The way we see it Charlie will always be our first child and we're pretty sure she see's it that way too. For 2 years it was Mommy, Daddy and Charlie. She got all of out attention and was a spoiled rotten princess!
Halloween 2009, Family Picture
We weren't sure how Charlie was going to react to us bringing Alex home. To be honest my main concern was her thinking he was another pet or a chew toy. We knew she'd be jealous but we were'nt sure how she'd act on that jealousy.
Fast forward to April 6, 2011.
First we brought Alex home without Charlie there, we wanted to get settled in before making the introduction. Kris went and picked on Charlie from my mother in law's house and brought her inside. At first she completely bypassed Alex and came straight to me, doing her happy dance and doggy talks (she hadn't seen my in 3 days.) Then she realized there was something else in the house. Kris picked up Alex and sat with him on the couch, Charlie very slowly inched her way closer and closer to the baby unsure of what he was.
Checking out Alex
She got close enough to sniff out his face and Alex let out an adult sized sneeze right in Charlie's face. She nearly does a back flip off the couch and sprints to the other side of the room. The next couple days were a little rough. Charlie was interested in Alex but was still afraid of him, she would bark her scared bark every time he made a sound which would send him into his startled throw his arms in the air as if he was riding a rollarcoaster state (which I must admit was pretty cute.) She kept looking up at us with her please take him back eyes. We were wondering if she'd ever be ok with him being in the house. We weren't worried about her hurting him but just about her being jealous always of him. As soon as Kris picks Alex up out of my lap, Charlie gets in it but never does she try to get in my lap with Alex at the same time.
Not sure yet what he is.
But it didn't take much longer for him to grow on her. She has got to the point where she always has to be able to see him. She watches him all the time, always seems to have guard over him. We had to remove the front bumper out of the crib so that she could see him (we figured this out after she jumped into his crib with him in it.) Now she is his protector, his big sister. She has to make sure he's ok whenever somebody else other than us is holding him, and she prefers that no other dog comes near her baby. She's a little mother to him and it's so cute!
So, girl meets boy, girl likes boy. Boy sneezes in girl's face. Girl no longer like boy. Boy works his magic, girl loves boy. We're just one big happy family now :)
Charlie and Alex in Alex's crib.
Keeping a watchful eye over her little buddy.