Ringing in the new year.

Ollie and I rang in the new year with nothing more than a quite house full of baked goods. Since I've been home with this pregnancy, Ollie had been by my side most of the day and I think he's loving it. Since this is my first pregnancy with Oliver, I'm getting a great sense of how he may be when the baby is born. My friends Stephanie and Hayden were in a similar predicament with bringing a baby into a doggy household and gave me a nice book to read and understand how best to train Ollie for our new arrival.
Being home with Ollie has given me such a deeper sense of how much I love him. He is truly a sweet soul and amazes me everyday with his little acts of doggyness. A couple of things I've started to pick up on is his habits of following me everywhere I go. Even when I hop in the shower, he'll follow me in and sit right outside of the shower stall till I'm finished.
He's developed this habit of sleeping on my side of the bed, blocking my way to the bathroom. Which in my case is every couple of hours in the middle of the night because of the pregnancy. I'm more worried I'll trip over him and land on my face in the dark!
Since my sleep schedule has been on the fritz as I finish up my last trimester. So when I wake up at 3am for my ice cream cravings or baby kicks, Oliver is right by my side out on the living room floor just hanging out.
One last thing I will never forget is the first time Ollie came up to my baby belly and got kicked in the chin from junior within. Before I ballooned up, Oliver would rest his chin on my stomach to get some attention or a scratch behind the ears. Well for the first time, he was kicked back and had the most puzzling look on his face! I giggled with laughter, but I'm sure he was not sharing the humor.
I wish my telepathy would kick in and I could understand what is going on in his little doggy mind. Does he know the changes that are happening? In our home? To my body? Does he sense the hints of baby powder and the baby gear that we bring in? I guess I'll never know.
For now, we take it one day at a time and I'm hoping to cherish every minute of it with this silly golden.