It’s 36 degrees and rainy, and since it’s after 4:30 PM it’s also pitch black out.  The worst part of winter is not the snow and cold, it’s the early darkness.  However, the darkness outside is broken up nicely by all the Christmas lights we have.  Bright, LED lights, that are so pretty it’s practically impossible to feel depressed in their presence.  The big blow-up Polar bear is also way too cheery to allow a frown so, despite anything that is wrong in my life or in the world, life is good.

My baby timneh is now closing in on eight weeks old, and really looks more like an adult than a baby at this point.  He’s about at the peak of his baby weight, too, weighing in this morning at 348 grams. This, despite having dropped a feeding yesterday and being on three feedings a day now.  If he levels off when weaned at 330 grams I will be quite pleased.

Of course this also means a lot of work is going on now.  He may have only three formula handfeedings, but I have to spend time between feedings offering him things like the Beans/Rice/Veggie mix, or warm, soaked weaning pellets.  In the picture below, I was giving him some of the B/R/V mix before giving him the formula.

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He needs to get used to eating other things.  Being a single baby, it is much tougher to accomplish this.  When there are at least two kids, they really egg each other on.  Monkey see, monkey do.  In this case, I’M the other monkey!  So far, though, he’s doing great.  He has been nibbling on the millet spray, Cheerios, and Zupreem Fruit Flavored pellets, as well as showing some interest in the B/R/V mix.  He also needs to be handled a lot now, too.  He needs to associate good things with hands and humans, and when he gets a bit older he’ll need to learn how to Step Up, too.

I’m still waiting for his parents, Ziggy and Paco, to start another clutch.  If they had hatched more than just one baby I probably would have held them off till next fall, but they didn’t have to work too hard hatching just one – especially one that was pulled so soon.  In the end, though, it is always up to them whether they go to nest or not.  You can give a pair everything they need and they never have kids, while another pair may not have even the basics and yet their desire to nest is so strong that they will be successful anyway.  My congo pair prove that fact.  They have everything they need, and yet I have had only infertile eggs from them.  Maybe someday…

In the meantime, I have parrotlet pairs dropping eggs left and right, but since I still have a few kids to sell I will not allow more to be born.  I have a finite amount of space, and I will never allow myself to lose sight of that.  It’s a delicate balance, but it’s important not to lose sight of it.

Did I mention that we have a lovely Christmas tree this year?  I bought it in the summer.  Yes, it is fake, but it is the most real-looking fake I’ve ever seen.  It even feels real – like a spruce.  I remember years ago when I refused to have a fake tree.  How foolish I was!  You get all the beauty and advantages and none of the drawbacks with a fake tree.  No need to water, no needles falling off, no bare spots, and in the case of pre-lit trees, no need to mess with putting the lights on.  It means I can put my tree up early without worrying about it, too.  I like my tree up by Thanksgiving, so after the feast we can watch holiday movies by the light of the tree.  It really puts me in the holiday mood to have the tree on every night.

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My tree ornaments are a mix of home-made things… and birds.  Lots of birds.  🙂  Birds with feathers, birds with glitter, and even some home-made birds of felt.  Lots of other home-made stuff, too,  going all the way back to the baked salt dough ornaments Alex and I made when he was a little boy, probably 25 years ago.    Good memories.  🙂

Nita

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