Monday, October 20, 2008

I can guarantee that you're gonna have a ball...

Monday Oct 20, 2008

I can guarantee that you're gonna have a ball...

Learning how to do the watermelon crawl
Well we got a hundred gallons of sweet red wine
Made from the biggest watermelons on the vine
Help yourself to some but obey the law
If you drink don't drive do the watermelon crawl
Do the watermelon crawl
Have fun you all
Do the watermelon crawl!
-Tracy Byrd "Watermelon Crawl"

Remember back to the days when "Torquil" was a vegetable of the week? (For newcomers to my blog, I got an email each week I was pregnant that compared Jay to the size of some food - grape grows into lemon grows into cantaloupe ... you get the idea.) I was just sure he'd be watermelon at 40 weeks. Well, he was a watermelon all right. And a big 10 lb. one at that. But this watermelon has learned to crawl.

Yep, you read that right - Jay is crawling. He had been rolling for movement for about a month, and we thought that was an entertaining (if a bit odd) way of getting around. He started to scoot on his belly right before we left for the beach, and he got really good at it during that week. The funny thing is that it's not the traditional hands and knees crawl - we call it the Army Crawl. He never gets his belly off the ground and he pulls himself forward with his elbows. I call it the Army Crawl because that sounds cool and tough. Truth be told, he looks a bit like Lieutenant Dan in Forrest Gump, dragging his body behind him.

Now that our little guy is mobile, our world has really changed. In no way will I pretend to be a good housekeeper. I'm a slob, and my house shows it. I rarely vacuum, but I think this crawling business may finally get me going. Poor kid has a thick layer of cat hair all over his clothes, all the time. And those shoes I leave lying all over the house? Jay goes right for 'em, and they go right into his mouth. In fact, he'll crawl PAST a toy to gnaw on a nasty tennis shoe. That's just gross. And it's a whole new world for Jay's feline siblings, too. He's on a mission to grab that fuzzy tail. While he hasn't caught a cat yet, it's only a matter of time.

Check out the video from 2 weeks ago - this was what we called the "turtle on his back." It's like he knows if he wiggles his arms & legs enough, he'll move forward, but just can't QUITE figure out which way they need to go...

Turtle stuck on his back from Jen F on Vimeo.

And now, just 2 weeks later:

On the move from Jen F on Vimeo.

(Yes, I realize that he's crawling over to the trashcan so he can look at his reflection. Yes, I agree that's kinda gross. Just think of it as an inexpensive funhouse mirror where your face looks all distorted, and it's somehow more appealing.)
Oh, the things you never expected from parenthood...


Way to go, Jay! Oh, and Jen...where you pumping the "turtle" video? I couldn't mistake that sound in the background :)

Posted by Lisa on October 20, 2008 at 02:56 PM EDT #

were not where

Posted by Lisa on October 20, 2008 at 02:56 PM EDT #

Thanks for pointing that out to the entire e-world.

Posted by Jen on October 21, 2008 at 12:22 PM EDT #

eewhhooo...eeewhhooo...kind of hard to miss, TOJ!!!!
As always, Jay's a cutie!!!!

Posted by TOOJ on October 21, 2008 at 05:48 PM EDT #

Awwww! Jax just started doing the army crawl as well.. though no where near as well as Jay! We have the same issues.. slobness, cat (mostly dog) hair, & a new drive to keep at least the floor cleaner. Jax also HAS caught the cat's tail! Where did it go? Straight into the mouth (eww).. no idea why the cat just sits there & lets him do that.

Posted by Mickie Shipley on November 16, 2008 at 09:58 PM EST#

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