Two Dogs and a Baby

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Back in 2006, we got our first furbaby – Maggie.  In January 2007, we had our second furbaby  – James.  And then, four and a half years later, I gave birth to our real baby – Henry. 

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For the time prior to Henry, our dogs were our entire world.  We planned our days around them, took them on our vacations, snuggled in bed with them, and showed off their funny pictures.  As any pet owner can attest, the bond between human and animal is so deep and so real. 


Circa 2006 in our first apartment.  Broke and in love.


I really love M and J with all my heart – I well up just thinking about how they are getting older and will be gone one day.  Quite honestly, before Henry was born, I always thought that I would love my baby just as much as I loved the dogs.  And then… Henry arrived.  I immediately realized how ridiculous it was to think that I loved the dogs like they were humans.  I love them a lot, but not as much as I love Henry. 

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We did a lot of prep work with the dogs to prepare them for Henry’s arrival.  Our biggest goal was to get James out of our bed – he always got up and down and woke up the Husband, which we knew wouldn’t fly when we were already sleep deprived.  We tried kicking him out of our bedroom cold turkey, but readers made me realize how cruel that was, so we used the Cozy Cave method with success.


The other thing we did was get Maggie used to not being in my lap.  Maggie had pretty much spent the entire previous four years in my lap, except for walks and eating.  Obviously, with a baby on the way, I needed to get her feeling emotionally secure enough to be on the floor.

I bought a baby doll from a consignment shop and began to sit with it in my lap.  At first, Maggie didn’t understand why she couldn’t join us, but she figured it out and adjusted.  

When we brought Henry home, I walked into the house first and greeted the dogs.  I brought a blanket that Henry had been wrapped in and let them sniff it.  Then, the Husband brought in Henry in his car seat and everyone said hello.


The dogs adjusted to their new lives in different ways.  James, who is much more secure and relaxed, rolled with the punches and quickly got used to Henry.  Maggie, on the other hand, had a much more difficult time.  She really seemed to hate me during the first few weeks, especially when I was nursing around-the-clock.  All she knew was that I wasn’t paying as much attention to her.  Thankfully, we didn’t have to deal with any aggression… just moping.  She never seemed to take her hate out on Henry, though – I wasn’t even sure if she ‘saw’ him at all.  As a matter of fact, Maggie continues to behave like Henry doesn’t exist at all.  J is the same way.  They rarely approach him or try to lick him. 


I think all {good} dog owners feel guilty when they bring home their first child.  It’s rough on the dogs, and although you promise that things aren’t going to change for them, life inevitably does.  It doesn’t mean you’re a bad owner – it’s just the way things go.  We made a big effort to hug and kiss the dogs whenever possible and give them extra treats, but still…. The amount of time and energy you have to give to your pets suffers.


The worst thing about having Henry during the peak of summer was that it made it very difficult to walk the dogs.  When I was home alone, I couldn’t take the dogs on long walks because Henry would overheat in his car seat, even if I went really early.  When we were both home, it was easier to take them out.  James was especially used to long walks (a mile or more) everyday; I know this was hard on him.  Now that it is nearing autumn, Henry can safely ride along, even in the middle of the day, and we are back to long strolls. 


Side note:  If you know someone who just had a baby and has a dog, the nicest thing you can do for them is come over, say hello to the baby, grab the leash, and walk the dog.  Trust me – they will be SO grateful. 


The only other speed bump in adjusting to life with two dogs and a baby has been Maggie’s barking.  Dachshunds are notoriously barky, and Maggie is no exception.  The barking was always annoying, but now that we have Henry, it is SUPER annoying.  He doesn’t seem too bothered by the barking, but it now grates on my nerves like nothing else.  I always joke that Henry listened to the sound for nine months while in my belly, so he probably likes it.  I have tried so many tricks and training methods (save an electric collar) to get her to stop barking, but nothing works. 

