My Super Hero... And A Scary Moment

Monday, October 22, 2012




This weekend my girlfriend's baby, Moses, turned 1. She is quite the party planner (she's the one that threw my amazing baby shower) and her son's party was nothing short of fantastic. She made capes for all of the kiddos, complete with felt initials on the back, so Eden was rocking her pink "E" cape like it was nobody's business. Gosh, she looked cute! It was really nice to get out and enjoy an afternoon with friends, pop open some beer and just chill out. And it was great to have Joshua there, too, since he normally works on the weekend! As a new mom, those moments are really awesome and break up what can be a sometimes monotonous routine :)

I'm glad Saturday was relaxing because on Sunday evening, I had quite the scary moment happen to me. Well, me and Eden. I decided to take her and Hartley on an evening walk, so I ventured out into our garage, pushed the button to open the garage door, and proceeded to open the back door of our SUV. The Baby Bjorn was lying in the back and I was going to put Eden in it for our walk since the tire of her stroller has a flat. Hartley was lying down on the driveway as I laid Eden down in the back of the trunk and attempted to strap on the carrier. In the blink of an eye, my cooing baby starting screaming in screams I had never heard as our puppy lunge from the sidewalk into the backseat, climbing all over her. It felt like he was on her for 2 hours. It was so slow in my mind, so miserable. All I could do in that moment was yank my dog from his throat and throw him as far as I could. That 100 pound dog flew. I didn't know I was capable of responding so quickly, but that's what happens when your momma bear reflexes kick in. I've never been so angry at my dog, even though I know he did an honest mistake and simply was excited to go on a walk with us. But it was unacceptable and the cries I heard from my baby ripped my heart out. We've had a really smooth transition with Hartley and a new baby, but this just rocked me... I was so upset.

So I wanted to ask for help here... have any of you had a difficult transition with a newborn and your animal? Do you have a routine that works well to get the energy out of your dog and still manage your baby? I find it's hard to keep up with them both...

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Ashleigh Nichole said...

omg mamma that is a scary thing. I could not even begin to imagine. I hope little miss is ok!

Angie said...

Just saw your post, and this is my first time commenting... I don't know if I'll be of any help.

We also have a German Shepherd, and I'm 6 months pregnant... and I'm convinced that these dogs won't make good companions for babies. Maybe I'm just close minded, I don't care. I refuse to keep him near my baby so he's an outside dog by day, and an indoor dog by night. I'm also having a little girl and this scares me. He attacks my little mini schnauzer out of no where from time to time getting too excited and it really worries me.

My only advice? If you can, limit the time they are together. I know it might be hard, I know you're very much in love with your dog but I can't help but think that they can't always be trusted! They're animals! They don't know. We set aside time to play with Samson (the GS) and he knows we love him, but I won't be mixing the two. Ever. Or my Mini Schnauzer.

That's just my two cents, I don't know your dog, and he seems like a real sweetheart, but I do believe they are animals and when it comes down to it, they can't always be trusted with a precious baby!

Alys Hejl said...

We have 2 dogs & our little boy is 2 1/2 months. My male dog also started acting crazy & doing things like marking in Bryant's room. I was on my last straw with him so I called my dad & asked what to do. Daddy said that the more you train your dog the better they'll be with the baby. They need to know that you're the alpha dog & what you say/do is important. They might feel threatened with the baby because after all they were your babies before the baby was born. What I do is when I sit on the couch I hold B and let the dogs come up and sniff him. I make sure to pet them while I am holding him. I make sure that I pay attention to them when I'm doing things with B also. If he's in the floor on the play mat I don't get on to them when they go over to him. I let them look at him. They need to know that he's a part of our family/our pack. He's there to stay & if I want to make it to where they stay also I have to teach them how to be with B. it's hard and frustrating but you have to realize its new to them too. I'm right there with you friend in the frustration zone. I've started taking them with me and the hubs when we exercise and it seems to have really helped. Jack (the male dog) is super energetic & letting him run with us has made him 100% better. My dad suggested leash training and that's helped as well. I'm praying for you girl! If you ever need someone to rant to you can totally email me at bryantalys (at) gmail.com

Erin said...

