So sweet, this girl of mine. Gracie was looking for songs on YouTube on my phone that she can dance to. One song was completely annoying, but it got her going and she loved it so much that she starting hopping. Pretty soon, she was flapping her hands in the air as fast as she could.
Here she was, bouncing and flapping to a song that I suddenly no longer found annoying, and I said,
“You sure look like you’re having fun! How flappy!”
While still bouncing and flapping, she smiled and said,
“It feels so weird! It is WEIRD!”
“Weird is awesome, huh?”
“It is WEIRD!” ::giggles::
And she kept on flapping.
I have to admit, I love seeing her hopping and bouncing and flapping. Let me clarify. Most of the time I love seeing her hopping and bouncing and flapping because it means she’s happy, excited, and really enjoying whatever is happening. It often accompanies giggles and happy exclamations. It’s usually pure joy. I encourage it as much as possible. Anything to see that smile in her entire face.
Of course sometimes the hopping and bouncing and flapping accompanies a meltdown and then it’s not so sweet or joyful. There’s screeching, incomplete sentences in the form of shrieking, lashing out with fists and feet, and the term “whirling dervish” has been used.
At other times, she’s being impatient and it’s a sign of excited anticipation. The key is that there’s always some excited energy involved.
In either case, don’t approach her. The flappiness and bouncing and whirling must be self-contained. You have to keep your distance out of her bubble or she feels claustrophobic. That can escalate a happy into a meltdown.
As you can imagine, she loves jumping on mattresses. 🙂