Many readers asked me to write about what life was like for the dogs now that we have a baby – and that pretty much sums it up.  Life is different, and they aren’t the center of attention any more, but we still love them a great deal.  They are adjusting to their new roles.  One nice thing is that I am definitely home more often, so they get crated less, which I know they appreciate. 


I’m really looking forward to the day that Henry acknowledges the dogs and wants to pet them.  They really like being petted.  Maybe that’s when M + J will decide they want to hang out with Henry, too!  Until then… we’ll just all keep cuddling on the same couch.  It’s close enough.  Smile



  • Reenie September 17, 2012, 12:19 pm

    haha…. the first pic, Mags is like ~ ok, I’ll lay here…. but I will not look at him!!

    Love the last pic of Mags cuddling with James. Soo cute.

  • Courtney September 17, 2012, 12:19 pm

    Watching kids bond with your dogs is so fun. My now 2 year old daughter and our 4 year old dog get along pretty well. My daughter runs around saying “Delilah is my BESST FWWWEND” and hugs her saying “awww you a good guuurl” it is SO cute.

  • emily September 17, 2012, 12:21 pm

    Thank you so much for this (optimistic but realistic) post! I am at least a year away from having a human baby and I’m already so worried about how that will all go down with Webster.

  • jennifer hohn September 17, 2012, 12:23 pm

    my parents have a 10 year old daschund, he’s very moody and extremely barky. a few years ago they got a collar that sprays lemon juice (?) – it smells like Pledge – near his snout whenever he barks. he HATES it….so much that all we have to do now is say “collar” or go near it and he shuts up. of course there have been a few times he’s been so riled up he barked right through it, but overall it’s worked wonders. he goes out before 6 am every morning, and my mom puts it on him so he won’t wake up the neighbors. otherwise, he’d bark at the wind. i don’t know what it’s called, but if you haven’t tried it, it’s worth a shot. good luck 🙂

    • Caitlin September 17, 2012, 12:29 pm

      tried it – she didnt care she was being gunned in the face. she is so dense.

  • Dori September 17, 2012, 12:24 pm

    I love the photos of Henry with the pups, and of the pups cuddling together. Too sweet! I’m excited to visit my brother and sister in law in December after they have their baby boy in large part because I want to give their pup attention and love, and partly because I am dying to see how the pup acts around the baby. And of course because I want to see my nephew!

  • Claire @ Live and Love to Eat September 17, 2012, 12:24 pm

    I bet they are happy to have someone at home more often – even if they’re getting less attention. A boy needs a dog (or two)! 🙂

  • Rachel O. September 17, 2012, 12:25 pm

    If you haven’t already tried – a water bottle is the best thing i’ve tried for bad behavior and barking. after a few weeks of training with the water bottle i was able to act like i was reaching for it, or pretend to squirt the bottle and my doggie would stop barking or stop the behavior he was exhibiting at the time.

  • Kelly September 17, 2012, 12:31 pm

    Heck, I felt guilty bringing (or rather keeping the stray) a cat into the house. I know my little guy (a cockapoo) has suffered slightly since I tend to love on her more – since she jumps up and DEMANDS my attention and affection. I will notice him eying (is this how you spell that?) us both up, and I have to make a conscious effort to pay him MORE attention. It’s tiring. I cannot even imagine with a baby. I would feel SO MUCH guilt. I love my fur babies like nothing else, and can barely stand to leave them home alone, let alone fee like I’m “hurting their feelings” in any way. I know you’re not supposed to humanize animals, but screw that theory…they ARE like children to me…at this point in time anyway! I love that you love your dogs like you do…and of course, you precious Henry.

    • Kelly September 17, 2012, 12:34 pm

      Spazziest comment ever, sorry. I am trying to multi-task and yes, that includes blog reading. 🙂

  • Katie @ Peace Love and Oats September 17, 2012, 12:37 pm

    I’m sure they’ll be much happier when henry is old enough to play with them! Kids and pets can have such a great bond, we loved our dogs growing up

  • LMN September 17, 2012, 12:40 pm

    i have a friend that had to get rid of their dog 🙁 hooray for maggie’s density, it beats the alternative! and i oh so love the first picture. too cute!

