little mosey was pouting this morning. it was so sad and cute at the same time. we are crate training him for now. sean and i work together, but one of us takes an early lunch, and one of us takes a later lunch so that we are able to let him out every couple of hours. the first night with him was rough. he was scared, and the train outside scared him even more. i won't lie, i broke all the rules and let him sleep with me on the couch. i only got 2 hours of sleep. but the second night was much better. we set up a schedule, so we wake him up to go to the bathroom. not have him wake us up to go. we put him to bed around 11 and then sean wakes up at 1 and 5 to take him out. i wake up at 3 and 7. get him fed. you know, all that fun stuff. he has slept through the night perfectly. except for last night i hit snooze at 3 am. at 3:10 he started whining because he had to go. he was just fine after that. i think if i can wake up on time this schedule will work perfectly. he likes having a routine. i think it has been good for me too.
he likes to bite on people's hands and feet. so we are working on that. i think he is getting a little better. but we do have to remember he is just a puppy and still learning. for those that have asked, we do plan to get him neutered. he just has to ahem *grow some balls first* ahem. we gave him his first bath on sunday. it was so cute. he didn't quite know how to react. he didn't cry but he kept trying to climb out of the tub. when we got him out he just stood there. doing nothing. so we wrapped him up in a towel and rubbed him dry. he laid there like a baby in my arms and fell asleep. he loved that part of the bath. today he had his very first play date with his girlfriend olive. he did so good. i am so proud of him. he can still be a little stinker at times, but i feel like he has already learned so much.
i know a lot of people say that when they have a baby, the love they have for their spouse grows stronger? well it made sense to me in a way, but i had never experienced that. i didn't actually know how that felt. ya know? sean and i raising this little "baby" together has really brought us closer. it's incredible. i can't explain it, and probably will never be able to. i know it's only been a few days, but we are on this fun, new, adventurous journey together, and i wouldn't change it for anything. and i know having a baby will be entirely different. but for now? this puppy has helped us grow closer. nothing makes me happier than to hear sean say, "you did so good mosey! you did so good!" or "you can't lick mama, that's my job" is that TMI? whatever. or "he looked for you when you were gone." i love it. i don't care if we are treating him like our child. he kind of is. i have had a few people say that they hope this doesn't turn into a doggy blog. it won't, however, moses is a part of our life now. we blog about our life. so if something adorable happens i will most likely post about it. i hope that is okay with you all..and if it's not? well too bad ;)
when i was younger my mom had a book published called "what do they do all day in heaven". my cousin illustrated it with pictures of us kids. my mom wrote it after my little sister (sam's twin) passed away from SIDS at the age of 2 months. we didn't understand what had happened, or what was going on, so she wrote the book to help us understand. she thought about writing another children's book called "the puppy and the broken people". it was about a dog who helped heal a broken family. my brother inspired my mom with a story he told her one time when he was little about our family dog. that is exactly what cherry pie did for our family. she was the puppy that saved my family. we had to put her down 2 years ago when she was about 14-15 years old. she was a golden retriever and the sweetest dog ever. the movie "marley and me" reminds me of our exact story.
here are the last 2 pictures that i ever took of cherry. i miss her so much. she was such a good dog. i wish moses could have met her. they would have loved each other so much. i hope that moses will bring some great memories for our little family. he is not just a dog. he is family. he will be with us through the good and the bad. he will protect our kids when we have them. he will play with them and love them just as much as we will. i can't wait.
a few people have asked how we came up with moses's name. well when my cousin's little girl Ireland was 3, she was hanging out with all the girls for a girls day. she kept saying, "no boys allowed!" it was the cutest thing ever. i guess it was more like "no boys awwowwed!" even cuter, right?
anyway she had a cute little dog purse with her that she carried around. she named it moses. it was the cutest thing ever. what 3 year old girl names their dog purse moses? i loved it. so when we got our nintendo ds from my mom to stop us from getting a real puppy, we named the 2 dogs on in Scout and Moses. Mo for short. when sean first saw me walk up with a new puppy, the first thing he said was, "it's moses!" we decided calling him Mo would be too confusing if we have to say "NO" all the time. so that is how his name was born!
oh, p.s. my sister maddie captured our first hour with moses and just posted pictures on her blog. click here to see them. they are amazing. i still can't get over how adorable he is.