Saturday, October 8, 2011

Is my baby weird?

Every new parent comes across situations with their babies where they think, "Is this normal?" Let's be honest, babies do some weird stuff so you can't blame us. And each baby is so different; as their little personalities develop, they may laugh at surprising things or show interest in things you think are boring and lame. But that's what make this whole parenting process fun!

Anyway, I've reached another point where I'm wondering if I have a weirdo baby. For the past month or so, Caleb has been doing this thing with me where he grabs my face with both his hands (often while scratching my eyeballs, ouch!) and he brings his open, slobbery mouth to my face. I actually find it sweet. Maybe he is mimicking my behavior; I mean, this isn't far from what I do with him when I grab him and kiss him all over.

But now he's doing it to other people. Yesterday, he decided to do this to his friends at our mommy-baby group. He was like a baby godzilla trying to eat all his friends. His poor buddy Ethan, one of our favorite playtime friends, tasted so yummy to Caleb. It was hysterical, and I laughed and laughed (while also trying to keep him from scratching the other babies). I keep wondering what this behavior means - is he just showing a form of affection? Is it an extreme form of teething and putting everything in his mouth, including his friends? Is this pre-bullying behavior? Is he going to be a cannibal?

Truth be told, I'm not obsessing over this. I actually think it's quite amusing.  And I'm ok if he's a weirdo. Because I am, too!

Making a meal of Ethan's head


  1. So cute! When Bam does this to me, I like to think that he's giving me kisses. If I specifically ask for kisses, this is what he does, so I'll take it!

  2. LOL!! That is totally baby kisses and the cutest thing EVER! I loved this :)

  3. My lil guy does that too! It makes me giggle a lot when he does it to me. My daughter would also give kisses. I actually have a picture of her "kissing" her second cousin at about 9-ish months old, open mouthed like that.

  4. Rex open-mouth, face-planted my cheek last month and fell asleep like that for a good five minutes! I sat perfectly still, breathing in every second of it!

  5. I'm so glad Caleb isn't the only baby that does this. I love love that he does it to me but when it does it to another baby, it looked pretty weird!

    Gina, that is sooooo sweet. I <3 Rex!

  6. Isn't it funny how mom's think their kids "weird" habits are cute. I can't tell you how many times my kids did things I probably should tell them not to, but I couldn't help but laugh. I know all my kids are a little weird, because they are related to me. I like to say we are unique. It's much more PC :)