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BabySugar Diaries: The Curse of the Newly Mobile Tot

It's really a problem of my own making. Like any parent of an infant, I spent plenty of hours on the floor playing with my son. I placed his favorite toys out of arm's reach hoping to encourage him to move for them. I cheered him on like he was winning the Super Bowl when he got on all fours for the first time. And I gritted my teeth in frustration when he never attempted to move beyond that position to crawl. I spoke with the doctors, friends, and even therapists, but nothing was getting my tot to move.

And then, one day out of the blue, my boy was mobile. He never crawled, but he pulled himself up to the coffee table, saw something he wanted and took a step. We sang, we danced, we cheered, and then we cried. Because now, life as we knew it was over. After all of the blood, sweat, and tears (OK, really just tears), I really just want him to sit in one place for more than two minutes so I can finish getting dressed for work or make an entire meal. But, the newly mobile tot has other plans, and he can make it around an entire room holding onto the walls, furniture, or any other object in his path. I call it the curse of the mobile tot.

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starbucks2 starbucks2 7 years
I hear ya! Romy was such a lazy kid and I couldn't wait for her to finally start careful what you wish for, huh? Gone are the days when I could just sit by her side, coffee in's exciting, but also exhausting at times. Especially when I want to cook and she thinks nothing is more interesting then the oven or the fridge. It takes me 3 hours to peel potatoes right. But she is so proud of her accomplishments. That look on her face when she pulled herself up on the coffee table for the first time...I will never forget that!
stephley stephley 7 years
Just chill - the excitement of being newly mobile doesn't last forever and as Lil says, there's a lot to love about the phase.
Moms Moms 7 years
Walking is one of my favorite milestones. I love watching my son explore new things and become more independent — especially when he has that big "I'm so proud of myself" look on his face.
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