Aug 31, 2012 Independence Our son is already declaring for independence. Of course he did not mention it to us, but we can tell. He would rather crawl and walk, than be in our arms. He wants to be a free bird exploring what the world has to offer. Whenever we hold him in our arms he begins to squirm, and he does this smart move that makes it really hard to keep him close to our heart. He basically lifts both of his arms straight up in the air so he can slide through our arms. So when he does stuff like this, I put him down, and say "go...have fun!" I love his adventurous spirit, however we just have to minimize the trouble he will get into.