The Baby’s Snack

Silly Mummy is giving The Toddler and The Baby a snack. They are both waiting on the other side of the child gate at the kitchen doorway. Feeding time at the zoo.

Silly Mummy gets out a snack. The Toddler claims it. Well, first she tries to claim a different snack: ‘I have gingers? You getting me gingers, Mummy? Having biscuits?’ Once she has accepted she is not having ginger biscuits, she claims the first offered snack: ‘Oh thank you, Mummy! Thank you so much!’ The Toddler does not believe in waiting for the second offered snack. That snack has not yet been proven to exist. The Toddler does not risk snacks that may turn out not to exist. Always take the snack that is definitely real.

The Baby has been waiting hopefully next to The Toddler. The Baby is not as food obsessed as The Toddler. She is also used to having her food taken by The Toddler. Silly Mummy is trying to get out a second snack for The Baby. The Baby, however, evidently believes she missed her chance when the first snack was seized by The Toddler. With a sad little look, she toddles off, dejected. This happens frequently. If anyone remembers the old Incredible Hulk series or film, Silly Mummy is thinking that The Baby needs the closing theme music to accompany her on her sad little way. Or The Littlest Hobo music. A fugitive from snacks, always moving on before she gets her raisins.

The Toddler, who already has food, does not leave. There may be more food. Silly Mummy calls The Baby back to get her snack. The Baby does not return. The Toddler leaps into action: ‘I take it? I take it to The Baby?’ Silly Mummy is suspicious of her motives.

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  1. Aww I can just picture The Baby’s little face as she toddles away 🙁 You do sort of have to admire The Toddler for trying though lol 🙂
    Thanks for linking up to #AnythingGoes

  2. Lady Nym says:

    The ‘feeding time at the zoo’ part is so familiar. The cubs wait at the baby gate for food or sometimes at the serving hatch between the kitchen and dining room. Baby Bear is far less patient than The Baby, though, by the sounds of it. I frequently end up with a screaming 18 month old writhing on the floor because I didn’t open the packet of rice cakes quite fast enough. Your scenario sounds much cuter!


  3. Mrs Tubbs says:

    Hmmm … Are you implying that the Toddler would take the snack and eat it before The Baby or Silly Mummy noticed?! Well, I’d be shocked, but I now eat cake in nanoseconds as otherwise the Tubblet would finish it before I got a crumb. After 12 years, this is such learnt behaviour that I do this when she isn’t there … #fartsglitter

  4. Alison says:

    Poor Baby. We have a similar situation here, and there is much suspicios eyeing up of banana when Little Man gets his banana half first. So far no yoinking, and I’m not sure how I will feel about it if it starts since it will represent a significant leap forward in motor planning for my daughter. And yet she’s snatching! So conflicted! #anythinggoes

  5. Jen says:

    I totally visualized this happening! While I only have one little guy for now, I can imagine the “drama” that can come at meal and snack times when children are so close in age. I have a brother who is 13 months younger than me and he use to devour all of the food in the house growing up. I learned with age to hide food on him. =) #MMWBH

  6. Oh yes how familiar this sounds to me!! My eldest is 5 and she still does those things with the baby!! she always wants everything that I’m giving to her sister. Or she said that she would like to feed her to help me but obviously what she wants is to eat her baby sister’s food/snacks! Thanks for linking up with me at #KCACOLS. I can’t wait to see what you will share next week! 😉 x

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