Saturday, June 16, 2012

Pictures Ten Weeks in the Making

I didn't write a lot about it here, but E and Z were terrified when they first met Stella. In fact, they were so scared that we ended up sending her home with my parents for another month and had her come for visits. Truly, I have never seen a child look as frightened as E did when he spotted the dog. When Stella came home a month and a half ago the fear was only marginally better. Spotting her led to screaming, demanding to be held, and general unhappiness throughout the household. Luckily the weather has been nice and Stella loves hanging around the yard because our survival strategy has been to keep the kids and dog on opposite sides of the back door.

In the last week or so there was a gradual softening to the terror. The babies still didn't want to be around the dog, but they enjoyed looking at her out the window and laughed when she came in as long as they were being held by a parent. Yesterday the dam finally broke and both kiddos started reaching out to pet Stella. Praise was showered on them and a tide seems to have turned today and they can't get enough of following her around, petting her, and laughing about it. Wonders will never cease.

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