  • Amber @ Busy, Bold, Blessed September 17, 2012, 12:47 pm

    I’m sure the pups will warm up to Henry when he becomes a little more independent, but I think you did a great job on the prep side of things.

  • RunEatRepeat September 17, 2012, 12:49 pm

    What about the lesson that maybe the dogs shouldn’t have slept in your bed in the first place? When I took my pup to dog training the teacher told us our dogs are not on the same ‘level’ as us and should not be in our beds. I was not thinking about babies at all at the time, but I’m glad I followed her advice now 🙂

    • LJ September 17, 2012, 1:00 pm

      Uh, judgey much?

    • Caitlin September 17, 2012, 1:02 pm

      Oh, I don’t know. I love Maggie sleeping with me. She keeps my feet warm!! LOL

      • Whitney September 17, 2012, 2:10 pm

        We can’t all be as perfect as RunEatRepeat! 🙂 Thanks for the honest post Caitlin!

        • April September 17, 2012, 4:47 pm

          Uncalled for.

      • Stephanie C September 17, 2012, 2:42 pm

        Obviously that’s the ideal but when you have dogs that are burrowers (like dauchshunds and some terriers) it often doesn’t matter if you don’t “let” them on the bed… they’ll sneak up when you’re asleep! The Cozy Cave has helped and that’s down about 60% from when she was younger but sometimes it’s also just the breed.

      • Laura September 17, 2012, 4:09 pm

        Haha, I love my dog sleeping with me too, especially when it gets cold. I move him so he’s closer to my feet. So much cheaper than turning up the thermostat!

  • Angie September 17, 2012, 12:59 pm

    I love this post. I’m due in 10 days and our boxers have been the center of our world for about 7 years. They are good with kids but I’m not sure how they’ll react when they realize the baby is here to stay. They are already confused by the toys, swing, and baby furniture.

  • jenna September 17, 2012, 1:03 pm

    Rescued an extremely barky dog – constant – continuous – high pitched.
    Did all the behaviour modification stuff. Brought in the dog trainer. Huge improvement. Very quickly. However, there were still moments….
    So found this can of compressed air that they sell at the pet store.
    You don’t spray it at the dog – it is the noise – sort of like Cesar Milan in a can [a sharp shhh noise] – that haults the behaviour. It has worked so well for my dog that I’ve only sprayed the can a total of three times. She only has to see the can now and it has the same impact. If I wish to keep her from surfing food off the kitchen counter….. I just leave the can within visual range on the counter for a few days.

    • Nat September 18, 2012, 5:51 am

      Jenna, I’ cracking up… “Cesar Milan in a can”- hilarious! Thanks for that 🙂

  • Lindsay September 17, 2012, 1:05 pm

    Thanks for this post! As a dog owner, who hopes to be a mom in the future this was helpful to read. I let any/all kids who ask or seem curious to pet my dog now b/c she is incredibly timid and great with little ones. But I am always there to watch super closely. It does make me a little nervous to think that some day with my own little ones I may not be there to watch every single second and I hope my dog’s good behavior with kids/babies continues through her older age and with my own children.

  • Tara September 17, 2012, 1:11 pm

    It is a change for the pups. It’s been a couple years, but some days it still seems like an adjustment period for our dog. Granted he started liking the baby a lot more once our son started eating table food and was (and remains) extremely messy, so Rufus got lots of scraps off the floor! The cutest thing now is B is very aware of R and when we get a hug, R gets a hug (R doesn’t like getting hugged quite as much as we do, but he’s not one to turn down extra attention and B is very gentle). Whenever we come home, B runs in to find R and always smiles and says, “Hellooo Rooooofff!” It melts me. I know several people that got rid of their pets when baby came along and that makes me sad for many reasons, especially now I see how much B enjoys having a dog in his life even at this young age and how they are developing their own special bond. It’s pretty cool! : )

  • Katie P. September 17, 2012, 1:17 pm

    I had a baby on June 9th and thought it would be SO wonderful – I had all kinds of outside activities and walks planned. We ended spending 95% of our summer inside due to the heat – definitely keeping that in mind for next time! I can’t imagine having pups to try and walk.

