Just watch him now!
Wednesday December 14th 2011, 12:24 am
Filed under: Family,Friends,Life

(It’s still the 13th here, my blog timestamp is off an hour.)

As Richard hung up my coat at Flea Street Cafe for the birthday dinner, the maitre d’ exclaimed to me, Ooh! I love your necklace!

Yesterday’s silver beaded chain? Today I got to wear an alpaca beaded version. Picture a Saint Bernard with the proverbial cask: I now come equipped with emergency yarn around my neck. Not that I would ever think of taking these soft jewels apart, but still. It is so me. So perfect.

My doorbell rang this afternoon during the few moments I was actually home between errands: Andrea, bearing gifts and totally surprising me. Inside her two bags were thistle seed and a hanger for them for my finches, and this hand-crocheted Fair Trade alpaca necklace from Bolivia.

Wow. Coooooool! Thank you! And like I say, the lady at Flea exclaimed the moment she saw it, just like I did.

Moments after we walked in the door home again from there, the phone rang: our son Richard and his wife Kim, wanting to set up a Skype chat.

And so we got to wave hi and play almost-patty-cake via the cams with our little grandson. Parker, I am here to assure you, is as cute as ever.

We adjusted our camera a moment to be in a more direct eye-to-eye line with him rather than offsides, and then I seem to have waved hi just the right way: Parker got the biggest smile waving back, got all excited about it and turned and RAN TO HIS MOMMY. Three steps.

Wait. Did we just see what it looked like we just saw?!

While my son was going, Wow! He’s never done that before! We’ve never seen him do that before!

First steps. For delight at his Grammy on her birthday, to the safe reassurance of his Mommy. Does it get more perfect than that?

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Nothing like watching a baby’s first steps (oh and another million first things they do). I used to live with friends who just had their first baby, and watched it all from very close by. Fantastic you got to share that!

Comment by tinebeest 12.14.11 @ 2:19 am

Yesterday would have been my husbands 75th birthday. It was a bittersweet day for me. I am so glad to know you share the same day. I will think happy thoughts of you on that day. Your story was so nice, and watching Parker take his first steps is PRICELESS.

Comment by pat Flores 12.14.11 @ 4:51 am

Happy belated birthday and I love your birthday gift! Baby steps!

Comment by afton 12.14.11 @ 4:58 am

Choked me up, that did. Go Skype – er, Parker!!! Now THAT is a birthday present to remember. (As if the alpaca necklace wasn’t…)

Comment by Channon 12.14.11 @ 7:09 am

Happy Birthday!

Comment by RobinM 12.14.11 @ 7:20 am

nope. that pretty much defines perfect. Happy birthday!

Comment by Sandra 12.14.11 @ 8:14 am

Oh what a perfect birthday gift! How lucky that you got to share Parker’s first steps with his parents!

Comment by Jody 12.14.11 @ 8:23 am

Happy Birthday. There’s nothing so perfect as a first grandchild (although I have very high hopes for the second.)

Comment by LauraN 12.14.11 @ 9:08 am

It does not get better than that…so glad that you had a happy day, and that you got to share in that moment…what a blessing!

Comment by Pam 12.14.11 @ 9:24 am

Happy birthday, and how cute of Parker!

Comment by Lanafactrix 12.14.11 @ 9:25 am

He knew just how to make a perfect birthday.

Comment by Sherry in Idaho 12.14.11 @ 9:33 am

oh yes — those 3 steps we saw at Thanksgiving from Mr Cute made us feel that same excitement (he’ll be a year old tomorrow!) it’s sooo exciting!!

happy birthday to our boys

Comment by Bev 12.14.11 @ 9:50 am

What can I say that hasn’t already been said? Oh! You don’t need to reassure us about Parker’s cuteness. That has been obvious from the beginning.

Reminds me, though, of my ‘little’ nephew Jack. As an infant he was very good at crawling, and took a long time to walk. Walk? He went from crawling to running.

Comment by Don Meyer 12.14.11 @ 10:00 am

I got chills reading this post! 🙂 Talk about a great day that was filled with joy!

Comment by Suzanne in Montreal 12.14.11 @ 3:17 pm

Oh! Yay! And a very happy birthday to you!

Comment by DebbieR 12.14.11 @ 7:06 pm

What a wonderful birthday present. Our grandaughter who lives away from all grandparents waited until her birthday to take her first steps when we were all there. Very exciting stuff! Happy Birthday.

Comment by debra 12.14.11 @ 7:18 pm

What was more special, seeing Parker’s first steps or seeing his parents see his first steps? Either one is the perfect birthday gift. Happy Day!

Comment by twinsetellen 12.16.11 @ 3:50 pm

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