A Month with the Pup

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We have had our sweet puppy girl for a month now (well like a month and a week if you’re wanting to be technical) and I most certainly have some thoughts and feelings about this. So many of my friends have kids and dogs and they rave about what a wonderful thing it is to have kids who have dogs. I knew I wanted that. Wild Man and I always talked about how we were going to get a family dog but we weren’t planning on getting her until later. Getting her ended up being kind of a rushed decision, but I truly do not regret it. Yes, we have a one year old, a baby on the way and a puppy. It is a little overwhelming and crazy, but overall it has been a good thing. I got really frustrated with her the other day and I’m not going to lie, for a split second I was ready to text Wild Man and say we are selling the dog – I’m done. But then I thought about the month we’ve had with her so far and I honestly think I’d be devastated if we got rid of her. She drives me nuts but we already love her and she’s part of the family.

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By far my favorite thing about having a dog is the relationship that H has with her. Its no secret that she loves him the most and he adores her right back. If H could talk I have no doubt she’d obey his commands the best and quickest. H is sad when we leave her and when we come back she’s always most excited to see him. These two are going to be such cute friends growing up. However their friendship is not all sunshine and rainbows. I often refer to them as frenemies. H for whatever reason gets really rough with her sometimes. He loves to yank on her ears, pull her tail, poke her eyes, step on her while she sleeps and so on. She’s a good girl and doesn’t ever retaliate but I still feel bad for her. But she’s not innocent in this either. Her favorite chew toy is unfortunately still H. Its getting better though – thank heavens. 90% of the time, however, they’re the best of pals hanging out on the floor or her dog bed together, snuggling and bonding. I love it. I am so glad my boys have a dog to grow up with.

This next point is kind of good and bad I guess, but I love that she is challenging me. She motivates me to get outside, go on a walk or just sit in the grass when I’d rather be on the couch watching tv. She has also made me more patient and has greatly shown me where I lack in patience. She has also been awesome motivation to keep the house clean so she doesn’t chew up everything in view.

She’s picking up on training pretty quick and we are really proud of her. She is a lab and labs are kind of notorious for being easy to train and for picking up on things quickly. We can mostly attest to that. She caught on to house training and being crate trained within like 3-4 days and has rocked those ever since. House training was the thing I was most worried about but she has proven to me that she’s reliable and has got it down. We hang a bell on our back door that she rings when she needs to go out and she’s so good at it! Its a massive relief. She’s not awesome at responding to her name yet but she improves every day. She’s good at come finally, too, which is nice. She’s mastered sit and lay down and we’re starting some more tricks now like stay, shake, etc. We are also working daily on training her to walk good on a leash which 9 times out of 10 she’s great at. She’s really a good girl.

Then theres the biting. And she’s recently discovered her bark. Those two things kind of make my blood boil. I am so sick of being bitten by razor sharp puppy teeth! I know I got myself into this by buying a dog, but oh my heck I hate it. Everyone says its because she’s a puppy and she’ll grow out of it – I can’t wait. For now we are working with her best as we can. I’ve definitely seen improvement but theres also a long way to go. The barking is new. The barking is loud and ear piercing. This is our latest challenge we’re tackling head on because this just isn’t acceptable in my house (do i sound like a prude yet?)

So yeah. She is a challenge and she is a pain and she tests my patience hourly. BUT we love our girl and are very pleased with our quick decision we made a month ago to randomly get our family dog.

So You Want to Buy a Puppy

Perhaps you are one of those folks who considers yourself a dog-lover. Maybe you’re a blanket animal-lover and have been eagerly looking forward to the day when you could finally find your family pet. Maybe your husband, who isn’t as much of an animal lover, has informed you the only animal he wants is a dog. You, who love all animals, don’t argue because dogs are awesome. So you find that sweet litter of puppies thats not too far from home and decide to set up a time to go look at them and pick your perfect puppy. Its a pretty overwhelming task at first because they’re all freaking adorable and you kind of just want to take them all home. But then they start nibbling on your toes and your child and you realize just one will do. So you play with them and really begin to eye that one specific one. You tell your husband to come over a little later and meet her. He likes her too but ultimately lets you decide if you’re going to really go through with buying a dog or not. Its really cute so obviously you say yes and a couple days later you come home with your newest, furriest family member. Congratulations!

