Exactly one year and one day after we got married, Lee and I met a tiny furball with big ears and fell in love. Our dog, Fig, is definitely the baby of our family right now. She loves cuddles and affection, and she gets plenty of both. (She also loves lettuce. What can I say, she’s our little weirdo.)
Before this pregnancy, a good many of our decisions revolved around her. We picked weekend outings that she could tag along on. We planned our days and nights, so she wasn’t on her own for too long. Even when we were house hunting, one of our top priorities was a fenced in yard for her to run around. Like I said, she’s basically our first kid.
Now that we have a baby joining our crew in a few short months, Lee and I are hoping that Fig’s transition from “only child” to “big sibling” goes smoothly, but it is something we worry about in the back of our minds. We’ve been doing little things to prep her for the very big change coming her way. We let her check out and sniff all the new gear. We’ve been hanging out more in the nursery, which was formerly a rarely used office and storage room. We even talk to her about the baby (yes, I know I sound crazy). But I don’t think it will really sink in until Birdie—and all his/her sounds and smells and newness—is here.
I’m worried Fig will feel left out or worse, be resentful of this new little person taking up our attention—and arms. She hasn’t given us any reason to be concerned. Honestly she loves everyone, even kiddos. She’s fine being petted and poked. She is happy to just be near you. But she also hasn’t had to share a home or her humans with anyone for very long. (We’ve only had overnight guests a handful of times, and they usually only stay for a weekend.)
But she is clearly aware that something is happening, something is coming. She’s been more “on alert” lately, noticing the slightest changes to our home. The other morning I left a basket, which normally sits on a shelf in the bathroom, on the foot of our bed, and she barked away at it. She knew it wasn’t supposed to be there, and she let that basket know, too. Ha. Let’s hope she feels differently about Birdie because Lee and I are not so secretly rooting for these two beans to be best buds.
So, if anyone has any tips on helping pups bond with babies, I’m all ears!