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baby conversations

Josephine has said no words yet, but babbles constantly in ways that could lead to lots of interpretations. Which leads us to conversations like this:

Marc: Today I was cutting up her banana, and she said "nanna"!

Me: Really?

Marc: Yes! And she did the sign for "milk" when I handed her a sippy cup! See watch... (does the sign for milk)

Josie: Mama!

Marc: She said mama, see?! Milk, mama! Milk, mama!

Me: Uh, I don't know babe...

Marc: Okay watch this... (comes out of the kitchen with a banana) Josie look... banana! nanna!

Josie: Mama!

In other news, the neighbor's cat has grown a bit colder towards our little family. This is the cat I wrote about last year, the one that "came with the house", and likes to hang out on our front porch. I was always fine with it, it doesn't hurt to have a cat around. I mostly just felt bad when he'd come up to me and rub on my leg, because I'm so allergic to cats I can't pet him unless I know I have time to run in and wash my hands.

Anyway, I was outside with Josie and he came up to her, and he's always been so friendly I wasn't worried. He meowed at her. She tried to grab his nose and poke his eye. He looked at me and I swear, if cats could sigh that's what he'd have done. He turned around and slowly walked away, with Josephine following closely behind, shrieking and laughing and certain that she'd made a new friend.

I don't see the cat around as much now. Last year I remember feeling bad that I couldn't pet him, I was always just walking away figuring that if I ignored him enough he'd leave me alone. Well, it turns out ignoring a cat is nowhere near as effective as having a toddler.


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May. 24th, 2011 02:00 am (UTC)
appreciate your honesty but hey, my last entry was about a party, the one before that was a spacefem meme! I do try to alternate. I bored the crap out of people two years ago talking about nothing but airplanes. It goes in cycles.
May. 24th, 2011 02:04 am (UTC)
May. 24th, 2011 02:13 am (UTC)
Also, her baby stuff is totally fascinating.
May. 25th, 2011 04:09 pm (UTC)
For real?
May. 24th, 2011 01:39 am (UTC)
If your neighbor's cat is anything like my cats, you will probably not be seeing much of him at all, especially if he did not grow up around children as a kitten. (Spacefem is thinking, "Potential Jackpot!") My two cats go into DEEP hiding when my niece & nephew visit and they are in elementary school now, but are younger than the cats. (yes, that sentence makes sense! I don't want to rewrite it. lol) And as far as I know, the kids have never tried to poke them in the eye, or grab their nose or tail. They are just loud and run around.

I think for older cats not used to it: kids shrieking = ahhhh, get away from me!; while for dogs: kids shrieking = whee let's play!
May. 24th, 2011 02:15 am (UTC)
Cats hate kids. Seriously. Tuna extra hates them. She hates people, but loathes and extra hates kids. Every cat in my parents' house will hide from kids. I think it's instinctive: cats know they have eyes that poop and tails that pull and bellies that would get poked at and kids don't care.
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May. 24th, 2011 11:15 am (UTC)
May. 24th, 2011 03:12 am (UTC)
well she knows who mama is... a banana right? ;)

Cats are weird. My one will come nowhere near the kid unless she's got a wand toy then it's ok. The other one tries to lick her hair all the time. But I think most cats will run. ;)
May. 24th, 2011 03:19 am (UTC)
Well, it turns out ignoring a cat is nowhere near as effective as having a toddler.

A hell of a lot cheaper though! :)
May. 25th, 2011 04:10 pm (UTC)
that's what I was thinking.
"Having problems with too many cats? just get yourself a toddler!"

Maybe start a toddler rental service.
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