I’m about as proud as a Daddy can be.

This weekend Benjamin made a stellar leap from uttering only one and two-syllable phrases (“All Gone”, “Night Night”, “MORE!”) to trying out a whopping five-syllables in one go.

We were sat on the sofa, reading a book about farmyard animals. I pointed to a rooster/cockerel, and told Ben that “they say ‘cock-a-doodle-dooh!’”. The boy looked suspicious and thoughtful, looked at me, and carefully enunciated “’Ock-a-Oogle-Ooh?”

Jocelyn and I were so impressed. Once my mouth had closed I tried to persuade him to repeat the feat, but he shook his head and ran off! He just won’t perform on demand, that boy!