It’s babies’ jobs to be cute, from the tufts of hair on their heads down to their itty-bitty wittle toes. One yawn can turn an entire roomful of adults into mush. But as the weeks go by (my little guy is 4 months old), babies don’t just look the part — they start acting seriously adorable with gestures and sounds that turn your life into a swoon-a-thon. It’s payback for all that feeding, burping, diapering, laundry, and sleep deprivation, not to mention poop explosions.
It’s so insanely cute when babies …
- Put one fist into the air, stare at it in wonder and realize that, HOLY MOLY, they have hands! Actual hands!
- Attempt to stuff those hands into their mouths.
- Give you that special Mommy-only smile when you come into their line of vision.
- Nestle their heads into the side of your neck. (People would be so much happier at work if they had babies snuggled into their necks.)
- Sigh sweet sighs as they drift off to sleep.
- Get that serious look when they are concentrating on something, like toys or pooping.
- Breathe heavily when you shake a rattle at them and they’re all excited.
- Give you that “What exactly are you doing?” look when you prop them up in ridiculous poses.
- Coo at you when they want your attention.
- Laugh at totally random things, like the sound tin foil makes when you crinkle it.
- Desperately attempt to hold on to toys that are bigger than they are.
- Clutch your shirt as they nurse and your finger as you hold a bottle.
- Totally follow your every move as they sit their in their bouncy chair or swing and you do chores. Who needs TV when you have Mommy?
- Roll over for the first time and then lie there looking all Um, what just happened?!
- Say baby clichés like “Goo-goo!” along with variations including, “Ah-goo!” and “Gleh-goo!”
- Jut out their bottom lip just before they wail.
- Furiously kick their legs in their bathtub, like they are training for the Baby Olympics freestyle relay.
- Do jazz hands as they sleep.