As Maddie closes in on her 8-month birthday, she is finally on the move. The only problem is that she is only capable of moving away from her intended destination.
Her crawl mechanism is set in reverse. Today she motored more than ten feet, but all of it was backwards. Maddie’s arms are like tiny tree trunks and those muscle-packed pythons constantly overpower her lower body.
Just to prove a point, Maddie snapped off 50 military style pushups while I was making her bottle this morning. That may be a slight exaggeration, but she continuously props herself up very high like an irate chameleon.
It’s one thing to try and anticipate what kind of trouble your baby is headed for when they know where they are going. However, when Maddie is moving backwards or at angle, you never know where she might end up. This afternoon, she ended up under a table literally in the blink of an eye.
Maddie just started lifting her bottom off the floor this week. This new development has really enhanced her mobility. The fascinating aspect of this phenomenon is that she doesn’t appear to be moving at all. The flexing arms and kicking legs distract your eyes from the motion that must be taking place.
It’s really just a matter of time now. Once Maddie conquers the forward motion aspect of crawling, she will be racing around the house like a greyhound.