A recent visit with my in-laws has produced a new habit for Nolan. This time, it’s not so bad.
My father-in-law has a big, black lab, and my year-and-a-half old son is at the perfect height for her to grab a few snacks.
Not only does Abby get any crumbs that happen to fall when he’s actually seated at the table but when Nolan’s running around with something in his hand, it’s quickly sniffed or scarfed up by the dog.
With all of these extra snacks, Abby feels particularly fond of Nolan. And so she’s been quite generous with her doggy kisses, licking Nolan’s hands and face.
After a weekend of these doggy kisses, Nolan decided it was time for him to return the favour.
Pulling his soother out of his mouth, Nolan gave Abby a big, open-mouthed kiss back. On her nose.
Then on her foot, her back and her ear.
Keep in mind Nolan’s still young so there’s no pucker, it’s just an open mouth up against dog hair. There might be a bit of tongue in there, too.
So with that under his belt, we then encouraged Nolan to give other people kisses too. My step-mom-in-law started making the ‘mmmm’ noise before the kiss, so my son gave that a try.
Now it’s a new hobby.
My day-care lady also happens to have a dog and, as soon as I dropped Nolan off on Monday, he began kissing him. On his head, and his body. Now this dog isn’t a touchy-feely kind of dog, so Nolan had to back off.
But it was funny all the same that he now associates dogs with giving kisses.
At least it’s better than biting.