Happy Birthday, Sirus!

Last week we celebrated Sirus’ first birthday. One year ago we drove 2 hours in the rain to go pick him up and bring him to his forever home. He was so tiny and full of energy. He rode in my husband’s lap all the way home. Not much has changed since then, except he is 6 times bigger!!

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He quickly made himself part of our family and I’m pretty sure he is too smart for his own good. He loves to communicate with us in low groans and growls. His personality takes up the entire room.

Over the past year we have learned a lot about each other. I have never met another dog like him. I wanted to mention just a few things that make him unique.

-He will eat anything and everything. I know most people will say their dog does that too but seriously, Sirus has eaten a sock, thrown it up and eaten it again several times. Once again, I know many dogs would do this. But, he is so crazy that when I gave him hydrogen peroxide to make him vomit, he guzzled it down and licked the floor where it hit. Umm, I’m pretty sure that is messed up.

-He has a weird obsession with paper towels and bottle caps. He will steal them and run to his bed or his house and hold them hostage until he can swallow them whole.

-He absolutely loves getting his booty scratched.

-He likes to watch TV depending on what is on. I’m still trying to figure out what he likes to watch. It seems odd because sometimes I can see why he likes it (Eight Below) and other times I just have no idea (YouTube video of a kid singing horribly).

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-He loves to play chase with my husband. He is so smart that he learns certain tricks that my husband uses to get away from him, then anticipates and copies them immediately after.

-He is afraid to jump into the car even though he is tall enough it wouldn’t even need to be a jump.

-Every squeaky toy we have ever given him has been destroyed so that he can play with the squeaker. Actually, there is one that has made it this far and it is a Kong. 

-He lets us wipe his feet when he comes in from outside if it has been raining.

-His favorite thing in the world is whipped cream.

-My favorite thing he has done so far was on Christmas. He knew which stocking was his and he had no trouble shoving his head into it to pull out his new toys one by one.

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We knew we wanted to celebrate his birthday and start a tradition so that our little girl could participate when she gets older. After reading Julie’s blog for years and seeing how they celebrate Sadie’s birthday, we decided to do the same type of thing.

To explain, we chose two foods that we thought Sirus would enjoy. We chose an Arby’s Roast Beef Sandwich and a Whopper Junior from Burger King. Not the most healthy of foods, I know. Anyway, we let him sniff both options two times before laying them on the ground about 10 feet away from him. Then we let him run to the one he wanted and he got to eat the entire thing. The winner gets to return next year at his birthday and go up against another food. The winner…

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Whopper Junior all the way. He didn’t even act interested in the roast beef. We were pretty sure which one he would choose but it was still fun to watch. I’m sure he has no idea why we gave him “people food” and doesn’t care. I do know he is counting down the days until we give him more. Sorry buddy, you have to wait one whole year.

Happy one year, bud! I know there will be many more.

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I AM ONE OF THOSE PEOPLE

This post was originally supposed to go up before the arrival of mini T so be prepared if the timeline seems a bit odd.

The past few weeks have been a bit baby heavy around here. I know reading about baby-related things isn’t everyone’s cup of tea and it seems like babies are taking over my blog world right now. A large number of the bloggers I follow are either pregnant or just had a baby. Karina, Julie, Gina, and Jess are just a few. I thought things would eventually slow down but they have actually sped up and time is flying by. We are no where near ready for our new arrival and have a lot to do before the big day.

That being said, today I wanted to talk about something I never thought would happen to me. I have become one of those people who care way too much about their dog. Let me start by saying that I do like dogs and if I had to choose between cats and dogs, I would choose dogs every time. I just never thought I would have a dog until much later and it never was something I included in my “plan” if that makes sense. Last March, my husband and I got a Siberian Husky puppy (<—my first post!). It was something my husband had been wanting since he was 8 and it just worked out to be the perfect time for us to get one.

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Those first few nights were rough and honestly I thought he would just be “my husband’s dog.” I have had dogs before but I don’t get attached to animals easily. Boy was I wrong. This dog has weaseled his way into my heart. He has such a personality and is super intelligent. He was so easy to potty train and hasn’t destroyed any furniture (or anything really). When he doesn’t get what he wants, he actually pouts. Who knew dogs could pout? He also legitimately listens when you talk to him and he turns his head and stares into your soul with his deep blue eyes.

