(Note: There is an amazing resource at the end of this post. Also? When I’m sleep deprived, I get a tad sarcastic. Fair warning.)
What’s Wrong With this Picture?
Last week I bought a speaker for my computer. It came with an instruction book.
My car? It came with an instruction book.
My blender? Came with a book.
Vacuum cleaner? Book.
When we came home from the hospital with our oldest daughter, we got a flyer.
Blenders come with instruction books and babies come with flyers. Ok, maybe there were two flyers. But still… we wonder what’s wrong with our world?!
New Parents Again…Sort of
Now that was 11 years ago. Why am I unearthing this wrong done to us so long ago?
Well, we just got a puppy. And guess what our puppy came with?
That’s right. A flyer.
A flyer to guide us through the next 12–15 years of his life. As a new puppy parent I feel woefully uninformed and possibly misled.
Before we got Captain (yes, we named our dog Captain), all our friends said how great it is to have a dog. They said puppies are so cute. They said a dog completes a family. They said its fun.
These are all people who don’t remember what it’s like to have a puppy.
They DIDN’T say that having an 8 week old puppy is much like having an 8 week old baby.
Except harder. (sarcasm alert!)
My husband and I are back to taking turns having sleepless nights, staying up late trying to make decisions about paper training, crate training and clicker training.
An inordinate percentage of our prayers involve the phrase, “Please make him go to sleep.”
Babies diapers can be changed inside, in air conditioning and luxury.
Puppies need to be taken outside where there are flying bugs and possums and nasty creatures that I can’t see because….HELLO….it’s the MIDDLE OF THE NIGHT.
But look! Isn’t he so cute?
I mean, be still my sleep deprived heart. He is seriously the sweetest, most adorable puppy ever. He juuuust needs to sleep at night and go potty oooooutside.
There is a reason God made babies and puppies cute, But I also believe I meant for them to come with books.
Do you have any advice (or words of hope and encouragement) for this sleep deprived puppy mama? Please share.
A Great Resource from Sally Clarkson and Sarah Mae
I’m so excited about this….my friends Sally Clarkson and Sarah Mae are doing a parenting webinar THIS WEEK.
Sally is the author of many motherhood books including The Mission of Motherhood, The Ministry of Motherhood
and she co-wrote the book Desperate: Hope for the Mom Who Needs to Breathe with Sarah Mae. It’s a four day webinar that will be packed with wisdom and encouragement. I honestly can’t speak highly enough of Sally and Sarah Mae. I’ve known them both for a couple years and they have deeply inspired me as a mom. I know you’ll learn so much from them too.
You can get all the details and register by clicking here.
I hope to see you there!