Archive | November, 2011

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7 Nov

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The weird things that babies love

7 Nov
My ten month-old baby has a new obsession. It’s Gotye – the indie Belgian-Australian singer/songwriter who sings that song ‘Somebody That I Used to Know’. You’ve probably seen the video, in which Gotye (real name – Wally De Backer – no wonder he calls himself Gotye) gets painted into an artwork. It’s a song about a bad relationship break-up and is a very mournful tune. The Wiggles –  it ain’t. But my baby girl is mad for it.

She grins and bounces and flaps her arms every time it comes on. Whenever we’re having troubles feeding her, we switch it on (we’ve recorded it on the TV) and boom – down goes the food without fuss. It’s brilliant. But very hard to fathom. We’ve just put in the basket of ‘weird things that don’t make sense’ about babies. Her sister, our eldest child, was much the same. For the first three months of her life, she didn’t smile at anyone or anything except a particular artwork in our house. It was a semi sculptural piece made of old clay tobacco pipes from Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre. Our daughter thought it was Christmas. She would beam at it for hours, well, minutes. But in baby-time, one minute of staring basically equals an hour in adult time. Anyone else got some weird baby-loves they’d like to share???