I have finally realized what the phrase “sleep like a baby” means after spending much time watching my niece who does nothing but sleeps during my frequent visits. Or I think I have realized. She does nothing but sleep! And I want to be just like her. In fact, when I look at her not looking at me, that look of oh-happy-sleep, I too want to fall asleep. She could well be my lullaby. Benny – my sister’s husband a.k.a. the happy dad – shook his head and said, “You should see her cry at night, bro.” Such is the beauty of playing with other people’s babies. You don’t have to deal with the daily chores and yet, you get to adore the babies in their supreme cuteness.
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Cynthia’s yoga teacher said that if we keep doing the same thing for 21 days, that will become a habit. I can’t say that visiting my niece often has become a habit, for she is less than 21 days old. But that concept is growing in me. Every time when my mother and I stepped into Benny and my sister Lora’s home, I would head straight to the living room, where my niece sleeps. And I would give her a little hug showering her with the words of adoration for a few good minutes.
Oops. I have forgotten to greet the other permanent residents of the house. How rude of me!
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From an outsider point of view – which I once was – it is certainly strange for a group of grownups to gather together and comment on a newborn baby who is barely a few days’ old. What is there to talk about?
It turns out that there are a lot of things we can talk about. Below is a random list of topics.
- Which baby’s feature or characteristic comes from which parent? And this could drag into a lengthy discussion. More often, grandparents have the final say.
- Physical comparison against other babies in the family. So-and-so’s baby is born with more / less hair than yours (?!). So-and-so’s baby is born “taller” / “shorter” / lighter / heavier than yours (?!). I wonder if there is a strong correlation between the day you were born and how you would grow up to be – physically speaking.
- My favorite observation is that my niece seems to have long fingers. So I reckon she could be a great pianist. I fancy this idea. My dream could come true to have someone in the family to play piano! A grand piano for her 18th birthday has crossed my mind. Benny and Lora, if you are reading this, you may need a bigger apartment to put that piano in the middle of your living room.
And of course if I could hear how she cries instead of seeing her sleeping all the time, perhaps I can assess if she has a potential to be a great singer too.
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Little Bethany, if you are reading this in the future, I think I get to see your mother a lot more often than before. And that is a very good thing, of course.
Dad, if you are reading this, here is a picture of little Bethany in the cradle of her grandmother.