It’s Not All Mary Poppins

Baby Delights

Don’t you just love:

– the way a baby stretches when they’re woken? The bent arms by the scrunched-up face, and the arch of the back that makes their little bottom so round? Particularly effective if the child is wearing a onesie*, and you can see the pudgy thighs beneath the lil round bottom. What is it about that stretch that melts you, every time?

– baby giggles?

– the intensity of focus a 10-month-old requires to bang a spoon on a pot, or clap hands, or wave?

– the way a 12-month-old’s fingertips juuuuust barely touch over the top of their heads? On a good day?

– the smell of a baby, warm and a wee bit sweaty, from a nap?

– baby fingernails the size of a sesame seed?

– baby babbling that almost, but not quite, makes sense?

– toddler dancing? Mini elephants with itchy bottoms on speed. “Don’t dance too close to the CD player, lovie, or it’ll ski- it’ll ski- it’ll sk… Here. Dance over here.”

– teeny tiny toes, viewed from the bottom, tiny pink spheres clinging to the sole.

– anything you’d care to add?

*A term I picked up from American bloggers only in the past year or so, but it’s so cute!

© 2006, Mary P

October 4, 2006 - Posted by | commemoration, Developmental stuff, individuality, quirks and quirkiness, the cuteness!


  1. I’m not even normally much of a baby person, really, but the waving of tiny fists is pretty cute. The tiny toes are so imrobable they are amazing. And best of all is the soft, warm, downy, sweetly scented, ginormously oversized heads.

    Comment by kittenpie | October 4, 2006 | Reply

  2. The giant blech coming from the tiny little mouth. Makes me laugh everytime.

    Comment by Ki | October 4, 2006 | Reply

  3. The hiccups that shake the whole body. The nuzzling and searching when he wakes up hungry, even if you aren’t his mother and you don’t have what he’s looking for (Our grandbaby is 5 days old)

    We all sniff babies don’t we? I’m not alone?

    Comment by Z | October 4, 2006 | Reply

  4. What do YOU call a onesie?

    and yes, I love all of that so much that I’m having another one. 🙂

    Comment by KTP | October 4, 2006 | Reply

  5. I don’t have anything to add.

    But I DO feel an overwhelming urge to run upstairs and snatch my baby up from her crib for a hug right now.

    Comment by bubandpie | October 4, 2006 | Reply

  6. The way the nipple (bottle or breast) falls out of his mouth because he just has to smile up at you in pure devotion.


    Comment by Anonymous | October 4, 2006 | Reply

  7. or the way they soon grow and by the age of 5 they have been there, got the t-shirt and know it all…

    Hey ho Mary P hope all’s good


    Comment by Si | October 4, 2006 | Reply

  8. I don’t know if I can add anything, it’s so overwhelmingly comforting and sweet to remember all of those details you just named.

    And they don’t say “onesie” in Canada? What’s it called there?

    Comment by Kristen | October 4, 2006 | Reply

  9. How about the mid-strech toots? Both my daughters fart every time they wake up and stretch. I love it. But, maybe that’s just me. I even think my kids’ farts are great.

    (btw, I read often, but mostly at work, and the firewall prevents me from commenting. My husband is giving me some blessed time alone right now, so I’m on the computer. ahhh…)

    Comment by Katie | October 4, 2006 | Reply

  10. Onesie’s saved me with the girls. What do you call them?

    Comment by Granny | October 4, 2006 | Reply

  11. the silences between bursts of babbles and chatter. not because i mind the chatter, but because sometimes, in those silent moments, when they look at you and grin like they know the secret to pure untainted joy, i feel like they’re saying more than they do when they babble. i love those moments.

    Comment by kari | October 4, 2006 | Reply

  12. Oh, the smell. Most definately the baby smell.

    And that look of shock and wonder when you babble their own syllables back at them.

    “You . . . YOU UNDERSTOOD ME!?!?!?!?”

    Comment by NWRed | October 5, 2006 | Reply

  13. The round, chubby cheeks that just seem to pop out when they grin. Or, the hearty laugh.

    Comment by Tina | October 5, 2006 | Reply

  14. – the look of total concentration on their face as they stretch out to grab for your nose.

