Archive for April, 2010
It was another beautiful East Tennessee day, and as my husband was enjoying the view while looking out our back window, he noticed a woodpecker in our backyard. The pictures are a little blurry because the woodpecker was quite a ways up the hill, plus my husband was shooting the picture behind a window. But still, it was pretty neat having a woodpecker “visit” us!
This video was taken the same day I took these pictures, and I somehow never got this posted. So, this was when Spring first arrived here in East Tennessee… the weather was breathtakingly gorgeous, so I took Nathan outside and let him “explore.” His version of exploration meant to basically sit there and make cute little noises, poke at the crunchy leaves leftover from fall, and maybe wave around a twig or two.
Andrew likes to play with Nathan’s toys. So much so that I’ve had to start reprimanding him for it. Poor, sweet Andrew. None of the cats get all the attention that they used to before Nathan came along… but Andrew was my baby and I was constantly showering him with attention. Now, he has to share me with this tiny, chunky little human who screams really loudly and doesn’t understand the concept of “gentle” just yet.
Nathan’s “gentle” consists of smacking Andrew in the head with his slobbery hands. Or pulling Andrews lips open and peering at his teeth. All the other cats manage to keep their distance from this mischievous little human, but not Andrew. I think he likes Nathan, rough petting and all.
Andrew gets a little jealous at times. He’s never, ever mean about it, though, and he would never bite or scratch anyone, but you can tell that his feline feelings are hurt. When I’m playing with Nathan, Andrew will often stand to the side with his head cocked, sulking, with a look of longing on his face. Sometimes he will meow ever so pitifully, until I call him over to pet him. And when Nathan’s not playing with his toys, Andrew will sometimes sit on them.
Hopefully, Andrew and Nathan will bond as Nathan grows older and has better motor control. Andrew’s a great cat, and Nathan would never have cold feet when he sleeps, that’s for sure.
Nathan said his first word! Well, his first articulate word, that is. He says “more” only it comes out “MA!” He’s also been saying Mama, Mom, Dad, Dada, Dadday (which is really cute because he invariably drools a waterfall all over himself when he says that one). So his first word was “cat!” He said it about three or four times in a row, and I haven’t been able to get him to repeat it since. Whenever I prompt him to say “cat!” again, he looks at me like I’m some interesting specimen to take into consideration but nothing more.
In other news, he also stood ALL BY HIMSELF for about 20 seconds! He usually holds onto something with one hand to keep his balance. But this time, this time he was a good eight inches away from the furniture, and he was so completely engrossed with examining one of his toys that he wasn’t paying any attention to the fact that he was doing a total Act of Independence.
It won’t be long before his footsteps are pitter-pattering all over the house.