Thing 2


It’s weird today. I didn’t realize how strange our life had gotten in the last few months with a dying dog. Small things change along the way, you start to wake up every morning looking for the accidents in the middle of the night. You accumulate piles of old towels that you save for those accidents. You set up a special laundry basket in the laundry room for those towels.

We hadn’t been sleeping well for weeks because she’s had several bad nights where she wakes us up crying or bumping around the house having a seizure. And then when she doesn’t have a problem, we still wake up at every sound thinking she is. We walk around the downstairs gingerly because sometimes she had peed on the floor and it’s hard to see it before you step in it.

And then suddenly your dog is gone and you look at the piles of dirty towels and think, “Wow. When did it get that bad?” You wake up at the most random noise and think, “Wow. I really haven’t been sleeping well have I?” You just don’t realize how weird you life has gotten because the changes along the way are small.

So today we work with a new normal and that’s okay. Because SOMEONE IS SEVEN!

Can you believe this baby is SEVEN today? SEVEN!

She’s such a little grownup. She loves school. She’s competitive to a fault. She cares as much about getting AR points as she does about what shoes she’s going to wear. She tries as hard to score goals as she does to get math medals. She spends as much time reading as she does picking out her outfit. She’s a great combination of girly-girl and tomboy. Even though I abhor both of those words. She’s a staunch supporter of gay rights and gets stressed out when people don’t recycle. (What? I start them young.) She loves to sing and dance but she’s going as THOR for Halloween. I just love dichotomy that exists in her young personality and I look forward to see how that manifests as she gets older. I suspect she’ll be quite a fascinating women who scares the hell out of a lot of people.

So we move on and celebrate birthdays and adjust to the new normal.

And eat a lot of pumpkin bread because my weirdo daughter hates cake.

17 thoughts on “Ch-Ch-Ch-Changes”

  1. Swistle – Thistleville – Swistle lives with her husband Paul and children Robert (born 1999), William (born 2001), twins Elizabeth and Edward (born 2005), and Henry (born 2007). Email: Swistle at Gmail dot com. "Swistle" rhymes with "thistle."
    Swistle says:

    I remember that with our elderly cats. One of them had the towels/accidents, and also we had to keep our door closed or she’d pee on our bed, and we had to have a full extra set of bedding because….. And so on. It was weird, afterward, not needing to do/have those things.

    Happy 7!

  2. Happy Birthday N! She is an awesome girl! She sounds like my E, a girl who loves to dress up but eho isn’t adraid to get dirty. The best kind to be.

  3. I’m so sorry about your dog. I’m dealing with elderly cat issues right now so I totally understand. I hope your daughter has a good birthday anyway.

  4. Entries like this make me remember that I have been reading your blog for a long, long time! And I feel old 😉

  5. Happy 7th Birthday to NikkiZ!!! 🙂 It doesn’t seem real that she’s 7 (or that my own will be 7 later this week!) Enjoy a weekend full of pumpkin bread with a girl who is already quickly becoming a fascinating young woman 🙂

  6. Happy Late Birthday to N! I didn’t realize it was her birthday when I saw you yesterday. I hope she had a fabulous day! We now love pumpkin bread because of your recipe that you make for N! I now make a gluten free version. 🙂 I guess we should name it after her haha!

    I love the picture of you both!! That is a picture of two beautiful, strong and fabulous girls! Love and pride just shines from this picture.

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