Well we have a new addition to the Strongheart family. His name is Dorie, he’s a blue Beta.
Cecelia’s friend has been taking her to the pet store to explore once a week and I guess Cece has fallen in love with the fish. Cecelia has been asking or more like demanding “No I hold it” when they look at the containers of Betas. Her friend hinted that I shouldn’t be surprised if one shows up on my door step. Well yesterday one mysteriously appeared when Cece and her friend “M” came home.. “M” came in and announced that she found it on my porch and that it was a good thing she found it before it froze.
So Santa came early and delivered Cece a fish yesterday. “M” adores Cece and vice versa and “M” just had to ask Santa to give Cece a fish yesterday. Don’t get me wrong I love “M” and am very thankful to have found such a wonderful person to care for Cece but a FISH???!!! REALLY??!!
Cecelia has an absolute obssession and zero impulse control when it comes to any liquids. I can’t even count the number of times I’ve fished various toys and stuffed animals out of my dishwater because Cece decided they needed a bath. Since Glenna got her doll house for her birthday there have been many times that I’ve discovered the play bathtub full of water from Glenna’s sippy cup and various toys getting a bath. All liquids have to be kept out of Cece’s reach or I end up with bowls/containers full of bubble bath, dish detergent etc.
So the thought of a fish bowl full of water with a fish in it seems troublesome. But Cece sure loves her fish! Yesterday after said aquatic animal arrived and said respite Santa left I proceeded to rinse the new fish bowl and rocks to put in it. The Beta I thought was safely on the counter beside me out of Cece’s reach. LOL yeah the fish wasn’t quite out of reach or Cece’s just getting too tall, because when I turned around after dumping the rocks in the fish bowl Cece had the fish. To my horror she had not only gotten hold of the fish container but also taken the lid off and had the fish in her HAND and was PETTING it!!
I ran over and rescued the fish and got it settled in it’s fish bowl all the while hoping that it would survive Cece’s “petting” it. Sigh…. so far so good. I kept a close eye on the lil aquatic beastie all evening and Dorie seems to be alive and well today although his fins do seem a tad droopy.
I called “M” and told her what happened and she told me not worry that she wasn’t expecting the fish to live long and if anything happened she’d understand. Yep she sure knows my daughter. Well Cece kept trying to get her fingers in the water while I was on the phone with “M” and I decided to take an old plastic margarine container lid cut some holes in it and duct tape it over the top of the fish bowl. “M” suggested the duct tape LOL
So now not only did I duct tape the lid onto the fish bowl but also for safety reasons since it’s a glass bowl I duct taped the bowl to my desk. So now hopefully Dorie is safe and sound and Cece will not be able to cause it any harm. It might not be the prettiest fish bowl but the fish is safe and Cece can enjoy her new pet.
I am skeptical about the lifespan of Dorie but I will keep very close watch. Part of my concern comes from some of the things Cece is saying about her fish. Dorie has turned out to be a great speech therapy resource encouraging Cece to talk about her fish. Cece keeps telling me “Eat it!! mmmm Fish!!!” “Cake, eat it mmm Fish!” I am going to interpret these statements as Cece wanting to feed the fish cake!!! Because if one day Dorie goes missing or if I discover Cece has Dorie in her mouth I am gonna freak out!! LOL I think it could be that Cece is looking at the rainbow colored rocks in the bottom of the fish bowl and thinking that they are candy?? Yeah that’s it!! Please dear Lord don’t let Cece eat her fish 😦
Glenna doesn’t seem all that impressed with our new addition. She has only acknowledged Dorie’s existence a couple of times but she calls it “Pretty fish”!
Well that’s the story of our new “Pet” fish. Hopefully Dorie will live a long and uneventful life bringing joy to Cecelia and not too much stress for me LOL