Friday, March 25, 2011

Babies are weird ...

Since becoming a parent, I've learned that babies do a whole bunch of weird stuff. Things like: waking up for no reason at all to play in the middle of the night or asking for food, only to shake their tiny little heads and refuse to eat or asking to be held and then immediatley, demanding to be put down and then ask to be held again.

Still, the strangest thing I've seen Bea do is choose random pieces of trash or particulate on the floor to play with over her absurdly large amount of toys. Toys made, you know, specifically for babies.

She's done this on several occasions. Christmas, for example, was New Toy Heaven. Of course, by "new toy" I mean, "wrapping paper":

You shouldn't have....

Yesterday, I walked into the office to see her throwing her toys behind her, grunting and wiggling with all her might for something new:
I don't need this ...
Rabbits are stupid. So this goes too ...

I can always read later. I'll just kick this out of the way.

This something "new" was, indeed, a paper tag on the floor. Left over from her birthday party (don't judge me, I've had other things to do besides clean!). Once she spotted it, she threw all her energy into acquiring it. And I do mean, all. her. energy:
Trying to propel herself forward ...
I'll get you my pretty...

It's MINE!
 Once she noticed that I was watching her, she gave me a quick glance to acknowledge my presence:
Oh. It's YOU.
And then it was back to the tag chewing:
Don't mind if I do...
Added fiber.
If I smile, then this is OK with you, right?
After a few minutes, I decided to act like a responsible person and put down the camera take the paper out of her mouth. No sooner had I thrown Paper #1 away in the bin next to me, had she found another piece to conquer:
You'd think I had learned my lesson ...
But this one had other plans...
Finally, after about four iterations of this paper-finding-and-eating-then-Mommy-throws-it-out cycle, I found something that entertained her for about 3 minutes:
Awesome. If it's not paper eating, it's noise making.

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