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Small Fry has a home! (and a poll)



Small Fry’s first meal with his new family!

My blogging break is sort of failing… 🙂

I have been enjoying Small Fry way too much. Tuesday I decided to see if my cat, Yum  Yum, would be interested in mothering this kitten. Small Fry had been staying in our sun room, which is attached to the house via a French door in the kitchen. In order to keep my four Large Fries from seeing and harassing Small Fry, I put a heavy piece of wood up over the lower part of the door.

Tuesday night I was giving Yum Yum cuddles* and wandered over to the French door and held her above the wood so she could see this tiny, motherless kitten. Honestly, I don’t know what I expected my grumpy, territorial Maine Coon to do. She took one look at the small kitten and started snorting and growling. She was NOT happy about this intruder!

I knew then that Small Fry could not stay with us, no matter how much I was falling for him. Last night our friends D and M called. They had been going back and forth about adopting Small Fry since reading the initial blog post. D and M have a young cat named Millie and have wanted to find her a friend after their 20-something year old cat passed away.

Happy family.

The timing was perfect for them to bring a new cat into their home, too. D and M both graduated from grad school this month and will be moving in July. In the meantime, neither are working and have all the time in the world to dedicate to helping this little kitten adapt to his new surroundings.

When the phone rang last night and I saw it was M, I knew they were going to adopt Small Fry. My heart was filled with happiness when I answered and she said, “Belle, is Small Fry still without a home? We would really like to adopt him.”

D and M are some of the best pet owners I know. They are attentive and loving. They are responsible and believe that you adopt a pet for the life of the animal – not just until the novelty wears off. They understand the challenges that come with a kitten and are not afraid of them. They also brush Millie’s teeth each night and will start brushing Small Fry’s as soon as he is old enough! If there is such a thing as a match made in heaven, D, M and Small Fry are it!

M and “Tucker.”

This morning I got an email from D saying that they have named Small Fry “Tucker” and already have his first vet appointment set for 10 a.m. today. Millie even caught several glimpses of Tucker last night and did not go crazy with anxiety. I believe Millie and Tucker will be fast friends in no time at all!


In other news: The spotting has stopped for now. The more I think about it, the more I believe this was caused by pooping too hard. Tuesday morning I had a terribly hard time pooping and spent quite a while trying to, ahem, make something happen and when it did it was rough. That, coupled with my existing bum problems and a growing Pip made for some spotting. I vow to never again force things. All in “doo doo” time, right? I know, that was terrible. Forgive me!

I am also reassured to have actually seen Pip on Tuesday and have an ultrasound photo on my fridge that looks like more than an empty sack with a blob of lint in the corner. That first ultrasound could actually pass for a terribly poor quality photo of the corner of my dining room in the dark – empty with a ball of cat fur by the baseboard.

Today I am 7 weeks. I have decided to take belly photos on Saturday instead of on Thursday. My week day mornings are busy enough between the four Large Fries (I think my cats have a new nickname), my tendency to wake up feeling hung over and the ridiculous amount of time it takes for me to have my “morning constitutional.” Hopefully this Saturday I will get the 7 week photo taken and MAYBE I’ll feel bold enough to share it with you… or maybe I’ll still be chicken!

This leads me to a good question: How do you feel about belly photos and ultrasounds on an infertility blog? Be honest here. Personally, I love belly photos, but I dabble in photography and love all photos. Ultrasounds, however, stress me out. When not pregnant they make me terribly sad or irrationally angry. When pregnant, I compare and obsess like a madwoman. How do you feel about this? I’m including a little poll below and your input is VERY MUCH appreciated as I honestly love all my readers and want to make sure we are all comfy and happy in this space, or as comfy and happy as we can be despite my talking about poo, fissures and pooping so hard I bleed. 🙂

*Poll closes Saturday morning!




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  1. May 17, 2012

    I didn’t vote because I think you should post whatever you want to. Some bloggers post the pics in a different tab in case some readers don’t want to see. I think that can be nice, but before the last 3 weeks, I just skipped the posts I didn’t feel like reading, but it didn’t make me not want to follow the blogger…

    You sound like you are in a good place right now (based on the humor of your post!). I hope that everything goes smoothly from now on and I definitely think you are right about why everything happened and why you should be reassured!

