Posts Tagged ‘behavior’

Now that my son is nearly one year old, his personality is beginning to surface.  And since his mother is a bit eccentric, it only makes sense that Baby C would be as well.

So here’s a list of C’s current eccentricities, some of which I can relate to, some not so much.

1. Loves being outside, but hates grass. C loves being outside so much that he goes up to windows and starts baby talking.  I don’t know what he’s saying, but I imagine it’s something like “Wow! Do you see it out there? It’s awesome! Look Mom, trees!  They’re moving.  How cool is that?” because he always looks at me over his shoulder as he’s talking to the window.  Once outside, he would love nothing more than for me to put him on the dirty ground and let him toddle or crawl around.  When I do, it’s usually accompanied by more baby talk (“Hey Mom, this ground is great.  There is stuff all over it.  Hey, look a bird.”).  However, put him on the grass and you’ll get one upset baby.  It is far too pokey!  C lifts up his little hands as if to say why is this ground hurting me?  And while I can relate to this, since I’m allergic to most grass, I think it’s odd that his love of the outdoors is crippled by his hatred of grass.

2. After I place food in C’s mouth, he spits it into his fingers and then eats it again. I don’t know if I should be offended by this or what, but it’s an odd behavior.  I’m not really sure what to make of it.  Is he just trying to assert his independence or does he need to double-check all the food I feed him?

3. The same food tastes different depending on who feeds him. I can feed some foods to C and he spits them out, refusing to eat them at all.  But lo and behold, I put the same food on his high chair tray so he can feed himself, and suddenly C loves it!  What the hey?!?!

4. Finds crying babies amusing.  I’m really hoping this is just a phase and that I’m not raising a sociopath.

5. Loves cats’ meows, especially videos of cats meowing. I learned this when we were looking at some animal flashcards on my iPhone.  There’s a cartoon picture of an animal, and when you press the button it shows you a photograph of that animal while playing the sound that animal makes.  After a couple pushes of the cat button C started laughing every time he heard the “meow”.  To test whether it was just the sound or the picture and the sound, I showed him a couple YouTube videos of cats meowing.  C went crazy for them!  He laughed so hard his laughs became squeals and wheezes.  It was hilarious and bizarre all at the same time.  Here is his favorite:

I know, it’s weird that he likes it so much.  He laughs especially hard when the kitten jumps on the chair.  Every time.  He knows it’s coming and he still falls into peals of laughter.

We don’t even have a cat. It’s weird.

But then, who am I to throw stones?  I watch Holmes on Holmes every day, despite the fact that I know exactly how each episode is going to go.  Maybe he thinks I’m weird.  If he does, he would be right.


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They’re like my kids. I don’t have any children yet, so my dogs get all that maternal love and obsession. As time goes by they become less like dogs and more like children in their mannerisms, their little personalities, and their interactions with each other.

Penny Lane, my oldest, is two and a beautiful copper colored lab/pit/shepherd mix. She ways about 50 lb and is the fast dog at the park, aside from the gray hounds. We adopted Penny from the pound about a year and half ago. She had been abused and neglected when we got her, so she was a wreck when we got her home. Penny was so malnourished, that the skin hung between her ribs. She resembled Santa’s Little Helper from the Simpsons. She was so scared of everything, including stairs, brooms, toys that squeaked, and even me. When we brought her home the first day, Penny was medicated and scared out of her mind. She ran in the door and promptly tried to hide the downstairs bathroom (where she then pottied and threw up). We got her out of the bathroom and into the backyard so she could finish pottying and she tried to find the quickest route to escape, running around the perimeter, finally hiding behind some bushes. She tried to sleep out there in the flower bed, since she was so tired from her surgery that day, but my husband picked her up, carried her up the stairs, and put her in her little bed at the foot of our own bed. I spent that whole first night lying on the edge of the bed stroking her so she’d go to sleep.

It took Penny several weeks before she would climb the stairs on her own, several more weeks before she would bark, and several more weeks after that before she would snuggle with either me or my husband. She’s a thousand times better today, thanks to her new home with us and also thanks to her brother, Dodger, who we got about 6 months ago.

Where Penny is shy and skittish, Dodger is friendly and excited. For example, when my husband’s friends come over the house, Penny barks and barks and barks, trying to force them out of the houses with just the sound of her voice!! She circles the downstairs, making a very exact path through all the rooms, making sure to keep at least 2 feet away from any visitors. She does this for at least 20 minutes until she’ll get close enough to sniff a hand or a shoe. However, any sudden movements and we start the cycle all over again!

Meanwhile, Dodger is desperately trying to kiss the visitors on the mouth! That’s right! My Dodger wants to love everyone who comes through the door so much, that he wants to lick them all over, especially their faces. People are always confused when he starts licking their shoes, but there’s not any real explanation to that other than his love for licking. Dodger runs around them trying to get everyone to pet him and scratch behind his ears. He jumps in the air, nearly doing flips, he’s so excited to see anyone come over!!

There’s so much more to tell, but this blog will be 5 pages long if I talk too much about their little personalities. So for today, suffice to say, Penny and Dodger are perfect together!

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