Monday, October 22, 2012


So, I am officially a terrible blogger.  Apparently I have decided to take an extended leave of absence following the calendar contest.  My bad.  I've actually been super busy the past month or so.  I got a new work-from-home part time job, which along with taking care of Hadley and daily chores, eats up a lot of my free time.  I am loving working again, but it doesn't leave much time for blogging.  I am also crazy busy gearing up for Hadley's 1st birthday party, which is this upcoming Sunday! For some reason I have decided that I am Martha Stewart and am hand making table linens and birthday banners.  More work that I anticipated. Oy.   Hopefully it all turns out adorable and is worth it ;)

Enough about me though, the real reason for this post was to update you on Mr. Gibson!  I know, I have neglected him on his own blog big time.  Like, for reals. DSC_8893

The reason why I haven't talked much about him lately is probably because he has been a complete pain in the butt.  He's taken off more times than I can count in the past few months.  Always comes back, but still.  One time, I was walking him WITH HIS LEASH ON, when he spotted a squirrel, pulled so hard that I lost hold of the leash and then almost got hit by a garbage truck.  Luckily, the driver saw me struggling with his leash and started to slow down an come to a complete stop before he hit my dog.  Ugh.  Seriously, Gibson would have been smushed otherwise :(


I don't know.  I kind of realized that I haven't been giving him enough love lately, so that could be part of the problem.  Isn't that awful?  We'd come home and just say, "hi dog" instead of taking the time to bend over and pet the poor guy.  He'd be so excited to see me in the morning, but I'd just zombie-ly walk him to the back door, let him out, feed him and then ignore him til it was time to go for a walk.  So, I've been taking more time to pet him, cuddle him, talk to him and play with him for the past month or so, and I've seen an improvement.  I've also thought about signing him up for obedience class again. The one he took when he was just a puppy.  I think he needs it.  His recall is pretty much dunzo.

His barking also got pretty uncontrollable again.  I know, I posted before about how Operation No Bark was a success, but we got lazy.  I still believe that the Pet Agree Ultrasonic Training Aid is an amazing product and with work it works great, but again,  we are lazy apparently.  SO, I broke down and got Gibson a citronella spray collar!  And... it has been awesome!!  How does it work?  Well, he barks and it sprays him in the face.  Pretty much annoys him enough that he'll stop barking.  And he's figured out that if he barks quietly enough, he doesn't get sprayed, which is fine with us!! It's that loud high pitched bark that just drives us nuts!  I don't keep it on him all the time.  Just when he starts acting up or when I put Hadley down for a nap.  Has worked out great. He has learned that his barking is annoying I think.. finally!  I will update on this in a few weeks to let you know if I am still happy with it :)

In happier updates, he went for his annual wellness exam this month and it was the best vet visit ever!  We haven't been to the vet since his last wellness exam last year! Isn't that crazy?  I credit that to his enzymes that I put on his food. No more upset tummies!   Besides that, he is 24.7lbs (up a little, but not bad), his teeth went from a 2 to a 1.5 on the bad teeth scale (woohoo!) and the vet said he is generally doing great!  I was pretty proud that I at least was able to take somewhat decent care of Gibson while raising an infant :) (well, health-wise at least..)

Well, that's it for now.  I really didn't mean to write this long of a post, but I guess I had a lot to say :)  Hopefully, it won't be that long between updates again :)

Sunday, October 14, 2012

September Calendar Corgi of the Month: Bailey!

on the wall

on my screen

Mr. August

Name: Bailey
Blog: Bailey the Corgi

September Calendar Ideas
(it's a great time to take those photos for next year's calendar!)

- End of Summer
- Back to School
- Picnics
- Camping
- Leaves
- Apple Orchards

Note: Every month I'll be featuring the corgi of the month on the "Corgis (with blogs) Calendar" and giving tips on the types of photos I'll be looking for for the current month next year.

Monday, October 8, 2012

11 (11!) Months


Good lord.  My baby is a month  (well, 3 weeks now) away from being 1 years old!  I know I say this every month, but crazy, crazy crazy.

Our monthly photo shoots are getting close to impossible.  The shot above was pretty much a  miracle.  She'd rather run away and play with the fabric like this...


Last month was another action packed month for Hadoodle.   She went to her 2nd White Sox game and was sooo good!

When she got a little antsy, I just plopped her down on the ground (much to the disgust of my parents) and she crawled around and played with her toys to keep herself entertained.   I swear, it is so much easier when your baby is mobile.


We also took Hadley on her first visit to the orchard!!  Fall is a BIG deal in our house, so Orchard Day is almost like a holiday to us :)

She was super sleepy during our time there, but she was a trooper and liked looking at all the apples..


... sitting in the big chair...

...and hanging out with a bunch of pumpkins!!

We brought back with us a bunch of her new love.  She lovves to eat apples!

It is so cute, she carries the apples around with her and gets so excited to eat them.  She definitely loves to feed herself.  She self feeds pretty much all of the time now.  I hope this means she'll be a good eater, but we'll see.  Still breastfeeding, but slowly cutting out a few feedings.  She might wean sooner than I thought..

She got a new sippy cup, which I call a 'sucky cup' cause it has a straw, that she absolutely loves as well.  I just keep it on the floor and she can drink whenever she wants (which is a lot!).   Doesn't she look like a little model here?

She got together with all of her baby friends in town a few weeks ago. It is crazy how big they are all getting!


Here they were back in June:
Becoming little people!!

On the development front, she's getting closer and closer to walking!   She can now use her little walker (and LOVES it), climb stairs and stand unassisted!  I caught it all on video...

On the sleep front..  Ugh.  Horrible.  What the heck?  After a good month stretch where she only got up once a night, she's back to getting up every hour again.  When will this stop?? Maddening, I tell you!  She does look cute taking a rest on Gibson's dog bed though... *rolls eyes*

Whelp, that's all for now.  Next Hadley post will be her BIRTHDAY post!  Can. Not. Believe. It.


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