January 21, 2015
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.