For four years, you’ve ruled the roost. We know it. You know it. Anyone who’s been in our household knows it.
- You will not get to sleep 12 hours a night without interruption. I know. We’re not thrilled about it, either.
- There may be new smells. You’ll know them when you sniff them.
- Your influence may change a bit. This new little guy needs quite a bit of attention. This doesn’t mean we love you any less, it just means that there’s a new sheriff in town.
I also think it’s time to unveil a few new house rules. There may be more to come.
- Practice patience. This new transition will soon pass. So will the nighttime interruptions. If you can hang in there, we’d really appreciate it.
- Baby toys are not pug toys. The days of making anything you find on the ground a pug toy are gone. Although we’re still okay with you playing with clothes hangers or empty water bottles. That’s just funny.
Lola – this baby isn’t food. Which means you aren’t allowed to eat him.
Franco – this child isn’t a tree. So peeing on him is out of the question. No need to mark your territory.
- I need to rely on you both to protect this little guy. I know he’ll come to love you both like a brother and sister. I think you’ll feel the same way.
Note: I started this post before Henry’s arrival. Since getting home, the pugs have definitely been going through an adjustment period. Ryan brought home a baby blanket each night while we were at the hospital (we were there for four nights), and Lola immediately took to the blanket to snuggle. Lola has wanted to be nearby him since Henry came home. When he cries, she howls. The first night was a bit rough, and Lola was distraught with every baby cry. It’s clear that she’s very protective of Henry already. Franco is also curious, but not so protective. He seems to be more concerned about losing our attention. I think they will both be great pug siblings to Henry, but it’s going to take some time to get used to the new arrangement.
Here are a few recent pictures of the pugs in action (mostly Lola), for those of you who were curious about how they were taking to Henry.
First day home – this is the closest we let Lola get to Henry. She just wanted to be near him.
Franco wants his own baby swing.
Lola’s new perch to watch Henry in the Pack ‘n Play. We won’t let her jump on the contraption to see him. The nerve of us!
Lola helped Uncle Kyle and dad put together the swing.
Not so sure about these crazy baby hiccups.