We have now had Gaston for two months, and already it seems like we have had him forever, and it’s changed our lives so much! I guess every new parent says that, but it’s true! I am so less productive now because I want to hang out with him, and my computer is in a different room. <sad face> But that will change soon. Gaston needs to be the heart of the home!

And in fact, Gaston's pen is pretty much the heart of the living room, it takes up so much space!

And in fact, Gaston’s pen is pretty much the heart of the living room, it takes up so much space!

We continue to adjust to one another – he’s definitely warming up to us, and we keep trying to find new things to keep him occupied. He had a nice fuzzy tube (really for cats) that I thought he’d like to snuggle in, but then he destroyed the bottom, so I replaced it with another cardboard house like he has upstairs. He loves that.

Fuzzy fabrics and crinkly metallic fabrics are probably not the best bunny toys...

Fuzzy fabrics and crinkly metallic fabrics are probably not the best bunny toys…

We got him a few bunny smart toys, toys that make him problem solve to get a treat. The first one we had to coach him on a bit – it has doors on either end that he has to open to get the treats. He figured out the first door pretty quickly but the logistics of the second door took him longer. Gaston got so excited for it! We had the best time watching him with that.

Figuring out the doors on his first smart toy...

Figuring out the doors on his first smart toy…

But then we decided to get him another one. This seemed harder – several lids he had to remove to get to the treats (or food pellets, which apparently are just as exciting as treats). But he figured it out without any coaching from us! Smart bunny!

Standing it the smart toy is a smart idea, right?

Standing it the smart toy is a smart idea, right?

It’s hysterical to watch him yank the lids off, even though there is no resistance. Sometimes he inadvertently pushes the lids back in place or on another spot, which then makes him think there are still *more* treats. I love watching him twitch with excitement when we put this down, but I think we’ll soon need to move onto something even more challenging. This Train Cube toy seems like a good option.

When he’s not playing, he can become as flat and relaxed as a bunny can be. It’s pretty funny to see him stretched out and dozing. gaston-3Lately we’ve been sitting in the “front yard” of his pen to get him used to being around us. He will definitely come down and sit in the cardboard house out there, but then sometimes he’ll come relax super close to us. Really, this is a big deal – if he’s comfortable enough around us to sit within inches, it’s only a matter of time before he’ll want to snuggle. Or at least come up to us when he has even more space to play.

Lounging (albeit somewhat cautiously) near my knee!

Lounging (albeit somewhat cautiously) near my knee!

It’s so much fun watching him explore and observe and play (and snooze), and we couldn’t be happier to have this little fuzzball in our lives. I have so many videos of him but I’m too lazy (well, busy) to upload them to YouTube, but maybe later.

#gastonthelionhead #bunnylove

#gastonthelionhead #bunnylove

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