Monday, July 30, 2012

I die from furry baby cuteness - Toddle Along Tuesday

Okay wait, that came out wrong. My baby is not, nor has she ever been, furry. I mean baby and furry cuteness, together. You get it.

No lie, the first night home from the hospital after Carina was born, Mike and I slept in shifts because we were afraid one of our cats would jump in the crib and smother the baby. ::laughs at self heartily::

We quickly realized that while our cats Rufus and Layla weren't huge fans of the screaming and crying, they seemed intrigued by the baby rather than intimidated or threatened by her. Over time, they came to tolerate her...sitting there calmly as she pet them (I use "pet" loosely of course because baby/toddler petting is more like squishing/poking/prodding/hitting/chewing). We knew it was time to take her away when their little meows of contentment escalated into loud almost-shrieks of "GET THIS THING AWAY FROM ME, YO".

Sharing our chair with Layla
Now? She understands how to be gentle (for the most part - last week she whacked Layla with her Super Why magic spelling wand - sorry, kitty) and enjoys laying her head on or next to them. They even approach her and plop down by her side, inviting her to rub their eager furry bellies.

It melts my heart. We adopted the kitties when they were just 5 weeks old and fit in the palm of our hands. They're almost 5 years old now, and were our babies before we had our human baby. The fact that they love each other so much (or at least I suspect, on the cats' part) brings tears to my pregnant & hormonal eyes.

Kitty snuggles
And hugs
Nap time on Rufus
For more on our cats - one of them might have broken my water when I was pregnant with Carina, and a while back I took a stab at making some Lolcats. Enjoy ;)

My co-host for Toddle Along Tuesday this week is Caroline from Aidan... With Eos and the topic is babies and pets! Share some cute photos of your little ones and furbabies! I am fully prepared to die from cuteness. There are no rules here, except that you link up a relevant post (old or new) rather than your whole blog.

Next week I'll be on vacation! That's right, I'm heading straight from BlogHer to Virginia Beach with Mike's family. Please cross your fingers that Carina doesn't get carsick on the long drive. TAT will return on Monday night, August 13th with the topic Finding Balance! How do you manage everything in your life? Please share any tips, tricks, relaxation techniques, etc.

If you like advance notice for TAT, check out the bottom right of my blog - topics for the next couple months are listed. Would you like to submit a topic idea and/or volunteer to co-host one week? E-mail me!

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