Tuesday, November 21

Day twenty-one: now with 70% more decepticon



Bumper has met her nemesis at the local drop-in.

This local playgroup attracts a diverse crowd which is the reason I keep going back. I always run into someone interesting to talk with and Bumper has a blast playing with the various (germy) toys, especially the larger (filthy) car and tunnel toys and she seems especially attracted to the children with runny noses.

must stop listening to OCD impulse voices in my head...

must keep socializing to maintain sanity...

we cannot live in sealed bubble for the entire cold season.... or can we?

Moving right along and ignoring the voices in my head...

Last time we attended, I saw a mom and daughter playing alone on the gym mats. Bumper seemed interested in the toys near them so I sat down and initiated a conversation. I must add that I used to be reserved but since having a baby as a great ice-breaker, I've become a bit more outgoing. I had a good chat with this mom and our little ladies sized each other up while pretending to be interested in chewing on some blocks.

So I'm one of those hovery moms and I was watching Bumper closely. (I know, I know, I've got to let go but she's quick people, very quick. Leave her for two seconds and she will set off a chain of events worthy of a Jack Bauer storyline).

While hovering watching, I noticed something interesting in the dynamic between Bumper and Baby Geraldine*. Instead of the usual "crawl up and pull down the opponent type" of greeting, they just circled each other. If she moved a few feet to the right, Bumper lined herself up on the opposite side of the mat. Not once did they approach each other. It was very odd. They totally eye-balled each other but never came closer than three feet of each other.

The call for clean up time soon happened so I didn't get to see any long term results, but I swear I'm going to keep going back until I find Baby Geraldine again.

And to boot, she did have one of those Bert style unibrows that only a baby can carry off.

I am not kidding - she really did.

* not her real name

8 comments:

mimi said...

At least they're evenly matched! Miss Baby's two closest baby friends are five and seven months older than she is -- while she sits propped in the Bumbo chair gumming rattles and pretending to be all growns up, I'm swatting away one little girl who wants to poke her in the eyes, and another who wants to use her as the post to draw herself upright on. Good luck with round two!

Mrs. Chicky said...

You crack me up. A baby with a uni-brow? Are you sure she could pull it off?

jen said...

i've never seen such a thing. next time, snap a pic surreptitiously.

kittenpie said...

Wish I'd seen that. Could have laughed some muscle tone into my stomach over that one!

sunshine scribe said...

Oh that is too funny. I cannot stand it!!! Unibrow.

something blue said...

The baby tango! It's the stuff old Western films are made of. Go Bumper! Take her down. (Or cough on her.)

tania (urban_mommy) said...

What you witnessed was the beginnings of what surely would have become a munchkin cage match or a baby fight club...saved by the clean up.

I have every confidence Bumper would've won. With the way she can stare down an opponent? There is no doubt.

scarbie doll said...

That's hilaire!

Nate has one of those unibrows. I pray it's lanugo, but he's got back hair too... I'm saving for his future laser therapy.