Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Seventh Month Bump & How Dogs Have Prepped Me for Motherhood

All caught up now on pregnancy bump (all though it's quite a bit larger than a 'just a bump' now!) photos! 

Here is month seven!

Even though this photo was taken just a couple of weeks ago, I feel like I look so much smaller here! I am convinced my little mister is growing by the hour. This weekend is my much anticipated weekend of baby centered shower on Saturday and maternity photos with Cody on Sunday! 

A few weeks ago Cody and I were talking about the seemingly very common train of events to familyhood: get married, get a dog(s) and then graduate to kids. It sounds kind of silly, because raising dogs is obviously very different than raising a human (Cody was quick to point out that our infant can't be left in the backyard so we can have our Friday night date at Chili's!). But we came up with a list and I thought I would share it!

 How dogs have prepared us for kids:

  • They need to be fed on a regular basis.
  • They need to be potty trained.
  • They put everything in their mouths out of plain curiosity. 
  • They make messes & need to be cleaned up after. (Nose prints on the windows, muddy paws..)
  • Give them their own toys so your things don't become chewables. 
  • Socialization helps them learn how to interact with their peers.
  • They whine and whimper when they are sad or want attention. (Our dogs in particular have some serious vocal range!)
  • They just want to play. Like all the time.
  • They have trouble transitioning from play time to quiet time.
  • They need a balance of love & discipline.
  • They need treats & cuddles to reinforce good behavior.
  • They have natural fears and individual personalities which may require different training methods.

Have anything to add??

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