Todays post “A Toddler Doodle Reunion” was inspired by a conversation I had last week with my son –
Momma, thanks for helping out with Jameson next week while we travel.
You don’t have to thank me J, we’re super excited to have him.
Can I ask you a favor?
Now that Jameson is older, his reaction to dogs has changed. He seems to be afraid of them. Can you help him get over his fear?
Well that threw me for a loop #astheoldfolkssay
April of this year was the last time the three of them were together…
At 14 months old, walking was his new “jam” and there was not one ounce of fear in him…
Where did this fearfulness come from 6 months later?
AND – if it’s truly there, how can I reverse this new learned phobia? Is there a way to remind him that these “Doods” are his friends?..
HERE’S MY PLAN –
It took me a minute to remove horrible thoughts trampling through my head like – having to keep them separated when we’re all together. Or, my grandson clinging onto our bodies screaming and crying the entire time he’s with us.
Finally reality stopped by, and I started climbing out of that ridiculous rabbit hole I threw myself into.
I think my best plan is to treat next week like a virgin introduction. I mean, how much can he remember? He was only 14 months old last time he was here.
I’m thinking we can spend some time outside the house when they arrive and then gradually work our way into the house. Whoever is holding him can talk to the dogs and do the introduction from a safe distance.
Once inside I think I will hold him in my lap and allow the Boys to approach one at a time and from there assess just how much “work” I’ve got ahead of me. #prayerfullynotmuch
Before this little young-in arrived, I spent quality time explaining to the Boys that we were adding a baby to the pack.
They caught on quickly, did all the right things during Jameson’s visits. I felt pretty proud of myself. #praisestoosoon
TAKING PUPPY STEPS –
Jameson’s family is expanding – there’s another Grandson arriving this Fall. I anticipate Lee, the Boys and I visiting soon AND often to help out.
The important step for me to remember is “patience.” I shall import more and add to my reserve tank so I can go as slow as required.
When all else fails, I plan to do as Jessie Jackson so eloquently penned years ago –
Keep Hope Alive
I mean, he’s 18 months old now, surely this little guy will be able to understand everything I tell him…
THE ADVICE CORNER IS NOW OPEN
If you’ve walked this path already, please tell me – how rocky was your road and what did you do to make it through?
Are there major steps I am forgetting?
As they say on those television talk shows –
Please, spill the tea!
I’m not alone said the boy – I’ve got a puppy ❤️
Thanks for reading…