Practice Holding A Baby

Sunday, November 05, 2006

I was in Paranaque the entire day today at my cousin's house who celebrated his birthday. Unexpectedly, My 1 yr and 3 month inaanak, Jeremiah, was also there. I wanted to have a picture with him since the last time I saw him was during his baptism.

One slight setback for me (and this is embarassing) is that I don't have any experience in holding a baby. I'm an only child so I never had any brothers and sisters to carry. It also follows that I dunno how to act properly in front of a baby... like how to make them smile, laugh or attract their attention for that matter.

So before attempting to carry my inaanak, I observed how his dad carried him. Then I attempted to carry him afterwards. It was embarassing that I couldn't seem to handle him. Eventually, out of frustration and fear, I sat down on the couch and had him sit on my thigh. It was okey for a while until he started moving and wiggling. It's a good thing that my inaanak is the silent type and didn't break into a whine or cry.

To make matters worse, I couldn't get him to look at the camera. How come it looks so easy with other people holding babies and interacting with them ? I think I need an Idiot's book on how to hold babies now.

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