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.


Mika said...

I'm pretty sure Ollie is aware of the changes. I believe that dogs have a 6th sense that makes them aware of change (both physically and mentally in their surroundings and in their owners).

Whenever I'm on my period and cramping, Mika will hang around me and follow me around. I notice that wherever I am, he is there watching me.

I think the kick from junior surprised him, but he probably knows what is happening.

You're keeping up with the sit and wait training at the doors, right? =P

Penny said...

Yes! Thank you for teaching him the sit and wait method! We are continuing the training and he's been great with it!
Now we are inspired to do more training like "Drop it"!

Mika said...

You can support Homeward Bound shelter by voting for them here. The more votes they get, the better the chance for them to get extra money for their shelter.


Unfortunately, I didn't see them on the list, but I didn't know what City they were in so I voted for the San Jose animal care center instead. I didn't know I could search for shelter name.

You have until the end of January to get the votes in. If you send me the referral link at the end of the vote for Homeward bound, I'll post it up in Mika's blog. =D

I think that leads to the Homeward Bound page.

happy said...

Happy New Year, Ollie! You are looking as handsome as ever!

Honey said...

Hi Ollie and mom! Since you haven't posted for some time, probably baby is on the way!?!?!
We hope for the best for you! And, I follow my mom around too, and sleep on her side too. Moms are the best!
Honey (13 yo golden)