Emotionally, Charlie was the empathizer. If one of us were upset or crying, he would come give us a hug. If the baby cried and Charlie got there before one of us, we'd get a dirty look. He'd always check on the baby, too. Though Baby A was too small to snuggle with, Charlie would nap near him while he napped.
Now the girls are starting to fill in for Charlie's emotional duties. Nala comes to comfort me when I'm upset, and Layla checks on Baby A and sleeps near him. When I was sick recently and took a nap with Baby A, Layla joined is and snuggled up to my toddler instead of me.
And so now baby A is growing with his dogs. He loves them so dearly, and they love him. I wonder how this dynamic would be different if Charlie were still here, but I know he's up in dog heaven watching his family and smiling. Except when A runs; Charlie hated it when people ran!