My mommy loves me. I know it’s true because she takes care of me, and because she tells me that she loves me every day. I love mommy too, but does she know? Mommy doesn’t need me to take care of her, and when I try to say the words, they just don’t come out sounding right. I’m not big enough for words yet.
I hope mommy knows by the little things I do to show her how I feel. My ways are subtle and delicate but I believe that I am being clear. I don’t think it’s necessary to be loud and overbearing to get my feelings across. Sometimes the precise timing of the little things makes the biggest impact.
Don’t get me wrong, it’s good to be loud sometimes. Being loud makes playtime more fun. My shrieks, yelps, and giggles add to the thrill of my rambunctious activities. Being loud is also useful in getting my needs addressed quickly. There is no ignoring my yowl. The expression of love however, requires a softer touch.
Every morning I wake up in my crib and I wait for mommy to come and get me. I hear the door opening and the next thing I know, mommy is standing over my crib. As soon as I see her, I give her my biggest smile and I kick my feet as hard as I can.
I really put some muscle into those kicks. I kick my feet so hard that my arms go up and down with every kick. I do it to show mommy that I missed her and that I’m excited to see her. That’s one small way that I show mommy that I love her.
I get lots of playtime throughout the day. I love to play! Playtime is the most fun when mommy plays with me. My favourite is when we sit on the floor together and play with my toys. Mommy comes up with the best games and she makes funny voices for my stuffed animals.
I get mommy’s full attention when we play together and it’s a good time to for my subtle cues. I pick up one of my toys, I look at mommy and give her my extra big grin, and I give her my toy. That’s just a little gift to show mommy how I feel.
In the evening I like to watch tv on the couch with mommy. I’m a big girl and I like to sit up all by myself. Every once in a while, I gently lean on mommy and rest my head on her. Mommy knows that means I would like to snuggle and she wraps her arms around me. This is one of my favourite ways to tell mommy that I love her.
Babies may not get the words right, but we do have our own way to communicate. If you pay attention to the little things, your baby will speak to you in their own special way. Without a word those little gestures say “I love you” loud and clear.