DEAR BABIES this weekend i have learned a lot. now, I’ve only been a toddler for about one year, and before that a baby, but I can already say this with certainty: loving your big people does not mean they won’t get on your nerves sometimes.
Their aggravating ways, which are probably ingrained in them from birth, are at full throttle in adulthood, when meltdowns and chaos and battles of wills are the norm rather than the exception.
But there’s a silver lining little ones. Despite the fact that they drive you bonkers, these exasperating childish behaviours are actually really important to your learning and emotional development.
So remind yourself of these the next time you’re ready to rip what little hair you have, out!
for example, my mummy and daddy, in the short spells of time between the out-of-the-house activities, mummy has planned, insist on reading the same book over and over again. or singing the same song, god help us. it's at this juncture i slap my hands against my cheeks. i recommend trying it babies; it truly helps rid you of frustration. also most of the time just indulge them in this repetition because it does actually seem to help with our speech development. amazing hey. plus, parents seem to find joy in knowing what comes next so they can pull funny faces.
now, this weekend was manic as usual. why we have to be engaged in so much activity babies i will never work out. if you ever do, please email me. i'd be extremely grateful. saturday we went shopping which once again involved me sitting in a trolley. i always keep myself entertained by kicking pusher of said trolley. plus, as all babies know , this is our environment in which to communicate with other young ones in the vicinity. it's on par with animals in the wild. and if it's good enough for those clever creatures...next we went to see some more animals. i think it is possible to get sick of stroking a lamb you know. but it keeps those who make us meals happy and we do need to eat. one does what one has to.
sunday was a wild day at a new adventure park. for those of you who have been to such a place. wow! why was i never told they existed. so much to see and do. slides galore. more flaming animals! are there any actual animals left in the wild? anyway, the slides (have i mentioned those already...), the trampoline, swings, a great train ride - although i sensed pretty soon after we sat on it that daddy was a little scared, so i climbed on to his lap - and ice cream! what's not to like about this day. it was soooo good that i was pretty good too. now, don't go thinking i let down the side of kids all over the world here, i did have a mini breakdown when daddy was purchasing some donuts i think, for his dinner; not sure why i have to eat couscous and he gets sugar but you choose your battles in this life. this episode involved strangers getting out of my way, both mummy and daddy trying to pick me up and tears; i think you get the gist.
when you find yourselves, one sunny day at an adventure park, think back to my day and heed my advice: stare out the person distributing yummy snacks we don't usually get to smell let alone eat, even when it gets awkward. jump on everything you can, climb high enough that mummy starts panicking, run faster than you have ever before and, now this one is golden: never wear the hat they keep shoving on your head. you don't and will never need it. EVER.