Wednesday, February 15, 2006

Progress Report

I said at Christmas that I'd let you know how I was getting on with my Zimmer Frame. I've now got something to report.

But first, a word (perhaps even a sentence or three) about my crawling.

About a week ago I was lying on the floor (crumb-hunting possibly - I don't remember) at one end of the lounge, and Mummy put something interesting down on the floor at the other end. It didn't take me long (20 milliseconds maybe) to realise that it was raisins - black squidy sweet things, not to be confused with the other black squidgy things which definitely aren't sweet. Why she put them on the other side of the room, when I was this side, I don't know. Mummy does things like that sometimes, poor dear. Perhaps I had my eyes closed at that moment so she couldn't see where I was.

Anyway, when I saw that it was something more substantial than crumbs, I flipped onto my front (an old trick, but a useful one), and then got up onto my hands and knees. At this point, I usually try rocking backwards and forwards to see if the object in question will move towards me. Now from experience, I've learnt that things can be quite stubborn in staying put (particularly the floor when I'm falling towards it - doesn't it know that it would be polite to move out of the way). So this time I tried something new.

I lifted a hand, and placed it a little way in front of me. Then the same with the other hand. Feeling a little stretched, I realised that my legs were getting left behind, so told them to catch up. The raisins seemed a little closer. Then I did it again. Mummy looked pleased, but this was tiring work. Could I keep it up?

It was the thought of the sugar buzz that spurred me on. Centimeter by centimeter, I got closer and closer, until finally I was there. The look on Mummy's face was almost better than the raisins.

But I'm not sure Mummy is so pleased now. That first crawl has shrunk the lounge to a cot. I can get anywhere in a moments notice. Over to the fireguard, that Daddy still hasn't fixed to the wall. Then to the videorecorder with the funny little flap on the front (I haven't found out what's inside - yet!). And not forgetting the behinds, and the underneaths of the chairs with the geological layers of forgotten toys.

I bet Mummy wishes she never started that game!

But back to by Zimmer frame. Walking with it is easy. So next up is running. My theory is that if I run fast enough, and then launch myself from it, my speed will keep me up all by myself. If only the floor would stop getting in the way.

1 comment:

Anna said...

Congratulations on learning how to crawl! But don't try running too soon or you may gain a lot of bruises and mummy may be accused of child abuse.