By the way, someone asked in comments why we’ve only seen Maddox a couple of times since she was born. Well, the first twelve months of Sydney’s life, I didn’t post many pictures of her, either; baby blogging didn’t become a regular feature until Syndey was over a year old.
Here’s a secret about very tiny babies: they don’t do much. Maddox eats. She cries. She sleeps. And yes, her brain is working like a fiend, absorbing new information at a rate terrifying to contemplate. Personally, I think that’s all adorable, but it doesn’t provide a big variety of photo-ops. For photogenic cutenetosity, the material becomes much better once the little parasites are mobile.
Or at least, that’s my experience. We’ll see if Nick’s experience is any different over the next year.
Meanwhile, let’s talk about that most venerable and time-honored game: Peek-a-boo.
Step one: The game master (GM) initiates play by hiding her eyes. This renders her effectively invisible; other players must indicate this by saying things like “where’s Sydney? Where’d Sydney go? Have you seen Sydney?” [*] If the GM is peeking between her fingers, it may be helpful for the other players to visibly search for the GM under bowls, inside the toaster, and in their breast pockets.
[*] It is probably for the best if you substitute the name of your particular GM for “Sydney” when you attempt playing Peek-a-boo at home. Alternatively, you could convince your GM’s parents to legally change their child’s name to “Sydney.”
Step two: The GM reveals herself. This step can be accompanied by the GM formally stating “boo!,” if she likes.
Step three: The other players acknowledge the GM reveal with expressions of fear, shock and surprise, both physical and verbal. The GM shows approval of this with peels of laughter, and also by saying “I’m scary” or variations thereof.
Step four: Repeat steps one-three again.
And again. And again. And again. And, and, and…
Variation: If the GM wants, this exercise can be made into an exploration of supernatural themes in modern-day Western civilization, by the simple expedient of saying “I’m a ghost!” during step one.
By the way, you may have noticed that we keep our GM stored on top of the refrigerator. This is by no means mandatory for playing peek-a-boo, but refrigerator storage can assist in keeping your GM fresh and mold-free.