  • Amanda September 17, 2012, 1:24 pm

    Thank you for sharing your experience, Caitlin!

  • Ellen @ Wannabe Health Nut September 17, 2012, 1:31 pm

    M and J will realize Henry exists as soon as he’s old enough to crawl all over them, yank on their ears and wrap them in toilet paper. (That’s what my best friend’s 2-yr old does to their dog!)

  • kathleen @ the daily crumb September 17, 2012, 1:42 pm

    we are expecting a baby 2 months and working on getting our puppy out of the bed! i’ll definitely have to try the cozy cave method. NOTHING has worked so far!

  • Nicole September 17, 2012, 1:42 pm

    Have you tried a citronella collar to help with the barking? It stopped by pup’s barking almost immediately by just spraying a little citronella, so more of a surprise to the dog than pain.

    • Alexis September 17, 2012, 4:11 pm

      I second this! Friends of ours recommended it after it worked on their dog, and it was a miracle worker on ours as well!! Highly recommend this.

  • Jennifer S. September 17, 2012, 1:50 pm

    My son is 16 months now and he’s gotten to the point where he wants to hug and crawl on our dogs. It’s very sweet! Our big dog, Marvin, doesn’t mind a bit (he even whines if the baby cries) but the little dog, Havoc, will slip away from Mason when he gets near. I agree with you…I had the same sentiment before and during my pregnancy, but your human children really do trump the furbabies 🙂

  • Ali September 17, 2012, 1:53 pm

    I’m glad you shared this. I don’t have children but I will admit to loving my cat more than anything. It doesn’t help that I live alone and it’s only been me and her for 6.5 years! One reason that I’ve always been hesitant to have children in the future is because I’m worried about how it will change my time and love for my pet. I think I might be a bit crazy. 🙂

    • Allie Q September 18, 2012, 9:17 am

      I’m with you on this one! I have FOUR cats that are all pretty young. I’m 28 now and if everything turns out well I will probably have them into my 40s. To me that’s crazy to think about! I love them a lot but I have no idea how I’d be able to balance having children and them.

  • Katie @ Talk Less, Say More September 17, 2012, 2:11 pm

    I love the way you guys tried to prepare the dogs for Henry’s arrival, I think that just proves you’re great parents (to both real babies and fur babies). And that first picture of the 3 of them is absolutely adorable. Love it!

  • helene @healthyfrenchie September 17, 2012, 2:25 pm

    Awww those pictures are precious!
    I had never had a pet until we got our dog Freddie last November. I even used to be scaredo f dogs!
    Now he is the center of our little family. I never imagine I would love a dog so much, or even curl up in bed with him keeping me warm. But he makes us laugh so much and gives so much love.
    I can see however how when a little one comes along it changes the dynamics. I am particularly worried because Freddie is a border collie mix dog and he needs his long walks / runs with me.
    I live in a very active and very dog friendly town though. So when the time comes I hope I can do like all the moms I see in the morning walking the dog wit hte baby in the pram or the oldest biking as they run with the dog too…
    Thank for sharing 🙂

  • Elizabeth M. September 17, 2012, 2:26 pm

    Have you tried filling an empty can with pennies, then taping it shut and shaking it when M barks? It’s supposed to distract and discourage from barking, we just started using it with our dog to limit barks. She can bark three times and something then she’s done!

