Don’t Blink!

by Stefani on 1-April-2008

Remember this little ball of fluff?

Happy Easter, Peeps!

Well look at her now:

New Growth

My Luke keeps asking, “Can you believe how fast they are growing up?”

I tell him that I feel the same way about him.

Our chicks are getting their big girl feathers and beginning to act like real chickens, pecking around, flapping their big wings and fussing at each other.

My poor little chicken Papas are getting a quick course on the joys and pains of parenthood. They are so excited to see their girls getting big, but they are also a little sad and a lot scared to LET them be big!

Their babies used to snuggle in when they held them, now, like all big kids, they squirm and fuss if you hold on too long. They have things to do, place to go, bugs to catch! They’ve got no time for snuggling! So, my fellas have had to learn to sit still in the pen, to not chase the chicks, but wait for them to come over on their own terms for a snuggle. And they do, but it is hard to wait. Very very hard.

I understand this feeling.

Also, like all good daddies, my guys just ached with worry the first time their little ones ventured into the world on their own.

The chickens were outgrowing their indoor box, so we put up a pen in the backyard, and moved their box into it.

Boy In A Box

We close up the box at night, but in the day time, they can run around the pen, scratching in the grass and spreading their new wings. My guys spent a good part of the first day in there with the chickens! I drew the line at delivering my children’s dinner to them in their cage.

So the first day was a lot of fun, that first night though, it took my guys FOREVER to go to sleep with their babies all alone in the backyard. The boys were so worried that a cat or a snake, or a crocodile or a rogue hippo would come and devour their girls.

I told them I understood this too. I felt just that same way when I left them in the nursery at church for the first time.

Parenthood is rough.

Remember that thing in high school, where they give you an egg and see if you can keep it safe? It’s supposed to simulate parenthood, but I think they would have come closer to the bittersweet truth of raising little ones if they had passed out fluffy little chicks!

By the way, they made it through the night just fine, which called for celebratory sugar cereal on the deck, of course 🙂

Breakfast With the Girls

tania April 1, 2008 at 8:04 pm

this is so sweet. It has been great fun watching the boys and their chicks. Love the comparison to the pains and joys of parenting. As always, perfectly written Stefanie.

Paige April 1, 2008 at 9:13 pm

What sweet little kids!

brit April 1, 2008 at 9:58 pm

ahh. Life’s tough lessons. What protective sweet little fathers you are growing. thanks for letting us all learn from you…

Valerie April 1, 2008 at 10:57 pm

yum…apple jacks!! (or are they apple dapples that come in the big bag? I like those better – they actually taste more like apple jacks did when I was a kid!)

miss chris April 2, 2008 at 5:41 am

This is one of the sweetest little posts. Your little papas are just as nurturing as you are… xoxo And, if I had little blue chicks in my yard I would photograph them all day long.

Crystal April 2, 2008 at 5:51 am

Parenting the peeps. Rough stuff.

Great post today. Love the part about a rouge hippo. I worry about those too. 😉

Maria April 2, 2008 at 6:13 am

Nice plumage, girls!!
Wow, what these kids are learning! Great post!

erin April 2, 2008 at 6:17 am

are there rogue hippos in texas? i thought so.
glad the ladies made it through their first night in the wild.

Casey April 2, 2008 at 6:44 am

So adorable. They’re getting a great perspective on parenting this way, aren’t they?

Julie @ Letter9 April 2, 2008 at 7:57 am

Oh, how sweet and sad; such a lovely post. I spent all day yesterday contemplating my baby’s hands and whether they look older. Sigh.

And now of course you’ve got me thinking: how will I ever protect him from rogue hippos?

: )

Alicia A. April 2, 2008 at 8:25 am

So sweet. Good little daddies.

Rogue hippos?! Funny. Rogue raccoons is more like it.

natasha s April 2, 2008 at 8:28 am

oh my,I wish we had chickens again.Since we moved from CT we just don’t have the room.I have no idea about zoning either,not that I checked in CT.
I miss the greeting of my little ladies when I wandered outside.
That little blue one is my favorite,so darn cute.

Just Pure Lovely April 2, 2008 at 10:20 am

Seems we both have chicks on the mind today. I blogged my chickies first garden venture this morning. It’s kind of sad seeing that fluff disappear, isn’t it? I’m glad they keep it on their hineys anyway.

Sarah Jackson April 2, 2008 at 11:33 am

How perfect! I love that they’re experiencing the pangs of parenthood in such a sweet way. It’s so true – all babies grow up way too fast.

Allison Fouse April 2, 2008 at 11:48 am

What a beautiful experience for your children to have! This makes me wish we could get away with keeping “farm” animals in our stuffy S. Cal neighborhood. *Sigh*

Tracy April 2, 2008 at 12:34 pm

aw, all the little life lessons.

sarah April 2, 2008 at 8:56 pm

my husband and i were talking today about how difficult parenting is, how difficult watching them grow is, and how clueless these little ones are to our agony. this was right on track with my minds track today. how i love reading here.

Em April 4, 2008 at 9:45 pm

Aww… I can’t wait to get some chickens!!! We’re working on getting some soon… need a coop first though!

Marjorie April 6, 2008 at 8:44 am

So, cute! Can you imagine if they passed out fluffy chicks in High School!? ha, haa…
This is such a great experience for your boys. And the blue chick with the white feathers is beautiful. Too bad she couldn’t stay that way forever.

Aimee Greeblemonkey April 7, 2008 at 10:59 am

the cuteness won’t end!!!

regan June 7, 2009 at 11:18 pm

i am just glad to know that my kids are not the only ones that like to sit “in” with the chickens! i actually found a chair in our coop one day and my littlest son was out there sitting in it, with his feet up enjoying a snack!

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