Saturday was gardening day. Took a trip to Lowe’s and the Potomac Gardening Center and came away with lots of plants, flowers, herbs and vegetables. I never thought I would get into gardening but I found it relaxing, rejuvenating and was filled with a sense of accomplishment. I think I did a pretty good job and I am really looking forward to the veggies and herbs coming up. I have a few pictures on Flicker if you want to check out the fruits of my labor. Saturday evening, I helped my brother load up a U-haul to help with their impending move. Between the gardening and the packing I was expecting to be pretty sore but I am actually feeling OK.
Sunday morning Melissa taught a Yoga class so I babysat* Joshua. Anyways, we drove to downtown Bethesda, walked around and grabbed some breakfast. We ate in the courtyard in front of Barnes & Nobles and it was good bonding time. Joshua went wild for all of the dogs on show. He really loves animals.
Joshua is now officially a toddler, I wish we caught it on video… He has been cruising and walking with push toys since he was 7 months but refused to take a step without a toy, hand or piece of furniture for assistance. That is until yesterday. Well a couple weeks ago he started to take a few “unassisted” steps. Basically he had to already be walking with a decent amount of forward momentum, and we would have to pull our hand away. We would take a few steps and sit down or dive into the couch. Yesterday was different; I actually got him to take about 19 steps from a standing position. It was pretty amazing to actually get to be there for such a huge first.
I got some writing done this weekend and even had a little break through on one of my projects.** My protagonist has a mentor whose motivation for helping I have never quite been able to pin down. Basically I had him call her on it. Hey – why are you helping me… I am not planning on keeping any of it, or at least not most of it. It was more an exercise in understanding. Biggest thing I realized, she is lying and my protag is too damn trusting – going to have to toughen him up.
*Although I don’t think babysitting is the appropriate term when it’s your kid.
**Maybe I would get one done if I actually worked on them one at a time.