A few weeks ago, I thought it was the most adorable thing ever when the girls started playing “Mommy Chick and Baby Chick.”
Baby B is almost always the Mommy Chick, and it’s her job to help A, the Baby Chick, learn how to do things.
Baby Chick usually starts flailing her arms, squawking around aimlessly, and Mommy Chick will say, “Come here, Baby Chick, and let me help you.”
It is super sweet to see B nurture A so tenderly.
“This is the way we walk up the stairs. You can do it, Baby Chick! Good job! I’m so proud of you!”
“Oh, Baby Chick! Do you need Mommy’s help? Here I am! Let me show you what a book is. Yes, this is a book! Good job!!!”
And I have really enjoyed the “role reversal” from what I often see at home. Baby A is more often in the lead role around the house, and it surprises me how much she relinquishes to B when they play this little game.
But…more than two weeks into this…I’m beginning to feel that Baby Chick and Mommy Chick have overstayed their welcome…
Baby B encourages A to “talk like a baby”.
As the actual mommy, I spend too much breath at times on reminders to use our big-girl voices. At four years old, a “baby” voice (chick or otherwise) sounds an awful lot like whining…and I avoid that at all possible costs.
And…the aimless nature that the portrayal of a baby chick often involves is also a little maddening.
Perhaps I can steer the girls towards the idea of a baby duckling??? At least ducks seem to follow along so orderly behind their mommies. I think a friendly game of follow-the-leader doesn’t sound so bad.
And maybe I can encourage quacking instead of the baby voice? At least that would take us away from the whining chick noises.
Or...maybe I’ll try to step back and appreciate it all. I know these sweet little pretend games won’t last forever. I’m sure if I could secretly set up the video camera, I’d be pretty overjoyed at the reminder in a few years.