Here’s a short guide about how to play hide-and-seek with toddlers based on you as a toddler today. Because sadly, you’re going to one day start thinking inside the box and forget one day how to play like a kid. We all go through it!
If you’re the hider: announce where you’re going, face a surface, and then close your eyes. When the seeker finds you, ignore their existence because if you can’t see them then they can’t see you! Also optional is occasionally yelling out “I’m here” just to provide a clue because you’re obviously a great hider.
If you’re the seeker: count and announce you’re coming to find everyone. But really you’re just going to pretend you have no idea where anyone is and announce it loudly. Even toddlers like to feel accomplished and successful.
I hope you don’t grow out of your kid spirit though!
You’ll be ten weeks old tomorrow, and I think our babymoon / honeymoon period may be coming to an end. It’s not any fault of your own because you’re still cute and all, but everything else seems to be catching up to your mother and I (e.g., lack of sleep, lack of broccoli, life). Coming back to my marathon analogy, it’s like we sprinted the first quarter mile of the race as much out of sheer excitement as it was us not knowing how to pace ourselves (or more accurately, you’re dictating a pace we didn’t train for). And at this point, it feels like our bodies are slowly breaking down – back pain, neck pain, body aches, infected cuts, clogged milk ducts, inability to regulate body temperature – but when we look at you curled up on one of our shoulders with your fingers curled up around the shirt not wanting to let go, it’s hard to think of anything else.
Your mother has stopped eating the following: apples, bananas, pears, peaches, melons, hummus, beans, onions, green peppers, broccoli, cabbage, peas, carrots, corn, celery, asparagus, artichokes, brussel sprouts, and kale. If you know her, those are basically her favorite foods. And why is she doing this? Because apparently it can cause gas (just as much for you as it does for her) and that’s something you don’t seem to do well with. She/we will hold you upright for 30 minutes after you feed to help with your influx, and at a cool 6.5kg now, you’re not light! I’m not saying this to impress others because a lot of parents go to these lengths for their kids, but if you ever start thinking we don’t care about you, think of this!
As for my relationship and interactions with your mother, it can be summed up with this picture.