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The Age of Frustration

The reward of a good butt scoot

For the last week, Tate has done everything more intently. He plays with a greater energy. He laughs louder. He cries harder. He sleeps longer. And when he gets mad, he gets really mad.

You see, he’s on the very cusp of mobility, and he knows it. I watch him realize that he should be able to crawl to get something or that he should be able to walk around, and then I see him melt down. He loves to be in any position, as long as he is standing. Sitting up and laying down no longer hold his attention. He hates tummy time with a fury, which has me worried that he may try to skip crawling all together.

For a day or two, he mastered what I deemed the butt scoot. He was inching his way here and there while remaining upright, but he has lost patience with it (as well as everything else).

Is it terrible for me to wish he could just crawl already? I know I will be kicking myself once he is getting into everything, but for now I just want my good-natured, happy boy back. And I am positive that mobility is the key.

Did you notice behavior changes when your baby was on the verge of learning a major new skill? Please share your tips, because I am going crazy over here!

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