- That big breath before blowing out the birthday candles.
- A bedtime routine for a baby doll.
- Pasghetti. Handburgers. And other perfectly imperfect mispronunciations.
- Babies in sunglasses.
- Babies in hats.
- Baby thighs.
- A 4-year-old wearing his Halloween costume to school in April.
- An inability to whisper.
- Homemade birthday cards.
- Handmade jewellery.
- Conversations with imaginary friends.
- A big smile with only two bottom teeth.
- Flushed cheeks and damp hair after a nap.
- Waving "bye bye." But doing it backwards.
- Left shoe on the right foot, right shoe on the left.
- A book read out loud by a child who can't actually read.
- Gumboots. With a tutu.
- Songs sung in the bathroom.
- Freshly combed wet hair.
- Closing one's eyes to disappear.
- The hand motions to "Itsy Bitsy Spider."
- Their sense of wonder.
- And their innocence.
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