This line has always thrown me when it comes to Max.
"You have to learn how to crawl, before you can walk."
We've never really expected Max to crawl. He's always had incredibly weak upper body strength, and we've been told that he would grow too long before he would gain the skills to crawl. If anything, Max would walk before he could crawl.
Max is far from walking...we are just able to get him to sit with minimal assistance for a few seconds without falling over. He can't easily roll over for himself anymore, since getting so big after getting the g-tube. And when he does get on his stomach, it's very difficult for him to get back over to his back without some assistance.
But today, when he and I were playing on the floor, I gave him a little nudge to roll over, and put one of our new Unishape
bolsters under his chest.
And what do you know, the enormous froggy started moving his legs like he was going to get on up and crawl away. I didn't know what to do! I tried helping him get his legs up under himself, but he kept splaying them out and pushing with the insides of his feet.
He still didn't use his arms or hands to help with anything. But he does have amazing back and neck strength and just throws himself upwards to look up. So there he was, my 6 year old baby...trying to crawl for the first time today.
It was weird...and beautiful...and daunting...and wonderful all in one. I think I am going to have to get his PT on this one. I have no real idea on how to help him with it, but if he's wanting to move around on his belly, you know we'll be right there on our bellies with him, crawling all the way around the house!