Sunday, February 17, 2013


Genevieve has made some HUGE cognitive leaps in the last few weeks. She's picking up her feet and pointing her toes when it's time to put on socks and shoes, using verbal (and physical) cues to indicate what she wants, giving kisses when we ask for them, and so much more.

One of my favorite things she has learned to do is clap. We think that GrandpaDahling taught her this one; he sings and claps for her every day, whether he's near or far. The songs vary, but he always claps.

(His changing table song for Genevieve could be a top 40 boyband pop song, because the words are "Bay-beh, bay-beh, bay-beh!" while he claps in time. Genevieve loves this.)

About two weeks ago, out of nowhere, Genevieve started to clap. So, we clapped and cheered with her. The whole night, something would happen, Genevieve would clap, then we would clap.

Later that evening, we were at the "boob" portion of the bath-books-boob-bed routine, when after nursing for a good, long time, Genevieve sat straight up, looked me in the eye, and gave me the most enthusiastic applause.

I felt like giving a speech. Her applause was so sincere, and so funny, so very "my compliments to the chef". It just killed me.


Since then, Genevieve gave Mom a standing ovation as she entered the room. If my mother and I are anything alike, I'm sure she felt moved to thank all the little people.

Or maybe just one.


  1. Cute story!! Thanks for sharing! She is so cute! We need video of the clapping! ;)

  2. You're getting to the stage of "one day they can't, and the next day they can." Many more moments like this to come. It's an adorable time.

  3. That is adorable. It is so much fun to watch them grow and learn.

  4. Best deserved applause ever!

    (one of the things I love when reading about you and Genevieve is that it gives me a wonderful sense of what to expect in my own little people, since she is 6 weeks younger. :)
    What I love even better, though, is that we have so much in common when it comes to our parenting choices! I wish I managed to find the time to blog more about it. I have felt so often like giving you virtual high fives when reading your blog!)

  5. What a great moment!! I think bedtime nursing is the most fun. My daughter is 6.5 months and she stroked my face and laughed at me after she ate the other night. It made my heart leap. Kiddos rock.

  6. Love this story! My son was the first grandchild on both sides of our family. We clapped for him and clapping was something he learned early! Genevieve will so appreciate this blog when she's older, but, as my babies are 15 and almost 18, you will love it more!

  7. Thank you, Jasmin, for a much needed chuckle in the midst of a dull day in my little gray cubicle. You are such a great mother and I feel lucky to have a window into such a fantastic family, especially as someone who came from a decidedly not fantastic one.

  8. I was happy to meet Dangermouse at Stitches on Friday. I also saw her with Andrew yesterday. What a cutie!

  9. Boobs are always clap-worthy :-) most precious moments ever


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