I have really struggled with this issue. At her 9 month appointment, Lily's doctor told me that Lily should be creeping and crawling and pulling herself up soon. We did more tummy time and I've worked with her, but Lily has not really progressed toward crawling. Now, she is 1 week from her first birthday and she is not crawling. She is not pulling herself up and she is not making great strides toward creeping much. I've really struggled feeling like if I wasn't working maybe I would have more time to work with her. However, this week I have come to realize that Lily's mobility is a result of a number of factors. I think the dog bothering her on the floor has resulted in less floor time. I also think that our rooms are so small that she doesn't have to move much to reach something entertaining. Lastly, Lily's personality is just plain laid back. She often prefers to play with her sock rather than make the effort to reach something more interesting. She's also gotten amazingly good at grabbing things with her feet, pulling the blanket or rug toward her with the toys on them, and splashing the water until her water toy comes near her. She's actually pretty resourceful.
She's been spinning in circles and pushing herself backward for several months. This week she actually started to army crawl. It's VERY limited and she's only done it a few times. I refuse to be embarrassed that she's not very mobile. I think her doctor is going to suggest physical therapy, but I'm happy with Lily just the way she is.
Every so often I sing the Primary song "Every Star is Different" to Lily at bedtime because it reminds me that every child is different and special. Lily will learn at her own pace and I will take each child I have and get to know their individual strenths.
So, for those who care to see, this video is my silly Lily and her grunting crawling. Also, her red knees from so much practice!