We've been in Wyoming a week now and today--ta da!--we have internet service. I started this post before we left Montana and wanted to get it out there:
:: Okay, my last, somewhat random notes from our last week in Montucky:
When I look back through photos of Juniper as a brand new-newborn, I still find it unbelievable that this perfect little human was once inside my belly and now is out. It remains a fact that I find absolutely amazing, That was her, all along, in my belly. Wow. And what continues to amaze me is how she still looks so uniquely like herself. Which probably sounds redundant, but until J bug was born, I was always of the all-white-babies-look-the-same camp.
I realize procreation is a very normal, basic, everyday aspect of being a mammal, but I can't help but be absolutely awed and dumbstruck by these simple facts. That my man contributed a seed, and I did the rest. All eighteen pounds, thank you very much. I realize that most of us could easily grow eighteen pounds of fat without a problem (and probably have a lot of fun doing it), but we're talking heart, liver, lungs, nervous system, fingerbones, and...soul. It truly is a phenomenal thing to bring a brand new soul into the world.
And so, to continue my then and now obsession: Juniper at 12 days old, then again at 6 1/2 months old. Exact same outfit, minus the one orange sock we lost in the snow.
:: Oh, Osa. She has taken to her new role as guardian so well. My brother puts these words in Osa's mouth: Why did you have to go laying this responsibility on me NOW? I'm an old woman! Well, turns out old dogs can learn new tricks.
When I was out visiting my mom, the neighbor came over to see the baby and she happened to be walking with a cane. Osa stood between Juniper and the neighbor and would not budge. She just threw herself out there like a road block and no matter how many times we told her it was okay, she wouldn't move.
And then, a couple of weeks ago when we were sitting two other dogs, one got too close to Juniper on the potty and Osa actually growled and snapped at that dog, which she never does. You go, old girl.
June Bug's favorite thing to do is reach for anything and everything that is remotely close while sitting on her potty.
that! I have to admit that I am damned proud to have a dog that would put up with anything from a kid.
:: There are certain things we do every single day, and have been doing for months and months, but for some reason never get photos (too lazy to use the self-timer?). Like, reading. We read books every day and J bug has her favorites--right now, favorites include anything touchy-feely (she tests the texture of EVERYTHING) and strong, contrasting colors. She's always trying to feel the words, which NEVER have texture, and I think that's kind of disappointing to her. Still, she loves her books.