The animals wanted a chance to say hi and tell you what theyâ€™re up to these days!
Letâ€™s start with the newest member of the
zoo family â€“ Pippa the cat.
Pippa is adjusting nicely. Sheâ€™s a talkative, engaging cat. She likes to cuddle in bed with Kristien and me as we read at night. Plus, she is very food-focused and meows incessantly if I donâ€™t feed her fast enough in the morning! Pippa tricks us into double-feeding her a lot (and hence, the dogs get double-fed a lot now, too) because sheâ€™ll whine like sheâ€™s starving to the one human who is unaware she already had breakfast.
Iâ€™m pretty sure she is in charge of the dogs now. Sometimes, she gives Maggie a nice firm smack out of nowhere, for no reason. But occasionally, they cuddle up on the couch and give each other kisses. And James teeters between looking love-struck and being frightened by her.
During the day, sheâ€™s a lurker â€“ always hovering at the edge of the activity. But at night, she goes wild and bats around Henryâ€™s toys. I hear her running laps up and down the stairs around midnight.
However, weâ€™ve had a few bumps in the road. We tried using a covered litter box but after a few weeks, Pippa went on litter strike. You guys warned me that this could happen, so I wasnâ€™t too surprised â€“ until I couldnâ€™t â€˜fixâ€™ the problem! I tried everything; I switched litter brands, got her a second box, took her to the vet for a check-up. Nothing worked! Untilâ€¦ I capitulated and let her sleep in bed with us at night. I think it had nothing to do with the box/litter and everything to do with the fact that she felt lonely in the evenings. Now thatâ€™s sheâ€™s allowed in and out of our room, there have been no more pees.
We sleep like this:
Itâ€™s crowded in our queen-sized bed.
Henry likes Pippa, too. He has figured out how to make her play and spends a lot of time waving her birdie around.
Okayâ€¦ next pet. James is doing well. He just had his 7th birthday! He likes staring at Pippa, as I mentioned, but otherwise, not much has changed in his world. Heâ€™s still not super into the idea of a baby and tends to get up and scoot away if Henry comes too close. Iâ€™m hoping they will bond eventuallyâ€¦ weâ€™re practicing â€˜gentle handsâ€™ with Henry; that should help.
He spends almost all day in that chairâ€¦ unless heâ€™s going on a walk, which is definitely his favorite activity. I started doing a â€˜star chartâ€™ for myself again â€“ itâ€™s taped on the fridge. I try to give myself (or the Husband) two stars a day for two James walks. Itâ€™s a corny trick, but it definitely works.
And Maggieâ€¦. well, Maggie is Maggie, but thatâ€™s no surprise, right? Sheâ€™s still silly. Her world revolves around food, which means sheâ€™s extra-happy that Henry is eating solids (and tossing bits over the edge of the high chair). I still have to drag her out of the house for even the shortest of walks â€“ that dog would really be perfectly okay to sit on the couch all day. Sheâ€™s best friends with Henry and loves all the extra attention he gives her.
Having so many pets plus a baby does feel like a lot (you should see how they ALL follow me from room to roomâ€¦ like a herd) but I wouldnâ€™t have it any other way. Our dogs have been with us for almost six years, and they hold a special place in my heart. And Pippa is definitely earning her spot, too â€“ sheâ€™s such a sweetie. Henry loves to interact with the animals, and I feel like owning pets will really enrich his childhood.
My favorite part of the day is definitely the morning. I wake up and tend to everyoneâ€™s needs. Everyone gets cuddled, let out or changed or scooped, and eats their breakfast. Itâ€™s a very nice morning routine, and itâ€™s a comfort to me to go through the motions of taking care of the babies, furry or not.