Babies Galore!

Back up has arrived.  (For Kate, anyway.)  Our dear, beloved friend, Lori, and two furry friends have come to stay with us while Kane is gone, and we couldn’t be happier (unless, of course, Kane was home).  They got in Wednesday night.  You can read a little more about that at our Eila blog here.

The two furry friends are a cat named Max and a dog named Roxie.  That’s adding a dog and a cat and a grown-up to a house with a grown-up, a baby and two 8-year-old girls.  What could be more fun than that?  Oh, and I almost forgot, we also added our mantis babies yesterday.  What’s that?  you might be wondering.  Mantis babies?

Oooooh yeah.  All 200 (+ or -) of them.  Here’s their newborn portrait:

And if they don’t look crawly enough in that photograph, please check out the following video:

They hatched from a weird, pod thing that we’ve been keeping in a jar with a couple sticks for the past few weeks.  It seems like just yesterday (when actually, it was the day before), I was looking at that pod, wondering if and when the babies would ever come.  And then all of a sudden, the jar was alive with squirming little exoskeletons!  We rushed them outside, fearing they might start to eat each other or fight to death, all cramped in such a tight space.  In the above video, you see our fearless Shaelyn holding the jar, with no lid on it, as they crawl out by the dozen, hopping first on to her hand or sleeve or dress, and then onto the tree she’s sitting in, off into the world.

We did keep a few, as she suggested we do in the video.  They have a very nice home.

Besides caring for our sex-legged friends, the girls are very much enjoying those with four legs.  Their new favorite activity is accompanying Lori on dog walks.

Fun times, and many more to come!


3 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. kanekong
    Aug 24, 2012 @ 14:53:07

    I love seeing Eila love everything. Makes my cheeks hurt.


  2. Kelly
    Aug 24, 2012 @ 14:55:28

    Wow! Just yesterday I was shouting at Sol for playing with a spider like it is a yo-yo. He would have loved that squirming jar. He is very looking forward to mini beast hunts with his cousins.


  3. Lori
    Sep 15, 2012 @ 11:48:29

    So glad to be here!!


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