So, Violet’s doing this strange thing where she opens her eyes wide, pushes her arms down, bunches up her shoulders, and open-mouth grimaces as if she’s trying to break something with all her baby-sized might (see the pictures below). She’ll also do it when she’s holding something – a toy, a book – trying to squeeze it into oblivion. Often, there is grunting involved. She looks like she’s getting ready to transform into the Hulk. She started doing it over the past few days, and when I first noticed it, I immediately thought, “Oh my God, it’s a facial tic,” and mentally prepared myself to call the ER, but I’ve experienced enough students with tics to know that this behavior didn’t fit the description. So, I’m left to my imagination to label this thing - anger issues? A desire to destroy everything in reach? Possession? Or maybe it’s just a baby being goofy.
232 days old