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Tiny Penguin

January 14, 2017

Cate and I have enjoyed being members of Loveland Living Planet Aquarium and one of her favorite things to do when we leave through the gift shop (the only exit, so a necessary evil) is to give all the different stuffed animals big hugs. When we first started going, Cate would keep going back to the penguins. So we decided to bring one home for her Christmas present.

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We’re pretty sure Tiny Penguin’s name has become Tiny Curtain, because Cate can actually say the word penguin. Above, Cate meeting Penguin for the first time; giving her a binkie for naptime; rekindling her love of swinging.

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I got these red glasses for Cate when she was a baby for the car and swimming, but she never liked to wear them, so they became Penguin’s. Look at all those lovely yellow wildflowers. Cate likes to blow them apart when they are fuzzballs which is probably why we have so many… Penguin started coming with us on many excursions, including to the zoo. Snakes are one of their favorites to watch slither around.

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Cate and Penguin are already cross-country travelers and did surprisingly well on the airplane to Florida. An hour into the flight, however, Cate asked if we could go home. Hoo boy. On our van ride to the car rental place with two strangers, Penguin was speaking to Cate about important matters and we heard the non-family occupants whisper to each other, “Sounds more like an owl.” We all giggled about that after they got out. Penguin came to all the parks, Cirque du Soleil, and several dinners out. As you can see above, she was a very important and necessary member of the group but sometimes acted out at dinners when she would jump out of Cate’s arms to the floor -right into the path of waiters. Luckily no one tripped. I love that center picture of us on the Dumbo ride. Cate was none too sure about these newfangled rides and so is holding tight to my hand and Penguin while Daddy had his hand on her knee and I love everyone’s expressions, especially Mary and Josh in the background.

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I planned on having Cate be a little bright orange bird (one of her favorite colors) for Halloween after seeing the idea in a magazine. We went and got the feather boas together and she loved playing with them, then I bought an orange sweatshirt to sew all the feathers onto. When we pulled it out for her to go to a costume party, however, she got very quiet and then announced, “I don’t like it!” and wouldn’t agree to dress up as anything for Halloween or any other reason. Daddy talked to her about it the next day, mentioning her candy stash could only be replenished if she dressed up for Halloween and that she could choose what she wanted to be, and gave a few suggestions (of black-based animals because she had a black footie sleeper I could fashion into a costume). A little while later, Cate ran up to Andrew all excited and said, “Cate wants to be a penguin!” She was thrilled to get all dressed up in her costume on Halloween and said she was Mommy Penguin to Tiny Penguin, who of course came trick or treating with us. It was a lot of fun making her costume and seeing it come together so adorably.

It has been a fun year with Tiny Penguin, and it’s so sweet to watch Cate play pretend with her, eating play (and sometimes real) food together, exploring, riding scooters, bikes, and trikes, playing on slides and swings, making a ruckus with the playballs she got from her Aunt Jessica this Christmas, and everything else.

Credits: paint.NET

ShabbyPrincess Summer Cottage kit

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