Dear D,

Why do babies yell?

Earlier, our 3 months old baby was yelling at the top of his little lungs. He wasn’t crying, he was just yelling and it annoyed me because I wanted to rest. I had dropped him on the couch – too tired to carry him.

He was driving me nuts and I didn’t know what else to do. Frustrated, I yelled back at him and that seemed to work – he went quiet. Yes, I yelled along with him and that got him to shut up. Less than a minute later, he was yelling, again. I screamed, and he was quiet, again. We did this for a few more minutes until my cough wouldn’t let me anymore.

Three minutes later and he yelled. I didn’t yell back. Instead, I took out my phone and played a nursery rhyme. It seemed to work. Our dearest baby looked like he was trapped in a trance. His eyes were wild open and it felt so perfect, hence I decided to share with you. Anyways, I have to go now. Bye.

S,                                                    

Co-parent and love of your life.

Dear fairy godfather,

Big humans are annoying and full of themselves. Just a few minutes ago, I was having a chatty (a bit noisy) conversation with the tooth fairy – yeah, yeah, I’m getting to that milestone. As we talked, she would occasionally tickle me in a bid to get me to open up my mouth. And that was when she started screaming hysterically. Not the Tooth fairy, I meant her, the big human. Shocked, the Tooth fairy and I kept quiet waiting to see what will happen next. Nothing happened, she went quiet and we returned to our conversation.

The tooth fairy once again tickled me and I screamed, telling her to stop it. I wasn’t done scolding the tooth fairy when the Big Human screamed again. She did this a few more times. Screaming whenever the tooth fairy tickled me. It was quite upsetting and the tooth fairy felt she was being rude. The tooth fairy and I kept quiet for a while.

Feeling joyful again, the tooth fairy tickled me and that was when she – the big human – started to play one of those cheesy nursery rhymes. Sincerely, it annoyed me but you know how fairies are with nursery rhymes – they become jittery. The jittery tooth fairy began to dance and I stared at her, in awe.

Before you knew it, I was sleepy. The big human caused this! They always find a way to get me sleepy.

Fairy godfather, when exactly will this sleeping spell end?

Grudgingly,

Your non-fairy godson.

If babies talked, what would they say?

The baby talk art series aims to do just that. We are re-imagining the world of these precious tiny souls. 

Do we have a fixed theme in mind? No way! We don’t and we think that’s better – you can’t ever predict what and how the next episode will look like.

It’s a whole new baby world.

Leave a comment and let us know what you think.

Categories: Naija Stories

Naga Odigie

When I'm not obsessing about the wonders and dynamics of the human brain, I'm a secondary caregiver and a biomedical scientist roaming the city of Benin.

6 Comments

TJ · October 3, 2020 at 10:13 am

Wow!

    Naga Odigie · October 3, 2020 at 11:49 pm

    Yay! Thanks for reading!!!

Chelsea · October 3, 2020 at 10:51 am

This is soooo beautiful
I love this

    Naga Odigie · October 3, 2020 at 11:49 pm

    So glad you loved it, stay tuned for the next episode!

Samuel+Ifeanyi · October 3, 2020 at 12:59 pm

I enjoyed reading this. It is hilarious and thought provoking. I’ve never tried to imagine how a baby sees things.
Now I’ll never be able to see another baby crying/yelling without thinking of the fairy.

    Naga Odigie · October 3, 2020 at 11:48 pm

    I do like the idea of you not being able to see another baby crying/yelling without thinking of the fairy! Sounds cool

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