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The pack adjusts

Several people have asked us how the dogs are taking to Griffin. We have been very fortunate because, other than being pretty curious about him, they have been surprisingly calm and gentle when he is near them. I wouldn’t leave Griffin on the floor with the dogs and walk away, but I do know that when he is doing tummy time, Guinness isn’t going to try and take a chunk out of him.

Guinness has been a little more naughty than usual–getting into the trash when he never has before, eating before he is given the “okay” and then wolfing down Bailey’s food to boot–but I definitely do not think he would ever do Griffin any harm. He is actually the first one that goes running into the room when Griffin starts to wail. His look of concern is really very adorable.

If anything, they’ve gotten a little more protective. If they sense anything amiss one of them (usually Guinness) will start barking and the other (usually Bailey) will come sit in front of me. If the baby is in the bassinet in the bedroom, at least one of the dogs is in there with him. When I’m feeding Griffin, Guiness loves to curl up on my feet and Bailey is never too far away.

I’ve felt like I’ve been neglecting them. I haven’t gone on as many walks with them because I didn’t think I could handle the two of them and the stroller at the same time. I think walks are back on now. The other day I loaded Griffin into the Baby Bjorn (it was the first time I put him in it when he wasn’t screaming so he did fine), leased up the dogs, and headed out. They were both REALLY good! Even Guinness, my big tugger and lunger! We just took a very brief stroll but now I feel more confident about taking them out with us so we’ll have even more bonding time with the four of us.

So, the dogs are getting along very well with their baby brother. I bet they can’t wait until he’s older and starts pulling on all their pullable parts. =)

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Making the rounds

We had a very busy week last week! Last Wednesday, I took Griffin to the library for his first ever visit. I had been putting it off until he was older because, let’s face it, the library is a pretty germy place. It was really nice to see everyone get so excited about meeting him and of course I also enjoyed showing him off. 🙂

On Friday we took Mama out to lunch as a Valentine’s Day present and to thank her for all the help she’s given us. She’s currently staying with my sister. She comes up pretty regularly and is a huge help with the household chores I haven’t been able to tackle. I feel bad because I know she wants to see more of Griffin but, since Ning doesn’t live very close and she doesn’t feel comfortable driving up to our place, it’s been a little difficult. Once I get the hang of getting Griffin ready to go out, we’ll have more outings with her. Plus, she’ll be watching the little guy when I go back to work.

On Saturday we took Griffin to Lochrann’s–our favorite Irish pub–so that he could meet everyone who hadn’t yet had a chance to meet him. He did awesome! I fed him a quick meal before he left so he wouldn’t get hungry and it lasted him a pretty long time! When we got there, his eyes were wide open and he was quite alert. Since he didn’t let loose one cry, I’m guessing he really enjoyed meeting everyone. He didn’t seem to mind all the new arms that were holding him, either. It was so nice to see so many people waiting to meet our little guy. We are so lucky to have the sweetest, most caring friends.

Griffin will be one month old tomorrow! I’m with him all the time so I can’t really tell how much he’s grown. He definitely feels a little heavier when I pick him up, though. I think he’s gotten a little longer too. His newborn size footie pajamas are getting a little tight and he’s now fitting very well in some of the 0-3 month outfits. (Although they may have also shrank a little in the dryer. I noticed when mom did the laundry last that she turned the dryer heat up from what I normally keep it on.)

I’ll try to get back  on a regular updating schedule. It’s sometimes a little challenging to sneak in a blog post, but I’ll definitely try!

Happy belated Valentine's Day!

Happy belated Valentine's Day!

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