Since His Highness Sir Linus died last week (easy child's pet rat), she's been lost. We walked in stifling heat yesterday to the pet store and picked out a new baby. He's so tiny! He's light cream (nearly white) with just his head looking like it was dipped in caramel, and big soft brown eyes. He loves to cuddle, hasn't nipped even once and is starting today to explore his home and build his nest in his nesting box. He's absolutely adorable and easy child is still missing her Linus, but she's much happier with a new little critter to look after. He's so tiny, I'd forgotten how small Linus was when we first brought him home. He even had visitors, family members, who were never "Rodent" people until they fell in love with Linus. They heard she had a new baby and they flocked over to meet him, wanting to see him while he was still in his baby phase. Sometimes being a mom feels extra good. easy child's face this morning when I discovered her with him in the living room was radiant with happiness.