Our little girl can recognize herself in a mirror. Last night was Bath Night, and when I took her into the bathroom to wait for the tub to fill up, she immediately saw herself in the large mirror and pointed, jabbering excitedly as if to announce that she knew that beautiful girl she saw in the mirror. I encouraged her and spoke to her: “Yes, that’s you and me!” I waved to the little girl and her daddy in the mirror. And then she blew a kiss.
That’s right. She blew a kiss.
First of all, let me point out that this is actually a complex series of actions that requires a specific sequence: 1) Bring palm of hand to mouth. 2) Kiss hand. 3) Bring hand down in sweeping motion. 4) Blow. My beautiful little baby girl did all four of these actions in this exact sequence. She has grown skilled in the manipulation of her hands and arms, but the second and fourth actions of this complex gesture were both new to me. The fact that they came wrapped up in such a deliciously cute moment just made it all the more incredible.
Secondly, let me note for you just exactly who was the recipient of this lovely motion. Not her mirror-daddy, but her mirror-self. That’s right, she was blowing herself kisses in the mirror. This almost bothers me for the possible narcissistic implications it carries except that a) infants are naturally narcissistic at this age; and b) it was just so insanely adorable that I don’t care.
Naturally, I called her mother into the bathroom to witness this show. Usually, trying to show another person is a great way to get your child to stop doing something, but not in this case. Oh no, she was quite taken with this sudden discovery of how to delight her parents. So she continued to blow kisses, giggling with satisfaction at our amazement.
There’s no point to this post, really, other than to share my astonishment at this wonderful mechanical performance my little girl has mastered. She can’t quite walk on her own yet, and she isn’t able to say many words. But, by God, she can blow kisses. And I found myself wanting to tell every single person I knew just how completely and unstoppably delectable my sweet baby girl is.
You may be asking, where did she learn to do such a thing? Blowing kisses is not an innate ability; obviously, it’s learned and mirrored. Neither her parents are in the habit of doing such a thing. I inquired at daycare, and as it turns out every single one of her teachers has been showing her how to blow kisses. So the fact that she could repeat this gesture without being prompted subsequently destroyed her daddy with her unbearable cuteness. So even though my spouse and I have not been in the habit of blowing anyone kisses, you can damn sure bet that is about to change.