Monkey See, Monkey Do?

January 10, 2012 at 8:21 pm 1 comment

Before Monkey was born, we called him Monkey because in the later stages of my pregnancy he’d wriggle if poked or prodded at.  Sounds a bit mean when written like that (and we didn’t do it that often), but he’d wriggle, elbow or kick back.  Like a performing monkey.  Also we read a ‘help for Dads’ guide which mentionned a newborn looking like a ‘peeled monkey’ which again was probably funnier at the time.

I was thinking of all this earlier today following a baby-signing class that we went to.  Monkey & I have been attending these since he was about 6 months old.  Today was our first session back after the winter break.  He’s been singing (ish) some of the songs over the holiday, and joining in with the actions.  He still signs a little at home, even though he is talking as well.  He barely opened his mouth today, except to consume his snack and request cuddles.

I thought about it later, and why should he join in?  DH was shy as a child, we are both quiet, retiring people now.  And I detest going to a show or event then having to join in.  (Not sure why I’m happy to join in with the singing & signing etc, but that’s a whole other topic).  So why should I expect Monkey to Perform?  He smiled more when I larked about with him (whilst still joining in with the singing, being considerate of the other attendees and respectful towards the ‘teacher’, obviously).  I should probably be focussing more on how to do more of that rather than all the forward-looking that goes on.  He’ll do what he wants & needs to do in his own time.


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  • 1. Monkey Does Stuff « thecreativetoe  |  January 17, 2012 at 1:02 pm

    […] other surprise I had, following last week’s post – Monkey See, Monkey Do? – was this morning.  We went to our signing class & I was chatting to the leader about […]


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