I. This parenting thing is getting to be a lot more fun. Baby belly laughs are pretty easy to come by these days! A few guaranteed strategies for a squealing Madi:
- Tickling: (In order of effectiveness) the best "tools" for tickling are mouth, feet (eww), toys, then hands. The best targets are ribs (front), ribs (back), under her jaw, chunky monkeys (aka thighs), and feet.
- Advanced Peek-a-Boo: This is more of a Hide-and-Seek/Peek-a-Boo hybrid. Basically, I run away from her, hide, and call out "Where's Mommy" repeatedly. She follows, then when she gets close, I jump out and yell, "PEEK-a-boo!" Works every time.
- Offering to take her and Bella outside. However, we can't use that word without really meaning it. Some other words we have to spell: milk, cup, hoopla (kids' videos on youtube).
- Playing with Bella. Her absolute favorite pastime is being whacked in the face by Bella's tail. Her second favorite is probably being knocked over by Bella. (I'm not being sarcastic; she really enjoys when Bella knocks her over. It's the only time she doesn't cry after falling!) She also loves to "pet" Bella, which involves any combination of hitting, fur pulling, and ear tugging.
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I think that's all for now. Happy Monday!