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17. Enjoy having pets (or not)
After my first daughter was born, I was so relieved to still feel connected to my dogs. After my second, well, I often feel annoyed by my dogs. That isn't to say I don't still love them, but I don't love extra butts to clean.

So, relish the time your dog is your baby. Spoil him. Then apologize for the roller coaster he's about to endure...

And, if you're close to having babies and on the fence about having a dog, just wait until your kids are bigger. You'll thank me later.