There are so many things I said I wouldn't do as a parent. I will never give my kids a pacifier, I will never let my kids ......(insert numerous activities), I will never drive a minivan. This list goes on and on. All of these things I have done and more. Before having kids, I had no clue about what these little beings do to you.
Well, one of the many things I said was, "I will never have caged animals in my house". That too has come to fruition. Meet Gaia and Nugget, our newest family members.
Grady has asked for some kind of reptile for years. Don't get me wrong, I love reptiles! Snakes, turtles, lizards.....bring it on. I just hate to see animals in cages. I made a deal with Grady after talking with his teacher.
You see, Grady is somewhat of a slacker....ok a big slacker. He is a super smart kid with so much potential but if he isn't interested, he won't put in any effort. I went to school and spoke with his teacher. As we were talking, she showed me where he moved his desk area too. It was sandwiched in between the lizard and turtle terrariums. He sits on a stool next to his scaly friends and does his work while watching out for the class pets. His teacher recognized his passion for animals (his idol is Steve Irwin, his writing is about poaching, etc). Together, we came up with the idea of Grady working hard at school to earn a gecko. Guess what?! It worked! Grady is more engaged and involved in school. After months of working hard, we adopted Gaia.
Gaia, the crested gecko
She is so loved that she travels around the house. Here she is watching the boys work a puzzle.
Myles would not dream of being left out of the gecko earning. So, I though of something that Myles needed to work on. Myles has what you would call a bit of an anger problem. Or as he likes to call it "anger tissues". He has had these anger issues since birth. We are working on him breathing or counting when he gets angry instead of screaming or hitting. Okay so we are still working on this one. BUT Grady earned a gecko so I broke down and got Myles one as well. Myles has come a long way but is still an angry work in progress.
Meet Nugget, the gargoyle gecko
As a naturalist, I work with all kinds of interesting people. I just happen to work with a guy that sells reptiles on the side. He had a huge operation in his house and it's a part time job for him.
Just look at this room full of reptiles! So, with my reptile hookup, it was easy to find healthy geckos. It has been great to be able to text or call our expert whenever we have a question.
Emma was heartbroken that she couldn't have a "baby lizard". "I need a baby lizard too"!
Poor girl! I explained that she was too young to have a baby lizard but I would let her pick something else out. Something of the non-living variety. She has been begging for cheese balls. You know the nasty, bright orange balls of chemicals? I have always refused to buy them but her crocodile tears had me stopping for some cheese balls. Just another thing that I said I wouldn't do as a parent.
Searching for the perfect gecko
So far, Gaia and Nugget are still alive. The boys are responsible for them. If Grady slacks off or Myles stops working on his "anger tissues", they go back to Bryan.