Don’t Rush Mobility

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Baby D wants to crawl. You can see it in his eyes and hear the frustration in his voice. This morning, I sat down on the floor and put him on his tummy. He immediately popped up on his hands, but he can't figure out what to do with his legs. (The Captain just used his arms to pull his body and legs along….never did properly crawl!)  Then, he started scooting backwards. I thought to myself "WHAT am I doing???" YES I want this child to learn how to be mobile but WHY am I encouraging it????? This is what happens when kids become mobile!!  Don't rush mobility!!!
This is not the Captain, of course, but a 3 year old that was in our care and yes, that is baby powder.
This is a good day for our floor.
Playing in the mud with Cousin Z.
 The captain's new favorite thing is to get his stool, climb up in the crib, and play with Baby D after his nap.  This was after he announced to me that he was holding Baby D, over the monitor…
Nothing is safe.  Nothing.
And last but not least, this is the reason I say you will never stop baby-proofing.
I guess I shouldn't be complaining.  The days of coloring on walls and writing on furniture are yet to come.  There's a website out there….."stuff" my kids ruined.  Check it out if you want to see pure destruction.  (but mind you, there is a dirty word in the title….just letting you know.  We are a family blog, you know!)
So enjoy your babies while they're babies.  Help them out along the way, but don't force them to do things.  Let them figure out on their own.  Mobility brings a lot of joy and yes, even relief for parents, but just let them be little while you can.  And know, that you will NEVER stop baby-proofing.  I'm going to install a few door knob thingamajigs in a moment.  And I'm sure in a couple of weeks I'll be getting a lock for the pantry….

**Sidenote:  My brother and his wife welcome their first born baby boy into the world today!!!  I'm sure they're not reading this, but if you are…congratulations!!!!  And no, this blog is not directed at you or giving you a warning of any kind.  But, I guess in some way, it really is.  haha!  Enjoy parenthood!!!  I love you guys!

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Gena is the mom of three boys, ages 7, 5, and 2. She is the wife of a great man, a Christian, blogger, and former kindergarten teacher turned stay-at-home mom. They live in the Dallas/ Ft. Worth, Texas area.


  1. Well at least there is never a dull momnent in your house. I give parents all the credit in the world for their patience and their thankful job of raising tiny humans. I could never do it…strike that…I could, I just don't want to. I don't know how you do it! I really don't. All those pictures make me want to cry. You are a better woman than I am!

  2. Army of Moms says:

    Found you on the blog hop on Adventures of J-man. Very cute pictures. Following you. Check out my blog at

  3. Every Day Products & More says:

    Hello following you from the hop look forward to reading your posts

  4. Kelli- AdventurezInChildRearing says:

    very sweet!
    new follower- just stumbled across ya!

    reminds me of when mine were so little- now my oldest will be 10- (harder for me than turning 40)

  5. Rhyendel says:

    I'm at the SAME stage with my LO! Shes 7 1/2 months old and DH is trying so hard to help her crawl and I just want to scream "STOP WHAT ARE YOU DOINGGGGG??" I know mobility can only lead to one thing- no more nice things below waist level. =p

  6. Michelle says:

    Fun blog! I just stopped by from the blog hop and started following. Hope you'll visit my site and start following, too!

  7. Oh I remember that stage – wanting them to walk, then having to run after them….

    Just stopped by from a Monday blog hop. I’m following you now and hope you’ll stop by my blog sometime too! Have a lovely week.
    Jill @ Creating my way to Success

  8. An Irish Italian Blessing says:

    Oh my gosh, those pictures are classic! It's soo true that we're always encouraging our little ones to get to the next step but once they do, there's NO turning back, lol.
    New follower from the Hop, hope you can stop by my blog!

  9. Essential Mama Baby says:

    That is funny and so true! I don't know why we do that! We want them to craw, walk, run, talk and then… they drive us CRAZY!

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