All week Ben has been practicing his laughing. For a few months now he's been going, "huh, huh, huh," which sounds like fake laughter, but which I actually think is his place holder for real laughter. And this week he's really been trying to break the "laugh barrier."
Tuesday morning he added a new dimension to his laughing. At first I actually thought he was getting sick, because he was coughing for 15 seconds at a time. But then I realized he was fake coughing and mixing it in with "huh, huh, huh." I'm not sure why he associated coughing with laughing, but I think it's here to stay.
The amazing thing to me is that I think he's realized this combination makes me laugh and now he does it on purpose. I've noticed a few times that he'll start the cough-laugh, then stop and look at me for my reaction. When he sees I'm amused he'll start up again. The boy is only 5 months old! It blows me away that he's capable of that kind of thinking.
A few days ago he was sitting in his bouncy chair and I produced his Beanie Baby dog. He loves that dog and when he saw it in my hands he broke into a huge grin and went "huh, huh, huh, cough, cough, cough" for a good 30 seconds. There was a look of pure joy on his face unmatched by anything an adult could produce. And seeing that look on his face was worth all the poop pants in the world.