Posted by: Elizabeth | September 6, 2011

Dat Baby

Caroline and I took the Labor Day holiday to do a little back-to-school shopping for her.  She isn’t exactly going back to school, since she’s been going all summer, but this weekend I looked in her closet and realized that she has ZERO fall/winter items that will fit her rapidly growing little body.  And since lots of places were having sales for Labor Day, we decided to have a go at it.

She was a fun and willing shopper, for the most part, giving her honest opinion on things she liked and didn’t like and not being too uber-picky.  She got worn out pretty quickly, though.  After Target and Old Navy, she was pretty much done and using most of her energy to convince me she deserved a treat (which she probably did – so we went out to dinner).  But on our way out of the mall, we encountered a very tiny baby, probably less than 2 weeks old, who was screaming his head off.  Caroline seemed quite concerned, so we had a little chat about it.  It went like this:

Me:  You hear that baby crying, Caroline?

C: Yes, baby crying.  [pause]  Baby sad?

Me:  Well, maybe the baby’s sad.  [Thinking: “What a perfect teachable moment to prepare her for her baby brother!”]  But you know, sometimes babies cry not because they’re sad, but just because they’re hungry.  They can’t talk yet and tell their mommies they need a snack, so they cry to let their mommies and daddies know they’re hungry.

C: [With a look of disbelief]  Baby hungry?

Me:  [With a sense of parental satisfaction]  Yes, baby’s probably just hungry.

[Long pause, then C looks at me and starts shaking her head, as if I’m totally misinformed.]

C: [Totally confident that she has figured this thing out]  No, dat baby needs a paci.

And therein lies a little foreshadowing into what our life will be like in a few short months: baby cries, Caroline shoves a paci at him.  What a helper.




  1. Gee, wonder where she gets that clarity!

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