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Sorry I’ve not posted in a while! A LOT has happened since the new year began!
My husband and I decided, after much debate, to adopt a dog! We had been all set to get one before we found out that I was expecting and that gave us pause. After we found out, we went back and forth on the issue for weeks… was it wiser to get one now, before the baby, or to wait until after?
Certainly, many weighed in with their opinions. Most were of the opinion that it was best to wait. We would have enough on our plate with a new baby. Which is a very valid point! One that we took under great consideration.
But, eventually, we decided that if we waited until after we had the baby, we wouldn’t have the time or the energy to train a dog for a very long while. And I’m an impatient person!
So we decided to adopt a slightly older puppy. She’s 5 months and already housebroken. A Siberian Husky, Newfoundland, and German Shepherd mix. By the time the baby comes around, the puppy will have grown comfortable in her new home. She’ll be trained and well-acclimated and we’ll be able to raise our child with a dog from day one. Which is something I, personally, think has a lot of benefits (I was born into a home with a giant German Shepherd.)
Honestly, I am so happy we decided to go this route. I think it was the right decision for our family. Not only because having a dog adds SO MUCH LIFE and beauty and laughter to a household... But, also because, given how labor-intensive a new dog is (which is to say VERY), I cannot imagine taking on this extra workload with a newborn in the house. There is just no way that I would have the energy or the patience to train a dog as a well as care for my new baby.
I’m sure other people feel differently, but I think every family should make decisions based on what is right for them.
I will write more very soon. But for now, I just wanted to send the update that I am still here. Still posting. And still keeping it positive!
Do you have any strong opinions about getting a dog while pregnant or waiting until after? If so, please share! Let’s start a dialogue!
I'm Kelsey! Proud Iowan native, world traveler, writer, wife to the most incredible husband, and now soon to be mother