Thursday, August 30, 2012

Meeting baby Jeff

Jeffrey Steven Wuollett was born on August 5th. While we were in the hospital, Mylie and Watson stayed with Mike's parents. Instead of us going straight home with Jeffrey, we decided to introduce him to the dogs in neutral territory. This would allow us to let the dogs bring the baby home together with us, instead of them coming home to find they have been "replaced" with a new baby.

As soon as they discharged us from the hospital we went straight to Mike's parent's house. Mike's parents offered multiple times to keep the dogs for a few more days so we could adjust to life at home with the baby without the dogs, but we really missed Mylie and Watson, and wanted to be at home with our complete family.

Michael went into his parent's house alone and greeted the dogs, then he came outside and I went in alone to greet the dogs, then I got them calmed down and Michael came back in with Jeff. The dogs were super curious but very sweet and gentle. We have been so happy with how Mylie and Watson have reacted to having a little brother.  I'm pretty sure Mylie thinks Jeff is her baby, and Watson has been extra protective of both of us.

Every time I feed Jeff, Watson is right there. He gets up in the middle of the night with every feeding to sit by my feed or behind the rocking chair in the nursery. Even when I feed Jeff a bottle (or anyone else feeds him a bottle), Watson is right there. Mylie is never far away either, but when I get up and feed him in the middle of the night, she usually takes that opportunity to steal my spot in bed.

Anyone who visits us knows that Watson is a licker. He loves to greet everyone with lots of kisses.   We knew it would be inevitable that Jeff would be getting kisses from Watson wether we like it or not, so we let Watson kiss Jeff with supervision, and try to direct his "kisses" to Jeff's feet. Mylie gives him kisses too, but more in a motherly way.

I posted this photo a few days ago on facebook. It isn't Watson or Mylie and Jeff, but I laughed so hard when I saw it because I think it totally could be. I feel like if I could read their minds, this is what they'd be thinking.

Overall, the dogs are adjusting well. We make sure to give both dogs extra attention and let them be involved with the baby as much as possible. I can't wait until Jeff is big enough to play with the dogs. I think they are going to be great friends some day.


  1. So cute Susie! Happy to hear all 3 kids are doing well together.

  2. Love it! Thanks for the update on the journey with the puppies... so glad they are adjusting well!