Horny Sausage Dogs and Paper Cups

Horny Sausage Dogs and Paper Cups

Sunday really tried my patience and taught me that even though a toddler might like the idea of something they don’t always like the reality.

It all started so well……

Me: “We’re seeing Great Grandma’s dog today Poppy”

Poppy: “Dog. Woof Woof” (pronounced Daw…woo woo)

Me: “Do you like dogs? Mummy loves dogs”

Poppy: “Yes. Dog. Woof Woof! Woof woof woof”. (Cue smiles and general happiness)

Two hours later…..and upon arrival at my Grandma’s house

Charlie the sausage dog (beyond excited and with “lipstick” out for all the world to see): “WOOF WOOF WOOF.”

Poppy: AGHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH. No No No NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!

What followed was an entire day of Poppy screaming, crying, looking suspiciously at Charlie and Charlie humping my leg. I can tell you now that the combination of holding a heavy 16 month old ALL BLOODY DAY and dealing with an amorous sausage dog is not fun. Why didn’t someone shut Charlie away somewhere I hear you ask. Well, just as Poppy is the sunshine of my life, Charlie is everything to my grandma and there was no way that her horny little canine son was going to be locked in the kitchen only to pine for her all day.

The worst thing is that we know loads of people with dogs and I just don’t think I can handle another day like that one. So what do I do? What’s the etiquette? Do I ask them to ship the dog out for the day? To lock him away? Should I be encouraging Poppy to face her fear and to meet as many dogs as possible?

On a more positive note, earlier today I was so exhausted that I wasn’t just craving coffee but had an extreme need for it. Poppy and I went to a little café by the park that we love and she was an absolute pleasure and a joy and it was all thanks to four magical items…

A paper cup

A straw

A paper napkin

A spoon

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The humble paper cup- this year’s ultimate toddler toy?

They kept her occupied for an entire twenty minutes and I actually got to sit quietly and enjoy my latte. This is something of a novelty for me as even though I know that I should, I’m not very good at leaving Pops to play on her own. I always feel the need to chat to her and make sure that she’s entertained. I’m always being told how important it is that Poppy plays on her own (particularly by family members who can’t believe how much attention I give her) but I just feel so guilty when I leave her to her own devices from more than a couple of minutes. I probably need to work on this!

Conclusion:

Horny dogs can ruin your toddler’s (and your) day but paper cups can make it.

UFM (feeling happy and awake after a delicious latte) xx

 

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