Can I just gush for a minute about something completely unrelated to teaching?? Indulge me, okay?
I am 33 years old. I had The Oldest when I was in high school and despite that, I have achieved much greatness (and will achieve even more). I married The Husband when I was 22 and had The Youngest when I was 24. I knew at that time that I was done having kiddos.
But recently many of my friends, who are also my age, are having babies. First babies. My youngest turns 9 tomorrow. So lately I have kind of had some baby fever. While I know I don't really want another baby, they are SO cute and it's hard not to want one when all of my close friends are having them.
So Friday night we brought home our new puppy. And I am in love with him. Today, very insightfully, The Oldest asked me, while we were out holiday shopping, if New Puppy has kind of filled that Baby Fever void. He totally has (reminds me why I don't really WANT a baby -- 4:30 wakeups are SO not for me). But I am having fun spoiling New Puppy and getting my baby fix a bit from him, which is good. Best news is that I won't be cleaning up accidents for the next year, just the next few weeks as he learns to go potty outside all of the time. Even Older Dog is learning to like New Puppy.
I couldn't help myself while we were out shopping for The Husband to buy them both new tags (with their FULL names on them -- they both have a "title" before their name) and a stocking for them both. And I could not resist this cute little jumper:
Tell me this is not the cutest thing you have ever seen!
The Husband says I made New Puppy (who is male) look 'gay' but I think he looks cute! Sadly that little jumper is smaller than I thought so it won't fit him for long. Oh well, it will give me an excuse to buy another one!
The only bad thing about New Puppy (well, aside from the multiple midnight wakeups) is that he is distracting me from my National Board work because he's so blasted cute!