Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Oh that funny face...

It used to be that Cooper would make faces, or change his facial expression, pretty much randomly, or in response to some stimulus, like me smiling at him or being startled by something. But he has discovered he can make faces ON PURPOSE and that they will illicit a response from those around him. An example is the face he is making in the picture above. He has just begun making these funny faces. He seems to really like it. He will raise his eyebrows and squint his eyes, or get very serious and shake his head as if to say "that would be a VERY bad idea". It is vastly entertaining to me. At this point he will reliably say about three words. I don't think it would matter to me he if never learned to talk more if he and I could sit and make faces at each other all day long. There are cultures where that is the only form of communication, body language, or other forms of non verbal communication. I think it is GREAT fun.

Of course that would make being a functional member of American society just a bit challenging, so I expect we will continue to encourage verbal communication. But for now we having a good time, making faces at each other and giggling along the way.

Thursday, February 7, 2008


So you know that line in the Cheers theme song about "Where everybody knows your naaaaame"? And how whenever Norm entered the bar everyone would yell "NORM"? Picking up my son at daycare has become like that. It is gratifying beyond description how happy he is to see me. It is the kind of happy that says "Thank GOD you are here, get me out of here". It is a happy that seems to say "There you are, where have you been, I am SO HAPPY to see you". He seems to truly LOVE me and is overjoyed to see me.

Now it is probably slightly pathetic how much I love to see his face when he recognizes it is me as I get to the bottom of the stairs and can see into the infant room. But it is better than being greeted by your dog. Dogs have that way of greeting you that is so unconditional, joyful and depending on how long they have been home alone, desperate to get outside to their business. It is so fun to be greeted by a dog. But seeing Cooper's face at the end of the day is BETTER.