Thursday, December 07, 2006

Dramatic Flair

As Max becomes better at manipulating his body (walking, climbing, mischief-making, etc.), he also becomes more expressive with his body. When he is excited, he will ball up his fists and do a hands-in-the-air, rump-shaking dance. When he is playing, he will pretend to talk on the phone, having an animated conversation, complete with exclamations, queries, and cooing sounds of affection. The funniest, however (although he would not appreciate me saying so), is when he feels that life has dealt him an unfair and tragic blow. He has taken to putting both hands on either side of his head, in a clear and heart-breaking woe-is-me gesture, and raising his eyebrows to complete his look of earnest and sincere misery. This is occasionally followed by him covering his ears, in what I hope is not really an attempt to block out our advice or admonishments, although that is sure what it looks like. He is far too little to begin with the teenage attitude, but he has never been one to accept other peoples' timetables.

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

He's probably just trying to silence *the voices*.

Auntie Aly said...

my heart breaks at the thought that im not there to witness the rump shaking dance. Is is like on Allie McBiel? (less creepy then that of course)

granny said...

It actually looks like he is extending the ears out in an attempt to better capture your words of wisdom to him.

Chelsa said...

The dance is not quite like the Aly McBeal baby -- he tends to stay in one place, for one thing, and he sticks his bum out really far. Also, as best as I can ascertain, his dance does not coincide with weird, existential crises on my part (or Max's). Granny, you have met Max, so you know that he is not extending his ears out to hear better. At best, he is not plugging his ears, but sticking them out to mock us.