A ball!

colorful ballOn Mother’s Day, Nico and I were in Old Navy and saw this rad, multi-colored bouncy ball for sale by the entrance. He is super into balls right now, to the point where he can spot one a mile away. He often mutters, “A-ball, a-ball, a-ball” to himself, to the tune of “Da Bears, da Bears, da Bears.” So, not surprisingly, he was quite upset when I didn’t let him take the ball to the back of the store, where I was on a mission to find some summer clothes for him. As I held up tiny shorts and T-shirts, comparing their prices, Nico sat in his stroller and shouted, “A Ball! A Ball! A Ball!” “Uh-huh,” I said distractedly, stretching the waistband of some miniature cargo shorts, having heard this hundreds of times before. “We’ll go back to see the ball in a minute.” And as usual, the kid did not let up.

But then a lady leaned over. “Um, he’s talking about THAT ball,” she said, pointing past the stroller. I looked down and, sure enough, a lone bouncy ball was hiding in a dark corner, underneath a rack of baby yoga pants.
A wave of guilt washed over me: some lady had just caught me totally ignoring my kid. But I also felt myself beaming with pride: my kid has an eagle eye for balls. So I grabbed the ball and tossed it in the stroller, where Nico clutched it with the giddiest face ever. Then we headed to the checkout line. Lil’ dude earned that ball.

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2 thoughts on “A ball!

  1. My child is in the ball phase too!! He absolutely loves them! One time he was using a kid-mode coloring game on my phone and there was a tiny SPECK on the screen and he kept pointing at it and yelling A-Ball, A-Ball, A-Ball! lol! any type of ball he wants and can find. So I definitely feel your appreciation for your kids radar :). And I definitely get sometimes accidentally ignoring them since every two seconds they are pointing out or just yelling A-Ball!! They always are so happy to see one 🙂

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    1. Yes! It is amazing how obsessed they are with balls. Nico sees them *everywhere*– he even thinks that the circular app icons on my MacBook, like Google Chrome and iTunes, are balls 🙂

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