Of whingers and ninjas

Well where to start? Dylan’s been doing new things every day at the moment and it continues to be very exciting. The most obvious new trick is that he can now stand on all fours. Kate reliably informs me that this pose is a yoga move known as the downward facing dog, but it’s when he tries to move from this stance that amuses us most.

It won’t be long until he’s crawling. He’s 99% of the way to cracking that one but, for the moment at least, he seems to be enjoying lolloping about in a way not entirely dissimilar to that of Gollum in Lord of the Rings.

Aside from lumbering around like everybody’s favourite jewellery-obsessed, Middle Earth-blighting multiple personality disorder sufferer, the proverbial penny has dropped with the staple game of baby entertainment that is peek-a-boo. He just didn’t get it for a while, giving Kate and I quizzical, unimpressed glances when we tried playing it with him.

Now, however, he seems to think it’s the funniest thing in the world. Well, that and me jumping out on him and shouting “BWAH!” Not only that, however, oh no. As well as delighting in us suddenly revealing our faces from around a corner, he has also started playing it himself.

So now, when he has tired of playing with his toys and carefully removing my Xbox games from the shelves of our TV corner unit, he can be found using one of said games – usually a wildly inappropriate one involving zombies or global conflict – to hide his own face and reveal it with a “BWAH!” of his own.

Not all of the recent developments have been heralded clumsily or noisily though. He seems to have an acute case of ‘ninja teeth’. The top-front ones had been pushing through slowly for what seemed an age when another one stealthily arrived on the bottom row overnight.

There was no warning about its impending arrival. There it just was one morning, sat next to his two already-established bottom teeth like it owned the place. Given his propensity to delightedly yell at anyone he sees at the moment though, I think it’s safe to say that Dylan is more whinger than ninja…

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