Saturday, February 13, 2010

See How I'm Jumping

Kai has taken to jumping as a mode of transportation. She says, "dump, dump, dump" as she hops around the house. It's more of a gallop -- one leg, then the other. This video cracks me up because once she decides to join in the game - and before she starts running around like a mad woman in the wrong direction - she gives one of her little hops. She's a hopper!

She isn't as proficient at the two-legged hop, but she's working on it. And, she seems to have decided the best way to practice the two legged hop is to climb up something (coffee table, couch, chair) and jump OFF of it -- because, then, you get some air -- and, clearly, that is the point of jumping. Until this week, Kai would climb onto objects that were more than two feet off the ground and squat down, threatening to jump but not actually jumping until someone grabbed her hand to spot her. Not anymore. No spotters necessary, apparently. Freaks me out.

Her other favorite move at the moment is the donkey kick -- which she has taken to do as we are walking along. Middle of the street and Kai is suddenly in a triangle-position, hands on the ground, bent at the waist, kicking one leg up behind her and disrupting the steady flow of foot traffic. We never know when she is going to be inspired to start donkey kicking. It's funny to us -- maybe not so much to the other pedestrians. (OK... I know in the video I ask her to do a mule kick... impossible to capture on video otherwise. Just imagine her randomly stopping mid-stride and doing this in the middle of the sidewalk):

Of course, all of Kai's maneuvers lead to inevitable injuries. Kai has an amazingly high pain tolerance. But, she "tattles" on the offending object (whatever it was that got in her way and caused her to tumble) -- pointing at it in a most accusatory fashion. Then, she reenacts the injury in slow motion and, upon completion of the reenactment, points again at where it all went down. If she was crying before the reenactment, she'll stop long enough to walk us through exactly what happened and then resume her crying. I have to get it on video one of these days.

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