Today is a special day because it marks exactly one year since we’ve adopted Babadook at around age 1, so we are celebrating his second birthday today! Happy birthday my big boy!
In honor of Babadook turning 2, I’m going to share with you some old and new photos of him and some things I’ve learned after adopting him. I’ve mentioned several times before how having my first real pet has changed my life in ways I never expected. Our not-so-little (but very cute) Babadook has brought smiles to my face even during my worst days, and I’ve come to realize the great things I’ve learned just from being a proud mommy to a Chinese water dragon. 🙂
I actually love reptiles.
Babadook at age ~1 when we first adopted him!
One of my exes had a snake and I was never fond of him. I immediately generalized and told myself that I hated all reptiles… up until a few months into having Babadook in my life! Now, I find myself wanting more water dragons, and some geckos, bearded dragons, and chameleons. If I had my own house already, I’d probably be having all of the above! Reptile room, please!
Babadook has grown tremendously since the day we got him. When we took him home, he barely had any spikes, a crest, or a belly… and now he has all of the above! His colours have morphed over time as well.
The reptile community is pretty tight… as in, cool, but also a niche market.
Unlike the fashion community which is extremely saturated, the reptile (specifically Chinese water dragon) community is super tight & actually talks about Babadook. I started an Instagram account for him just for fun (you should totally follow him if you haven’t already… I promise you’ll fall in love with him!), and in about half a year he’s already garnered almost 2,000 loyal and active followers! Not that the number of followers defines his worth or amazingness, but he doesn’t even know how popular he is! I’ve made a couple friends with other reptile moms off of online Chinese water dragon communities and surprisingly talk to them more regularly than my local friends.
Babadook’s most recent photoshoot on 4/8/16 by David Potter
In fact, I just met one of my closest ones last week — Tara of @duttontara on Instagram, in person and was SO stoked. I really love her because she was one of the first people I met after joining the reptile community, and she also really helped guide me in caring for Babadook when we first got him. He fell in love with her after meeting her too! Such a beautiful person inside and out. <3
#Withdrawals is a real thing & it’s hard to go on vacation.
Not only is it hard to find someone trustworthy to watch him and feed him live food, it’s hard to be apart from him for so long! Even just a day feels like forever. And when I’m away from home for work, I’m always thinking about him and wondering what he’s doing… anyone else do this with their pets?!
Pets make great companions.
Babadook a couple months after he became a part of our family
They won’t talk back or argue, they will listen to your rants (Babadook does a good job making sure he doesn’t look irritated at least), they’ll hang out with you when you want them to, and they’ll always be home patiently waiting for you. I haven’t had to deal with any drama with Babadook yet. 🙂 Not going to lie — before becoming a reptile mom, I never understood how people could love their pets so deeply like they’d love another human being. Now, my love for Babadook is like a mommy’s love to her son! Owning a pet is definitely a great life lesson, priceless experience, and much more! I look forward to more adventures and learning more with him.
CWDs are a lot more complicated than they seem.
They don’t leave a huge mess of fur everywhere like cats and dogs do (probably a large contributing factor to why I love them so much), but they do require a ton of humidity and specific temperatures in their habitat, which also needs to be a certain size. They need a bunch of logs and trees to climb and hide in, water to drink and swim in, and most importantly, they are social animals and need the interaction. Chinese water dragons are surprisingly tame and have vivid personalities if you take the time to get to know them. Their shedding process is pretty interesting and looks especially cool when my boyfriend photographs it… 😉
Photo by David Potter
There you have it… something a little different from my usual posts — some things I’ve learned from being a proud mom to a Chinese water dragon. Do you have a pet? What are some things you’ve learned after becoming a parent to a beloved pet?
Featured Image by David Potter