When Milestones Happen Without You

Cynthia Dermody
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crawling baby

Photo by bellamumma

My son did his first crawl while in day care. So his teacher was the first one to see it, not me. That always makes me a little sad. I wish I could have changed circumstances and been around more, but it was just the way it was.

It's hard to miss that first smile, laugh, step or word. Sometimes they happen so fast, out of the blue. Even stay-at-home moms can't always be in the right place at the right time.

Slightly different issue, but momtoezzie's 8 month old has been Army crawling or "scooting" a few feet in front of herself for a couple of weeks now. momtoezzie thinks her daughter is full-fledged crawling when she's not looking. She'll put her down in one spot of the room, and then seconds later, she'll appear miraculously in another spot.

"Whenever I look, she stops what she's doing and then whines for me to pick her up. I try encouraging her by motioning for her to come to me and telling her 'good girl', or coaxing her with a bottle or a sippy cup. But once I look at her, she stops what she's doing! I even try getting on my hands and knees and slowly start creeping toward her to show her what to do."

At least there's a bright side ... one of the commenters in Advice for Moms, where momtoezzie originally posted, said crawling is not technically a developmental milestone. But for some reason, that doesn't make me feel a whole lot better about missing it. :(

Have you been present for all of baby's milestones? Did it bum you out to miss it?

 

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