Thursday, January 21, 2016

The One W/ Chandler's 2nd Birthday

Guess who turned 2 yesterday? 

Chandler!


While we are sad that time is passing, Jay and I were ecstatic to celebrate our little son [happy birthday 2015 here]

Since getting Chandler, people often make comments that he is a placeholder for the future children I do want. While I'm not oblivious to the fact that your own children become your entire world, it makes me a bit ragey. I don't have him because I don't have kids yet (in fact, I plan to acquire many dogs throughout my life, regardless of my kid status!) and at the same time I'm not diminishing that kids rock parents' socks off. I have Chandler because I wanted a dog. I wanted a weekend buddy. I wanted to come home and feel the warmth of his extreme excitement just because I exist. I wanted kisses all over my face. I wanted a wiggly body in my lap. I wanted a little security team who gives warning barks when things go bump in the night. I wanted a dog. Owning my own dog is a dream come true to me. Chandler is an answered wish upon a star.

I love my sweet, kind, fun(ny), acrobatic, snuggly, happy, energetic, hilarious, sweet, sweet, sweet boy.

^All images from his weekday birthday treat on 1/20 (tennis balls!), cake to come this weekend.


Happy Birthday, Chandler. You deserve everything under the sun.

Love you to the moon and back.




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12 comments:

Pat Hatt said...

Sure he was spoiled rotten on his day and every other haha way to be. Dumb with the kid placeholder thing too. wait until you have 5 kids and 10 dogs, then what will they say? lmao did I over count?

Mattie @ Northwest Native said...

I absolutely agree! A dog is a family member and is completely separate from kids! Our dogs are definitely not 'placeholders' either!!

Ashley @ The Wandering Weekenders said...

Happy Birthday to sweet Chandler! I 100% agree with you, a dog is not a substitute until you have kids. If you're thinking of a dog like that, you probably shouldn't get a dog in the first place because by that logic what's to keep you just give up the dog as soon as you have kids. Dogs are seriously the best and don't judge you for being you (ok, Dart totally judges me sometimes), and they're always down for snuggles! I hope that Chandler lots of doggie treats to celebrate his big day!

Emily said...

I agree with you about the reason for choosing to have a dog. Hard not to love your furbaby even if they wake you up at 5am!

Kate at Green Fashionista said...

Adorable! HAPPY BIRTHDAY Chandler! And yesssss to having all the rage when people say that when you have kids that your dogs were just a place holder or won't mean as much. Such a messed up and thoughtless thing to say. Plenty of my friends have had kids, and still love their duggies so much <3
Green Fashionista

Kara said...

His beard is so freakin cute!! Happy birthday fuzzy little man!

Kristen @ See You In A Porridge said...

happy (belated) birthday to Chandler!!

I agree with all the things you said. I'm so sick of people telling me that I won't love my cats when I have kids. I love my cats because I love them, not because I don't have kids. I'm not delusional, I know I will love my kids more, but that won't make me love my cats any less - does that make sense? Like people with more than one kid, they don't stop loving the first one when the second one shows up ;)

Jaclyn said...

Happy birthday Chandler!!!! And don't listen to people's judgements. Your pooch and your future babies will hold two very different spots in your heart :)

Tabitha Lee said...

Happy birthday Chandler! He seems so amazing. Well said! Some people just don't understand.

Amanda - Voyage of the MeeMee said...

Happy birthday to the Chan Man!

SMD @ lifeaccordingtosteph said...

Happy belated Chandler!

Karrine Beasley said...

Happpppppy birthday to Chandler!! He just gets more and more adorable with each post he is featured in :)