For only being 9-months-old, my son has a lot of interests. I mean, a LOT of interests. All day long, he’s just interested in everything.
For example, here’s a list of things my son is interested in:
Pulling off his left sock.
Dropping heavy, loud things on the floor.
Shaking his head no. At everything.
Licking the couch.
Licking the dog.
Licking my cellphone.
Obviously eating the left sock he pulled off because I can’t find that damn thing anywhere.
Biting my collarbone.
This mug full of super-hot coffee in my hands.
And here is a list of things my son is not interested in:
Learning how to crawl.
Yes, my son, while a master at the art of sitting, has absolutely no interest in taking that skill to the next level. And it’s not just that he’s not interested in learning how to crawl. It’s as though he actively loathes even the mere thought of transporting his tiny body in such a crude manner. I’m talking put that kid on his stomach and he either:
- Lies face down, arms and legs splayed straight out, while crying pathetically. Or…
- Turns round and round on his stomach like a clock (while crying pathetically), just biding his time until I finally give up on the whole charade, pick him up and let him get back to his very important job of licking the couch.
Now, in general, this does not bother me. One, because I know all babies start crawling in their own good time. I mean, sure, I have irrational concerns my baby is not developing normally, just like everyone else in America. But it’s fine. Because just like everyone else in America, I assume I will be rich someday and as such can always hire someone to carry him from class to class when he’s enrolled in Harvard.
Two, his semi-immobility does make my job exceedingly easier. Which, as an inherently lazy mom, I really appreciate. I know I can set that kid down in the middle of the kitchen and leave the room and when I get back he will still be in that exact same spot. Or spinning in a circle crying pathetically, but still relatively in the same spot.
And three, I’m pretty sure he’s just biding his time until he can jump straight to walking. Because just like a dog who doesn’t realize he’s a dog but thinks he’s human (and yes, yes I am comparing my baby to a dog again), my baby doesn’t realize he’s a baby and thinks he’s a 35-year-old Viking. A 35-year-old Viking that must yell his barbaric yawp and savagely pillage the toy basket on a regular basis.
And Vikings don’t crawl, thankyouverymuch.
What does bother me, however, is the constant stream of “Is he crawling yet?” I get from other parents. There is a dark, dark underbelly to the parenting world and it is composed of people who constantly want to play the game “Let’s Compare Babies!” Which is less a game and more just a way for them to tell you all the ways their baby is better than your baby. It usually goes something like this:
Other Parent: “Is he crawling yet?”
Other Parent: “Oh. How old is he again?”
Me: “Almost 9-months.”
Other Parent: “Oooh. Nine months and not crawling yet. Hmm. Well, Sabrina was crawling when she was 7-days-old. But the doctor said that’s exceedingly rare. All babies crawl in their own time, you know.”
Me (to the waiter): “I need a cocktail.”
Other Parent: “It’s 9:30 in the morning.”
Me (to the waiter again): “Make it three.”
Yes, no one wins at “Let’s Compare Babies!” Because if you’re a parent like me, you end up feeling like crap and spending the rest of the day Googling “crawling specialists.”
And if you’re the Other Parent, you end up getting hit by a bus, like in my fantasies.