When I found out I was pregnant with Macks, I was so excited that I was going to have the opportunity the buy an entire new wardrobe for him. As a mom to two girls, Avery, my youngest daughter still gets many of the clothes that her older sister wore. While I still like to add clothes to her wardrobe, much of it is stuff that her sister has worn.
It feels like this stage of Amani’s life has been filled with so many exciting milestones in such a short period of time. She’s begun crawling, has transitioned to bathing in the bathtub instead of the bathroom sink, and has two new teeth. Amongst the new changes in her life, the most dreamy has been moving her into her crib.
Before becoming a married woman I made it a point to never dated anyone without first asking myself would I want this person to be the father of my children. Knowing that children, specifically boys model their fathers I set in place certain standards, morals and traits to look for in a future spouse and parent.
When I met my husband, I knew he was the one for many reasons but the main ones were, what a good father he was to my now step-daughter and what an amazing son he was to his mother.
Before we had our son, my husband and I decided to start off with a dog. We’ve had our beagle, Scrappy, since we got married almost 8 years ago. He was our little “fur baby.” But after we welcomed our son last year, there was definitely an adjustment period in which we had to learn how to balance the two. It was challenging at the beginning, but now we’re very happy our little “pack” has stuck together.
Here are a few tips that might help you balance your dog with a new baby or toddler:
Go For Family Walks: Instead of taking the baby out in the stroller for a walk alone, bring your dog along too. It’s a great way for the entire family to get some exercise and fresh air.
Have a Routine: When it’s time to feed your baby or toddler breakfast, feed your dog his meal as well. This way your pet is not eating late in the day and it helps you stick to a routine.
Have Your Toddler Help Out: Our toddler loves to help out with the feedings too. In the mornings he’ll say “mama, Scrappy” and I know it’s time to feed our beagle. He’ll grab his food bowl and we’ll practice counting as I scoop the dog food in the bowl.
Naps: To avoid having our dog’s barking wake up our little one (especially from unexpected knocks on the door from FedEx or UPS) I would put a sign on my door that read “please leave package at the door–don’t knock.” Hey, I guarded my son’s sleep like a mama bear.
Get Help From Your Partner: Don’t try to do it all yourself. Split up the doggy duties with your partner. For example, you can split up the walks and feedings. Our beagle sheds a lot, so we would also split up the brushing.
Do you have any tips that have helped you?