Monday, April 4, 2016

Daily Walk: The New Family Walk

Now that we have Baby K, life has become a bit more complicated.
We have heard horror stories of how people's beloved pets were pushed to the side when a baby came into their lives and even read blogs that went from a lifestyle blog to a baby blog.
Though we knew that babies changed people's lives, we were not prepared for how much our lives have changed with Baby K.
Luckily for us, the pooches are patient and amenable. We had met with a trainer and prepared for how  to make the introduction to the pups, but the moment we walked in and handed them their high-value treat, they went on with their lives.
Mr. B will still run around the house like usual, and we never leave Baby K on the floor.
Miss M will still whine and cry in the morning for her breakfast despite waking up Baby K.
We have tried to ensure that most aspects of their lives remain the same: the morning breakfast, the mid-morning dinner and the long family walks on the weekends. It is during these long family walks that we realize that nothing has really changed.
Though on our very first family walk we attempted to use a stroller with the pooches, and it was quite difficult to nearly impossible. Despite training Mr. B to walk nicely on leash, Mr B still didn't understand the concept of walking on one side and spent much of his walk trying to dodge the stroller.
A and I had a pact that since she carried him for 9 months, I would be carrying Baby K on all of our walks sans stroller after birth. Now that I tote Baby K in a carrier, our daily walks are pretty much the same as they have been before birth. The pooches are back to being the center of attention.
It is funny how often we hear "what cute babies" on our daily walk.
It's really meant for the pooches, and a lot of people don't realize we have an actual baby with us.
On one of our walks, someone commented how it was nice of me to carry the dog's stuffed animal, not realizing that it was an actual baby in a bear suit.
Despite taking a lot longer to get ready for our walks, the walks have provided some normalcy to our now hectic life. Plus we ran into Marcus Kruger and Bobby Hull in the Wicker Park field house while changing Baby K 's diaper.


Hellopitbulll said...

Aww, congratulations! How old is Baby K? We had a baby boy on September 4, 2015. Just like you, we can't leave baby Austin on the floor as both of our dogs go running like crazy through the house. Funny, my Chloe has always been a talker and she continues to talk at the top of her lungs even when the baby is sleeping.

domesticgoddesse said...

This is so true! We loved the carrier for those early days while taking our pup for a walk. We have tried a stroller now that the baby is a toddler (17 months!) and while our pup did take a bit to get used to it, he is mostly ok. I have, however, had some occasional times that he runs to a cat (oh! cats!) and has tipped the stroller. Slightly terrifying.
Glad it seems like you've gotten into a bit of a routine. Nothing like a baby to change everything :-)

Hannah@Eriesistibull said...

I'm so glad to see that it's working out well for you (BECAUSE of all your hard work!).
Not that I would ever judge new parents (especially since I've never had the experience), but it always makes me sad to see once-beloved pets pushed to the side, or worse given up. I love seeing you guys making it work for both types of puppies =]

OG said...

Congrats to all of you! That's so nice you carry the dogs stuffie like that! HAHAH! I love those baby coveralls with the ears! Too cute!

Anonymous said...

You gotta love new normals! I also love that lady thought you carried their stuffies in a carrier! Too funny.

Two French Bulldogs said...

Oh my dawg!! A real baby!! Congratulations
Lily & Edward

Laura said...

What a beautiful family y'all are, and how wonderful that the pups are adjusting to their new lifestyle with a baby brother! Blessings and joy to the five of you! <3

Andrea Joy said...

This is so wonderful- and I love the pact about carrying baby K!

mchaphiv said...

This is so sweet! Congrats, you guys. I've followed your blog for awhile now and it always makes me smile. Question for you - how long of a walk do you guys go for on a daily basis (not counting the family walks)? How much did you scale back as the pups got older? I've had my hound/Catahoula mix boy for 3 years now. He's 5 and ever since I got him, I've been doing 1.5-3 miles per day. Like you mentioned in one of your posts, he does long walks tremendously! Once we went on a 12 mile hike and he didn't seem tired until we got home. He did wonderfully.

Appreciate it!

Barbara said...

I've been away too long - long enough for you to have a baby. Wow. Congratulations! I am so happy to see that everyone fits together and no one is getting pushed aside. I'm so happy for you!


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