Wednesday, October 04, 2006

Baby Delights

Don't you just love: - the way a baby stretches when they're woken? The bent arms by the scrunched-up face, and the arch of the back that makes their little bottom so round? Particularly effective if the child is wearing a onesie*, and you can see the pudgy thighs beneath the lil round bottom. What is it about that stretch that melts you, every time? - baby giggles? - the intensity of focus a 10-month-old requires to bang a spoon on a pot, or clap hands, or wave? - the way a 12-month-old's fingertips juuuuust barely touch over the top of their heads? On a good day? - the smell of a baby, warm and a wee bit sweaty, from a nap? - baby fingernails the size of a sesame seed? - baby babbling that almost, but not quite, makes sense? - toddler dancing? Mini elephants with itchy bottoms on speed. "Don't dance too close to the CD player, lovie, or it'll ski- it'll ski- it'll sk... Here. Dance over here." - teeny tiny toes, viewed from the bottom, tiny pink spheres clinging to the sole. - anything you'd care to add? *A term I picked up from American bloggers only in the past year or so, but it's so cute! ~~~~~~~~~~~~ © 2006, Mary P


Blogger kittenpie said...

I'm not even normally much of a baby person, really, but the waving of tiny fists is pretty cute. The tiny toes are so imrobable they are amazing. And best of all is the soft, warm, downy, sweetly scented, ginormously oversized heads.

10/04/2006 02:46:00 p.m.  
Blogger Ki said...

The giant blech coming from the tiny little mouth. Makes me laugh everytime.

10/04/2006 02:58:00 p.m.  
Blogger Z said...

The hiccups that shake the whole body. The nuzzling and searching when he wakes up hungry, even if you aren't his mother and you don't have what he's looking for (Our grandbaby is 5 days old)

We all sniff babies don't we? I'm not alone?

10/04/2006 03:11:00 p.m.  
Blogger KTP said...

What do YOU call a onesie?

and yes, I love all of that so much that I'm having another one. :)

10/04/2006 03:17:00 p.m.  
Blogger bubandpie said...

I don't have anything to add.

But I DO feel an overwhelming urge to run upstairs and snatch my baby up from her crib for a hug right now.

10/04/2006 03:31:00 p.m.  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The way the nipple (bottle or breast) falls out of his mouth because he just has to smile up at you in pure devotion.


10/04/2006 03:42:00 p.m.  
Anonymous Si said...

or the way they soon grow and by the age of 5 they have been there, got the t-shirt and know it all...

Hey ho Mary P hope all's good


10/04/2006 04:09:00 p.m.  
Blogger Kristen said...

I don't know if I can add anything, it's so overwhelmingly comforting and sweet to remember all of those details you just named.

And they don't say "onesie" in Canada? What's it called there?

10/04/2006 05:51:00 p.m.  
Anonymous Katie said...

How about the mid-strech toots? Both my daughters fart every time they wake up and stretch. I love it. But, maybe that's just me. I even think my kids' farts are great.

(btw, I read often, but mostly at work, and the firewall prevents me from commenting. My husband is giving me some blessed time alone right now, so I'm on the computer. ahhh...)

10/04/2006 09:17:00 p.m.  
Blogger Granny said...

Onesie's saved me with the girls. What do you call them?

10/04/2006 11:11:00 p.m.  
Blogger lara said...

the silences between bursts of babbles and chatter. not because i mind the chatter, but because sometimes, in those silent moments, when they look at you and grin like they know the secret to pure untainted joy, i feel like they're saying more than they do when they babble. i love those moments.

10/04/2006 11:25:00 p.m.  
Blogger NWRed said...

Oh, the smell. Most definately the baby smell.

And that look of shock and wonder when you babble their own syllables back at them.

"You . . . YOU UNDERSTOOD ME!?!?!?!?"

10/05/2006 01:10:00 a.m.  
Anonymous Tina said...

The round, chubby cheeks that just seem to pop out when they grin. Or, the hearty laugh.

