It only took my son just under 4 months to figure out that in order to get my attention, he should act like a baby.
I shouldn't really be that surprised, since every excuse I give him always has to do with Margot.
"I can't pick you up right now. I've got the baby." or "The baby is crying. I have to go get her."
I guess I should be a little disappointed that he didn't pick up on it sooner. What a slacker. A second born, obviously. (ha!)
But then, he figured it out.
"Feed ME milk, Mommy" he said, his little pointing finger precariously close to my nipple. It wasn't the first time he asked for a nibble.
"Well, that milk is only for babies, honey," I replied.
He paused for a few seconds.
And then he fake cried.
At first I thought it was sort of cute, mainly because he's yet to actually pretend to be anything, except a annoyingly loud dog and a really bratty, defiant toddler. Well, that's what I tell myself when I'm chasing him to change his poop or when he's trying to take a chunk out of Quinlan's arm - "He's just pretending to be naughty. What a smart and creative boy."
But surprise! Since I thought it was sooooo cute, he does it all the time - "Wah, I'm a baby, mommy. Carry me. Hold me. Waaaaaaaaaaaaaah."
Part of me can't blame him since he really is still sort of a baby, and has had to share the latter part of toddlerdom with a baby sister. But most of me knows it's not the greatest way for him to get attention.
So I remind him that babies can't play with trucks or eat ice cream. And I try to reinforce his "big boy" behavior in an appropriate way.
Lord knows we don't need another dude getting what he wants by acting like a big old baby, right?