A Puppy in a Baby Carriage

by Lesley on September 7, 2008 · 9 comments

in growing up

You know the old song… “First comes love. Then comes marriage. Then comes a puppy. Then comes a baby in a baby carriage!”

Ok, so the song doesn’t go exactly like that. But it very well should because in my little married Christian world, people get puppies and then within 1-1.5 years, they’re pregnant. My theory is so proven, I feel like I should write some type of journal article and submit it to the National Association of Young Christian Married People (NAYCMP). Before you go google that website in disbelief, don’t. I made it up.

So, back to my theory. I don’t know if puppies are the best training ground for babies, (since I’ve had neither a baby or puppy) but I’d give it a fair guess that puppies could prepare you for a squawking infant. Puppies cry all night. They poop all over, whenever. They need constant attention. And, you can’t just leave them when you want to go away for the weekend. Since Jonathan and I can barely even handle our garden we think it might not be best for a puppy right now. For people like us, gardens come first. Then puppies. Then babies.

But right now I’m in the middle of another stage where I really, really want a puppy. I think about puppies the way people dream about their first child. Currently, I have a name list going in my desk drawer. Top name choices are Buck, Jude, President Lincoln, Ringo, and Sgt. Pepper. (Yes, I realize I have a Beatles thing going. Don’t hate.)

Even though we can’t get a puppy right now, I’m pretty excited that my puppy theory has proven true for two of my close friends who got puppies a year or two ago and are now both pregnant. Amy and Anne– you will be darling pregnant ladies and even better moms. I can’t wait to celebrate your next stage when we all get together in October.

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Amy Vogt
Amy Vogt

I think you're close. We've had our pups over two years though!

The Butlers
The Butlers

What kind of sick "jinx the uterus" game did you just start? I feel as though some "countdown to child birth" clock has been turned on. We are in panic mode now. Got to go to Italy...to Africa...to...oh gosh, there is no time!Ignoring that for now, raising a puppy seems to be perfect training for having a kid. If they are bad, just put them outside and let them play on the deck. And to solve the lack of sleep problem just put them in a cage, give them something to chew on, and tell them to stop whining. So much like how I was raised.Crap, our puppy just drug in a giant muddy root from outside...better go.

Brenda Susan
Brenda Susan

Interesting theory. And the crying all night & pooping all day is defintely something that babies & puppies have in common, so true!(But at least you KNOW where the babies' poop is!)

Lesley Miller
Lesley Miller

Okay Okay Anna. Maybe you will be the first to prove my theory wrong. I can only hope for your sake (and mine) that you are indeed an anomaly. BTW, Corinne doesn't like your dog. How do you feel about that?!?!

Aly sun
Aly sun

I think the puppy to child transition is a pretty good idea. Even better is the garden/house plant to puppy to child transition. Although nothing on this earth will prepare you for the deep devotion you will have for your own flesh and blood if you are so blessed to experience it... someday.... you have plenty of time.... enjoy your married-without-children days.... and your restful nights.... and your hot dates without a baby or puppy in tow... and your non-mini van car that seems practical until you have to put a car seat backward into it.... and did I mention restful nights?.

SportsFan's Daughter
SportsFan's Daughter

Ahem, cough, exCUSE me. Would you like to make some kind of amendment or exception to your little theory there, or shall I just get myself knocked up within the next 3 months (that would be 1.5 years) to prove you right. Come on, NOBODY wants that.

*corinne
*corinne

your third paragraph says it all... why would anyone want to take on a creature that whines all night and poops everywhere and cramps your weekends-away style unless it was something you created that looks just like you and will eventually call you by name? i can't imagine taking on a pet at our age, what a hassle. i know i know... my not being an animal person is a major character flaw. shane makes this clear to me whenever I push jim away from licking me.