"Caring for the animals in my life has helped prepare me for taking care of our daughter."
Nay-sayers eat your heart out.
Please don't take this too literally.
This does not mean that I have stayed up late taking care of my horse...
(Oh wait, yes I have, like the time I drove to the barn in the dark to see if he was eating. And how many times have I researched his care late into the night or laid awake worrying about my horse's health or a recent affliction? Or the countless hours spent studying his eating habits and diet and supplements...)
Well then, it doesn't mean that I have had to provide around-the-clock care...
(Oh wait, yes I have, like the time my cat was severely ill and I fed him night and day with an eyedropper. Or the many times that I nursed his battle wounds from playing too rough with other felines. And then there was his asthma (yes, I had a respiratory-compromised cat, too). I had to give him daily inhaler treatments, not to mention teach him to accept an inhaler! He was a special cat.)
Listen, I can think of countless parallels between caring for my animals and caring for my baby, but one that I did not anticipate is quite literal.
At the moment, I have a hardkeeping baby.
For those who may not be familiar with the term, "hardkeeper" refers to a horse who has trouble maintaining or gaining weight. Harley has always fallen into this category, although not right now. He looks absolutely smashing. His vacation has allowed him to pack on some extra pounds and round out nicely. That was a great unforeseen benefit.
|First post-baby visit! What a gorgeous pony. :)|
Sweet Pea was born a little early, so she lost a little more weight than is typical and is taking a little longer to gain it back. She is otherwise fine and wonderful, healthy as a little horse (and eating like one), and feisty as anything that small could possibly be. Her pediatrician is very much on top of things and we are working diligently to get her extra food in addition to nursing. So this means that I am not only a 24/7 "breastaurant", but also a dairy-cow facility via Robo-Baby (a breast pump). This is all very new and not like anything that I have done before, but the sentiments are very, very similar to caring for my horse (My cat at 20+ pounds was not a hardkeeper, by the way.). I feel the same sense of urgency, which is compounded by the fact that our baby is a growing, developing human and Harley has always been a mature, adult horse since I have cared for him. We will get there, but right now we are in the thick of it and to say that it is a full-time job is a gross-understatement.
All cliches aside, it is absolutely true that this little face makes it all worthwhile.
|Too cute for words, but it doesn't stop me from trying.|
I write this question completely tongue-in-cheek, but is there any chance that SmartPak could start a SmartBaby line? How cute would those supplement wells be?