One of the perks of being a stay-at-home mom is that I get to spend a lot of time watching my daughter. I get to see her habits, behaviors, and personality developing up close and personal. With that being said, my daughter does some weird shit.
Obviously I love her in spite of it (and some of it is actually hilarious), but I often find myself wondering how this little person has already developed such odd traits. For example, the child’s favorite lullaby is “Despacito.” Not kidding. I love the song too, but she can seriously listen to it eight times in a row and prefers it over, say, “Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star.”
Exhibit B: She thinks dog food is a food group. She loves feeding our dogs but all too often we have to have the “We don’t eat dog food/treats talk” because somehow or another a piece always winds up in her mouth. The sad thing is that the poor baby savors them like they’re Cheerios! I’ve never tried one but if I took her opinion for it I might be tempted to. Don’t judge me.
Exhibit C (and this mama’s personal favorite): she dances to nothing at all! No music, no singing, just the sounds of life like no one is watching. Baby girl will shake, move, and groove with no prompting at all and it is the funniest, cutest thing ever. I pray this same confidence will follow her through her teen years and well through adulthood when she becomes aware of the judgement and opinions that tend to dim one’s spirit.
Perhaps the most bittersweet thing about my daughter’s quirky behaviors are that they remind me that she is developing into an actual person (a thought that still BLOWS. MY. MIND. I created a human!). They are the things that make her her right now and though they will surely change as she continues to grow, I love seeing her personality shining through.
For now, I’m joining in on the “Despacito” dance parties and enjoying these precious moments that are passing far too quickly.