Wuh oh

It looks like Dr. Mrs. Dr. F. Jr. has found second gear (not my house). And yes, she really likes tissue paper.

With luck R.E.M. will be kind about the ~40 seconds that I borrowed from one of the best songs ever.

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52 replies
  1. 1
    Cervantes says:

    Great song and a good use of it.

  2. 2
    McMullje says:


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    Villago Delenda Est says:


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    Tommy says:

    Great video. I don’t have any children myself, but a wonderful niece that just turned 5. Spent a lot of time with her as an infant and once she started to crawl, well it was like the “end of the world.” Never know something so small could move so fast on all fours.

    You turn your head for a few seconds and she was off to gosh knows where. Quickly there was enough baby gates in the house travel through said house was even hindered for adults.

  5. 5
    Betty Cracker says:

    Awwwwww! Just wait until she wants to DRIVE YOUR CAR!

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    JPL says:

    @Betty Cracker: haha.. Tim’s face probably dropped after reading your comment.

    also, the video put a smile on my face. What a cutie.

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    c u n d gulag says:

    Except for the dress, that could be me on any random Friday or Saturday night.
    I only wear a dress for “special” occasions. ;-)

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    WereBear says:

    Ah, yes, the “motoring” stage. And the song suggests itself…

    She’s a real firecracker!

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    Tim F. says:

    @Roger Moore: I know, I know. It’s not easy in that light.

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    Villago Delenda Est says:

    @Betty Cracker:

    Baby you can drive my car
    Yes I’m going to be a star
    Baby you can drive my car
    And maybe I’ll love you


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    TaMara (BHF) says:

    Wait. What?! No, no, she was just born like a month ago. And that’s about how fast time will fly between now and when she asks for the car keys so she can go see her rocker boy toy.

  13. 13
    Roxy says:

    Awwwww. Brings back memories of my nieces and nephews, crawling, and then it’s running. No in between :)

  14. 14
    Villago Delenda Est says:

    OT, but Noisemax is at it again:

    Joe Scarborough Enters NH Fray

    “Joe Scarborough was a rock star this weekend,” said Republican New Hampshire state Rep. Joseph Sweeney. “He energized the crowd.”

    WTF is it with Rethuglicans calling their flash-in-the-pan potential candidates and/or their wives “rock stars”? Don’t they know that if you have to tell people someone is a rock star, it’s pretty obvious that they’re not one? (to paraphrase Tywin Lannister)

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    Biff Longbotham says:

    Looks like DMDFII will be ready for DWTS in no time at all.

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    Fuzzy says:

    Everything said so far is TRUE. I can vouch for it along with frantic road trips for stitches, broken bones, gravel rash and big ugly bumps. Could not ask for better times.

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    Tommy says:

    @Roxy: Isn’t that the truth. Seems my niece could one day only take a step or two before she fell. Then the next day she is running the hundred at the Olympics.

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    chrome agnomen says:

    did cole film that second clip?

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    Roger Moore says:

    @Villago Delenda Est:

    Don’t they know that if you have to tell people someone is a rock star, it’s pretty obvious that they’re not one?

    No. They still believe that if their lies will become true if they’re repeated often enough.

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    dmsilev says:

    @Villago Delenda Est: They still think Ted Nugent is a star. There’s a long way to go before they re-intersect reality.

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    Mnemosyne says:

    Sadly, my niece and nephew who are geographically closest to me were both born with clubfeet, so there wasn’t a real crawling stage (they have to get surgery and/or braces very early on, which tends to impair their forward mobility). My nephew figured out he could lay on his back and scoot that way, which meant that he had a bald spot on the back of his head for, like, a year.

  22. 22
    Elizabelle says:

    That is one sweet baby.

  23. 23
    a hip hop artist from Idaho (fka Bella Q) says:

    Cool! And the obvious song is so totally appropriate and true. DMDFII is going to keep you really busy. Very cute kiddo.

  24. 24
    Hawes says:

    Delightful and yes, it’s the end of the world as you know it.

    But So. Central Rain and Hairshirt are better songs.

  25. 25
    MikeJ says:

    @Hawes: I was going to say Harborcoat and Wolves, Lower.

  26. 26
    SiubhanDuinne says:

    Tim, she is just adorable!

    My cousin and both my nephews were born with club feet. Cousin was in plaster casts and horrible leg braces for years. He still has major foot problems, although they didn’t keep him out of ’Nam.

    Both nephews had countless surgeries from infancy through about age 12-14. There’s still some serious deformity, but they cope very well. They lived on the other side of the country, so I never saw them growing up and have no idea what effect it had on their crawling.

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    Ash Can says:

    @Roxy: Yep. My son Bottle Rocket crawled for about two weeks, then started walking. He walked for about 20 minutes, then started running. And he didn’t stop running till he hit his teens. :)

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    debbie says:

    Arghh. Knee upon slate, very painful.

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    Epicurus says:

    She is 100% adorable! Just remember Erma Bombeck’s famous line: “We spend the first two years of our childrens’ lives teaching them to walk and talk; we spend the next 18 telling them to sit down and shut up. Happy parenting!

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    Gene108 says:

    @Betty Cracker:

    I do not think it is a major issue until she is old enough to reach the pedals.

