As Thomas attempts to get around he canâ€™t quite get in touch with his knees. He just pulls himself around on his belly with his elbows as if heâ€™s looking for the nearest fox hole to dive into. I try to direct him in a methodical pattern so as to reduce my need for sweeping, and I find that small, choke-able objects are what best motivates him in a particular direction.
This week he started attempting a textbook crawl, but all heâ€™s managed so far is a sideways crab-like awkwardness on his hands and feet, which only serves to humiliate and frustrate him as you can see by these pictures.
I think what prompted this sudden burst of developmental attempt is his increased caloric intake. At his nine month well-child checkup last week he had dropped below the charts in weight for his age category, so I started feeding him more in hopes of kick starting a growth spurt.
Now, if I could just inject his weight-shedding metabolism into my bodyâ€¦.