Sunday, July 10, 2011

No fear

Every other day, Packrat reminds me that it was all my doing to use the Mandarin term for speed as Muffin's Chinese name. It is something he does not let me live down. The reason for that is because, truly, Muffin is a combination of Lightning McQueen and Dash from the Incredibles. And on top of that, totally fearless.

This means, he gets into a whole lot more trouble than his siblings when they were his age. It also has to do with the 'Monkey See, Monkey Do' syndrome where, despite the fact that he is 2 1/2 years younger than the twins, he follows them without thinking.

We love watching his exploits although there are times when it is hair-raisingly frightening. Him, coming down 10 steps all by himself or scaling to the top of our gate when my back is turned are incidents that are definitely not good for my blood pressure. I sometimes feel that he needs to be put in a hard hat and some bubble-wrap just in case. On top of that, the littlest is on his way to being underweight. His growth pattern seems to show a little bit of a dip rather than on the regular growth curve. But since his favourite activity is jumping/hoping/ skipping, it's no wonder.

This is his latest exploit where he hops off the step. He doesn't whine when he doesn't stick on his landing. He just gets up and does it again. I just hope he doesn't get it into that fearless head of his that if he can hop off one step, what is two or three or ten?!

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