Her Bad Mother

Monday, September 11, 2006

These Foots Were Made For Walkin'

We interrupt this week of spectacular HBM programming (more Gloria Steinem! random crizzap about New York! the long-awaited eros post that will commemorate WonderBaby's 10-month birthday!) to bring you the following news flash:

WonderBaby walks.


Hell YEAH it's blurry. She's moving. Pretty fucking fast, too.

I think that she actually started walking a month ago, but I don't know know how to evaluate these things. Is it walking when it's one upright step? Two? Three? When it's turbo-cruising at high speeds along any available furniture, animal or pant-leg? When it involves scaling walls?

Speed is reduced for purposes of climbing. The faint-hearted mother finds such baby-scale mountaineering nonetheless alarming.

You'd think that witnessing WonderBaby's dance program would have prepared me for the full extent of her physical determination and prowess. That, and the fact that she's been scaling her baby gates since 8 and half months.

Sadly, no. I was not prepared.

It all surprises me. Even the things that I think I am expecting - these things surprise me. It all surprises me.

Could someone tell me, please, when it is exactly that motherhood will stop feeling so consistently startling?


I'm expecting Gloria Steinem's response to our questions (yes! I snuck in more than one!) sometime this week. Likely after the launch of Greenstone Media tomorrow evening, which I am (omigodpinchme!) attending. In New York. City. With Liz. (Yes, you will hear all about it. Don't you doubt it for a minute.) When I get Gloria's response to our questions I'll post that response, along with your other questions, which will, I hope, provoke much stimulating and fist-waving discussion.

Sometime after the weekend I'll be doing a separate post with a list of all of your Call to Action posts. All of which are beyond wonderful. Please keep sending links. And remember that your calls-to-action needn't focus upon conventional 'causes:' if your family is your cause, write about that and about how you feel that makes a difference. If you feel that the best action is the sort that involves always saying please and thank you and being neighborly and helping the elderly across the street, write about that. The idea is to see how well we can demonstrate the force of writing as an impetus or inspiration to action. What that action is, exactly, doesn't matter so much. If it makes a difference, makes the world a better place, it counts. So do, please, write about it, and tell others why they should consider doing it too.

In the meantime, to see such action in action, please visit the The 2,996 Project - an online tribute to the fallen of 9/11. Truly testament to the power of community and language.


My blog-neighborliness has been sorely lacking lo these last few days, and can be expected to remain lackluster until I get back from NYC at the end of the week. So please forgive me if you haven't seen me around. I'll be back on my rounds as soon as my head stops spinning.


Blogger Mom101 said...

Hooray for wonderbaby!

Hooray for visiting New York! You don't expect a clean house or anything, do you?

10:08 PM  
Blogger motherbumper said...

OMG!!!!!!! WonderBaby WALKS! I almost woke Bumper up to tell her but I held myself back. I'll wait until after breakfast. I feel for you. I really do. You are in so much trouble (oh wait. I shouldn't say that.) I mean: I'm here for you and save a seat for me because I'll be in the same boat really freakin' soon.

Have a fantastic time in NYC. Can't wait to hear all about it.

10:09 PM  
Blogger Chris said...

Congrats on the walking! Hope you're well-rested.

10:21 PM  
Blogger DD said...

When do these developments stop being startling?

Um, right around...


10:23 PM  
Blogger Her Bad Mother said...

Um, Mom-101? Clean house? Do you READ this blog? My own house hasn't been clean since sometime last year, and even then, it wasn't all that clean. I won't be able to sleep at your place if it's clean.

Not that there'll be much sleeping. What with the pillow-fights and general romping and all. We're doing that, right?

11:05 PM  
Blogger Mad said...

Yeah Wonder Baby!!! Walk-on!

Here is my somewhat belated and, sorry to say, extremely cynical post on my cause:

11:13 PM  
Blogger Blog said...

Congrats on WALKING! So exciting! The monkey's 13 months and just started pulling herself up! Woot! :) She has hitherto had no desire to stand, so...progress!

My blog neighbourliness has been lacking, too, since the new blog. So little time! Have a great time in NYC!

11:52 PM  
Blogger Melissa said...

HBM, honey I'm really sorry to tell you, but motherhood never stops being startling. At least not after almost five years. Shit...I can't believe I wrote those words five years. Ok, need to go cry now. :)

YAY for wonderbaby. Have fun in NYC.

12:45 AM  
Blogger Lady M said...

Woo-hoo, walking! Congrats to WonderBaby and good-luck to you.

We wrapped a SuperYard (plastic fence) around our fireplace because there was no way to childproof that thing, and every week, something else goes behind the fence too. Lamps, the electric fan, every broom in the house. The boy likes to explore.

I'm heading to NY in a week - sorry to miss you!

1:09 AM  
Blogger Cristina said...

Yahoo! Congrats WonderBaby!! Now beings a whole new set of adventures...

2:05 AM  
Blogger josetteplank.com said...

Go Wonder Baby!

The whole wide world awaits your wonderful feet!

6:56 AM  
Blogger Sandra said...

NYC - wahhhhh....wanna be there tooooo...

Hey, have a great time! Looking forward to hearing about it.

And huzzah to Wonderbaby and her walking feats. Monkeygirl is a month behind her in age and when I tell her about Wonderbaby walking, I know she will be doing her best to catch up.

7:17 AM  
Blogger chichimama said...

Yippee on the walking!!! And have fun in NYC!

7:37 AM  
Blogger Chicky Chicky Baby said...

Walking already? I guess I shouldn't expect anything less from the future ruler of the world. Enjoy the chase!

Enjoy NY! And Gloria! And hanging out with Liz! I'm a little worried for those New Yorkers who have no idea what's about to hit them.

