Animal News

Last night, Animal said “hot.” We consider this a huge accomplishment, considering that, at nearly 15 months old, the only words he says consistently are:

“Mama” (This is used not just in reference to me, but in regards to anything he desperately wants. If he wants to be held, if he wants something out of reach, if he wants to nurse, or if he wants to be fed, it’s “MAMA! MAMA! MAMA!”)

“That” (This is also a completely generalized term and is used frequently when he is curious about something or is asking a question. I forgot how observant toddlers are. They notice the tiniest details. Today, as I was lifting Animal out of his carseat, he pointed at the sky and said “that?” I looked up, and in a hugely tall tree was a teeny tiny bird quietly flapping its wings.

“No” (This is pretty common for a toddler, but in Animal language, it comes out of his mouth as “nyo”. It’s a very snobby sounding word. “Nyo! Nyo! Nyo!”

“Daddy” (Again, common you say. Except that the pronunciation used is “Die”. Hmmm. That’s my boy.)

Here is Animal eating his very first Oreo cookie. A momentous occasion, I’d say.

And here is something Animal often does in his free time:

Also, I have a climber. You know those babies. They’re on top of everything. It’s amazing. The dining room chairs must always be pushed in, or he will be standing in the middle of the table shouting his victory hoorah at the top of his lungs. Every piece of furniture is Animal’s Mt.Everest. No matter how I arrange the furniture, he always finds a way. He will push things, pull them, drag them, and stack them until he finds a way to climb as high as he possibly can. Here are several shots demonstrating his favorite climbing activity:

1. Sit cutely at your table and look innocent.

2. When no one’s looking, quickly get on top of the table

3. Pull yourself up on the back of the couch

4. Fling yourself over the side

5. Plop onto the cushions

6. Repeat

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4 Responses to “Animal News”


  1. 1 misspudding January 18, 2007 at 3:33 am

    Cute baby!

    (I see you have a boot dryer by your front door! Those are the best!)

  2. 2 Estella January 18, 2007 at 4:38 am

    Lol on the boot dryer! (Hubby works in construction–a must have when you work outdoors in a city where it rains 9 months out of the year!)

  3. 3 domestic_slackstress January 20, 2007 at 5:49 pm

    Whoa. Way to have the courage to say it like it is. I agree with you 100 percent. The minute you have a kid, you have to put your sleep needs on the burner for a while, much as that hard fact blows. I’m on my sixth year of sleep deprivation, having had three kids in a row. Thank goddess for coffee and torrents of it.

  4. 4 Anon January 20, 2007 at 9:18 pm

    He looks so happy in his photos, extremely inquisitive and alert about the world. A beautiful kid, and an infectious smile.


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