As I mentioned in my previous post, P and I had no fears about Kona’s acceptance of our baby. Lucky for us, she proved us right!
O and I went home the day after his birth. As Kona hadn’t seen me in over 30 hours, P took O into the living room so that I could greet Kona alone in the Kitchen. Well, I needn’t have bothered. She had NO INTEREST in seeing me, and instead was staring intently at P in the living room.
The baby hadn’t made a sound, but she knew someone new was there. P brought O into the kitchen and Kona went into excitement overload – her tail was wagging a mile a minute, and she was sniffing and nudging P intently. Unlike when a new adult arrives though, she was exceptionally obedient, listening and obeying every command she was given.
That first week at home Kona was very attentive to the baby. Every time he cried she would rush over, tail wagging, wanting to “help” (aka lick baby from head to toe). Eventually she stopped rushing over, and instead stared at me as if to say “aren’t you going to do something about this?”. But if a stranger is holding him when he cries, she will run right over to check things out.
Also in those first two weeks Kona finally had the incentive to try a “jail break” from the dog zone of our house. She would stick her nose out to stop the gate from latching when one of us left the kitchen and then wait. 10 or 20 minutes later we would look up and discover Kona had come to find us upstairs. In our state of sleep deprivation it took us several days to realize what she was doing!
Luckily, while she is still keen on licking him, she seems to understand that we don’t like it. We recently moved his swing into the kitchen and I thought I’d have to watch her like a hawk to make sure she stayed clear of his head and hands (he loves to chew on them, she loves to lick them, not a good combo!). I was happily surprised to find she leaves his head & hands alone, and instead will lie on the floor and nudge his feet as he swings.
P and I couldn’t be happier with how well Kona has adapted to life with a baby. We can’t wait until our son is older and the two of them become the best of friends.