8:15 AM  
Blogger Christina said...

Yay for walking! I have to second the idea of wrapping a Superyard around any areas you need to block off. We used ours to block off the computer and the TV stand.

Have fun in NYC!

8:56 AM  
Blogger Amy said...

Walking is the most wonderful terrible thing that can ever happen. YAY wonderbaby!

And I am jealous of you. I can admit it. I'm even going to blog about it. Have fun in NYC!

9:18 AM  
Blogger Laural Dawn said...

You're life is so exciting! I'm happy for you!
You know what they say about walking? When they walk they sleep more. It was true for us. As soon as Matt started to walk he slept through the night. I loved it.
Enjoy NY.

9:26 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yay! For WB and for you! Enjoy New York - you don't need me to tell you I'm envious, because I think about that city every single day.

9:31 AM  
Blogger Stacy said...

Yeah Wonderbaby! You might want to get Boo Bunny ready for all those nasty forehead bruises to come.

9:38 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I saw Jane Fonda interviewed this morning about Greenstone. It sounds like the launch party will be incredible and filled with strong women in media. Have a great time!

9:39 AM  
Blogger Twisted Cinderella said...

Way to go Little One!!

My baby is four and motherhood is still startling for me.

9:43 AM  
Blogger crazymumma said...

Congrats on her finding her legs, your lower back will thank you.

PS....Motherhood is like being a deer caught in the headlights. All the time.

10:25 AM  
Blogger Sandra said...

Yay Wonderbaby!!!

Have a wonderful time in New York. Can't wait to hear all the details :)

10:39 AM  
Blogger karengreeners said...

Congrats to wonderbaby. Get your rest - you'll need it.

11:44 AM  
Blogger Jenn said...

YAY Wonderbaby!!! It'll be good and bad. Good you don't have to carry her as much.....bad you now have to RUN after her faster!

Hope your NYC trip is going well!

12:04 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wonderbaby is WALKING??? Quick! Hide the car keys! HIDE THE CAR KEYS!!!!!

12:08 PM  
Blogger Annie, The Evil Queen said...

She is blazing fast! Welcome to my world of chase and grab. Sam is so much happier mobile. But he keeps me very busy. There will be no stopping the Wonderbaby now. Soon enough she'll be making her own protest signs and organizing marches to assume her rightful position as master of the universe.

1:07 PM  
Blogger Virtualsprite said...

Hooray for Wonderbaby! The transformation to bipedal is definitely a landmark evolutionary moment. How fun for you! A whole new era of babyproofing. Enjoy!

3:50 PM  
Blogger motherbumper said...

Call to action baby:

10:12 PM  
Blogger Granny said...

That should certainly keep you busy.

I'll be back with a link to one of my posts on action. I'm ashamed to admit I remembered reading your post but couldn't remember who wrote it.

Anyhow, it's not much but it's something.

9:08 AM  
Blogger Granny said...

Call to Action

9:11 AM  
Blogger Pop Culture Casualty said...

It was such a pleasure to meet you last night. And I must admit that your baby is beautiful. I look forward to following your Canadian exploits... and I especially look forward to our next opportunity to meet in person. You are truly inspiring!

9:57 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Isn't it amazing how someone so tiny can nevertheless balance themselves on their teeny legs and feet and then propel themselves forward? Kaitlyn is just about to start cruising around the coffee table, which means I can no longer KEEP anything on the coffee table lest it be ripped to shreds. But YAY!

Sigh...jealous of you and Mom101's upcoming pillow fighting. I don't care if her house is clean or not, I want PHOTOS PLEASE!

10:33 AM  
Blogger Angel Baby said...

You have the best blog- always entertaining and thought provoking at the same time.

Thanks for blogging exactly the way you do!

I can't wait to hear about your trip...

2:27 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Congrats to the wondrous WonderBaby. You go girl! See your mom's expression as she chases you? That's priceless and it makes you want to run, right? No, no, I'm not encouraging.

3:26 PM  
Blogger Girlplustwo said...

Hey there Bad,
Here's my addition. Wasn't sure where to leave it, so you are getting it times two.

3:51 PM  
Blogger Run ANC said...

Walking is exciting, no? We dropped off The Boy at his grandparents for the afternoon while we snuck away for a movie. He wasn't walking when we left, but was motoring when we got back. Crazy stuff!

I am working on my Call to Action now (got sidetracked by school crap). Where, exactly, should I send the link? The newbie is confused.

4:07 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I really like your blog and your attitude about things.

11:05 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

wonderbaby will be asking for the car keys next!

9:31 AM  
Blogger Baby in the City said...

My Call to Action post is up. Finally!

9:39 AM  
Blogger Unknown said...

walking?? it's all over lady.

Gloria Steinem? Call to Action??

I am SORELY out of the loop. I have much to catch up on, CLEARLY. And you are going to NYC, and wil see LIZ? give her a tongue kiss for me.

WHOO HOO! all this is tres exciting!

10:46 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

How cool. Mine took FOREVER to walk, but was talking early. The walking is much scarier- I was behind her every second- padding this, pillowing that. LOL.

11:30 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

My call to action post is up.

Can't wait to hear about NY!

12:27 PM  
Blogger Occidental Girl said...

I know what you mean about asking when those first steps really count as walking? I have no idea. Felt a little inept at not knowing, too.

However, the fact of the matter is, your baby's walking....oh my god!

12:47 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

That's it!

I am officially in love with WonderBabay. I am really impressed with her fast progress. She will take on the world soon! I am waiting!

Are you T.O. ladies getting together again? Can I come and meet HBM and Wonderbaby in person?


2:11 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sweetie - Motherhood NEVER stops being suprising.

And that's the suprise.

10:11 PM  

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