Introducing Pippin!

Ever since I was young I had always wanted a Chihuahua. They were the perfect size as I'd never want a breed too big for me to handle. So I went for the smallest possible breed instead haha! We got him completely by chance, and decided out of the blue that we were going to view some puppies. We arrived to a breeder who had two little boys left. One was eating the breeders handbag and another sitting quietly in a tiny dog bed looking very nervous. Guess which one we went for? Of course the quiet one. We bought him home, and named him Pippin. 

Obviously knowing the dangers of dogs around babies I knew it was important we make it clear he's not to nip or harm her. He's doesn't try to nio but he does get to excited and gets abit up in her face at times. I can only say the training is still work in process. He actually tends to nip at me and Reese but not the baby. Maybe he knows she's only a baby like he is. 

They are never left alone together and are only interacting with each under my supervision. 

Penny and Pippin get on so well you just wouldn't believe it. Penny knows exactly who he is, and will look at him on the floor and will put her hands out for him and stroke him nicely herself too. He does tend to lick her hands but I'm always handy with a baby wipe! I encourage nice behaviour and disencourage naughty behaviours. 

If Pippin gets over excited he gets told 'No'  or will be put down away from us. He's doing pretty darn well for a young puppy. 

As far he's learnt to 'sit', wait for his food to be put down, and 'paw'.I'm yet to get him to master 'lay down' and 'in your bed'. I can only keep trying.
It feels great to have a family dog, I can't wait for picnics and family walks altogether. I want Penny and Pippin to be brought up together and have a strong bond. Already I can see they're starting to. There's been a few times when Penny has been screaming while I prep a bottle and she just has to wait, Pippin will jump in on the sofa, and sit by her nicely and she stops crying. Other times if Penny is being fed or put to sleep the dog will lay by me while she's fed or while I rock her to sleep. If she fusses in her bouncer he'll put his paws on and check she's okay

Pippin has also heard Penny cry before I have and will sit outside her door almost as if to say 'it's awake, I can hear it, come on women'. 

Of course he's just as much trouble as he is adorable. He chews anything left on the floor, shoes and clothes have been wrecked! Somehow he always finds something. He has skittish moments which always end up with someone tripping or even himself getting hurt. He'll get over excited and start nipping my hands. 

But I suppose he will soon grow out of the naughty puppy stage. 

Love Lorraine 


Penelope's 5 Month Update

*Picture Heavy Post*

This month has well and truly whizzed past, what with Christmas approaching so quickly! It's been a bizarre month, there's no other way to describe it other than just bizarre haha! It's had magical moments and moments where I'm close to erupting into full blown tears. 

Penny has just come out of her 4th leap in her mental development, it had been a difficult month. In her last update I mentioned she had been very clingy and her moods were fragile. So coming out of the leap was a confusing journey. One day she would be back to her chirpy old self and then next minute she'd be hysterical and nothing would make it better. Not even mummy, I'd just hold her tight and sing to her until she calmed down and exhausted herself to sleep.

The last 2 weeks I would say she's successfully been back to herself. Only, she's changed and grown immensely in many of her developing skills, she's growing more confident every single day.

- Her hands are grasping with ease now. 
- Her legs are starting to support her weight.
- Her legs are forever up in the air and becoming increasingly more interesting, she'll try to catch her feet or her knees. 
- Babbling and interacting with people more. 
- You can tell when she is happy to see you, and she'll be upset when you leave or ignore her. 
- She's becoming more playful by wanting to play with toys. 
- She loves to feel new things, faces, hair, Christmas tree decorations. 
- Sitting up is getting easier and Penny is even starting to sit and then reach for things while sitting up. 
- Tummy time is starting to be tolerated for longer time periods. Shes starting to enjoy it even.
- She is increasingly trying to hold her own bottle, becoming quite stubborn at doing it herself too.
- Taking her own dummy out is a new fun game, she can get it out but not always back in! 

Her feeds are pretty much the same, 4 bottles and some days (it's increasingly going up) 5 bottles of 7o. The last week I've had to put her back on purées and her reaction was to squeal and smile the house down. Her favorite were apples she grinned the whole time unless the spoon was empty, then she'd grumble! She ate a whole small pouch of the stuff, I couldn't get it in quick enough! 

I didn't manage to get Penny weighed this month! I've just been to manic! I'm so gutted as I love seeing how much she's grown each month! But she has definitely grown.. A lot. My arms are really feeling it and so are her clothes, I am known to drinking things in the wash. Either way we'll be in the next size most likely by 6 months. 

There has been one bad point which has come up this month in full storm. Teething. She is struggling so much some days. The picture above was one of her worst, she was so miserable no matter what I'd try. It wasent enough to let her sleep, or even just relax. Her cheeks were red and boiling hot to the touch. Bonjela, calpol, teetha granules, and teething toys in and out the fridge. All not enough. 

I'm currently writing this post while on Penny's longest car journey yet. 2.5 hours and she's been a star so far. She doesn't really sleep for long in the car so she's wide awake. Stopping for a bottle at the next services and a chance for her to stretch her little legs! 

Back to the update ....

I could go endlessly on about the things she's learnt and is currently learning to do. I just find it so overwhelming. I know I probably say this every month and I'll still be saying it in the other yet to come. But when new things happen or she holds my lips, and smiles when I walk in the room, it simply blows me away. I can't even think about her without getting choked up.

      (My girl is 5 months old, holy cow!)
   (After a hysterical baby storm) 

(Tummy time? 'Not a problem mummy!')

              (The 'I'm tired eye rub')
(A tough teething day)

          (Falling to sleep on mummy!)

Love Lorraine 


Penelope's First Visit With Santa!

I know she doesn't understand what on earth Christmas is all about she's far too young. One day she will be old enough! I want her to be able to look back on pictures and videos we captured so she can see herself as a tiny little girl embracing every moment of it! We went to see Santa arrive at Frosts garden centre. He came down with snow fairies while snow fell all over us, just magical. She looked on watching him 'walk' down! His reindeer must have been resting?! was obviously far more excited than she was, totally naive and oblivious to all the good fun around her.

A few days later we actually went to visit him. I had butterflies in my stomach and even refused the mince pies on offer. Who knew I would be such an emotional wreck....But heck my daughter was about to meet Santa! THE Santa. A man she will grow to love and be so excited to see every year that she'll squeal her little heart out. A man she will admire, a man she will put all her hope into by asking him for what she would most like for Christmas, wishing that he will get it for her. It felt like the first of many happy years to come. Very over whelming.

Here is Penny with Santa! 

And of course your typical family Christmas photo :)

Love Lorraine