Nomi

January 21, 2015

This is our new friend! A baby Brittany spaniel girl. We've named her Nomi, which means 'pleasant' and 'delightful' in Japanese. Delightful! My favorite word!

I used to have a yellow Lab long ago, and I haven't had a young dog since she was around, and OMG SO MUCH WORK. SO MUCH TIRED. But so much cute. She's a very good puppy. Andrew and I keep looking at each other, going, wow we must really love our daughter a lot, to bring this bundle of puppy crazy into our house.

Nomi's name was thisclose to being Andrew Junior - whether or not we got a boy or a girl. We thought it was the greatest joke of all time. If we got a girl, her name was going to be Andie, and if we got a boy, his name was going to be A.J. We really really thought we were going to go with Andrew Junior, but we worried that all hilarity aside, it might have been confusing for the doggy.

Then we considered Holly, because we told Julia on Christmas day that she was getting a dog. And then one day Julia was talking about gnomes and we started singing 'gnomey gnomey gnomey' and I was like, omg I want to name our dog Nomi, because I thought it somehow managed to sound both Japanese and Scandinavian at the same time. ???????

And I was like, hey Andrew, you named the child (he came up with Julia before I even got pregnant and we never really deviated from loving that name) and hey Julia, you named the cats (oh Sally Sparkles just ate another sweater. Think I kid about that cat? I'M NOT KIDDING.), so this time Mommy gets to choose the deciding vote and the dog's name is Nomi.

We think she's the cutest when she's asleep.

Despite the fact that our free time has been cut to essentially zero for awhile, she's very sweet and our sole mission in life is to train her to be better behaved than my mom's doggy (this won't take much, ha ha ha). And now our kiddo can stop accusing us of ruining her childhood by denying her a dog. (Julia looooves the dog, but she's like one of the parents on 'Downton Abbey' - she wanders in and plays with the dog for 5 minutes and then wanders away - we knew all the work would be on us, ha.)

So long story short, we have a dog, here she is. Andrew wanted a dog who could go for long walks with us and actually looked like a dog, as opposed to a third cat. Brittanies supposedly need lots of exercise and I was like, um ok. Hopefully that's going to work out!

Also, pet photography is way hard.




24 comments:

  1. Aaaaaaawwww! Puppies are just the cutest, and little Nomi is no exception. Looking forward to more photos as she grows! xoxo

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    1. all I can say is....i understand why puppies are so adorable - they have to be, to warrant so much effort! ha

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  2. I love the name. I miss having a dog around, but my husband is allergic and we haven't worked out the details of an outdoor dog. I'll enjoy yours instead.

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    1. i told someone today on Facebook - that's the best way to enjoy a puppy, I think - via someone else's photos, ha ha ha!

      #lovingourpuppythruthepain :)

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  3. Awww, she's so adorable! I have no clue when we're getting our dog now, if we ever will. Sigh. I'll just have to get my puppy fix from you! xoxo

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    1. Andrew will happily sell ours to you!!! :)

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    2. Actually I think he'd give her to you for free :)

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    1. she has a kind little face! we liked the expression in her eyes. :)

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  5. What a sweetie pie!! I have dog envy. :)

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    1. like I mentioned to Danzel, my husband would gladly hand her off to the first passerby! he's marveling at how akin to having a new baby it all is - which I already knew from raising my Labrador. This time around, I was prepared to attack potty training with great gusto. Our downstairs is gated, fenced, crated. I'm determined this time around to not be picking up after 20 million potty accidents! I had no idea (in my early 20's last time around) about raising a dog, lol.

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  6. Adorable - name and puppy!

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    1. Thank you Helen! It's fun to say, Nomi Nomi Nomi Nomi :) I'm sure that won't be annoying to anyone, ever.

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  7. GREAT name. And I'm dying at your Downton metaphor. Ain't that the truth! Hahahahahahahaha! Thank goodness J is old enough not to torture Nomi with, say, 10 barrettes in her "hair" (read: ears), or, say, tackle hugs? Cause Lulu looooves to do such fun things to our rott-lab mix Fergie, who takes it like a champ. I'm telling you, whole new chapter in your lives! Amazing!
    xox,
    A.
    www.bakingalovestory.com

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    1. Allison, you need to go on FB and look up this lady: https://www.facebook.com/PhotographybyRebeccaLeimbach -- she photos her English bulldog and her daughter and it is beyond awesome. :)

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  8. LOL I love the Downton Abbey comment! Your puppy is adorable- and her name too!

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    1. Thank you Georgia!! it's so true! and so funny! Andrew and I laugh every time - Lady Mary and Tom sitting in the drawing room with their tea, and the nanny trots in the children for their daily 5 minutes of parent time! Hilarious.

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  9. OMG, she's like "Donk" on Downton! "Oh look, she's just so adorable, what a good girl...hmmm, I do believe it's time to eat..." Great photos!

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    1. YES! SO FUNNY! thank you sweet Amelie. I have to take pix when this dog is pretty sleepy, or it just ain't happening. We had a tiny bit of decent window light, for which I was very grateful - it's been sooooooo dark and dreary!

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  10. She is so so cute!! I love her name!

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    1. i tell you, it's a good thing puppies come in extra adorable sizes!! so much work!!

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  11. See I keep telling my husband we need to rescue a two or three-year-old dog that is already trained but no, he wants a puppy. Guess who's going to do all the work?! But deal is now once we get a house we will get a puppy and a kitten. Everyone will be happy ... and mommy will be extra busy! Keep the pictures coming because she's adorable!!!!

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    1. A PUPPY AND A KITTEN! they will be best friends! Oh the photo opportunities!!!!

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  12. Nomi is a beautiful name! Well chosen Melissa! She is a cutie! I admire your patience and love because I said no to my son about getting a dog but I just won't be able to handle it. So much kudos to you! You take fantastic photos of Nomi. My daughter loves pictures of puppies (so much that we look at puppies pictures every night on instagram!) so she was going "cuuuute" at your photos of Nomi!!!

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