Wednesday, August 8, 2012

The Hamster Diaries: Part Deux

Child #2 has none of his mother's aversion to rodents. It was love at first sight.

He plucked his furry brown (rat without a tail) out of the cage, held it up and proclaimed it Ninjy. "Because, you know mom, he's brown like a a Ninja."

Child #1 immediately told him Ninjas wear black but Child #2 remained unmoved, the hamster would be Ninjy.

"Let's put him back in the cage so we can talk about the ground rules," I said.

"Here, you can hold him mom," said Child #2 presenting me with a fat squirming rodent.

"No, no, back in the cage," I demurred. Both kids looked at me suspiciously. I could see ideas forming in their brains.

The ground rules were simple.

1. Ninjy needs to be in his plastic hamster ball, cage or in the kid's hands at all times.

2. Child #2 is responsible for cleaning the cage and feeding Ninjy.

3. Don't let Ninjy bounce down the stairs in his plastic hamster ball.

4. Don't lose him.

We are now a week into life with Ninjy.

The highlights include me being chased through the house by two children shrieking, "Baby Ninjy just wants a kiss!"

It has become altogether ordinary to have a hamster running around the kitchen (encased in his plastic ball) while I make breakfast.

Child #1 sings rock-a-bye-Ninjy on a regular basis before depositing him in the Beyblade stadium. It, not surprisingly, didn't take him long to figure out how to scale the 8 inch plastic walls which is a contributing factor to his being lost three times.

The last time was yesterday. He was missing for thirty minutes accompanied by dire warnings about Ninjy's obsession with our air vents from me and lots of tearful remorse from my children. 

Child #2 has classified the sound of Ninjy running on his hamster wheel at night as "noise that lets me know I'm not alone in my bedroom."  It also lets everyone else know they're not alone in the house.

At this point I still haven't held Ninjy. But just this morning I brought him a hamster treat and held it out on the palm of my hand. He rodented over to the door of his cage and I was brave enough to let him eat the treat out of my hand.

Who knows, maybe by next week I'll have worked up the nerve to pet the tailess little rat. Maybe by next week it won't be nearly as fun to chase me around the house with hamster in hand.


Kyra Lennon said...

LOL, sounds like a load of fun in your house at the moment! Your kids sound many levels of awesome - I particularly love the idea of them singing Rock-A-Bye Ninjy!

Kathleen Barker said...

Johanna, you raise the ordinary to extraordinary. Loved it!

Rachel Schieffelbein said...

That is so cute! I love that they sing to him, and that the noise makes him know he's not alone. That is so sweet. :)

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Ninjy! Tell your kids that is an awesome name.

Joanne Noragon said...

You are some supermom. I could not deal with Ninjy puddling the carpet. Or little hands.

Julie Flanders said...

I loved this! I had a hamster when I was a kid and this brought back so many memories. My mom probably felt the same way you do now LOL.

"Baby Ninjy wants a kiss" made me laugh so much, although I am sorry for you. :D

Connie J Jasperson said...

In no time at all you'll be keeping the little guy warm by carrying him every where in your br...


Nah, that won't happen.

Angela Cothran said...

I'm deathly afraid of remotely like a mouse. You are a better mother than me :)

Johanna Garth said...

Kyra, a little too much fun.

Thanks Kathleen!

Rachel, yes, that piece of it is sweet.

Alex, message passed along.

Joanne, I'm trying to enforce a no carpet rule.

Julie, I had to lock myself in the bathroom yesterday.

Angela, I have a rat phobia! Ninjy is not a rat is becoming my mantra.

~Sia McKye~ said...

LLLLLLMAO! I'm sorry, I shouldn't but the whole thing cracks me up.

Poor you. I should be a sympathetic friend and say, there there, you'll get used to him and be holding the little pooper in no time.


Emily R. King said...

"Tailless little rat." HA!

jenny milchman said...

OMG, hysterical. I think he loves you.

Joyful Minimalism said...

LOL I think that your kids are on to you! I had to laugh so hard at the thought of you being chased through the house. Especially with the accompanying video. I think that he really does want to be cuddled by you though :D

Morgan said...

"Pet the tailless rat" <---LOL!

Oh man... you are a much braver soul than I! Too funny. I'm so glad you've shared, Johanna!

Scarlett said...

Johanna, I have just a wee bit of advice for You: the reluctant wrangler of the rat-like critter, known fondly as Ninjy.

Accept your fate. Embrace your fear. Then run like hell from those beautifully determined children of yours! The Squees and Giggles that are released from our mothers when being chased by something squirmy are priceless!

Love the videos! Love hearing your voice for the first time! (:

Michael Di Gesu said...

How fun...

My mother wasn't as accepting as you.. "NOTHING IS ALLOWED IN THE HOUSE THAT LOOKS LIKE A RAT!"

So needless to say she ruled. No pets until our six-week-old lab puppy joined our family when I was ten.

He was DEFINITELY worth waiting for .... I loved that pooch. Sadly, my "little brother" passed 13 years later. I was 23, but i grew up with him. SOOOO sad.

MY love for dogs still remains and as soon as I can sell my condo, I will be getting a couple of pups to grow old with. LOL.

M Pax said...

My niece liked all the vermin - gerbils, hamsters, guinea pigs. My cats would love if I bought any of these things. They loved when I had fish.

Mark Koopmans said...

Why is it everytime I read one of your posts it reminds me of the chaos in mine:)

Aren't we the ones supposed to be in charge, not the rat-meister or the larger rugrats, in my case :)

Classic story, thanks for sharing, as always (Now, I feel better again !!!)