Despair not, just as I had written to Dionne, the dance instructor, about whether Neko should be in the pre-creeping or creeping class, she started crawling. She isn't like crazy crawling all over but definitely making her way. She can pull herself up to stand and can go from crawl to sit to crawl. So just about at her nine month birthday give or take a few days. She still doesn't babble syllables, but she seems to understand a lot. It is pretty wild now to see what she can do. This morning she saw a toy of hers under the couch and crawled to get it. She has so much more agency.
The toy she found is kind of funny. Our babysitter Shirley brought over a "mommy's helper" toy that my friend had decided was too girly for his boy, Carlos. It is a shopping cart with room for a baby doll and some food stuff and a cell phone. Shirley said that Carlos was bawling when she left with it because he loves it. Hard to have to learn machismo so early.