  • Amye September 17, 2012, 2:35 pm

    We have a dachshund too and she was ‘our baby’ before my son was born. Once he arrived, she didn’t get nearly as much attention as before. Now he’s 2 1/2 and he chases her everywhere! Now she runs and hides behind our bed when he’s coming! I guess-be careful what you wish for 🙂

  • Erin September 17, 2012, 2:36 pm

    Our dog also seems pretty disinterested in my 11 week old. I always used to tell my dog “it’s not that we are going to love you less, we will just love the baby more!”.

  • Kendra @ My Full-Thyme Life September 17, 2012, 2:59 pm

    Thanks for this post, Caitlin! I feel better knowing other people have gone through the same feelings as us. We have three cats, a dog, a toddler and a baby on the way!! We acquired all of the pets while in college and although I love and adore each of them, I can confidently say now it is a little too much. The way we look at it is that it’s not their faults that we have too many pets… It is ours. We made our bed… you know?

    They are all good animals and their is no way I would ever turn one back to a shelter. I will say this though… we genuinely have given thought to finding a good home for one of our cats. He is the only one out of the bunch suffering from his lack of attention. All of the others adjusted and take what they can get! But this little guys is in need of more attention that we cannot give. Plus with one more baby on the way it is only going to get worse for him. At least I think it will. So if we can find a home for him with people we trust that have the time and attention for him, although it would be very hard to do, we would for sure make that transition. But it would have to be the right move for all parties, and kitties, involved!

    Thanks again for touching on this topic!

  • Sam @ Better With Sprinkles September 17, 2012, 3:10 pm

    That’s a great tip about taking friend’s dogs for walks when they have a newborn. I’ll definitely keep that in mind for when my fur loving friends have babies!

  • Megan@ The Running Doc September 17, 2012, 3:17 pm

    You’ve probably tried this already but we were told that filling a spray bottle with water and just a little bit of vinegar (just enough that it makes the water smell) and spraying them whenever they bark should deter them. I have absolutely no idea if this works as our dog rarely barks but that’s what the trainer instructed the other owners in our training class to do.

  • Julie September 17, 2012, 3:17 pm

    I just ordered a shock collar for my dog last week! (Her name is Maggie, too.) 🙂 I am fed up w/ the barking! So glad to see some other ideas from some of the other commenters. I think I will give those a try first.

    On an unrelated note, I finally got around to making your quiche cornbread last night. (I’ve been meaning to ever since I saw the post.) It was DELICIOUS!! I added some onion to it, too. It really was fabulous.

    • Gretchen September 18, 2012, 11:50 am

      I would definitely give some of the other suggestions on here a try before you resort to a shock collar. We have used a citronella collar on my dogs in the past, which works very well though I still don’t really like to use it, and also there are devices that emit a noise (that humans can’t hear) when barking occurs. Shock therapy can have really averse effects on dogs (not just physically, but psychologically) so I really hope that something else will work for you and your precious pup!

  • Rachel September 17, 2012, 3:27 pm

    I am so glad you shared this!! We’re expecting our first next month and have 2 dogs and they are what is making me anxious the most in these weeks leading up to the birth. It’s so reassuring to hear other people’s stories.

  • Whitney @ Whit's Kitchen September 17, 2012, 3:50 pm

    Thank you SOOO much for this post! Our dog Phyn has been an “only child” for 6 years now and we have a baby girl coming in January. I keep telling myself that (apparently just like you did) that I will love my baby just as much as I love Phyn! He’s been around babies before and basically just loves to sniff them and chow down on their spit up (lovely, I know — but I’ll take a free spit up vacuum!) And I totally hear you on the barking. He loves to stare out the window and bark at everything that goes by, I keep hoping that our baby grows to love the sound since she hears it so often. I hadn’t thought of ME getting annoyed because of a major lack of sleep and general grumpiness that comes from it. I think I need a plan to cut the barking! I’ll let you know if anything I try works. 🙂

  • Emelie September 17, 2012, 3:53 pm

    My dachshund barks too….even though he KNOWS he is not supposed to. We too have tried everything and I wish something worked. There is one bark that sounds worse than the rest, sort of like a rooster crowing crossed with the most annoying dog bark you could imagine. Every time I hear it I threaten to take him to the pound, but he doesn’t believe me. 😉

  • Kate @ life's precious moments September 17, 2012, 3:59 pm

    This was a fun post to read about! I’m glad that your pups have adjusted well. My SIL is having a baby and they have two dogs. That is such a great idea to go over and help by walking the dogs!

