Before I had my baby boy I thought this is all babies do during their first year:
- lay there
- drink milk
- poop all day long
- look adorable
Now that I think about it, during his first few months that’s probably all my son did, but later on, he really stepped up his game. Turns out these little treasures can do so much more and here are the 6 things that took me by surprise.
#1. They crack up.
Like seriously cracking up. And it’s the most beautiful thing in the entire world. The first time you hear your baby laugh as if you did the funniest thing on Earth you’ll melt. And you’ll be making a fool of yourself every second of the day, so you can hear that adorable laugh again and again and again. Like, my cheeks seriously hurt for weeks, because my then 3-month old son thought making fart noises with my mouth was the funniest thing ever. So I would put on an entire show, and when I couldn’t do it anymore, I’d ask my sister to do it. I never thought I could impress anyone by making fart noises with my mouth, but you live and you learn. And now I know I have another talent. What’s your purpose – I make fart noises with my mouth.
#2. They hit. And it hurts.
There have been quite a few times my baby has slapped my face, tried to rip out my eyelashes one at a time, bit and scratched me. All while I’m trying to sleep. While it might look adorable and as if that baby’s just trying to explore the world around and playing – if you’re on the receiving end of those adorable looking slaps, you’d know: it hurts. So be aware of that – babies, not that gentle at first.
#3. They Manipulate.
I know experts say babies can’t manipulate, but I’m pretty sure, my little boy figured it out. He’s been manipulating me since he’s 7 months old. Whenever I’d sit him to eat in his high chair, he’d start coughing. Then once I panically take him out, he’d stop, look at me and smile like: “Who’s the boss, now? You’re worried, right? You put me in the chair, I put you in my pocket.”
#4. They can do yoga.
Child’s pose, downward dog, planks, happy baby pose. Babies can do it all and they don’t need a yoga mat. Or an instructor. If anything, babies can teach you how to properly move your body and they’re very bendy. And they do it with joy, not because they’re trying to lose weight or destress.
#5. They can do without water.
Not without milk though. So when I had my baby it took one or two days before I got my milk. I didn’t want my boy to be hungry, or even worse, thirsty, so I naively asked the nurse: “Can he have some water?”. She looked at me as if I’m the worst person on Earth told me: “Never, ever, ever give a baby water. Everrrr.” Well, apparently, she’s right. Babies should not drink water until they’re about 6-months old, because it can totally mess up their electrolytes and also lead to something called water intoxication. They do need their milk though, and pretty often.
#6. They Can Hit Notes Like Mariah.
As we know babies cry and are loud, but the notes they hit once they start experimenting with their voices? They get a lot of attention, everywhere. And sometimes it sounds a little bit like a pterodactyl. The most adorable one. Here’s a super cute video to hear what I mean.