It seems like every day LTD adds something new to his growing list of behaviors. Some are good and some are bad, but a few are just plain weird. I give you, licking. In the past, the little guy has opened his gaping maw wide and leaned in for a bite, but recently he has moved from the bite to the lick. He still comes in mouth open wicked huge and then sticks his tongue out to either make contact or actively engage in a full top to bottom lick. The whole thing is completely bizarre and the act has no rhyme or reason. So far I have gotten off pretty easy, as he has only licked my hand when I go to stop him from putting his mouth on things like the always-tasty coffee table. At the end of the day The Mommy and treat this new talent the way we do many other new LTDisms which is to laugh and be thankful he only doesn’t do it all the time.
Bad Kirstie Alley and John Travolta movies aside, the baby has started announcing his presence with authority. We are a little while away from mama and dada, but he has been making well-orchestrated noises for a few weeks now. We have heard the high pitched yelp followed by the smile indicating he is fascinated with the sound of his own voice. We have heard the coo and ooh that feels like he is trying to communicate something specific too us. We have heard him blow raspberries (and spit) using his mouth to motorboat. We have heard the whine when he is about to get upset but hasn’t decided whether it is worth a scream or not. And let us not forget the baby dinosaur noises he makes like something out of Jurassic Park. It feels like he is channeling little hatchling raptors, which makes sense since he bites down on my arm pretty hard these days. All this noise makes me excited for when he can really talk, but also sad for the day when he says, “Dad, can I get this? Can I get this? Can I get this? Can I get this?”
Perhaps being a father has made me more sentimental, but the baby has been doing some pretty cute things lately. He commits these acts of cuteness during the day while I’m watching him by myself. He has been daring me to find a cuter baby by doing things that make you want to turn around and say, ‘did you see that’ but of course there is no one here to tell. I inform The Mommy over the phone but some of the brazen acts of adorableness you have to see for yourself and I suspect The Mommy is a little sad at having missed them.
Let’s go down the list. The funniest thing he does is fall asleep with the pacifier in his mouth and when the pacifier falls out he continues to make sucking motions with his mouth in a move the experts call The Phantom Pacifier. Like all babies LTD sneezes a fair amount and that in and of it self is pretty funny but the other day he went for a big sneeze and nothing happened and the look on his face as the sneeze fizzled out was priceless. Then there is the fact they he recently discovered the dog. LTD has been cracking up when the dog goes in to lick his face. I’m talking about a full-blown belly laugh. Not to mention the time he spends staring at the pooch. All in all, LTD’s quest for the title ‘most adorable baby on Earth’ makes changing stinky poo diapers almost worth it.
I have written often about LTD’s strong desire to put everything that exists on the planet Earth in his mouth. It’s no secret that he explores his world through his mouth but things have gotten ridiculous. Today he folded himself in half in order to put his big toe in his gaping maw. I am happy to report he was successful, but since it may have had a dog hair on it from the floor I am also not happy to report it. Another thing he does that cracks me up is that he will reach for something, my finger for instance, and even if he doesn’t actually grab it he will bring his hands to his mouth. It is cute and perhaps a little sad that the little guy thinks he is holding something but in reality he missed. I call this the Phantom Mouth Maneuver (patent pending).
I would also be remiss if I didn’t mention that he is starting to not only put things in his mouth but to put things out as well. In this case, the “thing” being his tongue. I don’t want to tell tales out of school, but that puppy is long. I’m talking Gene Simmons territory. Additionally, he has slowly started a practice of licking things, mostly my arm. So between the toes and the tongue, The Mommy and I have been busy keeping things dry and keeping things out of reach.