why having a baby is kind of like having a cat
Back in January I wrote about how pregnancy felt a little like I was gestating a feline. The baby moved around like a cat chasing a laser pointer. When she was born, her little cries sounded just like a kitten. It turns out, having a little baby is also a lot like having a feline.
1. They like to bat at things. Dangle a toy over a cat, and it will go wild with excitement. Dangle a toy over a baby, and it will go wild with excitement.
2. Their appetite is always inconvenient. If Noel can see the bottom of the food bowl, she wakes us up with hysterical meows and follows us around the house whining until we fill up her bowl, or shake it until she can't see the bottom. Gracie has a knack for getting hungry the second I sit down to eat, or whenever food is served at a restaurant. Without fail. I dream of the day I get to eat a plate of hot food again.
3. They're nocturnal. At least, most babies start off this way. They want to sleep all day and party all night.
4. They want what they want, how they want it, when they want it, until they don't want it anymore. Be it sleep, food, toys, affection, etc. They want it until they don't. And then watch out.
5. You don't choose them, they choose you. Noel loves James and me and doesn't want anything to do with anyone else. Gracie chooses people at random to either love or to be terrified of.
6. Their mood changes on a dime. Noel can run around the house yowling, and be fast asleep a few minutes later. Gracie can be happily playing and then suddenly start screaming so fast it'll give you whiplash. There's no rhyme or reason to any of it. It's their world, and we're all just living in it.
7. They require frequent cat naps. And don't you dare wake them up.
8. It's hard to have just one.