October 5, 2008

Oliver's kitty

I've been calling Ollie by the name of Oliver more lately. I don't know when this happened. I think that it all started with his temper...and me having to sternly lower my voice a few notches, calling him Oliver when he's throwing fits. Either that, or looking through the miniboden catalog too much lately. I think they have at least 3 different 'Oliver' models this season!

Moving on. Last spring I searched the ENTIRE town, high and low, to find the proper stuffed kitty for Oliver's Easter basket. I did so on the insistence of Finn and Calvin, who though it was crucial that Ollie have his own kitty. He kept trying to swipe Calvin's orange kitty.

At first, Ollie did not seem too interested in his new tan kitty. He would hold it for a minute and then cast it aside. I don't think the bean-bag ratio of the kitty's intestines were sufficient. Now, orange kitty is blessed with the most amazing innards ever. Regardless, Finn and Calvin were determined that Ollie should love his kitty with the unconditional love they had for their kitties. Every time Ollie would take a nap, or go to bed at night without his kitty, the boys would patiently place the kitty at the door to Ollie's room, like such.



Months of this. I cannot tell you how many times I have happened upon the above scenario. I pretty much thought it was hopeless, but Finn and Calvin never lost faith.

And then around a month ago, John started to notice something. At bed time, Ollie would start to say "mau"...for his kitty. And it started happening more and more. Now it is a regular occurrence to see Ollie holding his little kitty, meowing away.

After feeding him his milk sippy each night, I tuck Ollie in with his kitty, and he gives me the biggest grin ever.

Of course, each morning, I see kitty recklessly strewn on the floor. I did not say he was the most natural of mothers, but he is definitely taking steps in the right direction.

And I think his brothers are awfully pleased with the progress of their trainee.

13 comments:

  1. That is an adorable story! Big brothers are so fun!

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  2. That is SO cute! Aren't big brothers awesome?

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  3. A boy and his kitty...pretty cute! Love the picture of the light shining on Ollie's face. BEAUTIFUL!

    Your boys make me want to have my next two really close together...but watching my sisters kids with Aubrey has the opposite effect :)

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  4. So cute! Do the boys like real kitty's too?

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  5. Barbie-I would not have done it any other way, but I can definitely see the benefits of having wider spacing too--mainly, as a parent, you may be able to enjoy each child to its fullest extent. however, both have their plusses and minuses, i imagine.

    and jayme, calvin and ollie love real kittie too. calvin makes us stop when we take a walk outside and see a kitty. finn, however, wants nothing to do with real life animals!

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  6. Hee-- I love that they put the kitty by Ollie's door. Too cute! I'm glad Ollie is coming around and enjoying his kitty too!

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  7. The determination your boys have is hysterical!! This really is a cute story! And a success story at that! Has the 2 older boys taken notice to Ollie's new-found love for his kitty?

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  8. The pictures that you take of your boys are amazing!

    Oh and cute story too!

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  9. Awe I love it! I love it when kids are so close in age, my brothers and I are all less than two years apart each, and we had so much fun as kids! I can't wait until Peyton has siblings to play with! And will you follow me around and be my personal picture taker PLEASE?!?! =)

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  10. question- what kind of material do you use to do your embroidery that you sew onto onesies and t-shirts?

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  11. Very, very precious! I love the kitty standing at the door. What great brothers Olls has!

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