@MmeLibrarian Have no fear - it all turns out right eventually, most of the time. My granddaughter also took a long time deciding to crawl over to get something instead of trying to stretch her arms like Gumby. When she did start crawling, she tucked one leg under and crawled on her hands and one foot to get across "no-baby's land" in the center of the room - her primary mode of transport for the next five or six months. She moved around the perimeters of the room by standing up and hanging onto the furniture. Finally, at 14 1/2 months, my son reported, she threw both hands up in the air and walked across the room.