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My Son, the Puppy Boy

The Pookie loves to watch our dog. She is great entertainment for him, and I will often use her as a distraction when he's fussing during a diaper change or some other reason. But perhaps he's been watching the dog a little too much. I'm starting to see signs that he might think he's a canine, not a human.

After weeks of effort and being so close, the Pookie started really and truly crawling just a week or so before he turned nine months old. And now he is crawling all over the place, on all fours--just like the dog.

It's not simply the fact that he is on all fours the way the dog is, it's also the way he follows me and the Pumpkin around in the mornings, the way he comes bounding down the hall to me and the way he comes when I call his name--just like the dog.

Like his sister did at the same age/stage, he is constantly trying to crawl to the water bowls on the floors for the pets. He wants to go put his hands in the water bowls, but we always tell him no and put the bowls up before he can get them. As he goes over to them, he will pause and look back at Londo or me as if to check if we are going to stop him. He gives us this sly look with a cute smile, and then turn and start heading towards what he's not supposed to be doing--just like the dog.

It's so cute to watch him go from sitting, to crawling and back to sitting. He crawls over to some toy, sits down and picks up the toy to play with. I love this stage/phase of babyhood when they are mobile and interested in everything. He's also teething and putting everything in his mouth. All this is normal, and we've seen it before when the Pumpkin went through this phase. But the Pookie does something that either other kids don't typically do or that I simply didn't notice before. He puts a toy in his mouth and then starts crawling, while the toy hangs out the front of his mouth gripped by his teeth--just like the dog!

And another thing that I've not noticed other kids doing generally is that he will crawl up to me or the Pumpkin or Londo or even the dog, angle his head down, bump his head into us and nuzzle in a super sweet way--just like the dog!

Now, I'm sure that I didn't give birth to a dog, and he certainly looks like an adorable human baby boy. But perhaps when the Pookie went around asking "Are you my mother?" our beagle told him that she was his mother! At least he's not barking at the doorbell. Yet.


hush said…
My kids are also being raised in part by dogs. DS has been caught sipping from their water bowl and eating their food way too many times to count. Hopefully they'll learn empathy from having man's best friend in their immediate family.
Alecia said…
My wee one absolutely loves being licked in the face--which I despise--by dogs. In the mornings, he will crawl over to the dog and put his face directly on the dog's mouth and then laugh hysterically whether the dog licks him or not. I am torn between wanting to hear his rapturous laughter and not wanting him to be covered in "he-licks-his-balls" dog juice.

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