Dr. Jekyll and Miss Mouse
November 11th, 2009
My darling baby girl has recently been undergoing a periodic disturbing transformation. When I pick her up from school, Miss Mouse is happy and cheerful. She waves brightly to her teachers, who coo over her and exclaim that she is just the best baby in the world. “She never cries and is always so happy,” they fawn lovingly.
But as soon as I get her in the car, the transformation begins with a few angsty whimpers. And by the time we walk in the house to greet dad, Miss Mouse has been replaced by a ferocious and grouchy character known only as Rat Baby.
Rat Baby proceeds to stomp around the house, emitting regular whiny grunts and pointing imperiously at things she wants to play with and/or eat. Any hesitation in complying with her somewhat enigmatic demands is met with shrieks of rage, tears, and the occasionally face-on-the-floor-feet-kicking fit.
Apparently, this behavior is normal. Many of my parent friends hasten to assure me that they’ve experienced the same thing with their own offspring and that it’s just a phase. So here’s hoping that Miss Mouse’s sweeter nature will overcome the fearsome Rat Baby sooner rather than later.
Miss Mouse, if you can hear me…come back. Mommy misses you!