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Baby Log: 1 Year and 47 Weeks Old

Sunday, July 17, 2011

This has been an interesting week. I thought I had scarred my child for life. We decided to place our dog in a no-kill adoption shelter. It was a difficult decision made with care. Ultimately, we felt he would be better off with a family who could give him the attention he deserved (Maltese dogs require lots of undivided attention). I had to take Marlie with me to drop Butters off, and I underestimated her understanding of what was about to go down. She screamed and cried when he was taken away. It broke my heart. She kept saying, "no, Budder!" and reaching for him. I started crying too. I was sure that I just inflicted psychological trauma upon my child, but the next day she was bouncing up and down and playing. She didn't even ask to feed the dog, which is her usually morning chore. Am I naive to hope that she is over the ordeal or am I going to pay for this later when she's in therapy?

Other Marlie antics this week:
  • She has this new thing where she bends her head so her ear touches her shoulder. This is usually a sign that she about to through a tantrum or she she playing shy...she's versatile like that.
  • She has also taken to walking and screaming at the top of her lungs for no reason. 
  • She likes to drink out of a bowl, especially soup broth or the leftover milk poured over cereal.
  • She is into policing our every move and correcting us. If I use Damon's cell phone she yells, "no, that daddy's!" He made the mistake of picking up my toothbrush and got told, "that is mommy's."
I ordered this bow to complete Marlie's birthday outfit. It won the poll with 45% of the vote. Thanks for all your help!

We saw Harry Potter yesterday (in 3D!). It was a brilliant end for the film series. I promise not to spoil anything for you readers still waiting to see it. I realized afterward that I have been following the Harry Potter books and movies for most of my adult life, so it was a bittersweet ending.


Krissy said...

Aww the doggy. I know that had to be hard on everyone. She won't be scarred. Just be prepared for her to ask about him soon.

Jas likes to tell people what's, what too. "Mommy, your phone!" " Mimi's shoes!" " noooo that"s mineeee"( I can't stand that one lol)

Love that bow! So cute! I can't wait to see the completed outfit.

Lee-Ann said...

Awww, poor girl and poor Mama, I'm sure she will be fine. Hugs.

Rae @ Rainbows and Dragonflies said...

What is with the yelling? The kid keeps yelling and squealing and most of the time I think he hurt until he starts laughing. *smh*

I felt the same way about the movie. It's been 10 years. 14 if you count when the first book was published. It's sad to say that's it.

keyalus said...

Sorry about the dog. I went through a similar tough decision with my older cat (who threw up every.single.day for no diagnosable reason). I applaud those with animals and small children who can handle it all. It can just be a lot of extra stress.

That drinking out of the bowl mess drives me crazy. Lewis learned it from watching Daddy. He's pretty good at it but there is usually a spill and I find myself waiting with baited breath when he starts.

I saw the movie yesterday and it was great. So cool to see things play out on screen. I spent the last third of the movie in tears - just like I was when reading the book.

Anonymous said...

Scarred for that day? Maybe. Scarred for life? Probably not. Especially if she is up and playing the next day. She might be thinking "One less mouth to feed! One less egg to fry!" But undoubtedly Butter will go off to a good home. Hope you are holding up well.

My best, Lynn

Quiana said...

Awww that is heartbreaking, but she does sound resilient so I'm sure she'll be ok. Very interesting about the head to the shoulder move - Nia does funky signals too! Kids are funny!

Maureensk said...

So sorry to hear about your dog. Pets and kids can be challenging. The kids love them, but it is hard for the adults to meet everyone's needs. We had to get rid of one cat that started attacking people and leaving bad wounds. Then we adopted a very mellow "blind and deaf" dog who ended up just needing some TLC, at which point she became a rambunctious, large, neither blind, nor deaf, but clearly brain damaged some, puppy that thought Dora made a great chew toy.

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