Chapter 53: News Flash: Stand-in Exposed! (4)
“Dudu, mama is going to tell you something, so you have to remember it, okay?”
Dudu sat upright and had his eyes fixed on Ye Fan. She could see her figure reflected onto his dark pupils.
Ye Fan patted on the table in front of Dudu and said, “Dudu can’t push here, understand?”
Dudu looked at Ye Fan, confused. He couldn’t understand what she was saying.
In a sweet baby voice, he asked, “Why can’t I push?”
Ye Fan thought about it, then she went over behind Dudu. “Try pushing the table now.” Dudu did as she said obediently. Because of his movements, his chair was tilted back, but Ye Fan caught him.
Ye Fan looked into Dudu’s eyes once more. “If you push it, that will happen.”
“Does Dudu like falling?” Ye Fan asked.
Dudu thought about it for a while and shook his head with a pout. “Falling will be ouchies.”
When she saw these results, Ye Fan quickly reminded him again, “So Dudu can’t do that, alright?”
Dudu seemed to be able to understand vaguely. Pulling a taut face, he said, “But mama will hold baby.”
Ye Fan wanted to be able to protect Dudu all the way until he grew up, but she also wanted him to cultivate his independence. She didn’t want him to be totally dependent on herself.
“But mama can’t catch you every time.” Ye Fan touched Dudu’s face and showed a serious expression. When he saw her reaction, Dudu nodded solemnly. “Okay…”
Ye Fan put the playdough in front of Dudu. “Play with this first, Dudu. Mama will make you something nice to eat.” Dudu played with the playdough obediently and raised his head to look at Ye Fan from time to time.
The small animal molded by Dudu was crooked. When Ye Fan saw this, she praised Dudu with a smile. “Dudu did very well.”
She had already allowed the dough to rise before. Ye Fan took the dough out of the bowl and separated them into small balls. Just like what she learned on the internet, she formed them into the shape of animals.
If it were a bunny, then Ye Fan would bring out two ears on the dough and give them two red beans as eyes. If it was a hedgehog, then Ye Fan would cut out some spines with a clean pair of scissors.
For Dudu, his mama’s hands were magical. She could make anything he wanted.
Dudu couldn’t be bothered about the playdough he was playing with anymore. He was staring at Ye Fan as she worked and clapped his small hands together. “Mama is amazing!”
In Dudu’s eyes, there wasn’t anything Ye Fan couldn’t do.
In the eyes of Dudu’s expectations, Ye Fan made a few small animal-shaped buns, and the cutting board was almost filled to the brim.
There were sweet ones, and also savory ones.
Alright, it’s time to put them in the steamer.” Ye Fan was just about to bring the chopping board into the kitchen, but she noticed that Dudu kept staring at her.
Ye Fan suddenly felt playful. She tapped the flour from her finger onto the tip of Dudu’s nose. Alongside his innocent expression, it really looked too cute.
“Don’t move, baby.” Ye Fan wiped her hands and went to get the camera from the living room. She aimed the shutter at Dudu and took a few pictures.
From beginning to end, Dudu had no idea why Ye Fan was smiling so happily.
Ye Fan carried Dudu up from the high chair and rubbed her own face on Dudu’s cheeks. “Baby, why are you so adorable?”
After the buns were done, about twenty minutes have passed. Dudu could hardly wait any longer.
“Be careful, it’s hot. Mama will blow on it before you eat.” Dudu waited on the side like a good boy. While Ye Fan brought over the hand fan, he was still puffing up his face and blowing on the buns.
“Mama, mama. I wanna eat.” Dudu laid at the edge of the table, watching.
After a while, Dudu could finally eat the animal buns he wanted so badly to try. The first one he tried was one filled with bean paste.
The sweet flavor rolled over his tongue and his eyes instantly lit up, narrowing in a contented curve.
Dudu held a rabbit bun in one hand, and a pig bun on the other.
“Mama, yummy, yummy.” Dudu leaned forward and brought the bun to Ye Fan’s mouth. “Mama eat too.”
No matter how good it was, Dudu would never forget to give some to Ye Fan.
A baby’s heart is very small, so small that it could only fit their mother. For a baby, their mother was their world.