DON'T GET THE PUPPY!!!
So often I hear people who have recently had a baby say they are looking to add a puppy to the family so they can grow up together.
I'm here to tell you NOT TO DO THAT.
I know, many people (including myself) really don't appreciate unsolicited advice, but in this case I'm going to give it anyway.
Being a mom is f*$#ing hard! Being a new mom is even harder. Lack of sleep, physical exhaustion, mental confusion, sporadic emotional outbursts, and multi-tasking to the max (all while dealing with these other things mentioned above), don't leave us with much gas left in the fuel tank.
Puppies, just like babies, require A TON of attention and work. Housetraining, basic obedience, puppy biting, chewing, tons of energy as they start getting a bit older, crate training, and teaching leash manners, are just some of the things you need to deal with to set your puppy up for success.
Adding this to your plate, which is already overflowing with things to do, is asking for trouble.
I know your heart is in the right place, and you think you're super woman (maybe you're much much better at "momming" than I am), and you don't think it's going to add much stress to your already stressful day. But it does. It pushes you past your threshold and makes even the most trivial tasks seem impossible.
My suggestion is to wait until your child is 5 or 6 because if you don't, either the new puppy or your baby is going to have to go without some of the attention required to raise them well. And we all know it ends up being the dog that goes without (it should be the dog anyway!), and when your pup is around 8-10 months old, you'll be calling a rescue to surrender her because you simply don't have the time. This happens ALL.THE.TIME. It's not done with malicious intent. It's just normal, everyday, dog loving, kind hearted people, who didn't fully understand how tiring puppies can be.
So again, my suggestion is to wait. Because it's hard AF.
*This is TJ, Jack, and Scarlett practicing place (or duration stay for TJ) while I make dinner. I didn't burn it this time!*