Many of you have asked how Leo is adjusting to life and sharing a house with baby Gus. From what we can tell he’s doing okay. His new normal now includes waking up at 3 am to a baby squealing, getting his breakfast served up with one hand and a baby in the other and generally if someone is cooing in the house it’s not for him but rather a tiny smelly human being.
He certainly isn’t the centre of attention anymore. Sometimes I catch him in the corner of my eye when we are fussing over the baby, wagging his tail and looking to see if anyone is possibly talking about him or looking at him, ready to have his ears scratched or his head patted. When the fussing is over and the baby is sleeping, Leo does get plenty of cuddles and gets a special concession bed pass in the early evening. He also goes on extra special walks every day with the baby wrapped in a fluffy bear suit and squeaking as he sleeps in the sling.
Once a day Leo trots into the baby’s room and takes a sniff of his laundry hamper, walks over and sniffs the baby where I’m holding him in the chair, gives the top of his head a little lick and then moves on again.
It’s still early days and I’m sure the dynamic will change once Gus starts crawling and walking, but for now things have gone remarkably well. One thing we’ve really worked hard on is to always include Leo in the ‘mix’, he loves the feeling of being part of his pack and lying in his bed in the same room as everyone else.
A few nights ago, we started noticing just how serious Leo is about being part of his now extended pack. At Gus’ bathtime he comes into the bathroom and lies down at the door for the duration of the event, through the squealing and excitement of singing endless renditions of Old MacDonald and Twinkle Twinkle…
This photo below truly captures how he feels about his new normal:
this pack is my life, it is worth defending so I’ll just stand guard here because I like hanging out with them…