My son in the last few weeks has learned the meaning of the word no. As he has learned the meaning behind words he has developed a facial expression in response. The first word he learned to understand was his name, of course. Nexly was hi. Both those facial responses are similar and to an outsiders eye, you’d never see the difference. Watching my son learn to communicate has been a grand experience thus far and I can only imagine the new things I will learn about my little man in the years to come.
My son’s facial responses generally crack me up. It’s a giggle filled with so much emotion that, I like to think they come from my heart. Each facial response tells me something different just like the tones in whines or cries. I find his facial responses to be extremely helpful. Aside from the obvious signs that most babies show of being tired, I’ve found that if I ask my son if it’s nap time when he is tired he will scratch up his nose at me and scream in my face. But if I ask him when I am fully aware that he isn’t tired, he will raise his right eyebrow at me, give a quick screech and crawl away.
My son is quite the little character and at seven months I can already tell that he will definitely be a handful as he gets older. Now before I return to my original statement, I have to give you just a bit of back story. My son’s father has the best puppy dog look I’ve ever encountered. He has never used it against me in serious situations but I get it all the time in our “play fights”. His puppy dog look works on me every time.
See where I’m going with this?
So, circling back around to my beginning statement. My son has learned the meaning of the word no in the last few weeks. As he first started to understand the word, he would just stare at me after I said “no” and reach for the object once more. Upon saying it a second time he would hover his hand above the object and slowly touch it with his fingertips. The third time I would remove his hand as I told him no and take the item away. This was how it stared but earlier yesterday I noticed that he stared to make a face. Today about an hour ago I received the full facial response and it was indeed his fathers puppy dog look.
I couldn’t help myself, I laughed. The laugh was warm and happy unlike the harsh tone I’d used to say no, so of course my son thought the whole thing was just a game. This lead to three or four minutes of me telling my son no, while trying to hide my smile. Very difficult for me because seeing that face just made me want to wrap my arms around him and smother him in kisses. Disciplining is going to be a difficult endeavor for me, I can already tell.
That’s about all I have time for today but I hope you all will be back tomorrow and I’d love you hear from you. Questions, comments or ideas.
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