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Today Essley Morgan turns five months old. It’s so cliche to say this, but seriously, where did the time go? How is she five months already? I remember packing away her six month clothes during the final month of my pregnancy, thinking about how it seemed like it would be an eternity before she wore them. And now she’s wearing them, yet it only feels like it’s been few weeks since that day. Parents are always all, “they grow up so fast,” and “you blink and they’re not babies anymore,” blah blah blah. But honestly, it really does feel like that. Essley is a completely different person than she was even a couple of months ago. I look at newborn pictures of her and barely recognize her in comparison to what she looks like today, and really, they weren’t taken long ago at all. The whole thing is weird and amazing, wonderful and scary. It’s absolutely bittersweet.
I skipped doing a four month update to share our birth story, and in the three month update back in March, I mostly focused on the big revelation I’d had about parenting (in brief: books and advice from others are great but a mind that is open to figuring it out for yourself along the way is all you really need). I did mention some of the third month ‘milestones’: her consistent coos and shrieks, regular gummy smiles, an ability to sit up when propped up, an ability to self-soothe, a new alertness and interest in the world around her, etc. I’m glad I recorded these things, because reading about them now makes me feel so proud and excited about how much more she’s accomplished since then. If I’m this much of a dork over her doing things like rolling over, I can only imagine how annoying I’ll be when she has dance recitals or sports matches or field days or science fairs. Sorry in advance.
I’m not going to get too deep this time around – after typing out the birth story last month, I’m pretty sure I filled my dramatic/emotional storytelling quota for a while. And I’m not going to talk about my thoughts on being a new parent, because they haven’t changed since the third month update – I’m still just going with the flow and learning as I go. But for those who want to dork out alongside me, here’s what happened in Essley’s fourth and fifth months, in one long run-on sentence. She took two road trips with me and confirmed that she has road warrior in her blood, she had her first Easter egg hunt (she just watched, but it was still freaking adorable), she gave me my first Mother’s Day (and it was perfect), she learned to roll over from back to tummy and did it about a zillion times (she’s still very awkward with the tummy-to-back method), she started rolling over to her stomach to sleep which resulted in much longer sleep stretches (she’s since gone back to sleeping on her back though, bummer), she had a night where she slept for eight glorious hours straight (hallelujah!) and although it hasn’t happened since she’s still sleeping better at night, she smiles all the time and has full-on belly laugh giggling episodes that in turn make us have full-on belly laugh giggle episodes (video proof right here), she rocks tummy time on her own (but is still not a fan if it’s our idea rather than hers), she’s been going for walks on the daily and loves them, she cries much less but has mastered the art of whining (oh boy), she once again measured average weight but in the 95th percentile for height at the doctor (she’s my little string bean), she constantly tries to sit up on her own and I have a feeling she’ll be there soon, she’s still nursing like a champ, she picks up and hold toys (and puts them in her mouth, every time), she discovered (and appears to be obsessed with) her feet, she says ‘words’ like ‘ba’ and ‘ma,’ she turns to look when we say her name, and, out of nowhere, she seems a lot more like a little person than a baby.
In this final month before her first half-birthday, I’m torn between anticipation for what she’ll do next and a genuine desire for things to slow down. I’m also, of course, grateful beyond words that I get to spend each day with this spirited, curious, happy little human. It just gets better and better, and although it can be exhausting and frustrating and unbalanced and really, really difficult, not a day goes by when I am not appreciative. For all of it. None of the things I’ve done so far in my life – not my career, not my travels, not any of the amazing things I’ve been fortunate to experience – have come close to this. Being Essley’s mom wins. Here’s to the next five months!
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In San Francisco, four of the city’s major pet rescue organizations are now conveniently located on a single block. San Francisco Animal Care and Control, the SF SPCA, Northern California Family Dog Rescue, and one of our particular favorites, Muttville Senior Dog Rescue, all make their home on Alabama Street between Fifteenth and Sixteenth Streets, in the Mission District.
A week from Saturday, that small community of dog rescue organizations will get its official recognition from the city when that stretch of Alabama will be designated "Rescue Row." Anyone in the area is invited to come down to the ribbon cutting ceremony at 10:30 AM on Saturday, May 31, and bring your favorite fur friend along with you.
