Tuesday, February 10, 2009

She Crawls.

Every night I roll my eyes and load the dishwasher while Jacob "works with Lillie" on crawling. She's never done it. She is a little late by our previous daughters' standards and this causes him to worry. Not me. Just him. She comes so close. He never gives up. He keeps telling her (even though she doesn't speak English yet) how, where to put her hands, encouraging phrases, pep talks. He gets a blank, blue-eyed stare in return. Up until tonight.

We had just caught the American Idol theme song on Fox. Homework done, kitchen clean, and older daughters put to bed when out of the corner of my eye I saw Baby Girl Einstein put one hand, one knee, other hand, other knee, shakily forward to reach out and grab her balled up dirty diaper I had just changed her out of. The filth! The grossness! The Genius! We both cheered like the seasoned-but-still-interested parents that we are. We got the girls out of bed! We made them witness it! We video-taped it! We sang and clapped and chanted and kissed!

Then we turned off the video tape and promptly forced everyone back into bed.

But we are so proud of our baby. So proud of her. She crawls! Not that I doubted her brain function with that massive cranium of hers, but still. She could have graduated Harvard for the proud glances we gave each other.

And of course Jacob takes all the credit. Credit that is rightfully his.

12 comments:

Missy said...

I'm just smiling. I LOVE this. I love that you got the girls out of bed, the video camera, and that she went from nothing to crawling in just a few short weeks (or was it overnight? did she ever do the army crawl?). It's even more perfect that American Idol was on. Someday when she is much older and that show is long gone, you'll say that she started crawling to the theme song of American Idol, which back in the day, was the most popular show...

Avery didn't crawl until 11 months! I can't believe your husband was worried at a mere 7...

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eRiCa said...

YAY! Nothing like a dirty diaper as incentive :).

Let Jacob take the credit...and the responsibility of making the house "crawl worthy" :)

Team Bowers said...

Hooray!! NOW the real fun begins!!

Josh, Kim & Kids said...

YAY! I can imagine the excitement. Especially since Mclaren hasn't figured it out yet. She gets on all fours but can't go forward. We've been trying for over a month now. Hope to have an American Idol night like your's soon.

Dena said...

Pure Genius, that child of yours. Jake, obviously, has super powers.

Rebecca Smylie said...

I am most impressed by the seasoned parents enthusiasm. I don't think we ever videotaped and it's our first. Our poor children--always going to be looking nervously at all the documentation of their cousins' lives.

Jacob, you have got to be the best dad ever.

sharry said...

girls need their daddies for so much more than just killing spiders...good job jake...love you!

Carrie and Jeff said...

Owen crawled later than Benson did. We weren't too worried about it, but now he's not walking as soon either. Does that mean that he'll talk even later than Benson? Oh well. Just roll with it.

Bethany said...

oh my gosh!! i remember when ruby was just a little thing learning how to crawl!!! she is so cute!! loves!!

.s.a.r.a.h. said...

what a great milestone! she is getting so big. you guys are the cutest family!