In the spirit of Thanksgiving, I want to talk about how thankful I am for baby feet.
Why are they SO cute? Those perfect little toes, softer than silk soles, pudgy little piggies! I remember being in the hospital with both my newborn boys just cupping those tiny little feet in my hand and not wanting to be anywhere else in world in that moment, just there holding those precious feet. I would stare at them, dreaming about the little boys, and eventually men, that would grow into those feet and the big shoes they would one day fill.
I love the way baby toes get all splayed out when you gently caress the bottoms of their feet. Both my infant boys were what I called “snurpers” (sleep-nurse-nappers) that would fall asleep two minutes into nursing. My lactation consultant would recommend tickling their feet to keep them awake. I loved it!
And don’t get me started on baby feet after a bath. I know most moms inhale the clean baby hair smell, but I’m a sucker for clean sweet little feet. Those little toes all wrinkly, wrapped up in a towel.
Then comes the joy of hearing those little fat feet flopping across the floor for the first time. The little tootsies that would fit in your palm are now carrying those chubby legs across the room to you. Pitter patter, flop flop — one of my most favorite sounds in the world.
I came up with a game I call “Foot Phone” just for the purpose of being able to put their little feet on my cheek. I say “ring, ring” and they run over and hold their foot up for me to “answer,” then giggle hysterically as I proceed to talk to various family members or Sesame Street characters on their feet. It looks as though I’m doing this to entertain them, but selfishly I just want their soft pudgy foot on my face.
I know that soon enough I’m going to be dealing with stinky big boy feet, but for now I’m enjoying every moment of these adorable, ticklish, soft little baby feet.
Mandy Watts is a stay-at-home mom who lives in Crownsville with her husband, Justin, who runs their family business, and their two sons, 2-year-old James and almost 1-year-old Luke.