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Can you tell I like him just a little bit? There are so many things I could say about him but that would just be ridiculous and they are probably things that everyone thinks about their pets.

The problem here is that now I actually stress out about him. Does he have enough toys to keep him happy all day? Is he cool enough? If we have to board him, will they take good care of him? Will he be ok after being fixed? Is he getting enough exercise? I actually googled “how to tell if your dog is happy” among other absurd things.

As I was talking to a friend earlier this week, she said “you really love that dog don’t you?” That’s when I realized…I had become one of those “pet parents” that I used to laugh at. I get it now. Now, instead of giggling to myself when I hear about someone going out of their way to make their dog happy, I actually think “would I do that for Sirus?” So yes, somehow the thing I never thought to avoid because I never thought it was possible actually happened. I am now attached to this animal and I have a feeling it is just going to get worse as he gets older. You may now judge me if you want.

Questions:

What are some ridiculous things you’ve done for your pets?

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2015 Highlights and Goals for 2016

This year seemed to fly by and drudge on at the same time. The first part of the year seemed to pass so slowly because I had just found out I was pregnant and I wanted to get to the 12-week safe zone. After reaching that point, it is like someone hit the fast forward button. Instead of writing a long drawn out post on everything that happened this year, I will just highlight the major/best parts. In chronological order:

1. We got Sirus

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2. We found out I was pregnant

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3. I went to Palm Springs, California

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4. We moved into a house with a yard

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5. We celebrated our 8 year dating anniversary (We didn’t do anything special so here is a picture of delicious food from a previous date)

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6. I turned 25

7. We celebrated our 3 year wedding anniversary

8. We had a baby!

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With all the major changes we experienced in 2015 I can’t help but feel extremely grateful and blessed in so many ways. It will be hard to top this past year because the birth of our daughter is by far the best thing that has ever happened to us. Even though nothing will top that day, I am looking forward to each and every milestone she reaches in the coming months and years. In the spirit of the new year, I though I should come up with some goals that I hope to accomplish. I have never been a resolution maker but it is always nice to have some short term goals to motivate me. So, I came up with a few things that it would be nice to work on in the new year and I separated them into things that have a start and an end and things that have no clear ending. I will start with things that have a definitive end.

1. Run a half marathon. I started training for a half marathon before I found out I was pregnant. I made it to 12 miles when I found out and I decided to back off my training and focus on maintaining my fitness instead of pushing myself. This turned out to be a great decision and allowed me to really listen to my body. Now, I think this will be a great way to work on regaining my running fitness.

2. Clean out and organize our guest bedroom. This has been on the to do list for quite some time (since we moved actually) so I thought making it a goal for the new year would give me that push I need to do it. With a new baby, things have been a little crazy around here as we settle into life as new parents. However, people are visiting more now than ever before (people love babies) so having a place for them to stay is imperative.

3. Read a book for fun. I finished the wheel of time series a couple of months ago and I would really like to start reading again.

Now things that have no “finish.”

1. Spend time every day to clean up around the house. If I spend just a couple of minutes before bed to pick up around the house, it will help keep clutter to a minimum.

2. Have a monthly date night. We have always made time for date night but now that we have a baby I know it will be more difficult to just pick up a go. I want to make an effort to keep a monthly date night where we can spend some quality time together.

3. Focus on being less stressed out. I have always been a stress case about everything in my life. Now that I’m a mom, I have even more things to be stressed about. Stress is extremely unhealthy and it is something I have struggled with for a long time. This year I am going to try to be less stressed out and more easy going about unforeseen events.

I hope everyone has a great 2016!

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Sirus Update: 5 Months

It’s been a while since I’ve mentioned our puppy so I though it was time for a little update.
Last time you saw him he was still itty bitty.

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He lived in the apartment for 3 months and did a great job with potty training.

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Then we moved into a house with a back yard! Now he has his own domain.

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When he isn’t out exploring his territory, this is where you can find him.

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If you have specific questions about him, please let me know. I’d be happy to answer them.

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