|Coco, me and NYC. Summer 2009.|
I know I am not the only one has loved and raised a pet with as much love as their own child. I definitely met people who told me that I wouldn't love my "dog" as much when I had a baby (or who almost got slapped by me for telling me I should give him away before the baby comes), but I knew that would never be the case and it isn't. I am even more protective of him now to make sure that he's well integrated and does not feel left out. Below are the steps I took to make sure that Coco remained comfortable, did not feel any sibling rivalry and did not feel left out or depressed through this transition.
(Note: some stress and confusion is invariable but the goal is to eventually make every member of your family love one other.
It is also easier to bring a pet into a family with a child than to start a family when you already have a pet.)
Things you can do to introduce your pet and your new baby:
|Letting Coco sniff and test out the furniture.|
|Coco in Riaan's swaddle, a little sulky because I wasn't home.|
|The big introduction!|
|Cuddles while Riaan was nursing|
|Priceless baby cuddles|
|Riaan reaching for Coco|
|End goal: Priceless to me|
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