Baby Tricks

Spencer has a few tricks up his sleeve. He can peek-a-boo; he can throw a napkin on his head and pulls it down and giggles after you ask “Where’s Spencer?”; he can clap and sometimes high-five; and if you ask “what’s a monkey say?” he’ll answer oo-oooo. It’s not like I make him put on a show, but he does love attention and likes to perform.

At brunch a little while ago, the meal was winding down, but people were lingering over their food, which is always tricky when you have a baby at the table. Spencer was finished eating and getting figity, so the easiest thing to do was bust out a napkin and play a few rounds of Where’s Spencer? to amuse the out of town relatives. And then, someone at the table stated, “Isn’t it interesting how we expect young children to perform like pets.” What. The. Hell?

First of all, thanks a ton for debasing my parenting. Would you rather here my baby cry, have him try and throw himself out of the chair or start yanking the tablecloth out from everyone’s hot coffee? Yep, that would be awesome. She was already appalled that I let him have a bite of a chocolate croissant. Oh no! The bite will kill him. So I wasn’t in the best mood to begin with when she made comment. But it did get me thinking.

I don’t think of what Spencer does as tricks so much as a reflection of him learning a pattern which is a form of connection – a physical manifestation of his learning. It is so hard with pre-verbal babies to know if they understand you. But when you can say, “Spencer, go get your bear” and he does, I feel like we are communicating. I also think he is a baby genius, but that is probably the case for most first time moms. Anyway, she pissed me off and I can’t really articulate it, but what do you think? Is peek-a-boo developmental progress or a stupid pet trick?

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2 Responses to “Baby Tricks”

  1. Suzanne says:

    Yeah, my kid is pretty much just a trained monkey. One day I’m getting him a tiny hat and an organ. I even post funny video of him playing fetch like a dog on the internet.

    Sorry, my sarcasm spout is broken. Obviously I think that sort of game is part of a child’s development. Just keep him away Dina Lohan and he’ll be fine.


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