One of my main roles when I am holding you or playing with you is to challenge you both physically and socially.
For example, I hold you to where your feet are touching the ground, so you have to stand up; therefore building your muscle and improving your balance. Plus, I am constantly testing your social reaction time by making different noises and moving objects around you to see your heard turn to follow and to make noises back at me.
Truly, it’s an intense and involved process when you’re with me. Granted, the whole time I’m telling you how cute and adorable you are…
And it’s not that Mommy nor your brother aren’t cooing over you either, because we all treat you like the adorable, lovable little girl you are.
It’s just that I couldn’t help but notice whenever you are back in Alabama with Nonna and Aunt Dana, it’s like you become this different little baby… because you know you can get away with it.
In such a relaxed environment away from the hustle and bustle of the Nashville life we are used to, you know you get to just be lazy.
So when Nonna holds you, it’s as if you just melt into a marshmallow state of being. You just get sleepy and take a one hour nap like it’s nothing.
But first, as I joke to everyone, your IQ drops first…
Even though you have developed social and physical skills in your 4 and a half months out of the womb, it’s like you just forget about all that; instead pretending to be a newborn who doesn’t know any better.
I witnessed this hilarious situation with you when Aunt Dana had you: She sat you in her lap and wrapped you up in a blanket, leaving only your head exposed, as your watched your brother Jack and cousin Calla play for nearly an hour.
It took me several minutes to even see you there, as you never made a sound. You just quietly chilled out, as if you were hiding.
This is proof that different members of the family, in a more relaxed environment, can bring out a different side of you when you are around them.
When you’re with them, you can get away with just being a sleepy marshmallow.