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My Amazing (Ninja Turtle) Son

A little over a week ago I had a good old dad-rant on this here blog about Little E’s “terrible twos” (click here to read) kicking in. And they’re still here, a few times each day. But it’s about time that I evened up and shared just a few of the reasons why my son is AMAZING!

Little E has been counting to three for quite a while now. He was playing in the bath a few evenings ago when I heard him start counting, “wun, twoo, free” and then he just kept going. “fwaw, fi, sis, seben, ayee, ine, den.” WTF? Not only did he suddenly go from three to ten, he almost learned how to say seven in German. He’s only just turned two!

Yesterday we showed off his new awesome-skill to his grandparents and great grandparents. His Granny asked whether he knew what the numbers meant and I answered that he probably had a vague idea. Little E then picked up a texta and began drawing straight lines on a piece of paper… and counting them as he went! All the way to ten. “Yes Mum. I think he does know what they mean!”

Last night the poor fella was a bit out of sorts, and his temperature was up. This meant that he was pretty restless and woke in tears with every loud noise (I make a lot of noise; being quiet isn’t a family trait with the Hawkinses. Phenom-A-Mum says that my whispering is the same as other people shouting). After a few bouts of me walking too heavily or banging something, and Little E bursting into tears, I had a sudden urge to sneeze (again, not something I do quietly. Nor dryly). It couldn’t be stifled. It came out -“AAAACHHHOOOOOOO!” Phenom-A-Mum and I waited in the ensuing silence for a wail. Instead we heard, “Bwess woo”. And he went back to sleep.The pair of us giggled as quietly as we could.

Little E can sing the entire opening song to the 80’s kids sand animation ‘AEIOU’. We do it as a family. So sad? So acapella AWESOME!

And there is no greater explanation of how amazing my son is, than what happened after he saw me wearing a ninja turtle outfit and ninja-kicking for a photo shoot for my Dad+Nerd craft week (click here to see this old dude thinking he’s young).

He watched me lamely attempt to lift my leg more than two centimetres from the ground as Phenom-A-Mum snapped away with the camera. When we were done, Little E asked for the eye-mask. We tied it on and he suddenly began ninja-kicking all over the garden… and shouting out “Kee-Yah”!

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David Hawkins

Half nerd, all Dad & Founder of Big Kid Little Kid, the go-to blog for Awesome Dads. David is on a personal mission to become a more awesome dad to his two sons and teach them all the facets of being a major nerd. NES-off anybody?
  • Tash @ Gift Grapevine

    It’s amazing how toddlers can make you feel so happy and proud but also so frustrated almost at the same time! He sounds like a real cutie and he’s got some impressive looking and mighty fast ninja skills going on (hope you didn’t pull any muscles trying out your ninja moves). They are such little sponges at this age – I have to keep reminding myself to stop and appreciate all that they are achieving before they get too grown up.

    • David Hawkins

      It’s the most roller coaster ride I’ve ever been on! Little E has the biggest heart and I always feel bad when I lose my temper (which happens often at 3am) because 99% of the time he totally ROCKS. Thank you for the compliment of my Padewans ninja-training. I plan to have him sparring with mutated wildebeests before the year is out. How are Miss TT and Mr TT going with their martial arts training? Or 80’s love songs training? Or learning how to bounce like a Gummi Bear?

      • Tash @ Gift Grapevine

        They’ve certainly got the bouncing like a Gummi Bear down pat! Mr TT currently has mastered the art of the ninja-pinch – hurts like buggery!

        • David Hawkins

          Those little fists are like pointy needles! How can someone so small and so much weaker, cause so much pain? Crazy kid strength.

  • Anonymous

    Such a great story! I love it! ‘Bwess’ all of your family :) Your son seems to be a gorgeous soul and a completely normal toddler 😀

  • Ooop, posted the comment without saying it’s Emilia from http://www.hismoma.blogspot.com.au Great piece of writing!

    • David Hawkins

      Thanks Emilia! He’s got a wonderful little heart, and a head full of stubborn! The Bo$$ sounds like he’s just as much of a gorgeous soul!