  2. May 17, 2012

    Hooray for finding a home for Small Fry and for no more spotting!

    I cheated and voted for two things (who doesn’t want to see more ducks???). Honestly, most of the time it doesn’t bother me to see ultrasounds and belly pics on an IF blog. Maybe it’s because I know the struggle the person went through to get pregnant and it doesn’t hurt me to see them succeed. I will admit, though, that it DOES hurt to see these things from people who get pregnant at the drop of the hat. I’m not proud of that, but it is what it is.

  3. EmHart #
    May 17, 2012

    Wonderful news that Pip is snuggled in and growing happily. I am so glad. I am also very happy to hear that little Tucker has found his forever home, they look really lovely. I am glad they are friends of yours and I hope this means you will be able to keep us updated on how he gets one. Happy hugs x x x

  4. May 17, 2012

    You should post what you want, the way you want!

    Honestly I think sonograms are neat but mostly when they’re mine. Other people’s are not as interesting… is that rude? Maybe. IDK. I love the bump pictures though!

  5. May 17, 2012

    Can we do ducks too?

    I’m going to echo what everyone else has said: this is your space. I start reading blogs based on interest in topics and similar life experiences. I follow blogs based on the author. Lady, you’ve worked your butt off to get here. I’m beyond happy that you are finally at this stage (and was scared shitless from the events from the past two days). So, post away.

    And hooray for Tucker finding his forever home!!

  6. May 17, 2012

    “Doo doo time.” Terrible, Belle! Terrible. But I just snorted anyway.

    After my initial bright red spotting, I noticed it twice more, both times while pooping, and so I’ve also instituted a no straining rule. But, you know what this means? I never poop. It doesn’t matter how much fiber I eat. But then when I do, I really have to. It also makes me look 6 months pregnant. All-in-all I’m feeling a little ridiculous.

    Can I also just say that I would love to see ultrasound and belly photos wherever you decide to post them, or if not that’s of course okay too. And, I am following in your footsteps with this over-worrying, no symptoms, how do I pass the time until our ultrasound thing. This is so hard! I want my uterus to come with a window so I can check in every day. Or maybe that would be gross. Babies are probably pretty ugly early on. I need something though! I have nothing to convince me that there is something real growing inside.

  7. May 17, 2012

    So glad Small Fry found a home! You should post whatever you want. If you are worried about others you could put them on another tab. I personally love seeing belly and u/s photos. If there is a day I don’t feel like it I mark it unread and go back another day.

  8. Deborah #
    May 17, 2012

    I’m glad Small Fry has a wonderful home. And you sound so happy in this post. I am glad. It sounds like you are starting to really enjoy where you are at. I voted for both. This is your post and I really hope you can enjoy your experience and share your celebrations with us. I get so excited to hear about your good news every time.

  9. May 17, 2012

    Although it is hard at times to see the ultrasound and belly pictures, I actually look forward to them. They are hard because I so badly want to be able to post those things too, but it makes me look forward to a time that I will be able to. Plus I love seeing all you adorable ladies little ones grow. I say post them! If someone has a problem with it then they should be the ones to step away.

  10. May 18, 2012

    Belle, I am so happy that Pip is growing and staying put! I voted for the straight up belly pics, with ultrasound pics in an optional tab, not because I wouldn’t want to look at the ultrasounds, but because they seem to give you anxiety lately. I find the early ultrasounds to be quite adorable, but sometimes get creeped out by the 3D “older baby” ultrasounds that have a face mushed up front and center. However, any pics of the adorable Pip in whatever form would be welcome. It’s up to you!

  11. May 18, 2012

    Dude, pooping is fucking dangerous. I seriously feel like my toilet needs handles for me to grip sometimes.

    Yeah for Tucker and his new parents! So cute!

  12. May 18, 2012

    Thinking of you and hoping you’re doing well today. I’m looking forward to pics!’s word of the day today is pip!

    • May 18, 2012

      YAY! Thank you for the word of the day! I want to print this page and hang it by the ultrasounds 🙂

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