But now what? Allow me to explain to you how your first few weeks will go, some of the thoughts you will feel and emotions you will undoubtably need to express somewhere.

First you will be thinking: YES! This is the greatest! This dog is amazing! I’m going to train her so fast and she’ll be the perfect dog in no time. She is going to stop biting my one year-old constantly because she totally understands that he is also her owner and wouldn’t dare bite her own owner! You’ll also start fantasizing about taking naps with her, taking her on long, effortless walks and how she’ll never have an accident in the house because you’re going to train her so well and if you’re putting in the effort, then so will she – duh.

Then you put her to bed in her crate for the first time. Ok, maybe she isn’t as perfect as you thought. She’s practicing her dog screaming/yodeling/crying and she’s getting an A+ at it. You lay in bed with your husband and each remind each other…she’s only a few weeks old, she’s a newborn, we just took her from her parents and siblings, this is fine, this is normal. But a ways into the musical practice you wonder what the return policy is on this new puppy.

You’re totally shocked when potty training is actually going pretty smoothly. See? You knew she’d be the best dog (and sleeping is getting easier for her too) Accidents in the house? Nope, not my dog! But then there are two days in a row where you find yourself having literal emotional breakdowns (maybe because you’re also pregnant) because the freaking puppy won’t stop peeing on the freaking carpet! You text your mom while you’re in tears and she brings over some amazing carpet cleaner thats safe for animals and babies and does the job, but still, who wants to clean up dog pee? Its gross and WHY is the smell so brutally strong? Its ok, this weird potty training regression only lasts a few days but you live in fear the rest of your days that when she’s sitting on the carpet she’s actually doing something else.

Remember how she’d never bite her owners – especially the baby? Wishful thinking, lady. She probably does love you and for sure really loves your baby – and for some reason that actually makes her bite you even more. You send a cry for help into the social media world for advice on how to make the biting stop and thankfully people are saints and send you tons of different ideas that worked for them. Some fail miserably with your dog, others are slowly working. The biting is still happening for now but you see a very itty-bitty light at the end of this pokey tunnel and you cling to faith that she’ll eventually stop using your flesh as a chew toy.

Then you strap her in to her cute new pink harness and you take her on one of those effortless walks. So its better than when you just walked her with her leash and collar (apparently harnesses make a difference?) but she is quickly informing you she doesn’t care if she’s a large breed of dog and needs lots of exercise. She wants to stay home and lay in her spot in front of the couch, under the ceiling fan and sleep. Walks are dumb. But you’re determined to be persistent. You load your one year old into the stroller, you tell your sciatic pain to chill for a little bit and you beg your puppy to use their dang feet as you physically drag her down the street. This too will get a little better, but she’ll still put up one heck of a fight at least once a day. Don’t lose your sanity. You are stronger than her! Or so I hear..

There may also come a day when your son puts all her dog food in her water then the two of them team up together and spill it all across your kitchen floor. Its the strangest consistency you’ve ever laid eyes on and you’re at a loss for how to even start cleaning it. So naturally you burst into tears and have a little meltdown on the floor for a few minutes before putting on your adult pants and getting the job done. And while you do the dog runs over and tries to eat some of your sons toys – I feel like that nightmare is a post in and of itself. That may be your toughest hurdle but people tell me it gets better, but has it yet? No. No, not at all.

Its not all bad though. You had dreams of this dog being BFF’s with your kids. You only have one so far but they actually both really like/tolerate each other and you’re seeing the beginnings of a beautiful friendship. Its exciting and motivates you to train her even more consistently so she can be that good (you’ve given up on perfect) dog even sooner.

When she’s had a long walk and is finally on the mellow side she’ll come and snuggle up next to you and stare into your soul with those puppy dog eyes and you melt a little and pat yourself on the back for making the wonderful, life changing decision to buy a dog.

Your husband gets home from work and she excitedly greets him (and doesn’t jump up on him like you’ve been working on!) and the whole family loves her a little bit more because that was a really cute sight. You calmly remind yourself the puppy stage doesn’t last forever and she’s well on her way to becoming a well trained member of the family.

There are the days when she’s really rocking her training and you’re so proud of her and even though she’s only 12 weeks old you feel like she’s mature beyond her weeks. Maybe, just maybe you did get a dog that has the potential to be perfect?

