Oh, dogs and babies. As an expectant parent, it was one of my biggest stresses - how will our dogs do with the baby? How should we introduce the dogs to him? What if they hate each other? What if the dogs love him TOO much?
(Jackson insists on being outside anytime the dogs are!)
We have three dogs and we had a lot of worries when it came to our dogs and bringing a baby home. Our dogs are super spoiled and were our only babies for a long time (we've had our oldest dog for five years), and they were all very used to being our primary focus when we're at home. Lots of cuddles, lots of play time, and they pretty much never got ignored.
Until this little guy joined the family. And then? They had to come to a pretty quick realization that they weren't the most important things in our lives anymore. For the first couple of months with Jackson, it was almost impossible to give them any attention. We were so focused on him and figuring out our new normal that everything else flew out the window. Now that we've settled into a good routine, the dogs get much more love than they were getting, but they still aren't quite as prioritized as they used to be.
When I was pregnant, we were pretty sure we knew exactly how the dogs would react. We discussed it extensively and we figured that we only really had to worry about one of our big dogs who has a lot of anxiety issues, and that the other two would love the baby instantly. We were right about one of the dogs - he immediately fell in love with Jackson and couldn't spend enough time near him. From the day we brought him home, he had to be right next to the person who is holding Jackson, and if Jackson was on the floor, he was down there with him. He loves to lick his face and sleep next to him, and I honestly think he'd sleep in his crib with him at night if we let him.