The Seattle Zoo has a tiger cub! She’s off public viewing, but the video that the zoo posts is oh-so-adorable. It’s just possible to catch yourself thinking, So cuddleable! …and then remember that she’s going to grow up to be 8 feet long, 200+ pounds, and have a meal preference of 85 pounds of raw meat. That’s just too much cat for this house. Not to mention too much meat. No, I think we’d better stick to felis domesticus. In other news, Caitlyn has her first set of Duplo Legos. She calls them “new Legos” and is particularly enchanted with …

Things Caitlyn says: “Coffee-bake” (for coffeecake) “Trampa-boing” (for trampoline) “Oh goomis” (for oh, my goodness) “Won awound” (when moving at high speeds in a roughly circular pattern) “Fan-gees” (for sandwiches) “Gargawoyal” (for gargoyle) and of course, “Mama help” and “Kitlyn do it”

Ian and Caitlyn were playing with our smaller camera (it fits in Ian’s pocket, as opposed to the big camera, which needs a backpack) the other day. Caitlyn loves the cameras. Recently, though, she’s stopped mugging for them and wants to push the buttons. One of these days, I should post one of her pictures… sometimes they come out as something recognizable (even if it’s just the ceiling), sometimes they are very “modern art”. Anyway, Ian was explaining why one shouldn’t put one’s fingers on the lens; it’s the camera’s eye. Caitlyn got that. Later Ian turned the camera off, …

Caitlyn wasn’t ready for sleep, I guess, when I finished her lullabies and left her room last night. Instead of in bed, under blankets, she was across the room, with her books. After she’d quieted down and fallen asleep, I went in to check on her. She’d made it to her bed and was lying on her tummy, with her head off her mat and on the carpet. Her stuffed black and white “Tinker” cat was tucked under one arm; her other was splayed across If I Ran the Circus, which she had brought to bed. It’s quite possible we …

Caitlyn and I went to the aquarium the other day. This was the first such outing where she found the exhibits interesting. Sure, she seemed to appreciate the orange fish on her first aquarium trip (at 7 months), but this time she marched up to the tank windows, put her hands on the glass and stared at the occupants. At the sea otters, she pointed at the otters, turned to me, and announced, “Dog!” In contrast to our trip to the zoo a month ago, when she found the fences irresistible. Not the enclosure fences, but the “serving suggestion” fences …

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