But then you look over at her and she’s gnawing on your shoe on top of the bath mat that she pulled from the bathroom, next to a puddle of her own urine. #doglife

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xoxo

ceeceesparkles

June GBOMB

June was so good to me. It was busy and a little overwhelming and stressful, but what month isn’t?

GOOD

  • We found out this baby is a BOY! I always said I was fine with a boy or girl, but after we saw that he was a boy I felt so relieved I guess? I think I secretly hoped it was a boy. A brother for H sounds so exciting and fun and I really can’t wait to watch these two grow up together. IMG_6240
  • Wild Man had his birthday and we had his annual big pool party at my parents which was a blast. The weather was great, the company was lovely and I always love when people celebrate Wild Man because he really is one of the best, most selfless, friendly people that deserves love and attention.
  • We got a puppy! She’s a black lab that is keeping us busy and also driving us a little bit crazy, but we have high hopes for her and are excited that we finally got our family pet! IMG_6329
  • H has his molars and it has opened up a whole new world for us. I trust him so much more with food that scared me to give him a month ago and he is loving not having to chew with his front teeth anymore.
  • We started up Mom and Baby Swim Parties again for the summer! This is where a bunch of my friends and their babies come to my parents pool. We swim, eat snacks. socialize (and in last weeks case get crazy sunburned) and its really fun and something I really look forward to. The kids have fun but I think its especially great for the moms.
  • I’ve been feeling quite a bit more healthy this month! I’m still sick and throwing up, but I feel like its a lot more manageable and I’ve got some more of my energy back so I’m acting a little more human and its incredible.
  • H has figured out the beauty of sleeping in. I’m not sure if I’ve ever been more proud of my boy.
  • My grandparents from Idaho came down for a quick visit and we had a little reunion/surprise birthday party for my grandpa at my parents pool and it was so much fun. It lasted all day and every second was so enjoyable.
  • H got his first haircut. If it even counts as a haircut. He just had a few spots that grow a lot quicker than other spots, but it made such a big difference and he was SO good during the process!

BAD

  • H had his first wake-up-covered-in-his-own-poop experience. I’ll spare you details. Just know it was gross and I’d really be ok if we wait a long time before that happens again.
  • We got a puppy! I mean, its not bad that we got a puppy but its just…hard. She bites everything all. the. time. And her favorite thing to bite is H – NOT ok! She’s actually caught on to potty training, sleeping in her crate and doesn’t bark very often so thats really nice. But ohhhhhhh the biting. Also sometimes I wonder why I thought it’d be so easy to take on a one year old, a puppy and be pregnant. IMG_6146
  • My sciatic pain and hip and back pain have suddenly gone from bad to worse. I hobble like a little old lady and the shooting pain that I get is so terrible. I went to the chiropractor and thankfully had a few days of sweet relief. I can’t wait to go back.

ON MY BRAIN

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  • I am so glad that I have clients that come to my spa that recognize that I’m a mom and a sick pregnant lady so when I have to reschedule they are so understanding and patient with me. I try not to do it often, but when I do I’ve been met with kindness 99.9% of the time and I’m so thankful for this. People are good.
  • I recently found a girl I kind of knew growing up on social media and started following her and then had to stop very soon after. She was so awful and it made me sad. Nearly everything on her social media pages were her bashing on women for their success, claiming they didn’t do anything to deserve it, dragging them down because of their looks and stuff like that. I don’t actually want to get it on it because it kind of infuriates me but it just made me sad! I so wish people could just be happy for other people! Can you even imagine how much kinder the world would be if we were happy for people and their success? If someone is doing what makes them happy we should respect that and be happy for them – not tear them down.
  • A few days ago H had my phone and someone sent my Relief Society President the emoji of a hand flipping the bird. Luckily she thought it was a pointer finger – but I can’t quit thinking about how awkward that was.IMG_1704
  • Guardians of the Galaxy Mission Breakout has still not been ridden by me in California Adventure and this is a tragedy. I think about this multiple times a day.
  • What did I wear last time I was pregnant because I hate everything I put on my body right now. I need a new wardrobe, stat. If you have great maternity clothing suggestions PLEASE send them my way.
  • I’m getting a Prenatal Massage soon and all I’m saying is it better live up to my high expectations I have for it. I have been dreaming of this since the day I found out I was pregnant. So no pressure to whoever my massage therapist is. IMG_6371.jpg

xoxo

ceeceesparkles