Oh friend, I'm so sorry you were scared in that moment - how frightening! So proud of you though - way to go mama! I will be praying for you for wisdom with this situation.
Love you!

Jessi Bridges said...

That is so scary!!

We gave our cat away probably about 6 months ago. It had everything to do with having a baby. We have always been in love with our cat. But once we had Isaac, things changed, slowly over time. We've honestly decided now that we are parents, we just aren't animal people.

The main reason we gave away our cat was because it was too hard to give enough time to both him and the baby. He deserved more attention than he was getting, especially as Isaac was developing more, crawling, walking, etc. And the place he had in our hearts just waned. It might sound terrible, but he wasn't our child, he was just a pet. And we had a child that meant so much more and deserved not just more, but all of our time. In the end we really feel like it was best for our family; hard, yes. We had him for over years and absolutely adored him, but I think he's better off with a family who can give him the time he deserves.

But that is just what we decided. As parents, we have to make tough decisions and they will all be different. I pray you guys can come to the right decision on this one.

And I'm glad to hear Eden is okay!!

Janelle said...

I would talk to your vet about this. I guess dogs go through stages after bringing home a baby. Our vet really helped us. You just need to let Hartley know you are boss and that Eden is a human being. Love her little dress.

Lisa @ MMT said...

Glad you had fun at the party!

So sorry to hear what happened to you and baby E. what a scary moment for you both! I was nervous when I read your tweet so I am so relieved to hear there was no serious injuries!

We have been thinking about getting a German shepherd (which is what you have, right?) before baby 2 comes but I'm afraid of another puppy in the house. Right now we have a Pomeranian and he was such a wild puppy! However he did calm down a lot after he was neutered.

Erika @ rouge + whimsy said...

That's so scary and such a hard decision because I know that you care for your dog and I know that your dog does care for you and Eden. It's so hard that they don't understand and they make mistakes. Praying for guidance for you in all this. <3

Anonymous said...

puppies and babies = hard work, even having a fully grown, older dog is still like having another child in the house. I have 3 kids and another one due soon, and I no the dog is going to be getting yelled at a lot more lol. Years ago my partners dog, a doberman did exactly the same thing to my tiny baby girl strapped in her carseat. I was soooo terrified, she was ok, just got a fright. But I learnt right there n then neva to trust animals around babies.

his little lady said...

First off, I can't believe this party! It is absolutely incredible and detail oriented. Love it!
And second, that is such a scary moment. I cannot even imagine. So glad to know that your mama bear skills kicked in. You got it girl ;)
xo TJ

The Cantelmo Family said...

Oh man! That's terrifying. Fortunately our dogs are small but when Grace was a newborn we had big dogs. Both of the dogs adjusted great and we didn't have problems because they were both older at the time. With my little dogs, with every new baby they pee everywhere and that's really frustrating. This time around we put up a gate and give them their own area that's not the kids. That way they feel like the kids aren't replacing them. We also have special moments with the dogs when the kids are down for naps or bedtime. When my husband is home, he will watch the kids so I can take them on a walk or vice versa. Unfortunately this doesn't happen as much with a newborn due to scheduling and exhaustion. We praise our dogs when they are kind to the kids and discipline them when they aren't. Same with our kids too. It's hard, I've had moments where I get really angry with our dogs because they have peed all over the kids toys....but I can totally imagine freaking out if they put one of my kids in danger - that would be so scary. You did the right thing.
I know your hubby travels for work but maybe do some sort of schedule when he gets home, one of you take care of Eden and one take Hartley on a walk. Or go together. One of my friends and I got together and took our dogs to the dog park together - maybe you can do that and tag team, that way you have someone watching Eden so you know she's safe and Hartley gets a fun doggie date :-)
It's a hard stage and Hartley didn't mean to harm Eden - you're right Hartley was just so excited. I'm sure it won't happen again!!

Esther said...

the pics of your little girl make me just DIE inside to have my little one here. so soon i hope! 4 days until my due date!

Tya Hughes said...

Always get yourself and baby ready first and don't tell Hartley anything lol. When I would take ours for a walk with Logan I would have Logan strapped on me and then let the dogs into the garage and then put on their leashes. Moose would go crazy if she heard the "w" word. :)