November 25, 2009

Pretending to Vomit is to...


My niece does two things I think are very funny. Actually she does a lot of things I think are funny, but only two I have capitalized upon. At 10 months of age she loves to make what I call, 'monster face'. It's when babies scrunch up their noses and breathe in and out really really fast.

All my boys did it. We added it to our repetoire of stupid pet tricks by actually CALLING IT Monster Face and then eventually when we'd say, "Monster face!" they'd make the face.

But it didn't take so much with the Great Flambina and now instead of my having to actually say, "Monster Face!" she just does it when she sees me.

Because.... *I* am monster face.


As if this were not bad enough, she sometimes makes this gutteral sound and then purses her lips like an O... but more oval. And she does this thing with her eyes and it looks like she's choking or about to vomit. This is the second thing that cracks me up.

And of course... I had to do it back. And so today we had what appeared to be a vomitting contest.

She'd pretend to choke and vomit.

I'd pretend to choke and vomit a little louder.

She'd pretend to choke and vomit.

And I'd pretend to choke and vomit.

And so it went for about 2 or 3 minutes, a 10 month old vs. a 44 year old on who can choke and pretend to vomit the loudest.

She got tired of the game first.

That does not speak much for me.

And now when she sees me, if she doesn't just come to me, give me stoic face or give me monster face, she pretends to choke and vomit.


When she sees my husband she gets all flirty and waves.

I made note of this at the dinner table tonight, how my husband gets the sweet voice and the flappy waves and I get the monster faces and vomitting sounds.

Morrigan said, "Hunh. I wonder how that could be?"

So little time... so many stupid pet tricks to teach. Not one of them has stuck yet...

Posted by Boudicca at November 25, 2009 09:44 PM

bird... bird...

Posted by: vw bug at November 26, 2009 06:27 AM

My brother taught his babies a game where they and their father pretend to pick lice out of each other's hair and eat it. This is entertainment while standing in line at the bank, for example.

Posted by: Carl Brannen at November 26, 2009 07:24 AM

Isn't it fun hanging with the little kids and the babies? The other day I was showing my nephews the remove-your-thumb trick, to the unceasing chorus of "Do it AGAIN!".

Posted by: diamond dave at November 26, 2009 09:04 AM

These are the moments that memories are made of...

Posted by: Elisson at November 26, 2009 11:45 AM

when my younger brother was a toddler, I taught him to "bark" like they used to do in the audience of the Arsenio Hall show, complete with arm pumping.

And then that song Who Let The Dogs Out came out and reinforced the activity!

Posted by: wRitErsbLock at November 26, 2009 02:17 PM

My wife taught our granddaughter how to stick out her tongue. She just turned 1 this month, and there aren't a dozen pictures of her since a few months old that don't have her tongue hanging out of her mouth.

Me? I'm waiting for talking. "Hey Sailor, got a nickel?"

Posted by: Ted at November 26, 2009 03:53 PM