Thursday, April 24, 2014

A Girl, Her Dog

Maeve and Patches are making friends. Maeve certainly didn't have any trouble falling in love with Patches, but they are still learning how to interact with each other. Maeve is learning about Patches' schedule, when he has energy and when he needs to rest, about what she can and can't touch of his. She's done a good job staying away from his food, and we have begun work on the 'give' command, but if the toy is jingly, all bets are off. He loves his jingle toys too much to even consider handing them over for a game of fetch.

Patches certainly ignores her commands, she's another puppy and not an authority figure, and at this point I think there isn't much to be done about that. But they are definitely making friends.

At first he was not a fan of her being outside while he was in, now he likes to say hi at the window.

Prettying up his collar

Now that's better!

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Introducing my Kindle Book!

There have been a lot of new faces around here, lately. I mean, first Baby Dori the Beta, then Patches, and now, a special new arrival...

My e-book of poetry.

It kind of feels like a baby; it's new, I love it, and I want to show it to everyone.

I compiled all my best parenting-themed poetry from the last four years, from Mamalode, from Get Born, and from here, and ordered them chronologically. And then, the part that was like actual labor: formatting. UGH. Do not get me started on formatting. Suffice it to say you only get one poem per page if you put in a page break after every poem.

So it wasn't too easy to make, but Kindle Direct Publishing makes the process fairly easy, after the formatting ends. There's a nice cover creator program, and all the legal terms are clearly spelled out.

Anyway, I'm posting about it here because I want you to go check it out, if you haven't already. Really, at $2.99 it makes a great little Mother's Day gift, or just something to keep if you feel like poetry can help you get through your parenting day. And thanks for looking, for caring, for listening. I wouldn't have written most of that poetry if it weren't for you guys.

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Weekday Update: Dateline Doggy

So here's the news bulletin from Maeve's Momma's house.

Item one: Best news yet: Patches is getting a handle on doing his business outside. We are at about a 50% success rate, and that's 50% less poop and pee for me to scrub out of the carpet.

Item two: Also excellent news: We left Patches on his own for the first time yesterday for a half an hour and he did absolutely perfectly. Nothing chewed to bits, no puddles on the floor. Today we will try for an hour.

Item three: Pretty good: Behavior on Maeve's part is improving, she did not have any hours-long tantrums while I was home with her yesterday. I hear after I left for choir was not so good, but this is still a big improvement over the weekend.

Item four: Excellence: Convincing Maeve that Patches would chew her toys if she left them out upstairs has caused a real Renaissance in cleaning up. Upstairs area is much less cluttered than previous.

Item Five: Trying to find a solution for this: Taking Patches out to potty right before bed gets him all wound up. How do you calm down your dogs after their evening potty break? Patches did laps around the house for almost an hour...

And that's the latest news from our house. Have a great Tuesday! More updates to follow!

Patches and Mommy mugging for the camera

Park trip! 

He was pretty tuckered out by the time we got there! 2 blocks is a long ways!

Monday, April 21, 2014

Our New Friend, Patches

Our family grew this weekend!

Now Maeve is learning to cope with being an "older sister" to a 4 month old terrier mix she named Patches. And it hasn't been easy for her.

She loves and adores Patches, that's not a problem at all. She does NOT love having to wait for me or having my attention circling around someone who isn't her. And I can tell because she's reverted to having hour-long angry tantrums/cry fests.

But that was just the weekend, things will be different today, right?


Ha. I know it'll take time for all of us to adjust to this change. I also get to house train this little furry love, so I'm even more knee deep in excrement than usual.

But I got a great night of sleep last night and I'm ready to tackle the day!

Patches had a lot of fun helping with our egg hunt yesterday.

Friday, April 18, 2014

Wooden Eggs for Easter

Right now, it seems like holidays get more fun with every passing year. I mean, it was fun to watch her look for very-obviously-not-hidden Easter eggs when she was one and two, but this year she's really excited about Easter, and remembers what it's going to entail. Now I just have to figure out how to get the eggs hidden in time - the Easter Bunny's job is kind of hard.

So since my sweetheart is allergic to eggs, instead of dying eggs on our own after she goes to bed like we have for the last 3 years, last night we all painted wooden eggs together. It was really fun, and it occurred to me that we can do this every year, and I can keep all these special wooden eggs as a memory of her Easter artwork. Another bonus? Wooden eggs are flat on the bottom - easier to paint, easier to display! I will hide them along with the plastic eggs on Sunday morning.

Have a happy Easter, blog friends!