It’s only been a week?

We’ve had Ike for one week today! It feels like we’ve had him forever. And yet it’s totally flying by. We can tell he’s grown already. He knows his name and comes when called. He’s doing great with his potty and crate training. I can’t wait for him to meet everyone over the holidays. I just wish he’d stay a little peanut a little longer. And yesterday he barked for the first time! Jon called me at work: “Hey- you hear that?! It’s Ike’s first bark!” Such a proud Daddy.

So…some more Ike pictures…

Fisheyed Ike.

Look at that puppy belly!!

He’s getting so big already!

Ok, that’s enough Ike bragging for today. Hope you guys aren’t getting sick of pug pup pics. I promise this won’t turn into a Pug blog. It’s just that the 1st couple of weeks with a newborn of any variety are all consuming.

Now, time to finish getting ready for Halloween tomorrow!

What is in your mouth?!

It seems like I spend a good part of every day with my fingers down Ike’s throat. He eats everything!! I vacuum the house constantly and we’re still pulling things out of his mouth. Just in the last 3 days: feather, upholstery tack, birth announcement, Morgan’s homework, toilet brush, various leaves, twigs, and mulch, lint, (lint people- who eats lint??), my hair (which he pulled from my head), and pizza. Oh, and he also likes to lick your nose. The inside of your nose.

In other news…

~I got my Blogger hoodie the other day. Thanks Blogger! It’s really cute- and good quality.

~I’m in love with the new L’oreal Glam Shine lip glosses.

~We’re so busy at work right now. Dealing with a new operating system. Between work and Ike I’m wiped out right now.

~A few weeks ago I got the cutest little “S” purse at Limited Too. Brown with light blue piping and monogram. Just the other day I won a larger, black and white version on Ebay. I’m apparently obsessed.

~I really want to try a hot rock (or hot stone) massage one day. I wonder what it’s like. Anyone out there try one? Was it just the most relaxing thing ever?

He screams like a monkey

If anyone needs practice for having kids, get a puppy. No sleep, lots of cleaning up messes. Can’t get much done. But at the end of the day when he falls asleep on your chest and you just want to stay there forever… It’s so cool.

Friday we worked on crate training and learning his name. Then Ike and I went to visit my sister Sara and nephew Jake and their dog Ally. Puppies and babies- too much cuteness! Sara made us a fabulous dinner of salmon, wild rice, asparagus, and baby bella mushrooms. Hopefully she’ll post her recipe for that salmon. Ike really held his own with Ally, but Jake sure didn’t know what to think!

Saturday I worked and Ike stayed home with dad. I got a phone call mid morning that sounded like this: “he runs around peeing all the time and if I put him in his crate he screams like a monkey oh my God I can’t get anything done and that stupid book said if he walks in a circle he’s ready to poop but that’s all he does is walks in circles and he peed on the bed so I just put him in the bathtub and now he’s screaming like a monkey again!”. Heh heh.

After work I took Ike to Petsmart to get his ID tag and some presents for the kitties since they’ve been so good and haven’t hissed or scratched at him once. We walked in and right away spotted another girl with an 8 week old girl pug named Rosie. Ike was instantly smitten. He was a hit at the store. Everyone was coming up and grabbing him to hold him. He will certainly be well socialized.

Mom and Hale came over that night so Hale could meet Ike. We ordered a pizza and rented a movie (View From the Top- vaguely cute, rather disappointing). While I was out picking up the movie Mom was babysitting. I came home to a rather large pee spot on our new sofa. Thank goodness Ikea’s cushion slipcovers come off! After a wash in the washing machine it’s good as new.

Sunday Ike attended his first cocktail party. My ladies from work got together for cocktails and appetizers. Ike was quite the charmer until he projectile pooped all over the hostess’s daughter’s dresser and floor. I should just carry carpet cleaner in my purse!

