Wednesday, April 18, 2012

With apologies to Cat Stevens...

Yes, the cat's in the cradle in Mim's front room...

Little boy Luke has the cats all a-tune...

"When can Luke come play, Dad?"

"I don't know when, but you'll have a good time then, Tate".

"I know you'll have a good time then".

Typically Bitsy scatters and is not to be seen when we have visitors.
In fact many times people who come over wanting to see our cats never even get to see a single cat whisker in passing.

So of course...just when you would rather the cats be busy doing something else... 

Cat curiosity comes out in force.

Don't you love Bitsy's puzzled expression?

That was a close as Bitsy got...a good sniff and then she went to the end of the room to think about what all this might mean. 

Tate was even more curious than Bitsy was and he got shoved away.
Luke made but the softest of baby sighs during his visit, until it was time for a diaper change.
And like all good newborns, he had to voice a protest to the process.
I thought the cats would surely clear out when the crying began...boy was I ever wrong.
All three cats RACED up to snoopervise as closely as they could....I wound up scooping up Tate and shoving Frenchie aside with my foot while elbowing Bitsy.
I'm sure they had no ill intent in mind, but changing a newborn's diaper is tricky enough without having three four-legged Aunties and Uncles trying to help.

Luke took it all in stride.
He has two cats of his own at home.

"What...are you serious? Mim has THREE cats?
Are you telling me I have a crazy cat lady for a Grandmother?"
(Luke slaps his forehead in disbelief...)

We have decided to wait until he gets a little older before we let him know that we actually have four cats.

We will try to break the news gently, after he has gotten to know us a little better.

Frenchie and Rachel discussed the joys of having a son.
Frenchie said it brought back happy memories of when she was a new mom.
I think the two of them have bonded together in a whole new way.


Vicki said...

What a cute post! I'm sure Cat Stevens wouldn't mind. :)

I love the attention the cats gave young Luke. I know he was safe, of course, with his mom and grandparents closely watching the action.

So, you're "Mim?" What's Bernie?

ellen b. said...

How precious it is to enjoy little Luke as he braves this new world of his. May God bless this new little family and all who love and care for this new little warrior!

Vee said...

Those cats' expressions crack me up! Little Luke has a very pretty mommy. Good thing that she's a cat lover.

Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

This was such a delightful post, Jill! Little Luke is adorable. The reaction of your cats to him was so amazing! I've always had cats in my home and they were not the least bit interested when I brought my son and then my daughter home as babies, and my present cat hid when my oldest grandson came for a visit as a baby. I think Luke is a natural born "cat whisperer"! :)

Lorrie said...

Sweet post and an even sweeter baby. Oh how precious are these ones so new to our world.

Pondside said...

He is so sweet, Jill. That little face is precious. I can tell that you and your husband are appropriately besotted.

Lovella ♥ said...

It is so fun to see Luke! I just can't get over how bright eyed he is. I love your name...Mim!

I see children's stories coming!

Judy ~ My Front Porch said...

Oh are too funny! I think I'll be singing 'the cat's in the cradle' all day. You got the best of photos to go with your story. And did I tell you that baby Luke is very sweet?