Baby Giggles and Rubber Ducks

Baby Giggles and Rubber Ducks (Motherhood Looms)I firmly believe that baby giggles are the most wonderful sound in the world.  And Eudora’s baby giggles are the most intoxicating sound ever made.  Yes, I’m biased.  I’m her mother.  I should be.

Eudora adores rubber duckies.  Norton was also quite fond of them at her age, so I realize that it’s not an unusual phenomenon.  But what’s interesting is that Eudora doesn’t play with rubber duckies just in the bath tub.  She likes to play with her rubber duckies whenever she can.  (This is part of the reason that we don’t use the rubber duckies with the holes in the bottom.  We use the ones that we call “hot duck” to avoid sprays and the mold growth that happened with our cheap stash of duckies that Norton played with.)

Last night during a diaper change, she kept yelling “Duh!” at him.  Finally, he said “Duck?”

Her little face lit up and she just burst into precious little baby giggles.

He brought her out to the living room for her final feed of the night.  She was clutching the rubber duckie and errupting into peels of baby giggles every time her daddy said “Duck!”

It continued as she climbed around the loveseat with me.  She was far too busy playing with her duck to want to feed.  She did, however, kindly attempt to share her rubber duckie by attempting to shove it in my mouth.  There were also sound checks: she’d bash her rubber duckie on my laptop table, on the wall, on any other available surface.  She thought it was the happiest, most brilliant thing in the world.  When she’s having that much fun, she really has no interest in food.

It took a few times of her announcing, “Duh!” for me to realize that she was actually attempting to say “duck.”  Finally, we had Eudora’s first word.  (Well, other than Mama and Dada.)

What kind of words made your baby giggle?

Infant Behavior – Bring Out the Claws!

As much as I love holding Eudora, as much as I delight in the new and different infant behavior she displays… there are some things that are just…  Ouch.  On one hand, this infant behavior is a good thing because it’s baby signing.  On the other hand, there’s that “ouch” factor.

What’s going on?

Well, when Eudora gets hungry, she starts opening her hands and closing them.  This is essentially the baby sign for “milk.”  I reinforce it by using the sign when I bring her a bottle.  That’s not the problem part.  That’s actually awesome.

The problem part comes when I’m holding her and feeding her.  She continues to make that sign, but she does it by scratching.  I keep her nails short, but she’s got nails like mine: it doesn’t matter how short her fingernails are; they are still razor sharp.  She’s very nearly drawn blood with me.

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How Toddler Tantrums and Other Actions Influence Infant Behavior

If you’ve ever raised a toddler, you’ve dealt with toddler tantrums.  It’s a fact of life, and the best that we can do is hope that we can appropriately deal with toddler tantrums when they happen in public.  What I didn’t expect was how toddler tantrums would impact Eudora.

Apparently, Eudora does not like loud noises.  While Norton could sleep through all manner of dogs barking, kids yelling, and anything else, Eudora is a very light sleeper.  On more than one occasion, Norton has thrown a tantrum that has caused his baby sister to wake up.

And let me tell you, that most certainly does not help my response to these tantrums.

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Infant Behavior – Don’t Ever Let Me Go

I’m not new at being a mom.  Not by any stretch of the imagination.  Between two nephews, two nieces, and two boys of my own, I’d seen lots of infant behavior… but I can still be surprised.  One thing that I’m learning is that Eudora’s infant behavior can be so completely different from her brothers and cousins.  Sure, Norton was a pretty happy baby, but he was fairly independent.  No cuddles for him, and only his Daddy could comfort him when he was hurt.  Andy was also pretty happy, but from birth, he was all about his Papa.  I love my boys, and my boys love me, but I’ve never had that feeling of being number one.

With Eudora, I’m finding things to be so incredibly different.

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