The journeys that life takes us on often seem insurmountable when we are on them. It’s not until we look back on them that we see how much they actually prepared us! The big challenges of life aren’t so big after we figure them out.
One little baby was recorded during one of the biggest challenges of her life!
To a baby, everything is a struggle! We have to think about it from a baby’s perspective, though. Every time something happens, it’s literally the worst thing to ever happen to them! When a baby gets cold, it’s probably the coldest it’s ever been in its entire life! It’s only when it gets older that a baby learns to communicate and experiences challenges greater than losing their blanket.
This video shows one of those little journeys that we all have been on!
In a recent video, one little girl decided that she wanted to crawl over to the family dog to say hello! For an adult human, saying hello to a dog isn’t that big of a deal. For the little girl, it was the toughest thing she ever did! Crawling a whole 6 feet over to her furry friend took all she had in her.
Babies learn to crawl around 7-9 months.
Starting by rocking back and forth, babies eventually use that momentum to throw themselves forward and find themselves crawling. When they first learn, it’s a huge achievement since it takes so much energy and balance! Seeing your baby crawl for the first time is like hearing them say their first words.
“At 6 months old, babies will rock back and forth on hands and knees. This is a building block to crawling. As the child rocks, he may start to crawl backward before moving forward. By 9 months old, babies typically creep and crawl.” – Help Me Grow
You can tell that this little girl was new to crawling by the way she was moving.
With that signature rocking, she slowly starts to move towards the unaware dog on the other side of the room. With lunges and squeals, she sees her prize and is set on taking it. All of her efforts will be worth it and rewarded with some time spent with her friend! At a certain point, the dog notices the efforts of the baby and stops to watch.
Like a gentle guardian, the dog watches the little girl slowly make her way over to her.
Finally, the moment arrives. The little girl collapses right in front of the dog – but wait! There is still room left for her to crawl! It looks like she won’t ever make it over to the black lab without help. All of a sudden, the dog lifts its grizzled muzzle and licks the girl!
In a moment of pure cuteness, the dog recognizes the little girl’s efforts and rewards her for it.
Like an old friend, the dog understands how gently to treat a baby! Ignoring its toy, it simply lifts its head and gifts a little lick on the tip of the baby’s nose. Like a friend greeting a friend, the moment is like something out of a story! The family filming the entire thing (as well as the entire internet) had their hearts melted.
Our little girl crawls for the first time on video but what happened next melted our hearts! Labs are the best family dog ever!* – YouTube
Also, before you get mad, they addressed the “dangerous dog and babies” thing.
This is their comment on having their dog near their baby:
*Please note this is our very affectionate 8-1/2 years old female Chocolate Lab. She is advanced obedience trained, has been enthralled with people (children & adults) her entire life, and always follows a multitude of voice commands. We’ve had our dog since she was 10 weeks old – she is active, healthy, neither possessive nor guarding, nurtured/loved every day, and as a result is a very well-adjusted family canine. Nevertheless, as responsible parents, we researched, spent months acclimating both the baby and the dog together prior to this special moment, and we always have, and continue to closely supervise all interactions between our baby and lifelong family pet. We believe our dog to be a wonderful part of our child’s young development (as you see here crawling early!) but advise all parents to do to their fact-finding research, consult professionals with any questions or concerns, and always follow the advice of the experts (pediatricians, veterinarians, and certified dog trainers) before placing a child and dog together in any scenario in or outside the home. Thank you all so much for your sincere and wonderful support! With our Warmest Regards:)
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