Tim, Margaret, Shadow and I are in the "What the heck have we done?"stage. Let's hope it passes quickly!
We do NOT like change, so it takes us a while to warm up to new situations. Good thing Charlie is the CUTEST PUPPY EVER. He is playful, cuddly, and charming.
The sleeping in our bed because we are too tired to crate train him, even though we want to/intend to.
The chewing on my shoe while my foot is in it.
For me the hardest part is waking up so early. Shadow and I had the whole "Let's go back to sleep thing" mastered. Getting up two hours earlier than usual means I'm extra crabby and extra hungry.
I've set up shop in the kitchen all day so Charlie can feel safe and contained. Funny how I am such a homebody, but when I can't go anywhere, I want to go somewhere.
Shadow has quickly gotten tired of Charlie sitting on her head, peeing on her bed, and my favorite: chewing on her toenails. Here's a pic of the toenail situation in action:
Do you like Shadow's, "I am not amused" face?
Shadow just wants to be left alone, and at this point has chosen to hide in the foyer on the other side of a baby gate. I think she just needs to give Charlie one big growl to let him know how she feels, but she's too sweet for that.
When Margaret and I were talking about our adjustment yesterday, it made me realize this is much like bringing a second child home from the hospital.
Your first child suddenly looks like a GIANT in comparison, and you wonder how he/she grew up overnight.
You are tired and you don't know the new baby well enough to know what makes him/her tick, which stresses you out.
Family routines are disrupted, and you sometimes wonder 1) If you have made a huge mistake 2) If you will possibly be able to love and care for the second one as much as the first 3) If the age gap is just too great for them to ever bond and play together 4) If you will ever leave the house again.
So that's where we are today, and my experience with mothering Jack and Margaret tells me that it will ALL work out.
Many, many more cute puppy pics to come!