When we got home my in-laws were visiting so Jon’s dad could meet Ike and we could have dinner. Of course he fell in love with him. Morgan came over too, and her dad stopped by, then Mom came to pick up Morgan- so now the whole family’s met little Ike. I’m having a hard time taking all the pictures I’d like. I keep forgetting to pull out the camera. I did manage to get a few shots from the weekend though. You can view them here.

Baby steps

Jon had the day off yesterday so he finished the touch up painting in the formal living room and took down the old curtains. I’ll post ‘after’ pics after we put up the new ones. He also moved the rest of the office boxes up to the office and organized things a bit in the living room/dining room. We’re getting there. Slowly but surely.

This has been a busy week so far with lots of training at work on a new operating system. Not much left in the brain after work for bloggy, crafty, fun stuff. Although I did get my Christmas card address labels printed and put on the envelopes. Baby steps. Hope everyone’s having a great week!

Charisse party of 3?

After work on Saturday I met up with my Mom and little sister Morgan to go see School of Rock. So cute! Jack Black is a riot in this movie. He has the most expressive face bar none. And the kids are just great.

After dinner we went to Buca di Beppo. We’ve been wanting to try it forever, but it’s always packed. It was still packed Saturday night, but not as bad. We were waiting and waiting and finally my Mom says “the next name they call – that’s us”. So the hostess comes out and calls for “Charisse”. Yep, that’s us. As we’re walking in we can hear the other hostess say “but I thought they were a party of 2?”. So we were sneaky diners. But in our defense the Charisse’s had abandoned their reservation.

Yesterday Morgan spent the day with me and we baked a cake and a Mexican lasagne. We set up Ike’s crate and got all of his toys organized. I found a Viking’s dog collar for him to wear on game days with Jon. So cute- Jon was psyched about it (esp since the Vikings are 6-0). And I bought Ike’s Halloween themed bandana and leash. Now we just have to get through the week (which is already passing sloooowly) and he’ll be home Thursday!

Me day

Yesterday was delicious. I woke up and delivered a batch of Russian cookies I baked the night before to work for my Russian project (I head up the Diversity Committee). Then I went to my salon to get my hair done. I saw a new lady and she was great. She gave me the cutest cut (much shorter and a wee bit darker for fall). The best part was all my hair services were half off since my old lady left the salon and I had to go to someone new. So, since I was getting off cheap on the hair and since I was there I went ahead and had my eyebrows waxed and a pedicure. Man, I love those massaging chairs and water jet tubs your feet are in. So this morning I’m all buffed and polished! After I left the salon I went home, had lunch and opened up some fabulous packages that had come in the mail. I had won a couple of things on Ebay and Rachel had sent us and Ike a Halloween package full of the cutest things! Ike’s going to love his new toys! Then I talked to Lisa on the IM thing (sucks so bad that she was fired!), went by the mailbox to ship off packages to Rachel & Lisa, then came home and took a nap. Woke up and went shopping. Found two paires of cute shoes for me and some Christmas presents (I’m doing so good this year, I have a ton of Christmas presents already purchased. Yay!). I got home and realized how unproductive I had been yesterday around the house and how indulgent I was but then I realized it’s ok- I haven’t had a day like that in forever. I highly recommend one of those days for all of you!

I don’t eat buffalo

I can’t believe I’m going to admit this, but I had a Jessica Simpson moment the other day. For those not familiar with Jessica’s sharp wit, she’s appearing on an MTV reality show documenting her new marriage to Nick Lachey. She’s quickly becoming famous for saying things like “I don’t eat buffalo.” when offered buffalo wings at a dinner.

So the other day I found myself pulling a Jessica when I came to a realization. I was doing some web research on pugs and I was looking at this one picture of a pug and noticed his nose. Here’s the path my brain took: hey look how turned up his nose is, like some perky Katie Couric nose or something, like a pug nose, oh my gah that’s where they got the term “pug nose”- from pugs! I guess I just never really thought about it before.

I am so ashamed. But I know I’m not alone. Have you had a Jessica moment?