Well, we had been looking forward to today ever since my parents decided yesterday to come to Rochester for the day. My cousin Chris and his family were coming to Rochester to visit his parents, and my parents figured they could kill two birds with one stone and come see everyone! And it worked out really well because we're in the midst of four days without Craig (two Knighthawks games out west) and it's always nice to have a little break from single parenthood. No matter how great Jacob is, it's nice to have a bit of a diversion...particularly one that will hold him and play with him for a few minutes while I run and do something else! He's been in a pretty great mood for the past few days, so I can't really complain. He slept pretty well the last two nights, as well...only awake for about 10 minutes last night and slept in until about 7:30 today...ahhhhh. Still, it was nice to see my parents, as well as Chris, Kellie, Anna (who's the smartest 21-month-old I know!), my Aunt Lynne and Uncle Cliff, and of course, Lori. We had a really nice afternoon, and Jacob was generally really well-behaved. He had his serious spurts, but very few meltdowns. Lots of smiles in between, though!
Once we got back to our house, my mom and I were playing with Jacob on the floor. He really loves his peek-a-blocks, which we were having a good time with. But then I brought out what's probably his favorite toy right now, a hand-me-down activity table from Uncle Brad's family. It's got some stacking rings, a few of those pop beads, a spinning noisemaker, and some other activities he hasn't completely figured out yet. Lately Jacob's been pulling up to his knees and enjoying standing while supported, so the table is perfect for him to play at. When I brought it out, he got pretty excited, and before we knew it, he was crawling toward it!
Jacob's been close to crawling for a bit now. He started rocking a while back and lately has been getting closer to lifting his legs. He's been trying to launch himself forward and was really getting quite the jump in the past couple days. Mostly his crawling attempts ended in face-plants or he just sat back down before trying too hard, but you could tell he was merely days away. My goal was to have him crawling by next weekend when we're back home for Easter and seeing a lot of family for the first time in a while (or ever!). We played with him a lot on the floor during our visit today, but all of a sudden when we got back home he just figured it out! He did it a few more times, so we know it wasn't a fluke. He's still got some practicing to do, but he's really got it! Unfortunately Craig wasn't here to see it, but it was nice to share it with Grandma and Grandpa!
As a result of today's big event and Jacob's constant obsession with our coffee table, I decided that it was officially time to move the living room around to make it more Jacob friendly. The coffee table got pushed into a corner, the end table got moved across the room, the chaise extension on the couch moved to the armchair, and the armchair's ottoman is now in front of the couch as a sort of soft coffee table. It gives Jacob two softer things to pull up on and takes away his biggest temptation...or at least moves a lot of the less baby-proofed stuff a bit out of the way so it won't be as easy for him to find them. He still will, I know, but it will take a little longer than it would have before. The room definitely looks bigger now and he's got some extra room to play. It will take some getting used to, but I think it's good for now.
Anyway, here's some video of one of his crawls. It's not a great angle and it makes him look a little more clumsy than the crawling really was, but you get the idea. And there are a couple cute smiles, too, so if nothing else it's worth it for that! Enjoy...