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 Waya said...

I can't believe she's walking already! You are so in trouble. Put on your heelies!! Enjoy NYC!

10:50 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 rhonda said...

You will forever be startled & amazed by wonderbaby... maybe not as consistantly as the first year, but it never ends.
And that's a good thing!

11:27 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  
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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 gingajoy 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?


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10:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sweetie - Motherhood NEVER stops being suprising.

And that's the suprise.

10:11 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

One thing that struck me as odd in the days after 9/11 was Bush saying "We will not tolerate conspiracy theories [regarding 9/11]". Sure enough there have been some wacky conspiracy theories surrounding the events of that day. The most far-fetched and patently ridiculous one that I've ever heard goes like this: Nineteen hijackers who claimed to be devout Muslims but yet were so un-Muslim as to be getting drunk all the time, doing cocaine and frequenting strip clubs decided to hijack four airliners and fly them into buildings in the northeastern U.S., the area of the country that is the most thick with fighter bases. After leaving a Koran on a barstool at a strip bar after getting shitfaced drunk on the night before, then writing a suicide note/inspirational letter that sounded like it was written by someone with next to no knowledge of Islam, they went to bed and got up the next morning hung over and carried out their devious plan. Nevermind the fact that of the four "pilots" among them there was not a one that could handle a Cessna or a Piper Cub let alone fly a jumbo jet, and the one assigned the most difficult task of all, Hani Hanjour, was so laughably incompetent that he was the worst fake "pilot" of the bunch, with someone who was there when he was attempting to fly a small airplane saying that Hanjour was so clumsy that he was unsure if he had driven a car before. Nevermind the fact that they received very rudimentary flight training at Pensacola Naval Air Station, making them more likely to have been C.I.A. assets than Islamic fundamentalist terrorists. So on to the airports after Mohammed Atta supposedly leaves two rental cars at two impossibly far-removed locations. So they hijack all four airliners and at this time passengers on United 93 start making a bunch of cell phone calls from 35,000 feet in the air to tell people what was going on. Nevermind the fact that cell phones wouldn't work very well above 4,000 feet, and wouldn't work at ALL above 8,000 feet. But the conspiracy theorists won't let that fact get in the way of a good fantasy. That is one of the little things you "aren't supposed to think about". Nevermind that one of the callers called his mom and said his first and last name ("Hi mom, this is Mark Bingham"), more like he was reading from a list than calling his own mom. Anyway, when these airliners each deviated from their flight plan and didn't respond to ground control, NORAD would any other time have followed standard operating procedure (and did NOT have to be told by F.A.A. that there were hijackings because they were watching the same events unfold on their own radar) which means fighter jets would be scrambled from the nearest base where they were available on standby within a few minutes, just like every other time when airliners stray off course. But of course on 9/11 this didn't happen, not even close. Somehow these "hijackers" must have used magical powers to cause NORAD to stand down, as ridiculous as this sounds because total inaction from the most high-tech and professional Air Force in the world would be necessary to carry out their tasks. So on the most important day in its history the Air Force was totally worthless. Then they had to make one of the airliners look like a smaller plane, because unknown to them the Naudet brothers had a videocamera to capture the only known footage of the North Tower crash, and this footage shows something that doesn't look like a jumbo jet, but didn't have to bother with the South Tower jet disguising itself because that was the one we were "supposed to see". Anyway, as for the Pentagon they had to have Hani Hanjour fly his airliner like it was a fighter plane, making a high G-force corkscrew turn that no real airliner can do, in making its descent to strike the Pentagon. But these "hijackers" wanted to make sure Rumsfeld survived so they went out of their way to hit the farthest point in the building from where Rumsfeld and the top brass are located. And this worked out rather well for the military personnel in the Pentagon, since the side that was hit was the part