We brought Lucy home a week ago yesterday, and wow, what a week it’s been. She’s the sweetest little bunny, and we both just adore her. But much like having a kid, bringing a little puppy into our family has definitely changed the dynamic, which wasn’t something I had really thought about or considered before we got her. Of course, everything will feel more natural in time, but this last week, I couldn’t help feeling more empathetic for all new parents — of pets, for sure, but more specifically, of children. Hello, lifestyle change!
I think it’s natural to feel a bit unsettled anytime you have such major change in your life, whether it’s from a new job, or a move, or whatever, but adding another body to the family has so far been one of the most interesting ones Joe and I have gone through. It’s funny. With getting married, nothing really felt different, probably because we’d been together for so. freaking. long. But with Lucy, suddenly we can’t think of each other as much, because we have to focus so much energy and love into our little nugget, who needs us right now as she transitions. Make no mistake, we absolutely knew all this going in and prepared mentally, but it always feels different when you’re in the center of it. We also know it won’t always be this way, and don’t get me wrong, we are having so much fun laughing and playing with her. It’s just a change, you know? It got me thinking — what are some of the other gamechangers you’ve had in life that required an adjustment on the part of you and your partner (or friends)? How did you acclimate? And for those of you with dogs — how long until I can sleep a full 8 hours?