Before Coco there was NeNe! We've had NeNe since September 2006 and she has been the center of our attention (other than each other!) since then. We were so worried about how NeNe would react to Coco and spent many hours discussing how to introduce her to Coco and wondering how to make sure she still felt like a very important part of our family.
When Coco was born, they put a cute little hat on her head. Later that night, our friend Robin came to the hospital to visit and we asked her to take the hat home and to put it n NeNe's bed/carrier. Robin later reported back that after she put the hat in NeNe's bag, little NeNe promptly dragged it out of her bag and left it in the middle of the room. Undeterred, Robin tried a couple more times, with the same result. But, Robin's persistence paid off and eventually NeNe let the hat stay in her bag. After hearing about NeNe's reaction (which we had to pry out of Robin!), we were even more unsure how NeNe would react when we bought Coco home the next day.
So, as soon as we got home, we put a blanket down on the carpet and placed Coco on the blanket. NeNe came over and circled the blanket a few times, wagging her tail and taking quick little sniffs at our beautiful squirming little Coco. She gave her a few quick licks on the feet, started running in circles around the room, came back and licked her head and continued to be very very excited to meet Coco. Phew, what a relief!
As time has passed, NeNe seems to be bonding with Coco. When she hears her cry, she goes to her room (unless it's the middle of the night or early in the morning, in which case she just looks at us with a little annoyance on her face) and waits for us to pick her up. When we are feeding or holding her, she likes to be right there with us. She also occasionally goes to her crib and jumps up on the side to see if Coco is in there or not. She likes to lick her on the top of the head and seems to enjoy sniffing her ears too! It's really cute to watch!
I think she is a little sad that she's not the complete center of our attention anymore but she is adjusting really well. It's going to be fun to watch her develop and relationship with Coco and we know that as Coco gets older, she will love NeNe as much as we do.
Thanks for being such a good big sister NeNe!