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Spacebaby: not here for entertainment

Videos posted to spacebaby's youtube channel have slowed down a lot.  It's not because I don't want to video her... it's that something awful happened: she knows what we're doing.  She sees the camera come out and she stops whatever she's up to and stares quizically.  Sometimes it's cool, she smiles for photos and looks at us.  But for video it's just a lost cause.
 
And I'm so sad, because there are two things I wish I could capture:
 
1) Babbling.  She's still not talking, but the babbling is a constant string, she finds something funny to say and will just keep at it for an hour in this light singsong voice while playing with her toys.  She spent a good half hour singing something like "thipa thipa thipa thipa pah-tha b'dah pithhhh!" because it just sounded fun.
 
2) Song motions.  You'd think "itsy bitsy spider" was a justin beiber hit the way it goes down at our house.  We start singing and she touches the tips of her fingers imprecisely for the spider motion, then THROWS her arms up in the air grinning from ear-to-ear for the rain lyrics.  In fact this week random fun songs would come on the radio and she'd whip out the spider fingers just as a general dance move.  Unfortunately if someone is visiting or the camera is out, she locks up and it ends up being a performance of "spacebaby looks confused at mom singing itsy bitsy spider".
 
I can't prompt her too much to do her spider dance in front of anyone because of this bad memory from years ago...  I was out with some almost friends and they had a toddler.  I said the little girl was cute and her mom was like "Oh you should see her sing the ABCs!  Jesse, sing the ABCs!  A... B... C... Jesse!  Come on you do it at home!  A... B... Jesse why won't you sing the ABCs?  SING THE ABCs!!!" This crazy promting continued for like the rest of the lunch.
 
And I was smiling nicely but deep inside I was like "LADY LEAVE THE KID ALONE SHE CLEARLY IS NOT INTERESTED IN DOING TRICKS FOR THE TABLE RIGHT NOW!!!"
 
And made a mental note: don't ever be that mom, sheesh.
 
That said, Josie will do every questionable "you let your kid do that?!" move in front of strangers, no holding her back there.  She'll jump off furniture, crawl under the dog and lay down, stick things in her nose, take off her pants.  These things all definitely get her attention, so she'll keep doing them.
 
Maybe that should be my strategy... if I encourage her to sing itsy bitsy spider she won't, so maybe when someone comes over I should say "Quick, Josie, show Aunt Martha how you can take off your pants!" 
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