My lovely baby boy is fast becoming a toddler. He’s 11 months old, walking everywhere and showing a wonderful, cheeky, affectionate personality. I always love to think about how traits get passed down in the family and to see whether kids pick up quirks and habits that their parents or other family members have. I thought it’d be fun to reflect on a few of the traits that TM seems to have got from B and I – so far!
We have both been told we laugh easily and TM does, too. Everyone always remarks on what a happy baby he is and occasionally he will get the giggles for no apparent reason! We have a cardboard box ‘house’ and the screams of laughter you can elicit just from crawling in and out of that are amazing!
My love of books
I’ve written about books so many times on the blog and TM really does seem to love them. Often during the day if he is playing by himself I will find him just looking at a book; it’s so adorable. He loves lift-the-flap books and textured ones, especially.
Being a big eater
Yeah, we both love food and eating out is one of our favourite pastimes. Actually, just eating full stop. Since starting BLW Tom has impressed me with all the things he will try and how much he seems to enjoy certain foods. He adores pasta (one of my absolute favourite foods!) and fruit in particular. We’ve been to a few Italian restaurants with him and it is so funny to watch as he sucks spaghetti up all in one go.
I am the youngest of 4 and I’m not too proud to admit that I am a bit of an attention seeker. TM seems to have a little protest cry when there’s people about but nobody is paying him any attention! I am a professional chatterbox and will communicate by any medium, whenever I can. The bubba is also quite noisy, he loves to ‘chat’ and babble away – people always mention it when we are on the phone and they hear him in the background. He tends to walk around shouting ‘dadadagaya’, a lot. He recently learnt to do a high pitched scream when things aren’t going his way, which is oh so joyous for us all.
A love of music
Honestly, this kid lights up when you put music on and he will dance along with the best of ’em! Sadly neither B or I can dance, and we don’t have a single jot of musical talent between us. However we both love music (well, this is one of those things that EVERYONE says because obviously any sane human being likes music) and often have music playing in the background. TM has some little maracas and tambourines and loves it if I sing a song or put music on and we both bop about with our ‘instruments’. He’s not fussy about what it is: rap, house music, rock n roll, indie, Britpop, nursery rhymes, pop music – chuck anything on and he’ll dance. I just really hope he has more rhythm than his parents!
I am a really affectionate, tactile person and TM adores cuddles and kisses. He started ‘kissing’ recently and it is my favourite thing. He leans in and sometimes goes ‘aaah’ as he gives you an open mouthed kiss. Now that he’s walking he’ll also walk towards your open arms and give you a cuddle. I love it, and I hope it lasts! It’ll be a sad day for this Mummy when my boy doesn’t want cuddles any longer.
Just in case anyone hasn’t realised this is all fairly tongue in cheek. I am well aware it’s probably too early to pin personality labels onto the poor boy and that he may turn out nothing like either of us – and that’s just fine! It really is a pleasure to watch his personality develop and I have never laughed so much in all my life – TM is definitely hilarious.