Just when I thought I’d brought my last baby home, we brought home a baby Bearded Dragon last week.
Jon David kind of loves him. Can you tell?
Now, before you get all screamy, “No you DIDN’T girlfriend, over my dead body will a lizard be up in MY house”, just hear me out. Because I was the same way.
Jon David has wanted a pet for a long time. But with me being pregnant, and now having a new baby, I haven’t been up for anything super high maintenance. I know a lot of you are dog people, but I just don’t have the energy for that right now.
Well. Jon David kept begging for a pet, and I kept saying no…and finally I realized that a compromise was in order. I am a firm believer in setting rules and enforcing them, but I also know that just because I don’t want something, doesn’t mean I should deprive my son of having certain childhood experiences.
So we made a deal.
I told him that if he could do his chores and responsibilities (homework, shower, etc) WITHOUT me nagging him for 30 days in a ROW, he could have a pet. This was NOT to bribe him to do chores, because he has to do those regardless, but to make him learn to take care of himself before he took on the responsibility of another life.
Well. It took months. He’d do good for a few days, and skip a week and start all over…and do good for a week and then skip a few days and start over…finally he realized that he was getting nowhere (and still doing all the same work, just with me nagging him) and decided to really work on doing better.
Finally he went a whole month without me nagging him once. And then he decided he wanted a lizard.
At first, I was dead set against a lizard. But it turns out, they are very low maintenance, and have a longer life span than a hamster or gerbil.
And hello, goldfish are kind of boring (No offense, gold fish).
Jon David originally wanted a Chameleon, but when I asked about them on my Facebook page, I got a lot of feedback saying that they are extremely fragile and high maintenance. So many of you recommended a Bearded Dragon, so I did some reading online, bought a book about them, and we went to several pet stores asking questions.
Every pet store person we talked to had nothing but praise for Bearded Dragons — if well cared for, they live a very long life (10 – 20 years), are very tame, easy to care for, and love humans. They actually bond with their owner and enjoy being held.
The set up was a little expensive. But they are cheap to feed, and the maintenance is low, and Jon David is thrilled.
Now I’m just trying to figure out where I’ll hide when he grows. They get to be around 2 feet long.
Jon David has named him Scribbles — I’ll post photos as he grows. Can you believe I have TWO babies now??