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    beth says:

    I’m impressed. When my daughter tried to crawl in a dress, she got her knees caught over the hem and pulled the dress so taut she couldn’t move and would either roll over or just stop and cry. But then, she’s still kind of a klutz to this day.

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    SiubhanDuinne says:


    Didn’t know that was Bombeck. I’ve recently seen it attributed to Neil DeGrasse Tyson. Great line, regardless, and so very very true.

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    dollared says:

    Thanks for this. Brings back many memories. You have just been entered in a three year weight loss program entitled “chasing my toddler.”

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    mak says:

    Ah, yes, crawling – nature’s way of telling you that it’s time: (1) to really clean the floor, (2) to child-proof the electrical outlets and remove all breakable or sharp objects at or below waist level, and (3) to get those gates in place on the stairs.
    Optional: if it’s your first, you can also go ahead and pad all the sharp corners on furniture.
    ETA: Beautiful child, btw.

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    catclub says:

    @Villago Delenda Est: That appeared to me in Wa Monthly as a possible GOP bigwigs will draft JoeScar, article.

    I doubt it. But I can predict that if it happens MSNBC will end up doing a much WORSE job than FOX did in handling the ‘we appear to be employing and broadcasting a presidential candidate’ situation.

    Huck had to tell them he wasn’t running, and the others, like Newt, got dropped as employees.
    MSNBC will do it worse with JoeScar, if the time comes.

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    catclub says:

    @SiubhanDuinne: “what effect it had on their crawling. ”
    My parents tell me I was mostly ‘crawling’ with hands and feet rather than hands and knees. I have surprisingly flexible hips 50 some years later.

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    Mnemosyne says:


    There’s a totally new non-surgical technique they can do that uses braces and physical therapy. Unfortunately, it came along after my niece had her first surgery, so she was no longer eligible, but they did it for my nephew with great success.

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    Violet says:

    So cute. Love the oomph she puts into whapping her hands down on the floor as she goes. She means bidness!

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    Cassidy says:

    moved to open thread

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    PurpleGirl says:

    Adorable little one, Tim.

    I have a cousin who was born with a hip problem and was in a cast and brace for about a year and a half. Man, could that little boy move when he crawled. Crawled forward, dragging the braced legs with him.

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    Cervantes says:


    they did it for my nephew with great success.

    That’s good to hear. (I know nothing about clubfootedness.)

  43. 43
    Wag says:

    Crawling is awesome. Walking even more so. The fun come when you need to start clearing item off from where she can reach. Eventually everything is at chest level.

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    Cervantes says:

    @Wag: The only sustainable approach, really, is to find age-appropriate ways to show them and teach them what’s safe. If you can do that, you’re being a good parent.

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    The Fat Kate Middleton says:

    She’s a little beauty – and you can tell she’s going to be walking very, very soon. Thanks for posting this, Tim.

  46. 46
    Roger Moore says:


    (2) to child-proof the electrical outlets

    You really should replace all outlets with tamper-proof models anyway. They’re simultaneously easier to get a plug into, harder to get something else into, and less likely to be accidentally uncovered than ordinary outlets with those “child-proof” covers on them. That’s why the electrical code mandates them for essentially all the same kinds of outlets that you’d normally child-proof the other way.

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    mak says:

    @Roger Moore: I did not know that, thank you. Of course, my kiddies are aged 7 and above, so those days are behind me and, let’s be honest, I’m not going to undertake such a project at this point. Perhaps Tim will feel differently.

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    muddy says:

    Next, the horrors of handsfree.

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    Fuzzy says:

    @Roger Moore: Never have heard of a child sticking something in an outlet although I’m sure there are horror stories but that would jolt and throw them back. Many kids and pets like to chew on lamp cords which is much more dangerous because of the wet mouth and it burns lips and tongues.

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    geg6 says:

    Adorable, Tim. Just too cute for words.

    Weirdly, I clicked on it just as REM came on the radio. A different song, though.

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    Roger Moore says:

    Replacing the actual outlets is surprisingly easy, provided that the rest of the electrical system is vaguely modern (e.g. new enough that there is a reliable grounding connection). Tamper resistant outlets are as little as $1.50 each, and less than that if you buy a 10 pack. For somebody who fancies themselves a handyman, it would be a pretty easy project.


    Never have heard of a child sticking something in an outlet although I’m sure there are horror stories but that would jolt and throw them back

    I’ve heard about it. My impression is that it’s generally slightly older kids who do it: ones who are old enough to plan but not old enough to realize they’re doing something dangerous. Those ones are unlikely to be deterred by those little outlet blockers, but they may be stopped by tamper-resistant outlets, which have shutters that won’t open unless something is going into both the hot and neutral side of the outlet at the same time.

  52. 52
    Tim F. says:

    @Fuzzy: Hmm, there was the time I taught myself electricity with a couple of oven mitts, two lengths of copper wire and a plastic cup. I would test the conductivity of liquids by putting one end of each wire in the socket and the other ends in the cup. Conductive liquids would short out the kitchen. When that happened I would go to the basement, pull a chair up to the fuse box and throw the breaker. As I recall my folks warrantied a digital clock so many times that they got blacklisted from the Sharper Image.

    I was a precocious middle schooler.

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