl to objects but she is very resourceful and more often than not was able to take advantage of the environment around her to bring those objects to her rather than the other way around.
Other times she worked on climbing rather than crawling.
She also attacked us when we worked her too hard.
Then this happened:
We are now fully mobile.
And increasing in speed and dexterity with every second.
Similar to Moore's Law (who's the dork now?) Manya's speed and coordination doubles every eighteen hours (rather than every eighteen months). So now I have to keep my head on a swivel 140% of the time. Yay.
A little bit of fear.
Did I mention that now that we're totally mobile Manya wants to do everything. And by everything I mean walk. It's all subconscious. Her back leg keeps trying to push her up into standing position on its own. She doesn't know it but its happening, but that one leg knows what it's trying to do. I'm watching it. Wide eyed. It's going to figure it out. And it's going to happen soon.
Loving every new milestone with a tiny bit of terror.
Cojack is not excited about a fully mobile infant either.