I thought you all might want an update on our little dog (and first baby) Lola, even though I'm pretty sure the picture below tells you all you need to know!
She hates the nursery. In fact, even though she's housebroken, she finds a way to poop and pee in there just to let us know that she's not happy about whatever is going on in there.
I think it has a lot to do with the fact that there has been a constant mess in there and that she knows it's been taking up a lot of my time. Time that she feels should be spent with her instead.
She's been in the middle of every project I have done and has done her best to distract me and prohibit me from finishing them.
To be honest, I'm pretty sure she is feeling some insecurity about her place in the household. She knows change is coming, but she's just not sure what that means. I think all of our moving around over the past year has been extremely tough on her and now when she sees all the mess and changes going on in the house, she assumes that means we are leaving here and I think that depresses her a little bit.
We are doing our best to give her extra attention and to be extra patient with her. She's been getting a lot more cuddles, walks, rides, and trips to Dairy Queen where she always gets an ice cream treat. I've been sure to load her up with kisses during the day and try to make her feel welcomed in the new nursery.
She's scared of a lot of these new contraptions that are laying around the house these day and I understand that it's going to take some getting used to. She hides under the crib, she barks at the stroller, and doesn't understand why the car seat is now blocking one side of the car window or why the ottoman in the nursery throws her off when she jumps on it due to it's fancy gliding mechanism.
We put her in these new contraptions and let her sniff them out to become more comfortable. I try to share the glider with her, but have found that I probably should have gotten an over sized one to really make it work. We practice walking around with the stroller, but she's still petrified when it comes toward her.
I think the most heartbreaking thing for me is watching her want all the pretty little things that we are getting for the baby. She loves gift bags and always assumes that whatever is in them is for her. I try to be patient and let her sniff and lick at things, but it's sad when she wants to run away and play with them and I have to tell her no.
In her defense all these baby toys look like doggie toys and I can completely understand her frustration. We have bought several toys and treats to give out to her when we feel like she might be getting a little down about it. See the bone to the left?
I just hope this makes more sense to her in the end once the baby gets here. I hope she knows that we will always love her and that she is our first child. We have her to thank for many lessons already learned.
Love you beanies!!!