By: Jennifer Murray

Crawling 101

Mission: Welcome to Crawling 101. Students Clark, Henry, Isaac, and Brooks have just been accepted into this accredited and intense study program due to becoming 8 months today. We’ve posted video and pictures to document our “project” for the semester.

Progress Notes: The Murray’s are Mobile! We’ve heard “wait til they’re crawling” about a million times now, so I’m sure it will soon be replaced by “wait til they’re walking”. I’m celebrating every milestone, though. It’s so excited to see how God created these little guys to learn how to move and to watch them figure things out so quickly. This is one giant leap for the Murray Quads! I had no idea they would catch up developmentally so quickly! Way to go Murray Crew!

Individual Report Cards: (I used some familiar end of the year report card comments and adapted them for Crawling School.)

Clark – Clark enjoys “rockin‘ and rollin‘” best. Yep, that’s right a rebel rocker. He gets around well, but hasn’t quite figured out the one arm, one leg, next arm, next leg technique, but hey, Superman flies, he doesn’t need to crawl!
Grade: “B” Clark is displaying enthusiasm and is eager to improve his crawling skills.

Henry – Henry (our fearless leader) is up on all fours performing the “rock and lunge” approach. He has not perfected the traditional crawling technique, but gets the main idea.
Grade: “B+” Henry shows great potential and works diligently towards achieving the crawling goal.

Henry demonstrating the correct crawling form

Isaac – Have you taken a look at those thighs lately, does it look like they’ve been crawling? Cut him some slack, people. It takes a lot of effort to lift the load. Actually, Isaac is our champion sitter. He sits up and plays for 10 minute intervals now.
Grade: “Not Applicable” Isaac is an active participant in class and is very pleasant to others. His skills will continue to develop with more exposure and practice (due to his increased weight).

Brooks – Brooks is little but mighty. He’s motivated to MOVE. He gets from one side of the room to the other in minutes. I think I need to work on my sprinting to eventually keep up with this little man.
Grade: “A-” Brooks is growing in independence and confidence towards crawling.

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Brooks showing off his new skills (I love how Clark just smiles and watches Brooks)

A new report card will be posted at the end of the semester……

11 Responses to “Crawling 101”

  1. Anonymous
    October 2, 2007 at 5:31 pm #

    Hey Jen,

    I like how you redecorated the place. It looks nice! What a fun blog entry. I can’t believe they are all moving! Wow, I was noticing your pretty curtains behind the mighty feeding table. Won’t they have fun climbing up those, soon!? You’re going to need to walk around with a tape recorder to capture all the fun stories coming your way! How’s the childproofing coming?

    God bless,
    Amanda

  2. Anonymous
    October 2, 2007 at 5:42 pm #

    Precious! They are growing and learning so fast. When i first started reading your blog I believe they were 3 months old! It has been good of you to share your story with us and I really enjoy watching them grow. God Bless you all! A friend in East Texas.

  3. Laura
    October 2, 2007 at 5:47 pm #

    Jen,
    This was an adorable post! How exciting to see these sweeties moving. They must have forgotten completely that they were preemies. My girls crawled much later. I can see by the video that they will be moving very fast, very soon! How fun! Who is doing your blog design? I have wanted to change mine (more custom) and tried to get someone to help me but it never happened. I need some help…

    I am so glad you find the time to keep blogging. I am really enjoying watching your boys grow up. You are doing such a fantastic job!

  4. Veronica @ Luv My Quiver Full Of Arrows
    October 2, 2007 at 6:51 pm #

    Too cute!! Your blog always brings a smile to my face! God bless you with the energy to keep up with all 4 of your arrows!!

  5. Casey's trio
    October 3, 2007 at 12:15 am #

    Love the look of determination on Brooks’ face in the video…he didn’t want to take his eyes off the prize for one second! Your boys are adorable!

  6. Angelle
    October 3, 2007 at 9:24 am #

    I really like your new look, especially all the pictures at the top. Sounds like you have your hands full with mobile babies. I have been reading your blog for a while but have decided to start commenting more. Good luck keeping track of all your little ones! 🙂

  7. Darla
    October 3, 2007 at 9:59 am #

    Hello again – – and HOW SWEET!!! Since I guess I will NEVER seen these boys in person until maybe college – haha, it’s so much fun to see them on the blog an especially the short video clips. TOO CUTE! It’s hard to believe 8 months have gone by already…and a blessing to see how well they are all doing!!! Keep enjoying all of those special moments. Love ya!

  8. Anonymous
    October 3, 2007 at 11:55 am #

    What a cute post! The boys are growing so fast. I cannot believe it’s been 8 months already and they’re MOBILE! Crazy!

    Your boys are adorable… I’ll stay tuned for all the stories to come! :O)

    Anne Schrader

  9. Jeannie
    October 3, 2007 at 7:58 pm #

    (Had a typo in the last comment…how embarassing!) 🙂

    So cute! I love the concept of the report card…very clever!

  10. Veronica @ Luv My Quiver Full Of Arrows
    October 4, 2007 at 6:44 am #

    Brad and Jen,
    I couldn’t sleep and decided to read your pregnancy blog. I laughed, cried, cheered! What an amazing testament to how loving, merciful, and gracious our Lord is.
    You both encourage me as a mother and Christian.

    God bless you all!
    Veronica

  11. Kelly
    October 4, 2007 at 1:18 pm #

    My daughter never crawled. She scooted. But you are right – walking and then running – and times 4 – you’ll be on your toes!

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