Erin Stewart: Crawling baby chaos is a reminder to treasure each moment

My 7-month-old son started crawling this week, and my life immediately came to a grinding stop.

While my husband and daughters cheered his latest developmental milestone, I looked on in fear because I know what a crawling baby means. It’s been a while since we’ve had a mobile tot in our house, but I remember all too well.

A crawling baby means constantly fishing out endless pieces of everything from his mouth. Toilet paper shards from our 6-year-old’s last “art” project. Bouncy balls from the 9-year-old’s latest pastime. Pinto beans on the bedroom floor from the … seriously? Why are there pinto beans on the bedroom floor?

These are the kinds of things you discover with a crawling baby.

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