that was under renovation at the time with few military personnel present compared to construction workers. Still more fortuitous for the Pentagon, the side that was hit had just before 9/11 been structurally reinforced to prevent a large fire there from spreading elsewhere in the building. Awful nice of them to pick that part to hit, huh? Then the airliner vaporized itself into nothing but tiny unidentifiable pieces most no bigger than a fist, unlike the crash of a real airliner when you will be able to see at least some identifiable parts, like crumpled wings, broken tail section etc. Why, Hani Hanjour the terrible pilot flew that airliner so good that even though he hit the Pentagon on the ground floor the engines didn't even drag the ground!! Imagine that!! Though the airliner vaporized itself on impact it only made a tiny 16 foot hole in the building. Amazing. Meanwhile, though the planes hitting the Twin Towers caused fires small enough for the firefighters to be heard on their radios saying "We just need 2 hoses and we can knock this fire down" attesting to the small size of it, somehow they must have used magical powers from beyond the grave to make this morph into a raging inferno capable of making the steel on all forty-seven main support columns (not to mention the over 100 smaller support columns) soften and buckle, then all fail at once. Hmmm. Then still more magic was used to make the building totally defy physics as well as common sense in having the uppermost floors pass through the remainder of the building as quickly, meaning as effortlessly, as falling through air, a feat that without magic could only be done with explosives. Then exactly 30 minutes later the North Tower collapses in precisely the same freefall physics-defying manner. Incredible. Not to mention the fact that both collapsed at a uniform rate too, not slowing down, which also defies physics because as the uppermost floors crash into and through each successive floor beneath them they would shed more and more energy each time, thus slowing itself down. Common sense tells you this is not possible without either the hijackers' magical powers or explosives. To emphasize their telekinetic prowess, later in the day they made a third building, WTC # 7, collapse also at freefall rate though no plane or any major debris hit it. Amazing guys these magical hijackers. But we know it had to be "Muslim hijackers" the conspiracy theorist will tell you because (now don't laugh) one of their passports was "found" a couple days later near Ground Zero, miraculously "surviving" the fire that we were told incinerated planes, passengers and black boxes, and also "survived" the collapse of the building it was in. When common sense tells you if that were true then they should start making buildings and airliners out of heavy paper and plastic so as to be "indestructable" like that magic passport. The hijackers even used their magical powers to bring at least seven of their number back to life, to appear at american embassies outraged at being blamed for 9/11!! BBC reported on that and it is still online. Nevertheless, they also used magical powers to make the american government look like it was covering something up in the aftermath of this, what with the hasty removal of the steel debris and having it driven to ports in trucks with GPS locators on them, to be shipped overseas to China and India to be melted down. When common sense again tells you that this is paradoxical in that if the steel was so unimportant that they didn't bother saving some for analysis but so important as to require GPS locators on the trucks with one driver losing his job because he stopped to get lunch. Hmmmm. Further making themselves look guilty, the Bush administration steadfastly refused for over a year to allow a commission to investigate 9/11 to even be formed, only agreeing to it on the conditions that they get to dictate its scope, meaning it was based on the false pretense of the "official story" being true with no other alternatives allowed to be considered, handpicked all its members making sure the ones picked had vested interests in the truth remaining buried, and with Bush and Cheney only "testifying" together, only for an hour, behind closed doors, with their attorneys present and with their "testimonies" not being recorded by tape or even written down in notes. Yes, this whole story smacks of the utmost idiocy and fantastic far-fetched lying, but it is amazingly enough what some people believe. Even now, five years later, the provably false fairy tale of the "nineteen hijackers" is heard repeated again and again, and is accepted without question by so many Americans. Which is itself a testament to the innate psychological cowardice of the American sheeple, i mean people, and their abject willingness to believe something, ANYTHING, no matter how ridiculous in order to avoid facing a scary uncomfortable truth. Time to wake up America.

