“The Rescue“is a story about Dunder the German Shepherd and the day his parents brought home Munster from the animal shelter – changing both of their lives forever. “The Rescue” shares the message of hope, appreciation, friendship, and animal rescue with the next generation of dog lovers. And what better way to do this than to use our dogs’ story as an example.
This book started out as an idea for our son’s first birthday gift. After receiving several requests from our followers, we felt the need to share it and spread the importance of rescuing animals in need.
For years my wife and I have had an idea for a Children’s book. We never found the time to actually sit down and make it happen, but somehow after the birth of our son we made it happen. Maybe he was the inspiration to actually sit down and make it happen? Most likely, but either way we got it done and aside from a few finishing touches it’s going to be up for sale soon.
Here’s a sneak peak of some of the work in progress illustrations. We are really happy with the outcome and hope you will be too. The story is fun and has a great meaning behind it (which we will share soon). Please stay tuned here, our social networks or enter your email at dunandmun.com for updates.
I just wrapped up a month off of work for baby bonding. The days were filled with playing with new toys, books, trying out solid foods, naps, partial naps, and bonding. During that time I was actually able to notice a lot more of a bond had formed between me and baby. I firmly believe that people should get much more time off of work to bond with their children, but that’s another story. Here’s a video I took that sums up a typical day. Enjoy!
Have a baby at home? How has the experience been so far?
This picture pretty much describes the last 5 months. An incredible baby, that requires an incredible family to raise him. I’ve been constantly moving furniture around the house to prep, my wife must have developed an amazing reach in order to do all the multitasking she does, Dunder runs unbelievably fast to the baby every time he cries, and Munster…..well Munster likes to cover himself from the loud noise. Haha. Parenting has been Incredible and we look forward to all the challenges and rewards. Can’t wait til next Halloween!
1. Be patient, its hard to get woken up at all hours of the night, but you’ll get used to it. I used to see it as a chore, but now I see it as hugging my son to sleep.
2. Everything is a phase, and they pass quickly. The good and the bad things.
3. Don’t stress out. When making the decision to have kids, we didn’t do it because we had to, we did it because we wanted to enjoy every moment with them. So enjoy all of it!
4. Kids grow fast. You’ll see drastic changes even within a couple weeks. Take lots of pictures (with you included) and capture each moment.
5. Take advantage of their naps! In order to run a house hold, take care of items while they sleep. You have 30 minutes to 2 hours max, so as soon as they go to sleep take care of business. Don’t play with your phone, etc. Clean, cook, workout etc. That time is precious. If you finish early take some time for yourself and put your feet up.
6. If people offer help. take it.
7. If you have a boy, cover him while you change him. I didn’t at first, but getting pee’d on at 2am will change your mind.
8. Take care of yourself. Eat, healthy, exercise, and even sleep if you can. Having a healthy body will make these physically draining times a little easier.
9. Have fun! These moments are amazing! Roll with the punches and cherish each moment.
10. Love your baby! These times go by fast and you will miss these phases. My son is 5 months old and I’m already sad at how fast he is growing. You will miss these days especially when he’s driving away in your car as you want nothing more than to just sit and hang out with him.
Your baby is tired and cranky, so in a drowsy blur you swaddle him, sway him, and shush him…. your arms are cramping, your back is sore, you’ve shushed out enough air to blow up a bouncy house. All you want to do is get some sleep. Finally he closes his eyes. Now it’s time for the switch, from your arms to the crib. You can’t just plop him down and expect him to stay asleep. You need technique. You need skill. The perfect combination of slowly fading out the swaying and placing him down without him noticing. Will he stay asleep while you walk away and enjoy the lost treasure of a couple hours of shut eye? Or will he release a giant ball of screaming and crying that chases you down the hall?