Sweet (and Sour) Potatoes


For some reason, my twins love acting like they’re babies. Perhaps it’s because they have a six month baby brother or perhaps like most adults, we wish for the days when we were younger. Either way, they have become quite skilled.

So skilled for instance, they can sound exactly like a crying baby. From down the hallway I hear crying and think it’s my real baby, only to find the twins tucked into their brother’s crib, crying. Then, when you ask them what’s wrong, they won’t talk but only smile and point to things, like a baby would do. They take turns sitting in the baby swing, baby bouncer and high chair.

My three-year old son realized he loves banana and apple baby food. It’s so “yummy in my tummy” he says, that he begs me for the leftovers when his baby brother is finished. Then, because twins have to have what the other one has, my daughter wants to try it. I tell her we have to take turns and the next time he ate at dinner she could have his leftovers. Sure enough, as dinner time rolls around, she reminds me it’s her turn to eat the leftover baby food.

My baby boy eats a few bites of the sweet potatoes and he doesn’t like it. As soon as the spoon would touch his lips, he would turn his head to the side and avoid the spoon at all costs. Since I wasn’t getting anywhere, I take him out of his high chair. As I’m about to wash him up, my daughter crawls right up into his high chair, buckles herself in, puts a bib halfway on, and digs right into the leftover baby food. Suddenly, I hear crying and I run back into the kitchen thinking someone got hurt.

But all I find is my daughter, trapped in the little high chair looking like a giant, trying desperately to get the bright orange baby food out of her mouth with her fingers. She has a big frown on her face as little tears run down her cheeks. She looks at me and says, “I don’t like it, Mama. Can I please get down? I don’t want to be a baby anymore.”

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