Debunking Popular Mechanics lies:
someone else debunking Popular Mechanics crap:
still more debunking Popular Mechanics:
and still more debunking of Popular Mechanics:

Popular Mechanics staff replaced just before laughable “debunking” article written:
another neo-con 9/11 hit piece explodes, is retracted:
Professor Steven Jones debunks the N.I.S.T. “report” as well as the F.E.M.A. one and the 9/11 commission "report":
N.I.S.T. scientist interviewed:
F.B.I. says no hard evidence linking Osama bin Laden to 9/11 which is why his wanted poster says nothing about 9/11:
Fire Engineering magazine says important questions about the Twin Tower “collapses” still need to be addressed:http://fe.pennnet.com/Articles/Article_Display.cfm?Section=OnlineArticles&SubSection=Display&PUBLICATION_ID=25&ARTICLE_ID

Twin Towers’ construction certifiers say they should have easily withstood it:
USA Today interview with the last man out of the South Tower, pursued by a fireball:
Janitor who heard explosions and escaped has testimony ignored by 9/11 whitewash commission:
Janitor starts speaking out about it and his apartment is burglarized, laptop stolen:
Firefighters tell of multiple explosions:
Eyewitnesses tell of explosions:
Interview with another firefighter telling of explosions:
Firefighter saw “sparkles” (strobe lights on detonators?) before “collapse”:
Other eyewitnesses talk of seeing/hearing explosions:
Surviving eyewitnesses talk of multiple explosions there:
Cutter charge explosions clearly visible:
The pyroclastic cloud (that dust cloud that a second before was concrete) and how it wouldn’t be possible without explosives:
Detailed description of the demolition of the Twin Towers:
Freefall rate of “collapses” math:
More about their freefall rate “collapses”:
Video footage of the controlled demolition of the Twin Towers:
Video footage of the controlled demolition of WTC # 7 building:
More of WTC # 7 controlled demolition:
Naudet brothers' video footage of the North Tower crash:
Photos of the Pentagon’s lawn (look at these and see if you can tell me with a straight face that a jumbo jet crashed there):
More photos of this amazing lawn at the Pentagon:
Very unconvincing fake “Osama” “confession” tape:
More about the fake “Osama” tape:
Fake “Mohammed Atta” “suicide” letter:
Commercial pilots disagree with “official” 9/11 myth:
More commercial jet pilots say “official” myth is impossible:
Impossibility of cell phone calls from United 93:
More about the impossible cell phone calls:
Experiment proves cell phone calls were NOT possible from anywhere near the altitude the “official” myth has them at:
Fake Barbara Olson phone call:
Where the hell was the Air Force?
More about the Air Force impotence question:
Sept. 10th 2001, Pentagon announces it is “missing” $2.3 trillion (now why do you think they picked THAT day to announce it? So it could be buried the next day by 9/11 news):
Unocal pipeline-through-Afghanistan plan:
Unocal pipeline-through-Afghanistan plan mentioned:
More on Unocal Afghan pipeline:
The attack on Afghanistan was planned in the summer of 2001, months before 9/11:
Pentagon deliberately misled 9/11 Commission:
Evidence destruction by authorities and cover-up:
9/11 whitewash Commission and NORAD day:
The incredible fish tales of the 9/11 Commission examined:
Jeb Bush declares state of emergency 4 days before 9/11 for Florida, saying it will help respond to terrorism:
Steel debris removal from Ground Zero, destruction of evidence:
Over two hundred incriminating bits of 9/11 evidence shown in the mainstream media:
Tracking the “hijackers”:
“Hijacker” patsies:
“Hijackers” receiving flight training at Pensacola Naval Air Station:
Several accused "hijackers" still alive and well, wondering why they are accused:
Yet the F.B.I. insists that the people it claims were the "hijackers" really were the "hijackers":
No Arabs on Flight 77:
Thirty experts say “official” 9/11 myth impossible:
“Al Qaeda” website tracks back to Maryland:
Al Qaeda videos uploaded from U.S. government website:
Operation: Northwoods, a plan for a false-flag “terror” attack to be blamed on Castro to use it as a pretext for America to invade Cuba, thankfully not approved by Kennedy back in 1962 but was approved by the Joint Chiefs of Staff and sent to his desk:

6:10 PM  

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