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Advice For New Mothers

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    Vanessa @ Little Gold Pixel
    January 30, 2015 at 5:50 pm

    OMG, I loved that Medium piece. It’s so TRUE.

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    Amy
    January 30, 2015 at 5:56 pm

    I love the breath video! I love videos that make me want to cry for really no reason at all. :)

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    Sarah
    January 30, 2015 at 6:22 pm

    I that mural too! You could always take out the doors from your bedroom to the upstairs family room, make a wall, and then put the mural there :)

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    Holly
    February 3, 2015 at 1:02 pm

    Wow. After I read that “don’t get a dog” story, I felt really badly for the writer’s dog. Why share such a stupid story on a great blog?

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    Lynnie
    February 3, 2015 at 5:54 pm

    The “don’t get a dog” story has got me all riled up. That poor doggie :/

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    Heather
    February 5, 2015 at 10:08 am

    Love the advice to new moms. Do not like the dog piece. I read that a while back – this past summer when we were debating about adopting another dog. We got a dog a few years before we had a baby, and without that dog honestly we may never have gotten married or had children, because I think my husband and I both needed to see that we were ready for a more domestic life, and that dog helped us answer that question with a very enthusiastic yes. We had an amazing time with her before we got pregnant. I admit that during the first 4 months with my first child, there were times when my beloved dog would start barking the moment the baby finally(!) fell asleep or would get so infuriatingly underfoot that I thought about opening the front door and letting the dog just go live on her own on the streets for a while. But then my son got older and my dog was my EXCUSE every single morning to go outside and walk, just me and the dog, for 30 minutes. It was my guaranteed break every day. She was in love with the baby, guarded him like he was her puppy, was so sweet with him. She ate everything he threw on the floor – saving me some clean up. And then much later on, when my second son was born premature and didn’t make it, and I was in a world of hurt that no one could reach, going out walking with my dog was the most healing thing in the world. The cemetery where our son is buried is walking distance from our house, and she walked with me there every day. She died last summer, and it was heartbreaking, and I was in this tough position of deciding whether to get another dog. I missed her so much, and I missed our daily nature walks, and suddenly going to my son’s grave seemed too hard. OTOH, we knew we wanted more children some day, and that a dog is a huge responsibility… Every bit of advice I solicited or read (including that article) would have had me waiting to get another dog – except for three people: my mom, my dad, and my husband. They knew me, and they knew I needed that companion for my health. In the end, I adopted another gentle giant, and I am so glad I did. A gentle animal brings such good energy into a home. My older son has learned to be kind to her, which will hopefully pay off when he becomes a big brother this summer. And our new dog gets me out walking, has been a therapy animal for me. Probably no one is going to read this, so I don’t know why I’m writing so much, except that I’m reacting to it so strongly. I think generic advice to get or not get a dog based on whether you plan to have children is up there with advising someone whether or not to have children at all: it’s extremely personal to your circumstances. For us, it was 100% the right move. Both times.

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    Lisa
    February 15, 2015 at 7:15 pm

    The dog piece has me very upset as well. Dogs are not disposable, they are members of the family. To resent them because they demand your time and get sick is incredibly selfish. Now the children have replaced the dog – why can’t you have both and share love. Truly awful and sad. I wish I could adopt the dog from them. I feel bad he is living in that environment.

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