The trials and the triumphs after two weeks of puppy parenting.

in life •  9 months ago 

We have 2 kids.

They are 14 and 4.

We thought it would put us in OK steed for puppy raising.

IMG_20190128_185323.jpg

Yes we have quite a gap between them. Many people told us we were crazy to start over just as the first was hitting double digits, but they absolutely adore each other.

We have done many blundering things over the years, but having our second child was not one of them. A surprise perhaps but certainly no accident.

I much prefer

A gift from the gods.

Siblinghood has been an absolute gift to his adoring sister, who as it happened named him too.

Days after a Caesar I was still dosed up and didn't trust myself to name someone for life.

Hospital phobic dad was in a state of shock and dizzy, probably ever since the surprising news reveal then right up until he was half willingly scrubbed into theatres for the breezy procedure, and placed in charge of a baby while I was wheeled off to recovery.

Our almost 10 yr old seemed like the most sensible individual in the family at the time.

We couldn't agree between Django and Wolfie and in utero he was known as Larry. He is happy to have ended up with an entirely different name.

When we learned of our expectant bundle we were looking to move to a house and had promised her a pet. A cat or dog called Larry.

Many conversational references in our home are derived from quotes from television shows or 90s movies.

Although she desired nothing more than a Labrador puppy, that week we had been actively referencing the cat from the show modern family.

In the show, upon hearing the news that she is not getting an adopted brother as planned, Lily off handedly without missing a beat, asks for a cat called Larry instead.

IMG_20190128_184219.jpg
Photo credit: Larry the cat public figure, facebook profile.

As we were renting in a city in which tenants have little rights, we sat down our child to tell her she wasn't getting a Larry, but rather a brother or sister. We then proceeded to reference the growing bump as Larry.

Rental agreements seldom allow for pets in Sydney. Ours didn't, and we needed to rethink any our move as it relied on 2 wages, and Australia also lags behind many developed nations with regards to maternity leave pay.


Our baby is now 4 and a half and big girl 14.

Before Christmas we finally moved into our first house! Yay!

Her dream of owning a puppy has been realised.

We were expecting a bundle of love.

IMG_20190128_190114.jpg

Which we most definitely received

But we were also hit by a cyclone of poop and sleepless nights and poop and ankle biting and poop and crazy.

PSX_20190128_191036.jpg

She hit the house and took over in the first week.

In the second week we went back to basics and have embraced the crate.

PSX_20190128_191658.jpg

IMG_20190128_192223.jpg

But I know that Billy is going to heal us.

IMG_20190128_190519.jpg

We have moved house to hopefully begin a chapter of improved well-being, health, stability and hope.

A better normal within our circumstances.

IMG20190122092942.jpg

IMG_20180215_045251.jpg

Authors get paid when people like you upvote their post.
If you enjoyed what you read here, create your account today and start earning FREE STEEM!
Sort Order:  

Yes to the crate!!! Our dog(s) love theirs and go in on their own if they want to rest.
And puppies are little destroyers- more than toddlers 😂 They have better teeth and can jump higher.

Posted using Partiko iOS

Aww so cute! I clearly remember our poppy was the worst sock-toe biter ever! Ouch it hurt lol.

Hello @girlbeforemirror!

Congratulations! Thanks for using the #dogsofsteemit hashtag! This post has been chosen as one of the winners for Episode 55 of the #dogsofsteemit challenge.

Can't wait to see more dog photos from you!

Congratulations! Your post has been selected as a daily Steemit truffle! It is listed on rank 23 of all contributions awarded today. You can find the TOP DAILY TRUFFLE PICKS HERE.

I upvoted your contribution because to my mind your post is at least 2 SBD worth and should receive 86 votes. It's now up to the lovely Steemit community to make this come true.

I am TrufflePig, an Artificial Intelligence Bot that helps minnows and content curators using Machine Learning. If you are curious how I select content, you can find an explanation here!

Have a nice day and sincerely yours,
trufflepig
TrufflePig

Hi @girlbeforemirror,

Thanks so much for partaking in #dailypetphotography! Please follow @dpet for upcoming events.
Our discord channel is up and running, come on over and say hi, lots of avil pet owners are awaiting you there.
https://discord.gg/GYrnsNm

:)

Hey jon. ☺
Blogon brother

Hi M 😊

Beautiful pup and blessings to you and your family xoxo. Blogon :]

:) love all of this :) and that she named the baby :D and your pooch child is adorable :)

LOL puppies will mess indoors with poop, I think they should be kept outside though @girlbeforemirror
Best regards to your health Ma'am.

There is a big scary brush tail possum outside, those things are ferocious. My baby wouldn't stand a chance. She would be frightened.
I grew up with a dog who was an outside dog, i understand the logic, but I have been 20 yrs with my husband who's family always had their dog inside as a fully fledged member of the family, I am a convert I'm afraid. I could not put her outside I wouldn't sleep. She is a baby and a poo factory , and I am her poop scooping slave.