Dear Boobaby (part XXXIV)

by doodaddy on December 3, 2008

Dear Boobaby,

You turn 34 months old today. Something really big happened to you this month, but I can’t quite remember what it is.

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Oh, yeah, that was it.

Yes, you became a big sister this month, and if there’s sibling jealousy in you then it’s waiting for a different month to manifest. You’ve adapted to the presence of a baby admirably, mostly by becoming more flexible in your inflexible demands.

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Images of Month XXXIV

Last month, if you wanted attention and both of us were home, you’d usually pick one or the other. “Mommy, come play basketball!” would be the call, or “Daddy, I want to take a bath.” Now, peppered by frequent helpful visits from friends and grandparents, your key expression has become “I want to play with one of the grownups.” The implication is clear — any grownup will do, whichever one is not changing or nursing or soothing the baby.

Sometimes you get involved in baby care yourself. Since you can pretty much reach the sink now (we’ll discuss your pro-basketball future soon) you moved your bathroom stool next to the changing table and helpfully provide wipes on demand, all the while telling the poor discommoded Blueberry, “It’s OK. It’s OK.”

Dolls have reaped the benefit of your sisterhood, as well: you’ve become incredibly attentive to their needs, diapering them and putting them down for naps. Your mom bequeathed to you her own childhood Sasha doll, and it’s rare that you don’t install her in the high chair at the dinner table in front of a tray of wooden vegetables, feeding her very small bites and blowing on the fork when her “food” is too hot.

You’re not all about babies, of course. For one thing, you’ve become an unrepentant clothing kleptomaniac. First you were squeezing into your sister’s baby clothes. Now it’s come to the point where I’m keeping little bags of clothes to be returned to your friends, since you can’t go on a visit without pawing through closets and drawers for choice footie pajamas.

Friends have gained in importance, though of course we’ve had a hard time seeing them enough. A couple of weeks ago, we saw Buddy Boy, your bestie from the old neighborhood, and for a while there it seemed like you might smother him with the hugging and all. We’ve joked in the past, the way all parents do, about “planning the wedding.” Now I think you might be thinking along the same lines, as well, and no joke.

So one of the most revolutionary months of your short life, a month of changes that could have confused or annoyed or even frightened you, has instead boosted you squarely into the ranks of the confident, communicative, compassionate big girls. Well done.

We love you very, very much,

 

Working Mom & Doodaddy

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{ 9 comments… read them below or add one }

Dan December 3, 2008 at 11:14 am

I haven’t been around in November as I took a month off. So i didn’t get to say congratulations on the new addition.

So congratulations on the new addition!

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Aimee Greeblemonkey December 3, 2008 at 11:19 am

that last photo slays me.

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Sugarplumsmom December 3, 2008 at 11:58 am

I love that last pic. I hope that you are printing these entries to put in a book for her one day. I’m sure if she decides to become a mother, it would be one of her most cherished possesions.

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Orlund December 3, 2008 at 12:21 pm

Sounds like she is doing really good with the big sister thing. A couple more years and they will be having tons of fun together.

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Actchy December 3, 2008 at 1:10 pm

Your daughters are beautiful. Heartfelt congratulations!

“I’m sure you know that Boo may be terrible at basketball someday, though,” adds the girl who grew to be 6 feet tall, though it pains her to stick her nose in.

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doodaddy December 3, 2008 at 11:25 pm

@Dan – Thanks! Nice to hear from you!

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doodaddy December 3, 2008 at 11:27 pm

@Sugarplumsmom, @Aimee Greeblemonkey – TOTALLY posed. “Look loving,” I said.

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doodaddy December 3, 2008 at 11:28 pm

@Orlund – No need to wait! Just today, I had to stop Boo from having so much fun that she dropped the baby.

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doodaddy December 3, 2008 at 11:28 pm

@Actchy – I don’t think Boo will ever be bad at anything. That might be a chemical imbalance in my brain, though…

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