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Does Your Baby Have A Spirit Animal?

He's not a baby bull, but he sure is cute in this onesie!

I know what you’re thinking after reading that header… ‘What in world are you talking about, Melissa?” but bare with me for a second. I’d venture to guess your little one has at least one nickname – and a lot of baby nicknames are associated with animals – little bird, sweet monkey, baby bear.

When our daughter was born, we had given her the nickname of “dove” within a day of being born as she was so sweet and cooed constantly. Almost 2 years later, and I still call her Dovie all the time. It fits her too a tee and along the way, I’ve found myself buying dresses and hats and shoes with little doves printed on them.

When I was pregnant with Arlo, I felt like he should have an animal too. I know it sounds a bit hippy-dippy, but I thought it’d be nice to find a animal that represented him in the same way a dove had for his sister. So I latched onto the idea of him being a bull – after all, he was conceived while we were in Spain and he would be born under the sign of Taurus – so I began to collect bull things in anticipation of my little bull. (This is beginning to sound kind of crazy as I write it out here and try to explain it)

When Arlo was born – there was nothing bullish about him. His birth was very spiritual and subdued – when he was born he had such a wise and calm presence. The bull image just didn’t work. These days, I feel he’s more like a little owl. Observing, studying and flashing his big, beautiful eyes this way and that.

I guess time will tell if he turns out to be a sweet monkey or a love puppy or if he stays my wise little owl.

Am I the only one who thinks this way? Does your baby remind you of a certain animal? If so, I’d love to hear about it in the comments.


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