Becoming a boy

I haven’t posted in awhile and I have limited time so bear with me if this submission is not the narrative you’ve all come to expect.

First, let me tell everyone that my neck is all healed and the surgeon did a great job — the scar is going to be practically invisible an it doesn’t hurt at all. I’ve settled into the new job pretty well and am continuing on my personal change campaign. I dress well daily (I have even gone shopping at lunch ‘cuz I’m right near all the great stores, uh-oh!) and have been logging 3.5 miles on the treadmill three days a week. It is really shocking how much one can get done when not in meetings all day. My knitting proficiency was taking a hit but I’ve found the Muni rides provide a good locale for finishing up a few of those yarn-craft projects I’ve got going.

But my loyal readers are less interested in what’s happening with me. So, a few notes about the star of our show — Walker Young! He’s gotten so big and mature and talkative. Both physically and emotionally he’s turning into a little boy and sometimes I look at him and think he’s skipped ahead to being eigh years old. He’s REALLY into music and loves to pretend to be in a band, often playing along with music on the TV. I have enough video of him playing air guitar, drums and keyboard to make an entire DVD but the most recent video is one of the best. If you have a few minutes, you might want to watch the video below to see a few of Walker’s signature moves — his eye roll and his “Guitar Face.” What sets this one apart for me is the facile way he goes from serious music playing to inquisitive three year old when he hears the line in the song about the Milky Way. Of course, Mommy has to ruin the tone by turning this into a teaching moment and you can see how everyone pays attention to that… I should note this is a common car activity, Walker is passing the time at a particularly long stop light. (For those reading this via email, see the video by going to the Mimzilla.com blog.)

In a previous post, I discussed the challenge of finding a replacement Bunny Foo Foo but was eventually successful. We had two Bunnys in rotation with a third still in tissue, waiting to be called up. The operative word in the last sentence is “HAD” as about a week ago Walker was playing in our bedroom by a laundry basket full of clean clothes. He was having his Bunny and his Hobbs dolls hug and kiss and he looks down and sees…ANOTHER BUNNY FOO FOO! He was so surprised and excited. He picked up Bunny2 and ran around the house with it. After asking if he could take both Bunnys to school, he looked at me and said, “If I hug Hobbs again and make a wish, will I get a third Bunny?” At the time of this post, Bunny3 is still hidden safely away.

It’s fair to say that Larry and I are relatively indulgent parents. Our living space has been taken over by toys and we almost never get out of Target without some small trifle for our little guy. He’s at this great age where he still likes to watch Barney and Mickey Mouse Clubhouse but he’s seriously into superheroes and fighting the bad guys. He is also very much into GEAR — his backpack, his construction helmet, and his GOGGLES. He LOVES to wear his construction goggles on the top of his head. Coincidentally, he likes to put them on when he’s playing air guitar. Go figure! So this weekend, we went to Target to pick up a few things for all of us — a new helmet to leave at Grammy Jane’s house and some jammies. Below you can see the result of our travels.

Walker the superhero.

Our model is wearing a CARS bike helmet, $1 swim goggles, Spiderman pajama top, Gap sweats and Batman rainboots. We went out for a bike ride just after this photo was taken.

After months of waking up to dense, cold, wet fog, we got up to a calm, clear sky and I’m feeling downright giddy. Have a wonderful week!

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