Monday, 13 June 2011
Yesterday, my husband and I were "play fighting" and having a tickle war, so to speak. Well, I HATE being tickled. Absolutely hate it. Hence, my loud screaming and begging to stop.
When I shouted out (in what sounded like I was in pain), my nine-month-old son, Isaiah, began to fret and was borderline crying. He had been happily playing by himself near us, so I know he was happy until then.
My husband and I stopped and stared at him in amazement, and asked each other, "Was he upset that he thought I was being hurt?" So we continued to play around, and when I screamed again, sure enough, my son looked at me with frightened eyes and made the most pitiful of noises!
Then lastly, tonight, I was crawling around on the floor with him and said "Ouch!" when my knees would make contact with the hardwood floors. Immediately at my "cry", Isaiah made the same upset face and began to whine.
I tried to find articles but could find none on how early babies feel empathy or when they are upset by someone else's pain.
My question is, when do they usually start doing this? For all you moms out there, did you ever notice your child become upset at someone else's pain, and if so, at what age?