Friday, January 13, 2012

Behold, the Ayatollahbaby

She was the cutest baby in the hospital nursery -- I checked.

She has arrived, my flock -- our new human baby. Young Cecelia arrived early Tuesday morning, a little bit later than originally expected. Sometimes, Allah needs to take His time on important projects. 

"I get to go meet my
pug brothers? Yes!"
After three nights in the hospital, Celie was cleared to go to her new home at the ayatollah compound -- news that she greeted with great excitement and an emphatic fist pump. 

Sometimes, when a newcomer is welcomed into our home, the humans will bring Wendell and I outside to sniff him or her beforehand. This was done during our Schnauzer uncle's first visit. We contemplated a similar tactic with Celie. But Thursday's extreme cold and wind put the kibosh on that plan. As it turned out, such a move was unnecessary. Her assimilation into the family was seamless. And her diapers ensure that she cannot mark any previously claimed territory. 

Celie didn't mind being licked, sniffed or pug-snuggled, and even loud barks didn't faze her. I attribute this to the near-constant presence of Wendell and I on mother's baby bump during pregnancy. After nine months, our snorts were old hat to little Cecelia. 

Wendell was the first to greet her. He cleaned her up -- as he does for all visitors, willingly or unwillingly -- to ensure that she was fit for an audience with the ayatollah. He also performed a security check to verify her identity, and he frisked her for hidden weapons. We've recently picked up chatter in online radical chew-toy message boards about the hiring of infant assassins, so a canine cleric can never be too careful. 

The nurse missed a spot in that hospital bath. 
After Wendell cleaned and cleared the child, I moved in quickly to sniff her and welcome her to the family. My tail wagged most vigorously as I got my first whiff of newborn, my flock. Those babies do smell quite nice. I would soon invite her to join me in my favorite spot on the recliner.

Her head may be even softer than mine.
Now that Celie is here, we've found that she doesn't do all that much. Thankfully, we've learned, she is no threat to our food supply. So this will go a long way toward promoting continued goodwill and preventing any sibling rivalry from taking root. For the most part, she naps and eats. And occasionally tries on party dresses. 

All dressed up with nowhere to go.
So Wendell and I will continue to snuggle her and nurture her as we wait for the glorious, glorious day when she is finally allowed to eat solid foods. And then, my flock, we will pray to the Almighty that she is a typically messy toddler eater. 


Marie said...

The Ayatollahbaby is truly gorgeous. Big congratulations to your family.

Ayatollah Mugsy said...

Thank you, Marie. We are thankful that she arrived happy and healthy.

Sarah said...

Celie appears to be a fine addition to your flock. We are pleased. :)

Hank said...

Oh, Ayatollah. Celie is one pretty little baby.

But could she be part pug? "Napping and eating"?

Congratulations to the compound!

Hugs -

Sarah and Hank

Mrs. ISGPOTM said...

She's awesome!! Congrats again!

Wilma said...

Oh Ayatollah, Congratulations on a most beautiful addition to your flock. That photo of you and she is precious. I can see the approval written all over your face. Blessings!

Leslee said...

Oh Mugsy!! She is so precious. I love her!!

Meryl said...

Congratulations! (And you should train her to drop the good bits!)

--Moe the Welsh Terrier

Anonymous said...

I love everything about this, especially the pictures. You have been blessed with a lovely addition to the compound. And I know the Ayatollahbaby will soon be "sharing" delectable tidbits with you and Wendell. ~loyal follower

Denny from Indy said...

Very sweet, you must be very proud. And, I haven't met a baby yet that can keep from dropping food on the floor. ;-)

Anonymous said...

Look at those long fingers, Bro. Mugsy. Celie might be a surgeon someday or a concert pianist. She is so beautiful - I hate to say it but she's even cuter than a pug puppy. Your folks should (from what my Mama has read) have left her outside somewhere so you and Wendell could find her...but maybe not in January.



Ayatollah Mugsy said...

Thank you, my flock.

Hank, I am planning to address your question in an upcoming Baby FAQ.

Laura Boudreau said...

That is the most stylishly dressed newborn I've ever seen - an appropriate addition to the Ayatollah compound. Between you, Wendell, and Celie, Mother and Father must feel truly blessed.