So I'm reading my first parenting book. Which is a trip in and of itself. When Matt was in grad school he discovered Dr. Thomas Gordon, author of Teacher Effectiveness Training and after hearing all these wonderful things about Dr. Gordon's philosophies and teachings, I made a mental note for "someday" to check out his Parent Effectiveness Training when the time came to give a shit about being an effective parent. Which turns out to be nowish.
At first it seems like it mostly just applies to toddlers and older kids but then I spot the chapter about infants. Really? When Matt comes to bed I tell him I've got this book and I'd like to practice this part that applies to infants.
Me: Okay. I'm the infant and you're the parent trying to respond to me.
Matt: funny look from the unsuspecting Matt.
Me: i start mimicking loud, crying baby noises. Lucy gets a little freaked out and paces around the bed. Matt's eyes widen and he reflexively leans over and clamps his hand hard over my mouth. I'm laughing so hard I'm crying and can barely spit these words out.
Me: "No. That is not part of the active listening model. Again."
Matt: "I am going to remind you how funny you thought this was when the real baby is crying!"