Free the Feet

Baby Feet

Photo credit: Joe Shlabotnik

As I mentioned in a post at the beginning of the week, the weather has changed recently to get much cooler and wetter.  One of the results of this is that Thomas has had to start wearing socks again.

When he was a proper baby he didn’t particularly like wearing socks and he would rip them off at the first opportunity.  Sometimes it would take him ages to figure out how to get them off, but perseverance eventually paid off.  It lead us to developing a game when I was changing his nappy in which he would start to try to get one of his socks off and I would say things like ‘Don’t take your sock off!’  or ‘Don’t you dare take your sock off!’  or ‘If you take your sock off I’ll have to eat your foot.’  Whenever I said one of these phrases in a mock serious voice he would burst out into laughter.

Eventually, and sometimes with a little bit of help from me, he would succeed in getting his sock off and I would imitate complete anger and look at him and say something along the lines of ‘I told you not to take your sock off.’  I warned you that if you did I would have to eat your foot, so now I am going to eat it all up.  And I am really hungry so I am going to eat it now!’  Whereupon I would bite the toes and the sole of one of his feet.  The fit of giggles that it sent him into must be one of the sweetest sounds known to man.

As soon as he had calmed down he would start work on the other foot and the whole process would be repeated.  As you can probably guess, nappy-changing often took a long time but, so long as it wasn’t a smelly one, it was also very enjoyable.

So over the last four or five of warm months we haven’t had the chance to play this game, and to be honest I had almost forgotten about it.  Until yesterday that is, when I was changing his nappy again and he looked at me, looked at his socked foot and looked back at me again.  I swear there was a twinkle in his eye and I knew exactly what he was thinking. I said ‘Don’t you dare take that sock off’ and we were back in the game.  The laughs are a bit louder now, and the socks come off a bit quicker, but it is still immense fun.

So there is at least one upside to winter being around the corner.


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