Imagine, if you will, a 5-month-old baby that can stand up on its own two feet. No, not just stand. The 5-month-old can balance, on its own feet, on his Dad's hand, held high above the ground. Would you clap or would you cry in terror? Not sure?
Then behold the amazing Leopold, 24 pounds of absolute adorable roly poly baby chunk, who was caught on video by his fun-loving parents doing his future circus act. It's so incredible that even his mom can be heard off-camera saying, "It's not even real." But it is! You have to check this little guy out:
See what I mean about clapping or crying? I'm awed by the feat, but so terrified of heights as a fully grown adult that I can't help whispering a chant of "Don't let him fall, don't let him fall, don't let him fall" throughout. I'm not saying Dad did anything wrong here -- he does "seem" to have Leopold under control safety-wise -- but I've got to admit it's something I wouldn't have done. I would have been too afraid to balance my baby on my one hand -- even if he could do it!
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This is one of those great big lines in the sand between parents. We could hash out whether we would put our 5-month-old baby on our arm and let him balance, but why? Leopold's parents did, and he was having a blast. It worked for them! He's fine. Better than fine, probably, with parents who like to have fun with their son.
That's the really cool part of being a parent to your own kid, isn't it? We all get to do it differently. That doesn't make one wrong or one right. It just makes us different parents, and it will make for a new generation of different kids.
My kid might be an engineer or a teacher. Leo, on the other hand, already has a good start on a career in acrobatics.
Would you do this with your baby? What other acrobatic feats can your kiddo perform?
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