• Jude-Anne Phillip

Two boys, a husband and a dog

Updated: Jun 8, 2019

So our family now has a new addition, a 5 week old puppy which my elder son named Kobe.

My son really wanted a puppy and we thought that it would be a good idea for him to get his first pet; teach him about responsibility and have a little buddy that he could run around with while his little brother learns to navigate his legs.

What the hell was I thinking!

I have never been more stressed out trying to juggle work, a husband, a 5 year old, a 5 month old and now a 5 week old. I honestly feel as though I am the one learning all of the life lessons from having a puppy and not my son.

I am learning to be patient. They (and by they I mean my 5 month old and my puppy), are at the stage where everything is a chew toy. Clothes, my necklace, curtains, stuffed animals, fingers, toes, ankles and shoes. I will leave it up to you to determine who chews what.

Let’s not even talk about pooping and peeing. As fast as one diaper explosion is cleaned, there is a nice big puppy explosion somewhere in the house, waiting to found. I am constantly cleaning butts and floors.

I usually wake up around 4 am to prepare my son’s lunch, meditate and exercise (aka escape) but guess what, Kobe wakes up at 4 am too. So the chaos starts from early. Try doing planks with a puppy climbing, licking and biting you all over. Patience!

I am learning the art of multi-tasking. Somehow, I am now able to prepare dinner, breastfeed/keep the baby entertained and help my son with his homework, all while a growling puppy tugs at my pajama pants.

I am able to fight the puppy for my underwear (don’t ask) while paying full attention to my son’s many dinosaur impressions. I am even able to fit in a blog post here and there, as the craziness echoes in the background.

I don’t care what anyone says, that’s a skill.

Sure every time I step in a wet spot I curse the day that I thought having a puppy was a good idea, but my son loves him. He has fun with him and he is learning to take care of him, just as he takes care of his baby brother. My 5 month old also loves him and is fascinated by him. He is now a part of our family, in all of his ankle biting glory and all things considered he is an adorable and lovable puppy.


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