Hello everyone! Sixteen weeks and a day ago (10/30/18), Nakoma and Atlas (my husband's service dog from K9s for Warriors) became big brothers to our little baby boy, Jaime. I was nervous about how they would react, but for the most part, things are going great!
Nakoma follows Jaime everywhere. One day, Jaime was crying in his crib, and Nakoma was sure to let me know that I wasn't getting to him fast enough (I was in the bathroom for goodness sake)!!! It's wonderful seeing how attentive and protective he instinctively is of the baby. Atlas is curious about Jaime too, but his job is to stay by my husband's side, so he can't just follow Jaime around like Nakoma can (totally amazing in itself).
Before Jaime was born, I promised the pups that I will not ignore them and will keep them exercised. I am keeping that promise to them, but they unfortunately do get less attention from me than before Jaime's arrival. They do have each other to play with when Atlas is able to take a break from my husband, but they seem to be getting on each other's nerves every now and then. (They have had a few instances where they would fight over food or toys, which is very new... and scary). I attribute it all to the less attention and less exercise (I can't wake up at 5 to run ten miles any more like I used to; I just can't... not for a while). I am running them, but not as much or as far. And I do play with them, but not as much. I do cuddle them (they sleep on the bed every night too). My husband has taken on the role of taking the dogs out to either the beach or dog park in the mornings before I leave for work, but they aren't used to doing that without me, and he's not able to really run with them, so that's a huge change right there, though he does do frisbee and fetch with them). Also, I noticed that when I come home from work, I run straight to the baby instead of playing with the toys they greet me at the door with. They are stressed, and they probably sense me being stressed and tired, too. (Work is tough, nursing and pumping is exhausting, I still have my very busy ten year old daughter, and my husband has a service dog for a reason; I'm spent).
New babies do take a lot of energy and time. The puppies are still young and full of energy too, and are used to lots of daily exercise. (Nakoma - from Raven and Choco- is turning 4 on 3/20, and Atlas is turning 4 on April 4th). All in All, they have been wonderful, and I think we are all rolling with the punches fairly well. I know when Jaime is a little older, I'll be able to take the pups for the 5am beach runs again, which will help. I do make a point of giving Nakoma extra hugs and belly rubs at least once a day, even if they're brief. He's my puppadoo, and he knows it.
Nakoma and Atlas are turning out to be the best big four-legged brothers, and Jaime is so lucky to have them to grow up with.