Hayden and Layla's Place

Abbey May 16, 2012

Filed under: Mommy — karagoodwin @ 7:33 pm
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Boy, are these kids interested in our cat Abbey lately!  They love to pick her up, and bless her kitty heart she tolerates it.  It was funny enough seeing Hayden do it, and I about fell over laughing when I saw Layla waltz up to her and pick her up.  Of course, I rushed over to assist – Abbs is little for a kitty but still a lot for a 2 year old to hold.

There’s been a lot of attention on all of the animals by the kids lately, and with it a lot of coaching as well.  They usually mean well, but they are usually a little too rough or pokey.  I think the most overused terms in our house currently are “Gentle!” and “Not the eyes!” 😉  I love seeing them enjoy the pets.  I remember being little and loving picking up my cat, too (and I remember being told off for not holding her the right way, too) and wanting to ride my dog like a horse like they seem to want to do.  I also love watching how patient the dogs and cat are with them.  I’m sure it helps that they know John and I have their backs and are watching carefully that they aren’t getting hurt, but it’s very endearing to see them tolerate getting laid on, kissed, smooshed, and pulled.  Lucy even started giving Layla kisses this morning when she was messing with her and saying, “Good girl, Lucy.”

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Hayden and Lucy November 13, 2009

Filed under: Dad Blogs on Hayden — JDG @ 1:57 am
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Hayden has always loved the dogs. He loves playing around with them. Getting toys and having them chase him. Recently if the dogs are outside, he opens the back door he’ll start shouting at the dogs to come to the door. Generally he’s just showing more interest in them.

Something specific that’s happened recently is Hayden has started to show Lucy as his clear favorite. When we go on walks he wants to take Lucy. We ask him which dog he wants to take and every time he replies Lucy. He’s generally only interested in walking Lucy. If Lucy is in the room he’ll want to go cuddle her and try and get kisses from her. Generally he just likes to know what she’s up to up. Occasionally he even likes to ride her like a pony! Lucy is brilliant throughout this process of course and just lays there and takes it! (she makes up for it being a bad dog in every other way!) Watching him walk and run along with her is priceless (except for when Lucy make a run for it, drags Hayden along, eventually he lets go and she escapes!)

Mimi is fine around Hayden, but she just pretty much doesn’t really notice him unless it’s dinner time (in which case she has learned from Lucy to beg for scraps). Hayden is pretty much the same, he doesn’t really try and sit on her and torment her like he does with Lucy!

 

Hayden is growing up September 26, 2007

Filed under: Mummy On Hayden — karagoodwin @ 12:47 am
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Last night Hayden only woke up twice for feedings and went about four hours from the start of one feeding to the start of the next.  This was like a holiday for me, because the most he has done before was three hours from the start of one to the start of the other, and depending on the length of the feedings that leaves about one to one and a half hours of sleep at a time.  I hope this is the start of more restful nights for both of us!

As John mentioned, Nanny Mad left yesterday.  We were all very sad to see her go.  It was a really good visit.  There were a few incidents that were quite funny — the funniest one being when Hayden had a diaper blow-out that went up his back, out his diaper, and onto Nanny Mad’s white trousers!  It took a couple of moments for us to realize it had gone on her.  We all heard a big noise, then she was saying how warm his bottom was, then I saw the spillage.  No wonder her lap was so warm!  We laughed about that one for a long time.  It’s a good thing she has such a good sense of humor!

Rich and Anita were also in town last week for work, so we got to spend some time with them.  In fact, Anita took Thursday off to spend the day with us which was really nice.  It was so great to see them, and we’re really glad they got to meet Hayden.  Rich even got to feed Hayden!

Other notable events of late: Jude caught a baby mole and Lucy caught a squirrel.  Madeline and Deirdre were really sad about the squirrel, but John and I didn’t really feel sorry for it.  The squirrels around here completely taunt the pets.  Seriously, they ask for it.  Trust me, I’m a vegetarian.  I wouldn’t take the side of the hunter, except for the fact that I have spent many hours over the course of our beautiful and dry summer watching the squirrels interact with the dogs (including Macy) and cats.  The squirrels beg of them: CATCH ME IF YOU CAN!