|A dog being overloved|
For starters we have a new child. Yes, a whole new child and once again it's a girl, born in November 2011 and just before my birthday making sure all future birthdays will be little more than an afterthought after hers.
Lisa wanted to call her Hattie. I wasn't as keen. I preferred Heidi. Lisa wasn't keen on that. After she popped out we deliberated for a while and decided on Rose. Not Rosie, Ros, Rosemary, Rosemarie or any other permutation but just a good old-fashioned 'Rose'. Having said that we soon began calling her RoseBoze and that name has just stuck (and since been adopted by Maisie and Lois too). She's loud and she's rough but she's cute and she's funny.
And now in no time at all it seems, she's already grown to be 3 years old. Wow.
What else has happened in that time? We moved house (we were getting a bit too cramped in the old one, which we bought about 10 years ago, before we had kids or had even started thinking we might grow into a family, let alone a family of 5).
And then there was the dog acquisition. A rescue dog. Maisie had decided that we needed a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel. And a rescue dog came our way. Unfortunately, he was 5 and already had a name. His name was Louis. Our cat is also called Louis. We tried to make it work but it was becoming too confusing when you shouted one of them and they both turned their heads. So, we gave the dog a new identity and rebranded him as 'Jake the dog' (inspired by the Adventure Time cartoon which was very popular in the household at that particular time. He is now more commonly referred to as 'Jakey-Lakey'.