    – the squeal of delight when they see you appear unexpectedly around a corner.

    – the way they beam with pride when they manage to pull themself up for the first time.

    – the inexpressible joy of having chubby baby arms wrapped around your neck in a big baby hug.

    I could go on and on… my daughter cracks my heart every day.

    Comment by dreadmouse | October 5, 2006 | Reply

  15. Oh I loved this. It has been so long since my guy was a baby that I forgot how much I loved it. But a child just waking up at any age is so precious.

    Comment by sunshine scribe | October 5, 2006 | Reply

  16. I love it all but obviously the real question on everyone’s minds is: what do you call a onesie????

    Comment by LoryKC | October 5, 2006 | Reply

  17. It’s a diaper tee. Or just an undershirt.

    However, I may not be typical. Remember, it’s been almost 21 years since my first was born, and nomenclature changes over the years. So maybe all new mothers in Canada now call them ‘onesies’ – because it’s a great word for the thing!

    My computer is spazzing out on me, so I’m not going to respond to all your lovely ideas. No point in writing a long, long comment, only to have it vanish into the ether because it loaded too slowly!

    Keeping my fingers crossed that this one gets through…

    Comment by Mary P. | October 5, 2006 | Reply

  18. Here in the UK, we have bodysuits (onesie’s that cover just the body) and sleepsuits – the ones with long sleves and legs and feet all together. So do you call sleepsuits “twosies” then:-)?

    oh, and the smile they give when they learn to do something new – they know they are the cleverest baby in the world right then:-)

    Comment by Juggling Mother | October 5, 2006 | Reply

  19. Maybe next year. (-:

    Comment by Bill | October 5, 2006 | Reply

  20. Personally, I like the beaming smile I get when something The Boy says or does makes me laugh out loud. He looks so proud that he could make laugh. Good times.

    Comment by nomotherearth | October 5, 2006 | Reply

  21. The warmth, leftover limpness, and red face when they first wake from the nap.

    Comment by Jenorama | October 5, 2006 | Reply

  22. Here in South Africa – we call them baby-gro’s (with or without sleves and/legs).

    My 11 month old son has just strated walking. I love how happy he gets when I scoop him up and give him a big kiss after he walks towards me.

    I also love the way he walks like Frankestein just after he come alive – arms out for balance and the legs a bit shaky.

    Another cute this, he waves hello and goodbye. Hi tiny little open hand waves frantically. A big smile accompanies the wave.

    Is there a limit because I can go on.

    Comment by Anonymous | October 6, 2006 | Reply

  23. Juggling Mother: What you call ‘sleepsuits’ we call ‘sleepers’.

    Anonymous: I’d come across the term babygro in some fiction books, so that one’s not entirely new to me – but I hadn’t realised it was South African! Thanks for dropping by!

    Z: The smells, for sure. I always breathe deep of the baby in my arms. Well, not so: some times I avoid that at all costs – but general baby smells – lovely!

    Comment by Mary P. | October 6, 2006 | Reply

  24. I love when there’s just one tooth smiling back at me.

    Comment by Mamacita Tina | October 6, 2006 | Reply

  25. My son has just started into laughing out loud. I love love love that.


    Comment by mo-wo | October 8, 2006 | Reply

  26. Toes. The toes get me everytime. And your post made my ovaries ache. I swear, if I still had a uterus, and if Hubby still had all his tubing attached, we’d be making a baby today. THAT’S what your post did to me!

    Comment by AverageMom | October 10, 2006 | Reply

  27. I’m a bit late to this party, but I love it when they sweetly cuddle and nuzzle a teddy (or anything soft, come to think of it)…and the next thing you know, they’re attacking it with their mouths. Makes me laugh every time.

    Comment by Kat O+ | November 9, 2006 | Reply

  28. The baby smell, especially on their head when they are warm, it should be bottled!

    Comment by howtoinducelabor | October 13, 2007 | Reply

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