Dodge Walks!

20140208_130501No, the title of this article is not a poster for a 1950’s science fiction movie or the name of my hipster bluegrass banjo album.  Dodge, my 11-month old, has started walking.  My wife Kate and I took our first ever vacation alone as parents to head back home to NYC for my sister’s wedding and Kate’s birthday.  We slept in for the first time in 3 years and Kate had a night of uninterrupted sleep in I don’t know how long.  On Saturday morning we ordered room service while lounging in bathrobes sipping coffee, watching ice float by on the Hudson, as SportsCenter rolled along in the background.  Each night we carefully stopped drinking early so as not to have a hangover in the morning or ruin the beauty of kid-free mornings in a Ritz-Carlton bed.  Kate’s mother Kathy took both boys for the weekend…4 whole days!  That’s one AWESOME grandma and if you are looking for a gift to give your adult kids…that is what we want!  It was heaven.  Kathy would send us pictures and texts throughout the weekend with updates about the kids – then we got this one:

“Twice today (Dodge) walked nine steps across the kitchen floor! We tried to get him to do it again so we could video it, and finally got one…but too large a file to send attached to email via my phone.”

So there we are enjoying the best weekend ever…EVER, and we miss Dodge’s first steps.  We’d seen him take 2-3 steps before we left so we didn’t feel terrible, but first thing when we got home late Monday night was enjoy this great video Kathy made of Dodge walking to Grandpa Frank:

Tuesday he walked more and this morning he walked into the dining room at breakfast and said, “Hi Dada.”  Little man is growing up.  Then he climbed 5 stairs and we pulled the reigns!  Time for a new gate on the stairs!

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