Because my “baby” has started displaying rather toddler like behavior in the last week or so! I can seriously see how she’s busy figuring out her boundaries, busy working out what is good and what is bad behavior and what gets her the reactions she’s looking for.
It all started with the spitting about two weeks ago which coincided with starting her on protein. At first I thought perhaps she just didn’t like the chicken and mince I’d cooked for her. But then the spitting started to accompany all her meals, including the things she’d previously loved. It was then that I noted the little twinkle in her eye each time she spat at me. How she’s look me straight in the eye and spit with a little smile on her face. I started wondering then already if this was a sign of things to come.
Fortunately, she seemed to get bored of that rather quickly and that phase past within a week. But since then she’s started with other little things.
As an example, on Sunday night, when Walter took her bath toys from her and pulled out the plug and took her out the bath to get her dressed for bed, she started crying (tearless) and making her body as stiff as a wash board. It looked decidedly to me like a mini tantrum. She was plain pissed off at being taken out of the bath. She continued to cry this tearless cry the entire way through him getting her dressed.
On Sunday my Mom and I also went shopping, we hit the malls in a big way to cash in on all the winter sales. We stopped at Europa Café for some lunch and my Mom had suggested I give her a cooled chippy to nibble on while she waited for us to finish eating. After I’d passed her the chippie, which my mother had suggested, my mom then goes: “I’m sure she won’t choke on it!”
My natural reaction was to snatch the chip out of Ava’s hand and stuff it in my mouth before there could be any further talk of choking babies. Her reaction? Complete with a quivering lip, to stare at me and cry!
Then we were wondering through Woolies and they had a lot of soft toys on sale, so my Mom grabs one of the dogs, ignoring me say “Mom don’t do that!” She plonks the dog in front of Ava and starts saying: “Look Ava its Dexter!” Of course, we then had to extricate the fluffy dog from Ava’s grip and pretend like we didn’t notice the lip quiveriing and wailing that followed.
My mothers response? “She wants everything her eyes see!”
My retort? “She’s 7 months old, what were you expecting???”
So are we starting tantrums early or when exactly does the toddler phase start?