Tuesday, November 18, 2008

26. Not Crawling

So Dahlia, at age 11 months, is still not crawling. She scoots on her belly pretty good (backwards) and she still rolls when necessary but she hasn't quite gotten the forward motion yet.

I'm tempted to wrap her in swiffer cloths and have her dust my living room floor - is that bad?

I kid.

Yesterday at ECFE the teacher gave me some info for the, well, I guess "special ed" for pre-school-aged kids/babies through the school system. She suggested I call them and set up a time for Dahlia to be observed. She said that because she's over 11 months and not crawling it was time to maybe do something about it. And that could be as little as a few suggestions on how to get her moving.

I feel torn about it. I mean, I don't really think that ANYTHING is 'wrong' with Dahlia. So she's a little slow at crawling. Big deal. I'm not the most physical of people. I walked late. Whatever it's fine. Part of me says - heck yeah, if she needs a little help or encouragement to get spot-on developmentally, then I'll all for it. And then the Mamacita part kicks in and hates the fact that she's not *perfect* and needs help and blah blah blah. It's a constant battle in my brain.

I had a dream last night that she started crawling - FAST. It was so funny looking. So far none of that yet this morning but she did whizz across the kitchen floor, right to Beavis's cat food, in record time this morning.

So, I talked to the woman at this program and she's going to talk to the PT to see if she thinks she wants to come and observe Dahlia at ECFE next Monday. By then she could be crawling. Who knows.

Dahlia also has zero teeth. I guess there's not a whole lot we can do to 'encourage' their arrival!


Mrs. Ca said...

I'm so sorry you have to worry about this! I can completely relate, and it's so hard! We have an EI physical therapist out to our house every month to evaluate Gabbie, since her hip issues can cause a walking delay. We think like you do, even if there's nothing wrong, it's nice to have someone keeping an eye on her to make sure any problems are addressed as quickly as possible.

Also, if it helps you feel better, I hear that the later teeth come in, the stronger and healthier they end up being.

Sarita said...

I'm sorry too. We all want our babies to be perfect and feel like somehow we've failed if someone even hints that they might not be. It can't hurt to have her observed, but I totally get how you feel.

I'm sure you will hear about 4 million stories of kids who didn't crawl until 15 months and turned out just fine. And if there was something wrong, thank goodness we have the resources to identify and help solve.

We've gotta get up there an introduce our little girls.

Kate said...

My brother actually didn't crawl at all. From what my mom could tell, he was learning one fall and the carpet on the porch (we had a huge porch at our house in Iowa) was wet and when he put his hands and knees down, he didn't like getting dirty. He wouldn't crawl after that, just scooted around on his back, pushing with his feet.

For what it's worth from a non-mom, I say there's nothing wrong with having her observed and taking the results with a grain of salt. You know? Take what works for you and leave the rest.

Holly said...

Claire didn't crawl much at all and went straight to walking after she learned how to stand. I was worried about it starting around 9 mos and the doctor told me to chill. If she is moving around fine she might not feel the need to go that route. Why bother when she can get where she wants?

It doesn't hurt to have her observed and see what they have to say, but I hear ya. I'm trying to keep my head in check re: her talking, so I totally get where you are coming from.

FYI, no teeth until around 12 months for our little one, and she finally cut the last of her front 4 LAST WEEK. I've also heard the later the better for teeth.

Meigan said...

I'll be one of Sarah's moms that tells you about a ton of kids I know that didn't crawl until 15 months. I've been part of a mommy group for Gillian for years & many of the kids in the group were slow crawlers. Now that they're all seven you can't tell the difference between any of them.

I think Miss D looks great. And if someone will come & observe her & let you know what they think, do it, but don't worry too much.

Raesha D said...

She is such an angel baby!!! Miss S didn't start walking until she was 12 months....I think every child is different. I've known babies that walked at 9 months and some that didn't walk until 14 months.