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How life changes for your dog after having a baby (or 2)…

Apologies to my regulars, it’s been sometime between posts. 3.5 years to be exact! And well, a lot has gone down in those last few years…

A quick summary.

My gorgeous first born (fur) baby, Cooper is now 5!!! Let’s just say, Cooper’s life has changed dramatically. I now have a beautiful daughter who has just turned 3 called Harper and a spunky little boy, Paxton, who is 18 months old. So yes, life has been busy, hectic and stressful but so full of love and fun.

Life changes and the guilt sets in.

Cooper is an awesome big brother. It took some adjusting at the start for him and for us. I suffered SO much guilt about him after having my first baby. I missed all that time we shared together, especially when I was pregnant and on maternity leave. He came with me everywhere, he was my number one priority and the one who got all the attention, all the time. Unfortunately for him, that’s no longer the case. All I wanted was to be able to play with him more, walk him more and cuddle him more. But my body was battered and bruised after labour – it took about one month for me to recover and heal which made it hard to do our usual things together, plus the crazy hormones of a new sleep deprived breastfeeding mum. Thank goodness for my amazing husband, Jase, he helped me big time, during this period.

Cooper and me

Harper is born.

Bringing Harper home from the hospital was one of the most special moments of my life. I’m not sure what I was more excited for, meeting my first-born child for the first time or introducing her to Cooper. (I’ll share more details, tips and advice on this in a later post). And watching their relationship grow these last 3 years has just been the best!! Harper is already like me, she loves animals, she is so caring and nurturing and her and Cooper have a very special bond.

Harper is born

As a baby, Harper cried A LOT!! Cooper struggled with that, especially at the start. So, he would just put himself outside! Most of the time, I wished I could have joined him. At 4 months of age, Harper started on solids (eating food) and this is when their relationship really began! When Harper was 9 months old, I fell pregnant again. Dogs know these things, they can smell the hormones. And I genuinely felt like Cooper was pissed off at me! “Mum, not again!! Not another one!”.

Paxton is born.

9 months later, Paxton was born. Harper was only 18 months old at the time. Poor Cooper went down the pecking order again. And my guilt levels were higher than ever (I will discuss how I dealt with the guilt and some tips to help overcome it in another post). But being the crazy dog lover I am, we always managed to include Cooper as much as we could.

Paxton is now 18 months and Harper now 3 and Cooper is the most loved dog I know. He is so patient and tolerant of the kids. He loves cleaning up their food! And gosh, I don’t know how I’d do it without him. He makes for a great mop, pram cleaner and car seat cleaner. Our daily walks with the double pram and the dog have become a ritual and we wouldn’t have it any other way.

What’s to come.

Right now, Cooper is curled up in a ball at the end of my bed, having some crazy dream. I don’t know what has inspired me to write again, but I hope you’ll all come along on this journey with me…

All I know is that I am feeling excited! I have so much to share with you guys about what I have learnt over the past few years. And about the incredible relationship between children and dogs.

Since having my two kids, I have also completed another online Dog Training and Dog Psychology Course, just as a little refresher and because I wanted to use my brain again.

Here are roughly some of the topics I will use for my future posts, please feel free to send me a message if there is anything you would like me to cover off.

– No need to tell your dog that you’re pregnant, they already know! And same goes for when you’re in labour…

– Preparing your dog for a baby.

– Introducing baby and dog.

– Adjusting to life with a baby and a dog. And how I dealt with the guilt and some tips to help overcome it.

– Tips for dealing with your dog when feeding babies and toddlers.

– Growing up with animals is so important! There are SO many benefits. And it’s the best thing to watch.

– Dog parks with kids.

– Daily exercise and/or mental stimulation for your dog and kids!

– Teaching your kids how to behave around your dog and other dogs.

And much much more!

 

Mel xox

 


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