  • Laura September 17, 2012, 4:12 pm

    I’ve been wanting to comment on how much I love that you really trained your dogs for the arrival of Henry. It’s disappointing that so many people don’t do that and are surprised when the dogs don’t adjust well. I get that dogs will never be as important as your child, but they should still be important and be given a chance to prepare. Many props to you for being a responsible dog owner!

    Also, that first picture may be my new favorite. So much cuteness. I especially love that Maggie and Henry are sleeping in the same position.

  • Erica September 17, 2012, 4:12 pm

    I can really relate to this! We had a black lab mix named Birdie for 4.5 years before we brought our son home, and she was our world. Now, we sometimes forget to set up dog sitters when we go out of town!
    Like M+J, Birdie didn’t really notice or son until he was a little older. It was a little tough at times, because anytime we were sitting on the floor having tummy time with the baby, she would come sit next to us and get a little too close for [my] comfort. Our son started noticing the dog when he was about 4.5 months old I think. Now that he’s 5.5 months old, he’s always shouting at her when she walks by, reaching out for her, etc. She gives him little sniffs and kisses. And we let him pet her when he’s sitting in our laps. this lets us teach him how to treat her gently (no grabbing fur!) and we can watch her interact with him. So far it’s been going well, but I have a feeling that when he starts crawling, she’s going to be one of the first targets!

  • Cassidy September 17, 2012, 4:29 pm

    Yeah, I was terrified of how my dog would react too! She’s fine. Also, it is so true that (one of) the best thing you can do for a new mommy is take her dog on a walk. My sister did that, and I was so grateful, and my dog was much happier.

  • Courtney September 17, 2012, 5:41 pm

    I babysat for a 1-year-old all summer and his family had 2 tiny dogs, too. When I first started babysitting, the toddler would chase after the dogs and grab at their faces, but just a few months later he pet them gently and they loved it! So cute 🙂

  • Elle September 17, 2012, 6:05 pm

    This is something I think about and we aren’t even close to having kids yet. We’ve had our first baby for a year, our lab/pit mix, and absolutely adore him. Someone already asked me if we’d keep him when we have kids because of his breed 🙁

  • Katie September 17, 2012, 6:32 pm

    Aw it makes me sad to think that I might not love my dog as much if I had a baby. Guess that’s just how it goes. It’s so interesting that your dogs aren’t that interested in Henry. I feel like my pug would be all over my baby, but dogs definitely are good at surprising us!

    • Caitlin September 17, 2012, 8:13 pm

      I don’t love them any less – you won’t either. It’s just you love someone else more.

  • Ashley September 17, 2012, 7:04 pm

    As for Maggie’s barking, have you thought about a spray collar? It works like a shock collar but instead of shocking (ouch!) it releases a harmless Citronella/orange spray that most dogs seriously dislike.

    I’m not sure about using it on Maggie – based on the blog, she might not be able to put 2 and 2 together. Honestly, some dogs really aren’t good at casual relationships. like barking makes the icky spray. But if you think she would respond to it, this might work. Just a thought.

  • Christine @ BookishlyB September 17, 2012, 8:04 pm

    I’d like to get pregnant soon, and I worry about our barking dogs too. We have a golden that feels the need to announce herself basically every time she enters a room and it’s annoying with or without a baby. We’ve started squirting her in the face with a water bottle (I REFUSE to take the lemon juice approach) and it does help- all we have to say now is “do you want water in the face?” and she shuts up.

  • Sarah September 17, 2012, 8:37 pm

    I do worry about my cats when my time comes. My Siamese is like my baby now and she is very jealous of the other cats.

