Nelson is my first-born child. He has golden hair, long legs, big eyes and is as loyal as they come. Nelson would come with me everywhere – to university, hairdressers, nail salons, cafes, road trips, flights – he naturally became very well socialised.
Lucas entered the mix about four years later –of short stature, brown hair, endearing eyes and rather highly strung. He is my needy child.
The park and beach were definitely two of our favourite family outings – they were always exhausted afterwards but luckily were great sleepers. Thank goodness for that, because we all sleep together and our weekend 10am sleep-ins were very important. Motherhood was so easy back then – life seemed so simple. But these kids had 4 legs.
I then thought, “I’m so good at looking after two dogs, surely a human can’t be that hard…” Ha!
The difficulty started before our first human was even conceived. My partner and I had to go through a couple of rounds of IVF, which is really not that much in the scheme of things, but was still a challenge. The dogs were by my side through it all. I remember Nelson resting his head on my tummy every time I jabbed myself with hormones.
Luckily, I had a very easy pregnancy and felt quite good through most of it (aside from some pretty awful migraines initially). I made sure that I gradually exposed the dogs to sounds of babies crying on YouTube, as well as ensuring they spent some time around our friend’s babies and small children. The boys definitely sensed something was up! They followed me around more than usual and loved to use my big belly as a pillow.