Do you know this game that is all the rage?
Here’s how it works:
Pick up doll, repeat.
In a variation on that theme, picture us on any given morning. I put her right sock on. While I am putting her left sock on, she pulls her right sock off. While I am putting her right sock back on, she pulls her left sock off. And on and on. A real gift for slapstick!
A baby guide advises of 9-month-olds, “If you take a toy away from her, your increasingly assertive baby is likely to object.” If I take a toy away from her, my increasingly assertive baby is likely to throw her head back and howl.
She still has such little sense of the space she occupies. Whatever obstacles block her path, she tries to plough over. Like an adorable, babbling tank. And I am all the time shielding her head from table tops and bookcase edges and other things she doesn’t notice she is about to knock into.
Where she realizes she has some little bit of control, she seizes it.
Maybe it will get old. Maybe quickly. But, for now at least, I think it is fascinating.