  • Juli D. September 17, 2012, 9:10 pm

    We tried so many different things to help control our barky dog. Citronella collar (didn’t work, he was too furry), using the “no barks” command (worked half the time), opening the front door to show nobody was there (worked most of the time, but annoying to have to continually go to the front door) and now finally – coins in a stainless steel bottle – works EVERY time. We only punish at the random barking at nothing, not when he barks to warn us of a person at the door (since dogs are born to alert their owners of changes). If he barks at nothing, we first give the “no barks” command. If he barks again, we give the bottle a quick shake. The sound is loud and jarring and it stops his barking immediately.

  • Lara September 17, 2012, 10:08 pm

    I’m with you–I thought I would love all three “babies” equally, but really had no idea the level of love I’d have for the real babe.

    We THOUGHT we prepared our dogs well, but we overlooked basic behavioral things that we really should have put more time into. For instance, Lulu jumps and dances for attention, often scratching us by total mistake, and not only is this annoying when visitors come over, it’s dangerous around the little guy! Both dogs are adjusting well to the baby himself (although I am anxious to see how this will change when he starts crawling!), but their behaviors around the house (out of need for more attention and exercise) could use some improvement!

  • Becky September 17, 2012, 10:18 pm

    A citronella collar has worked fairly well (when it is full and has a working battery) for my dog’s barking. I still feel a little bad about it, but I figured a scented spray wasn’t nearly as bad as a shock. He doesn’t mind having the collar on in general, and is noticeably quieter when he wears it. Plus if he’s really naughty, my house smells clean because it’s lemon-scented spray.

  • Kristy September 17, 2012, 10:40 pm

    Oh your dogs are just so friggin cute! I have a doxie too. He’s not a barker but he does snap & can get aggressive. I would be petrified with a baby around him. You’re really lucky that they don’t mind Henry. I loooove pups! This post made me smile. Especially the pic of both dogs cuddling. Too cute!

  • Jenny September 17, 2012, 10:49 pm

    My dog completely ignored our daughter until she got old enough to drop food!

  • Carrie September 17, 2012, 11:21 pm

    I have dachshunds as well and hear your pain when it comes to the barking. A dog (dogs) waking a baby by barking is just about the worst thing ever! When I first brought my daughter home it was so much worse than we imagined. They freaked out and we thought they wanted to harm her. Ended up hiring a trainer who said it was anxiety and she sense no hostility. Still, it was so scary and stressful for me. Like you guys, the dogs were the center of our world and I nearly had a nervous breakdown to think I might not be able to keep them. With a lot of hard work, they both love my daughter now and are great with her. One is the most stressful situations of my life though!!

  • Katie September 18, 2012, 10:23 am

    Every time Liv hears our dog barking in the backyard she gets really excited and points oustide. I think she is used to the barking from the womb and she loves our (and other) dogs!

  • Lisa September 18, 2012, 11:37 am

    Thank you so much for this post! I am about 26 weeks along and one of my biggest concerns is how our yorkie will react to the baby. I will be trying the doll thing for sure!

  • Sarah T. September 18, 2012, 3:11 pm

    We worried about it too with our daughter and how our yellow lab would react. They both did great. He pretty much ignores her. He was a total Marley as a pup but after a lot of training he’s really good now. Our daughter is 3 and he lets her put blankets/toys/hats/etc on him and he just lays there. Sometimes if he gets too wound up he becomes a bull in a china shop and has knocked her over on more than one occassion. She’s pretty used to it now. We’ve had to teach her how to be nice to a dog though. She would really get in his face or hit him thinking it’s funny. I don’t think he’d ever bite her but better not to push him that far. Now we’re expecting #2 and I have no worries about him whatsoever!

  • Beth September 18, 2012, 8:12 pm

    Aww I love this post! My husband and I have a 2 year old black lab and when the time comes for kids, I know we’ll (the dog and I) both have a difficult time adjusting.. he’s definitely our fur-baby in the meantime!

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