E&W are now very mobile on all fours. William has a very deliberate, solid, bulldog crawl, a little like Spike from Tom & Jerry. Eliza is more graceful, nimble, and much faster, and has just started bear-crawling, which is both impressive (I remember how tough bear-crawl drills were from my American football days) and quite amusing, especially when seen from the back. Keeping up with them is helping to keep me active. Detailed statistical analysis, using the Reeves Model, shows that 79.6% of the time E&W head off in opposite directions, and a whopping 91.3% of the time they head towards somewhere/something they shouldn't. I seem to have developed the knack of swooping in at the last second to
spoil their fun rescue them - I like to think I'm valiantly chasing them down, like Don Beebe catching Leon Lett just as he's about to score (two American football references in one post! Woop!), but I fear I'm more like a winged monkey from The Wizard of Oz; I imagine them saying "Rats! Foiled again!" as they get swept up into the air.
Their favourite targets are the cat flap (still!)...
...the photo-pockets on the back of the utility room door (they particularly like the photo of Grandpa John on the day he set off on his Land's End to John O'Groats charity walk), the freezer, the sideboard...
...and the bookcase in the corner of the dining room. Being a bibliophile, and more than a little precious about some of my books, the sight of E&W pulling books off the shelves is more than a little alarming. We've offered them last year's Where's Wally? annual as a sacrifice, and it has quickly been battered and torn (to much excited hilarity...from E&W) but this doesn't always distract them. Still, more opportunities to work on my reaction time and short-distance sprinting.
I wonder how hard it will be to keep up with them once they've mastered the art of toddling (which won't be far off - both are working on their free-standing).
We ventured out into the garden on Sunday afternoon, making the most of some late summer sun. E&W loved crawling about on the grass, and exploring the pots and plants dotted around our somewhat bare garden. I think it would be really nice if the garden became a place where they were comfortable, where they could have fun, where they'd find things to interest and excite them. I think we'll work on that for next spring/summer.
And they had their first tries on the little bikes their friends Ellie and Freddie passed on to them (thank you!). Eliza looked a little more comfortable than William, and actually managed to move herself along a little way (before being bike-jacked by William). Practice makes perfect!
And last but not least, Eliza has a new favourite place to sit and contemplate life...
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