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Wednesday, June 4, 2008

Puppies and Babies

Several people have made reference that the puppies are just "preparing me" for future motherhood, myself included. However, last night I began, in my mind, to compile the ways that having these puppies is not at all like motherhood. Or more specifically, how my role as "midwife" to these puppies is not the same as how my role as "midwife" to a baby would be.

Let me start out by saying that it does no good to compare two people's situations declaring one is better or worse. You can only say that they are different. Let me also state right off the bat that I am one hundred percent sure that raising an infant is more difficult than raising these puppies and that this post is meant only to amuse. Alright... let's get going.

1. I watch, sometimes in horror, as Glory's teats are being mangled, twisted, tugged, scratched, etc... but at least they aren't mine!

2. When you have a baby and it cries in the middle of the night, there is one very large cry. When you have this set of puppies, there are as many as nine very high pitched and surprisingly large cries.

3. When you have a baby and it cries in the middle of the night, you know it wants food, diaper change, or reassurance. When you have puppies crying in the middle of the night you know it's because either mama left the box because she's too hot and there isn't a darn thing you as "midwife" can do about it or because there are not enough teats to go around and still nothing you can do about it.

4. I could be wrong, but I'm pretty sure having a baby does not involve three or four trips out into the cold mountain air in the middle of the night to watch the mother roll around in the grass, try to crawl under the porch and try to sneak eating her own poop when you're not looking. Pretty sure...

5. And finally, I doubt that new mothers of infant children interrupt blog posts by standing behind a baby gate (that is in place for their and their offspring's well-being) and whine because they are bored or because they have to go to the bathroom or because they want to go eat dead things in the backyard rather than care for said offspring. Can you all think of any others?

And now... gratuitous puppy pictures.
This is Two Spot up close... isn't she adorable? Her face and Twin Boy's are almost identical.


Sometimes life is just too much... you have to roll over on your back and play dead!

And I just thought this was adorable... kissing siblings! Won't they be embarrassed when their friends see this picture later in life? :) That is twin girl and twin boy... and you can see that they now don't look much alike, do they?

5 comments:

Donna said...

And a baby is worth it because it is YOURS,and all the love you have is forever to them.

Puppies, well, they are cute but your heart is just not so attached!

Your doing a good job!

Ann said...

although I don't recall any urges to roll around in the grass at night or eat my own poo, I can relate to Glory's need to escape occasionally, and I only had 1 baby to look after! The babies are just getting cuter...

Merrilee said...

Hopefully, when you and Reid have children, they are less furry and tailess. And bi-peds.

Just some thoughts...

Alice said...

About that last one. I do believe that there were times when my blogging was interupted by the mother of my grandchild whineing at me because she wanted somthing!!

Becky said...

Lee & I think that babies are easier than dogs. Babies can be taken everywhere, but dogs have to be let out at certain times. Life can be more spontaneous. Plus, there's that attachment with a baby that we just don't have for dogs...