Faith and Hope
Many of you know Faith's story and place in my life. In fact, Richard has jokingly asked me when I am going to break the news to Hope that Faith is the true firstborn child in the family! Faith is my constant companion, always by my side, sleeps in the bed with me, I swear she thinks she is a human. As my pregnancy progressed things changed a little, Faith learned that she was better off sleeping by my feet after the second time the belly bumped her right out of the bed. I had to put a doggie bed right by my feet when I am on the computer after she no longer fit on my lap. She ajusted well.
When I went into labor (we started with a homebirth), I didn't want to lock her out of the room, but didn't want her underfoot getting in the way either... so I got her a soft crate with screen sides so she could easily see me from the ajoining room. She waited patiently for me to let her out, and though she had a soft bed in the crate, she spent the night glued against the front door watching and worrying about me. Every time I would moan she would whine a little worried whine. I don't think she slept all night. When we left for the hospital the next morning she was so worried - as soon as she was let out of the crate she bolted for the door and slipped out despite efforts to keep her in (I was already in the car). She ran straight for the car, jumped the seat and started licking my face. I had to hand her back to Richard to put back in the house, and we left. That was Sat morning. I didn't come back from the hospital till Monday afternoon. Richard went back home during that time to feed and care for the animals, and Faith wouldn't even go near him. Every time he walked in the door she would bolt across the room and bark at him. He thinks she must have thought he killed her mom and I wasn't coming back.
The afternoon I got home she was SO happy to see me!!! I walked over to the bed and she jumped up on the bed and tried to climb into my arms and frantically whined and licked my chin and nibbled my hair ... like she thought she would never see me again. She was so happy! Then after a couple minutes of saying hi, she noticed something move in the car-seat we had set on the bed...
Faith was intrigued by Hope, she watched her, started sniffing her toes, and would watch her so alertly every time she moved. then she did the oddest thing - she sniffed Hope, then walked over and sniffed Richard, then went back and sniffed Hope again, then walked over and sniffed me, then went back and sniffed Hope again ... and laid down right by the car-seat and quietly watched her.
Faith has since adopted Hope as *HER* baby. The crib is at the foot of our bed, and when Hope is in the crib, Faith will stand or lie at the foot of the bed and watch her in the crib. When we are out of the room and Hope starts to cry, Faith will be the first one in there watching to be sure she is alright. When I put Hope on the bed, Faith will lay right beside her, or will lay with her nose just touching Hope. When family comes to visit and holds Hope, Faith is very intent on watching every move they make with 'her baby'. It is amazing to watch.
Here are a couple photos to share of Hope and Faith. Nothing says more than a good picture
The official baby-watcher . . .
. . . and foot-rest . . .
. . . and toe washer . . .
. . . and the guardian of her sleeping baby . . .