If you happen to be dogless at the moment, this might be a good time to find one to bring home. Not only will the event be celebrating the honorary name change of the street, but it doubles as the kickoff for Maddie's Pet Adoption Days.
Between May 31 and June 1, over 100 Bay Area shelters are going to be participating in Maddie's Pet Adoption Days, with the goal of adopting out 10,000 animals.
Does it even need to be said that that's a lot of animals? The truth is, that there are a lot of animals that need homes, even just here in San Francisco, and not just dogs and cats, even though they might be our specialty.
In addition to the four Rescue Row organizations, there will be booths from Save a Bunny, MickaCoo Pigeon & Dove Rescue, California Chins (Chinchillas, not a plastic surgery org, as I first thought), Wonder Dog Rescue, Bay Area Rats, and my personal favorite-named organization, Loup Garou Rescue. (I have to say that I am somewhat disappointed to find that Loup Garou is merely an organization dedicated to adopting out black and dark-coated animals, rather than providing the opportunity to adopt your own werewolf.)
Whatever your choice of fur (or, in the case of MickaCoo, feathered) friend, there's going to be a lot of opportunities next weekend. And the official naming of Rescue Row is a great step forward for acknowledging the efforts of not only those four organizations, but the fact that there's a whole community of animal lovers in the city. Our congratulations to the groups on Rescue Row and everyone else in San Francisco who works to get dogs into permanent homes. As Rebecca Katz, Director of the San Francisco Department of Animal Care and Control says, "The adoptable animals on Rescue Row aren't secondhand pets, they just need a second chance. We hope all San Francisco residents will think adoption when considering adding to their families."
Read more about the bond between humans and dogs on Dogster:
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Good post! Here are my comments and additions!
* First my add to this list of stuff for home treatments. One of my pit pups got a red itchy rash on his belly right at the front of the crease where each hind leg joins his body and also right in front of his penis. At first I was concerned that it might be an allergy thing and since the skin was red and kinda dry/flaky sometimes I tried rubbing in some coconut oil (which is also perhaps a bit anti-microbial). It helped the flakiness but then I realized I was smelling the 'hot spot' smell too and so maybe adding moisture wasn't so good. So I went the other way. I rinsed it off with diluted apple cider vinegar once a day followed by powdering it with cornstarch. In just one day it looked a lot better, after 2 vinegar rinses I just did corn starch once or twice a day as needed to keep it all dry and by day 4 he was all better. No food allergies and no reoccurrence! Yea!
* As folks have mentioned Benadryl, while known for acting as a mild sedative can and does cause hyperactivity or agitation in some folks (or dogs!) either just as their 'normal' reaction to it or in cases of overdose. In large enough overdoses in can cause flushing, dry mouth, super constricted pupils, and agitation. But it DOES work well for dogs just as it does for people in most cases.
* When it comes to bee stings in MAY be a good idea to AVOID things like Benadryl unless you or your dog has a serious reaction. There is some discussion amongst beekeepers that feel that treating beestings with anti-histamines and/or anti-inflammatories may contribute to increasing the severity of future stings. So it's worth considering if you only have a mild welt to deal with!
* For broken toenails or other minor bleeding cayenne pepper makes a good styptic powder. It sounds like it would be awful I know but it doesn't hurt! I don't have much luck with flour. I just end up with blood AND flour all over!
* For the overgrown toenails I'd recommend the Dremeling as well. You can grind down MUCH closer (or even INTO the quick) without the dog minding much. (not recommending you TRY to get into the quick, just saying they don't seem to care as much). You may be able to get the quick to recede better that way.
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Question by mrenigma2008: What is the best way to relieve my pet dogs itching?
We think it is an alergy to something but we are unsure what…we have started giving her pet suppliments to help with her itching. She is starting to plead from the itching in a few places … We take her to the dog park often and are considering lestenning her time their substantially. My wife wants to treat her with some psorrisis medicine to see if it helps … I think an oatmeal bath would be best in some cool water. Any sugestions of products to use or other helpful ways to lesson her itching would be greatly apprieciated.
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