Having a child means cherishing lots of “firsts”. First words, first steps, first baby teeth, first time bringing some punk boyfriend by the house (ok, I probably won’t cherish that last one).

Naturally, one of the biggies is the first time your child says, “I love you.” Well, we finally heard Doodle say that for the first time this past weekend.

Only “I love you” is an abbreviated quote. What she actually said was, “I love you, Darby.” Darby, of course, being one of our dogs.