Posted by: dave | July 3, 2011

Her first line dance

The developmental breakthrough I’ve been most looking forward to has always been the moment when Anya does her first rendition of “Achy Breaky Heart”. And it happened this morning!

OK not quite. But having mastered the art of standing, she’s been experimenting with how far she can push her sense of balance. Normally this means waving her arms in the air, like she just don’t care. Sometimes, the arms go up for balance and she just gyrates like she’s keeping an invisible hula hoop aloft. And sometimes, well sometimes she just stands there grinning and doing what I can only describe as pelvic thrusts.

Anyway she’s clearly been practicing, like some miniature tightrope walker, to see how much she can reduce her dependance on her arms as stabilisers. This morning I was playing with her and a country-tinged track came on the kids’ music CD that she loves. And bang on cue she put her two hands on her belly, pretty much where the ZZ Top belt buckle would be if she were wearing a belt, and started swaying to the beat like she was St Billy Ray of Cyrus himself. And stared in astonishment as I fell about laughing.

In the future we’ll all have cameras implanted in our retinas so we can instantly upload such moments to the global hive brain. But this morning my camera was upstairs so you’ll have to take my word for it.

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