Life has lately taken on new kind of rhythm around here. Mornings (and sometimes nights!) are puppy focused. I haven't really gotten as much sleep as I normally do (and I do need my sleep!) so the hours leading up to the afternoon have been kind of foggy-tired every day. I often think about how nice it would be to go back to sleep after breakfast, or crash and watch some stupid comedy. But I know I'm getting some sleep, just not my normal amount so it shouldn't be that bad, right? Well, I've been tired and I have a completely newfound respect for parents with newborns. How do they do it?
In the morning, after waking up from puppy (either once in the middle of the night, or just early at 6 or so), we go for a walk and he's so bright and full of life. Gone are the days when he didn't want to leave the house, now he picks up the leash in the morning in the backyard and waits for me to take him out. And we go out for a walk and he's on and off the leash, and most of the time he's wonderful. If we meet anyone along the way then people can't wait to pet him, he's becoming quite the focal point… and why shouldn't he - he's too adorable.
Lately he's gotten into the habit of barking playfully and running around charging with a toy, whenever he wants attention (which I don't really appreciate at 5:30 in the morning!) At first I tried to correct it, but after realizing after a couple of days that it's obviously not working, we're trying the ignoring method instead. He's responding much better to this, I guess because he just wants attention.
Then once the morning is finished - once he's been out, and we've had breakfast, and hopefully had a quiet moment reading the paper and talking a bit while watching the morning shows, then he gets some alone time while we both get some other work done. Afternoons and evenings are devoted to building-house work. It feels like we've come rather far already. Sometimes when I play out the following steps in my head, it feels like we'll be done in no time, and then at other times, it feels like we have so much work ahead of us. Isn't it weird how the perception of a project differs before you've started and once you're finished? With many of the projects we've done I'm rather happy I didn't quite realize how much work was actually required beforehand - then it would have been so much more difficult to get started. I'm sure I'll feel the same way about this project once we're done with it... happy in other words that I didn't realize the full extent of the work involved beforehand!
Most of the time puppy has been good when we're working outside. Unless he's completely distracting (then he gets to spend some alone time in the house), he spends most of his time outside with us, sleeping, playing and watching us work.
Food has kind of been left on the backburner, I don't have much reserves left in terms of my homemade fast food, and I don't really have too much energy to cook up a whole batch. It's definitely true how you can't focus on too many things at once. When one thing enters into your life, another thing automatically gets pulled back. I hope soon to balance everything out a bit better. But for now, the two primary focuses are puppy and construction. Not too much energy left for much else…
At night we relax, maybe go out for a beer, or watch some shows. Going through episodes of White Collar at Netflix right now that we haven't seen, but I wouldn't mind getting into something really good. I just don't know what that would be. And puppy is always there, sleeping, or playing or being a bit annoying at times. He definitely requires attention!
Can you see how he's grown! He's definitely losing some of his baby features. I call him my little baby all the time, but I guess he's moving into kid territory really, and not so much baby anymore. He's 11 weeks now. Almost 3 months! The rest of the summer will move by quickly, I'm sure - gone before we know it.