As I have already mentioned before, I have a hairy house, 3 cats, 2 dogs...heck, even the hubs is hairy. This leads to a giant mess all the time. B spends most of his day covered in hair and dirt that is tracked around by our two dummies. I have more or less gotten over it. My child eats hair, he is constantly dirty, it's cool.
However, at times when I am feeling a little bit overwhelmed with hair, I wonder if maybe 5 pets is 4 pets too many. There are multiple times a day that I get really frustrated when a cat claws furniture, or the dog eats a sock, or someone (culprits are currently unknown) knocks over glasses of water on the coffee table. Now with the added stress of the baby, the pets can seem like just too much.
But, then a wonderful thing happens. A cat comes and sits in my lap while I watch TV alone when J is on the ship. Or B busts into a huge smile watching the puppies (they are almost 2, but they will always be puppies to us) play together. Or I walk into a room and find the puppies snuggled together like they used to when we first brought them home.
I can honestly say that our pets are WONDERFUL with B. The cats avoid him, which I get, he pulls their hair, but we he does get a hold of one, they just run away. They don't scratch, they don't hiss, they just run away. The puppies LOVE the baby. They sleep in the room right by his crib. They let him crawl all over them. The like to just hang out in the room that he is in. It's amazing. Now, I am not stupid, I know that bad things can happen with pets at any minute, so we always watch B when the pets are around. That said, I have to count myself very lucky that we have such good pets. I know that the dogs are the way they are because of their temperment and their training, so we can take some credit, but with the cats, it's just amazing. So, while my house is hairy and I get frustrated very often, I am grateful that we have 5 pets.