This is the face of an exasperated one-year-old.

Exasperated one-year-old

Why the consternation?

Well, as he’s getting older his ability to verbalize continues to develop and he’s now at a point where he can clearly, repeatedly and contextually use four words.

We can feel your puzzlement. What’s the big deal – it’s only four words, right? Well, it is a big deal because most kids get spoken to in one language, but the Micro-Dragon has the extra-special existential funzies of having to process information coming at him in no less than five languages (English, French, Spanish, Taiwanese, Mandarin), five and a half if you want to count the Franglais, and with multiple accents for each language. So four words at this stage is a big deal. He does look at us from time to time like he’s living the real-world version of the Larson blah-blah-blah-Ginger! comic, but he has a mighty brain (which would be even mightier if he recharged it by napping for longer periods) to process the disparate information streams.

But we digress…

We all know what happened when he enunciated his first word, but he has now added three additional words to the vocabulary: apple, Apu (as in Nahasapeemapetilon, we dont know how, especially as he hasn’t watched The Simpsons since he was 2 months), and up.

The word up is very important right now because his Mom Unit hung balloons and paper lanterns everywhere in celebration of his turning one, and he wants to touch them for that new tactile sensation as well as the potential discovery of new flavors. Plus he also had a visit from his Aunt NeNe where he was able to touch the ceiling for the first time. Up is indeed very important in his here and now and he says “up” because he wants to go up.

And in the real world, this is what happens when he issues the command “Up!” while his pater is holding him close to one of the paper lanterns.

Reaching for lanterns

Yep – so close and yet so far.

His fingertips just barely brush against the bottom surface of the lantern because his father can’t hold him high enough with one hand while simultaneously working the camera to document the attempt. It’s also a good shot of the two brand-new incisors, which he is regularly sharpening on wood, stainless steel, iron, and parents.

Anyway, it would have helped immensely if the basic altitude was somewhat greater than it was, but his father isn’t exactly the tallest shoot in the bamboo stand. Hence the consternation and the worry. “Up” doesn’t work too well with pater and it works even less with the Mom, because she’s even shorter. Why world? Why does the Micro-Dragon have to be saddled with short parents? Why?

Yes, he’s missing his Aunt NeNe right about now.

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