|Photo by the very talented Lindsey Wiatt Photography|
Phayre is having quite the week! We had to lower her crib on Monday because she started pulling herself up. She got three new teeth on Tuesday (they all popped through in one night and she didn't wake up once. #dreambaby) and this morning she started CRAWLING!!! Ten months and three days old and she finally crawled. She has been pulling, scooting, and rolling around for weeks, but today she finally crawled. I was so proud when she finally crawled, I burst into tears. These milestones are so bittersweet! I am so proud and happy, but cannot believe my baby is almost one and trying to shed her babiness so quickly.
I learn so much from my girls. They keep me on my toes, but teach me some of life's most important lessons. At Phayre's nine month check up I marked "no" on almost every single gross motor question. She was not crawling, not rolling from her tummy to back, and would barely put weight on her feet. It was an awful feeling (and not something I had ever experienced with Sloan). I told our pediatrician that I was concerned P was falling behind in the gross motor department. She checked P out and said that she did have low muscle tone and that while she was not technically behind, we could see a physical therapist if we wanted to be proactive. Eric and I majorly disagreed on what to do. He said, "She's a perfect baby, she'll do things when she's ready!" Being the crazy person that I am, I made the appointment anyways and told myself that I must be proactive. No baby of mine would fall behind ;).
We went to Phayre's first physical therapy appointment and the doctor spent some time on the floor with her. After awhile, he stood up and said, "I'm honestly not sure why you're here. Your baby is fine. She will crawl when she's ready, which will probably in the next month." Eric: 1 Marisa: 0. So Eric was right, I shouldn't have taken her in (thanks for not saying "I told ya so" babe, wish I could get our $45 copay back :-I). Even though everyone was telling me not to worry, I couldn't help it. I read this blog post that my friend Erin wrote and she talked about worrying about her daughter walking late. She explained that raising her and making sure she hit every milestone was her job. She didn't want to be bad at her job! That's exactly how I've been feeling. These girls are what I do all day, it's my job to make sure they don't fall behind.
Well it turns out, P did crawl when she was good and ready. And when she had something worth crawling for... which would happen to be shoes (girl after my own heart). When I really think about it, this is so Phayre's personality. She is beyond easy going and isn't really in a rush to do anything (except eat). I kept comparing her to Sloan and wondering why she didn't crawl at 7 months like Sloan did. Well because she isn't Sloan, she is Phayre and she is perfect just the way she is. I know you're not supposed to compare your kids and I feel really really silly for doing so. So thank you for teaching me a lesson P, promise I'll try not to let it happen again!
Today has just been a good day and I am one proud mama. Go little P go!
And if you follow me on snapchat (marisalately), I'm REAL sorry about the 249 videos I have posted of P crawling! I was just reeeeeeeally excited :).
Milestone baby card c/o Milestone