10/05/2006 09:29:00 a.m.  
Anonymous dreadmouse said...

- the look of total concentration on their face as they stretch out to grab for your nose.

- the squeal of delight when they see you appear unexpectedly around a corner.

- the way they beam with pride when they manage to pull themself up for the first time.

- the inexpressible joy of having chubby baby arms wrapped around your neck in a big baby hug.

I could go on and on... my daughter cracks my heart every day.

10/05/2006 10:35:00 a.m.  
Blogger sunshine scribe said...

Oh I loved this. It has been so long since my guy was a baby that I forgot how much I loved it. But a child just waking up at any age is so precious.

10/05/2006 11:40:00 a.m.  
Blogger LoryKC said...

I love it all but obviously the real question on everyone's minds is: what do you call a onesie????

10/05/2006 01:18:00 p.m.  
Blogger Mary P. said...

It's a diaper tee. Or just an undershirt.

However, I may not be typical. Remember, it's been almost 21 years since my first was born, and nomenclature changes over the years. So maybe all new mothers in Canada now call them 'onesies' - because it's a great word for the thing!

My computer is spazzing out on me, so I'm not going to respond to all your lovely ideas. No point in writing a long, long comment, only to have it vanish into the ether because it loaded too slowly!

Keeping my fingers crossed that this one gets through...

10/05/2006 02:56:00 p.m.  
Blogger Juggling Mother said...

Here in the UK, we have bodysuits (onesie's that cover just the body) and sleepsuits - the ones with long sleves and legs and feet all together. So do you call sleepsuits "twosies" then:-)?

oh, and the smile they give when they learn to do something new - they know they are the cleverest baby in the world right then:-)

10/05/2006 03:30:00 p.m.  
Blogger Bill said...

Maybe next year. (-:

10/05/2006 04:16:00 p.m.  
Blogger nomotherearth said...

Personally, I like the beaming smile I get when something The Boy says or does makes me laugh out loud. He looks so proud that he could make laugh. Good times.

10/05/2006 11:00:00 p.m.  
Blogger Jenorama said...

The warmth, leftover limpness, and red face when they first wake from the nap.

10/05/2006 11:04:00 p.m.  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Here in South Africa - we call them baby-gro's (with or without sleves and/legs).

My 11 month old son has just strated walking. I love how happy he gets when I scoop him up and give him a big kiss after he walks towards me.

I also love the way he walks like Frankestein just after he come alive - arms out for balance and the legs a bit shaky.

Another cute this, he waves hello and goodbye. Hi tiny little open hand waves frantically. A big smile accompanies the wave.

Is there a limit because I can go on.

10/06/2006 03:09:00 a.m.  
Blogger Mary P. said...

Juggling Mother: What you call 'sleepsuits' we call 'sleepers'.

Anonymous: I'd come across the term babygro in some fiction books, so that one's not entirely new to me - but I hadn't realised it was South African! Thanks for dropping by!

Z: The smells, for sure. I always breathe deep of the baby in my arms. Well, not so: some times I avoid that at all costs - but general baby smells - lovely!

10/06/2006 08:24:00 a.m.  
Blogger Mamacita Tina said...

I love when there's just one tooth smiling back at me.

10/06/2006 09:15:00 a.m.  
Blogger mo-wo said...

My son has just started into laughing out loud. I love love love that.


10/08/2006 02:01:00 a.m.  
Blogger AverageMom said...

Toes. The toes get me everytime. And your post made my ovaries ache. I swear, if I still had a uterus, and if Hubby still had all his tubing attached, we'd be making a baby today. THAT'S what your post did to me!

10/10/2006 12:39:00 p.m.  
Blogger Kat O+ said...

I'm a bit late to this party, but I love it when they sweetly cuddle and nuzzle a teddy (or anything soft, come to think of it)...and the next thing you know, they're attacking it with their mouths. Makes me laugh every time.

11/09/2006 06:27:00 p.m.  

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