|Grace (approximately 9 months) aboard the giraffe|
"Oh, I'll be careful, Mom." And then in his head he would be thinking something like, "Mom is always underestimating my awesome skills. Mom has no idea I can do this...or this...And she would never believe I can do this..." So I bit my tongue and didn't say anything.
Somewhat to my surprise (but not to Jake's) neither Jake, the giraffe, nor any local animate or inanimate objects were harmed during any of his stunts.
Some parenting books claim that parents should talk less and act more. I'm not sure I'm good at either one. How nice that I have so many opportunities to practice.