"For what it's worth: it's never too late or, in my case, too early to be whoever you want to be. There's no time limit, stop whenever you want. You can change or stay the same, there are no rules to this thing. We can make the best or the worst of it. I hope you make the best of it. And I hope you see things that startle you. I hope you feel things you never felt before. I hope you meet people with a different point of view. I hope you live a life you're proud of. If you find that you're not, I hope you have the strength to start all over again. "
The last five days have been all about the puppy...24/7... as I try to train him to ring the bell to go out, and "catch" him before any accidents occur. I've only had a few hours of sleep each night. Thankfully, every night he gets a little bit better at sleeping longer. It's like having a newborn, but I know if I'm consistent now it will pay off later.
I think I'm making a little progress. I've been taking him out often, so there haven't been many accidents. He's aware of the bell ringing and is starting to make the connection. When I ring it, he stops in his tracks and looks up. I'm still waiting for the moment when he rings the bell himself.
He knows his name and usually comes when you call him.
It's interesting to see the differences in his personality and Bentley's. This little guy is a bundle of energy. He definetly has the most energy of anyone in our family, ha ha...which makes for exhaustng days! He LOVES his toys and jumps from one to the other all day. A little spitfire taking on the world and all the other pets.
He's caused quite a stir. Bentley is not sure what to make of him when he chases him and bites his tail. Poor Bentley doesn't defend himself and just scampers away. He can't get a moment's peace. I've been trying to make up for it by giving Bentley a lot more attention and a lot more walks.
In addition, Peaches, our cat, has been constantly underfoot too. She's usually a shy skittish cat, but she's been demanding her fair share of attention from me too! It's really funny. I feel like Doctor Doolittle with all the pets following me around all day.
Digging into the toy pile
He likes to rest on the first step. (I move him to his bed when he's groggy, so no one steps on him)
Elijah’s nanny wrote this update: Elijah knows how to hold the bottle by himself while drinking his formula and is also able to understand what his nanny says. If you tell him to applaud, he will clap his little hands together with a big smile on his face. He sleeps very well too. He always wakes in a good mood. In fact, if you are in the room when he awakes, he will give you a big smile hoping you will pick him up and love on him. When you bring a bottle of milk for him, he is so happy, giving you a big smile and clapping his hands!
I always feel like I'm "coming home" when I'm near the ocean... which always makes me question why I'm living landlocked...really,really question it. The weather was glorious! We hit the beach everyday.
We read books!!!!
We shopped, walked the boardwalks.... ate lots of bad-for-you-food...including fudge, caramel corn, funnel cake, french fries and CANDY!!!
We played mini golf...
We celebrated my birthday!!! Martini style! Cheers!!
We ate lots of seafood...like this crab bruschetta...
And these hard crabs!!!
We learned about local history at a shipwreck museum and visited a lighthouse!