A cry pierces the air. A wail so ear shatteringly loud, if the Sand People lived among us, they scatter into hiding. And stay there.
It is the cry of The Lil’ Diva.
The reasons for this cry are numerous, but Lil Diva reserves the ear drum exploding “I am VERY ANGRY right now” ones for a few choice occasions.
1) Teething – I noticed on Saturday that tooth #6 just pierced the gum line (making her clingy cranky fussiness on Friday perfectly understandable). That means that in ONE week, she has cut THREE top teeth (#5 is the other middle center one).
This has also brought copious amounts of other teething symptoms to our household, such as (but limited to): enough drool to rival that of Slimer, diaper explosions that necessitate multiple outfit changes and add to my ever exponentially expanding pile of laundry to do, unpredictable naps (often too short), and the aforementioned Little Miss Cranky Fussifus who refuses to let me out of her sight.
2) Her brother, The Tackler. She loves her brother. Really. But he has an evil habit of taunting her with his toys and then snatching them away, JUST when she thought she could play with them. Or he is negligent and leaves them where she can reach them (small note of defense: this area is becoming smaller as she learns to climb to get the toys), THEN snatches them away.
Or he pushes/bumps/kicks/trips her down. Luckily he is doing SLIGHTLY better in this area. If only I could move the switch to Good instead of Evil and keep it there. Alas, he is not a Krusty the Clown doll (yes, only old school Simpson fans will understand that).
3) She’s hungry. This has been true since birth. Heaven help anyone who is in her presence when she reaches FOOD EAT NOW on the Hunger Meter. This cry can send anyone in a 50 foot radius running for cover or ear plugs. Unless you are the one responsible for fixing it. It may be temporarily quieted (while mixing/cutting/preparing her food) by giving her a wagon wheel puff. Then you have one minute to prepare before another one or her food will be required.
4) You dared to remove her from whatever activity she was engaged in before she was ready. This cry contains more a “You REALLY Pissed Me Off” tone to it and will often transform into baby babble that sounds more like she’s cursing at you in Baby Speak. All because it was time to end her bath and dry her off. Or keep her from disintegrating all of the books by eating the bindings. Or wouldn’t let her climb to the top of (insert object/table/kangaroo climber/etc here)… Or consume too much fiber by eating the paper towel or tissue her brother knocked onto the floor. Or I had the audacity to go to the bathroom without her. Or… you get the point.
She will cry for other things, but they almost always involve an aspect of at least one of those. Even when sleepy, she most often whines instead of cries… unless more teeth are attempting to make an appearance.
Luckily, as long as she’s fed, entertained, has a clean diaper, is well rested, and her brother hasn’t tortured her in the last 60 seconds, she is mostly a happy girl.