23 Jul A Baby Development Phase To Love
It’s a phase, isn’t it? Is it? Or is this just my child now? Where did my sweet little newborn go?
A classic tale of parenting - just when you think you’ve got your little baby boss figured out, they switch everything up and you’re right back to square one. The guessing square. The frustrated square. The ‘awake in the middle of the night crying because you failed at baby-led weaning and you’re convinced that means they’ll grow up to become a violent cult leader’ phase. Oooh, that’s just the roller-coaster of emotions of baby development for you! Newborns, toddlers, threenagers, fournados, five… ok, you get the point, right?. There are phases. Lots of them and as a parent you have no choice but to run the gauntlet, blind, with no instruction manual.
Not all phases are born equally though. Some phases are sweeter, some are more mind numbing than others. The NO phase for example? Great buzz for the littles, not so great for you. Everything is a no. Yes is a no. No is a no. It can be a grinding phase of baby care. It starts at some point in toddlerhood and finishes… well the jury’s still out on that one. Maybe when they grow up, move out and you can’t hear them anymore?
The ‘Hi’ phase though, is pretty cool. Before having a baby, you didn’t even know that the word ‘hi’ was a thrilling and hilarious game, did you? But now here you are, in the midst of the sweet, sweet Hi phase and there are hours of fun to be had. Not for you, necessarily, but for babies this game can be like your favourite series on Netflix, on repeat, forever. That’s baby YouTube right there. They can’t get enough of it.
For the uninitiated, here are the rules. Get a pen:
Step 1: baby says hi to you
Step 2: you say hi to baby
Step 3: baby says hi to you
Step 4: you say hi to baby
Step 5: baby says hi to you
Step 6: you say hi to baby
Well, I think you know where this is going - to infinity and beyond basically, unless you go on strike or your baby gets distracted by something shiny. As baby becomes a more experienced Hi-gamer, they move on to the next level - saying hi to everyone. And everything. It can be a delightful and sometimes time consuming practice, but it never stops making me chuckle.
So for those new parents who would like a sneak peak at what this child development milestone is like, for those who want to compare notes on their own high level ‘hi-gamer’ or for those stuck in the trenches of parenting and would like a bit of a giggle, I made a list of some of the things my twin boys said hi to in one day. Enjoy the very agreeable whimsey of one year old babies!
23 Things My Twins Said Hi To, In One Day. A List.
Me, while breastfeeding
My left boob, while breastfeeding on the right
A bus. Every bus.
His own foot
The washing machine
A photo of his twin brother
A picture of a train in a book
All the dogs
The bathroom door
A building site
My pee pee
The airplane on his sock
A paper macheé toadstool
A rubbish truck
All the white vans that he thought were ambulances
His imaginary friend on my telephone
Things My Twins Refused To Say Hi To. A (much shorter) List.
People he doesn’t know
People he does know
People saying Hi
And the moral of today’s story is…. Nah, there’s no moral. Babies are daft and wonderful and that’s good enough for me.
Hi. I mean, bye. Bye bye.