Ok, so we have had Bailey for two and a half weeks now and our lives have changed so much! She is such a joy to have around and we love watching all of her small improvements with training. We laugh though, because our lives have changed a lot in these past 2 1/2 weeks and she is only a dog! We can't even imagine how much life will change when a child comes along. We find ourselves calculating how much time we can spend out of the house before we need to be home to let her out of the crate and take her to the bathroom. We have also experienced a taste of "parenthood"... the first few nights we had Bailey we got maybe an hour or two of sleep a night. She just cried and cried. (Just a little practice for our future, I guess). Chris and I are still waking up in the middle of the night to take her out to the bathroom. We are pretty good about trading off every other night. We started the first few nights getting up at 1:30 and 5:30. Today we are getting up at 4 am to take her out and then again at 6 when we wake up for the day... yes, we wake up WAY too early, but when you work you have to sacrifice things... sleep being one of those things! (I'm not a morning person...obviousy). We are hoping that by this weekend we are no longer having to wake up in the middle of the night to take her out.
Life is crazy and we have had to adjust to BOTH of us working 40 hours a week, adding a new member to the family AND keeping our house clean, but we are surviving and we wouldn't trade this life for anything.