Thursday, January 19, 2006

If It's a Battle Of the Wits, I'm Losing.

I am fully willing to admit that there are moments where I am totally out of my league. It's just harder to admit that I am being outsmarted by someone who has yet to master the ability to walk upright (getting closer everyday).
"Ok Baby X, we have to hurry up and get out of here. I'm going to grab your shoes, you wait here."

"Barazzack!" I don't want to leave. I want to stay and play with my toys.

"I'll be right back and then we're off ok?"

"AAAARRAAGGGG!!" No! I have plans to shove this block in Cat's mouth. We're not going.

I go to his room, grab his shoes, check his bag and come back to.........

Him. Sitting on the floor looking at me with this smirk on his face, his pants and socks in a pile next to him and his diaper on the other side of the room.

It's lunch time and we're at the mall. I buy him some fish, milk and a cookie. I lay it all out.

"No, not yet Baby X. Lunch first." and I point to his fish.

"Cookie." And he hangs his head so dejectedly but I have to stand firm.

I push the cookie further back to what I think is out of his reach and give him a bite of his fish. He smears parts of it over his face. I dig into his bag for those handy wipes I actually remembered to shove in there.
I look back to realize I did not put the cookie far enough away for he has taken a chunk of it.
He looks at me and as fast as he can, shoves it in his mouth. Ha! Try taking it away now crazy lady!

We've been doing baby signs for a few months now. Baby X will sign 'all done' when appropriate and occasionally 'eat'. Mostly he just looks at me like I'm nuts. I keep trying though. I'm hoping that maybe someday he'll be able to tell me what it is he wants when he bites my leg. (Yes it hurts).

The other night I was signing 'more' and saying it as I fed him his dinner. He looked at me and said 'more?' I made the sign for 'more' again without saying it.


I got so excited I carried him to Mr X and told him.

"Go on Baby X! Show daddy what you can do!"

He looks at me and makes the sign for more.

I sigh and we start to go back upstairs.


I run back down to show Mr X.

Baby X signs for 'more'.

This continued for awhile. Long enough for Mr X to think I'm crazy and Baby X to realize he now had a very fun game to play with mommy.

It's a very sad day when baby is smarter than mom.