Paw Playground welcomed a new member to our family. Her name is Kinsley Cecelia who is now 6 weeks old. She may not have 4 legs and paws, but she has two legs with very tiny toes. Paw Playground went on hold for those 6 weeks to take the time to cherish our new bundle of joy but we’re back and more ready than ever. Hendrix has taken on the challenging task of being an older brother and noticed a dramatic difference when the baby came home. What I would like to talk about is what my experience was like with Hendrix during the last 10 months and bringing home the baby.
I literally read every article, blog and listened to other stories, but somehow everything I did didn’t work for me. Being pregnant I thought for sure Hendrix knew there was life growing inside me because he would kiss and lay on my tummy. I also always talked to him about his sister and used “your sister” in the tone of voice I would use once she was here. I took Hendrix on walks with the stroller before the baby got here as well. I did EVERYTHING I read, and nothing worked. When the baby came into the world, the blanket came home first, and the baby and I came home the next day. Hendrix immediately was wondering what his mom is holding and why the attention switched over so quickly. If Kinsley and I are in the living room Hendrix tends not to want to be in the same room as us, he will come over and kiss his sister every now and then, but I can tell there are behavioral changes from the start which made me very sad. My recovery took 2 weeks which gave Hendrix no attention at all, and now that I’m getting back to my normal self I am playing with him more, I try to play with him with Kinsley in my arms which has worked for us.
There are no rules when it comes to single child syndrome puppies you just need to know your pup, listen to their behavior and do what YOU think is right. I am still doing what works as I know it will get easier as Kinsley gets older but don’t listen to what you read and go with your gut. You know your dog better than anyone, and they know what they have been used to. No one said change would be easy, but it sure is worth it!