Lessons from Zoey (well, mostly from Zoey)

by Kristi Van Dyk in

Ahh it's Wednesday, mid-week ... Steve was out early this morning for his cholesterol test for the new insurance policy. He stopped for coffees on the way home and that made the morning brighter. Kayleigh woke up on the wrong side of the bed this morning, so she's down for a nap already (at 9:00 a.m.) I know that will shoot my pre-planned schedule to pieces, but I'd rather have a cooperative little girl than a complete terror all day long, especially when playing with Zoey, Star and Smokey as well! I've discovered, this week, that two dogs, one toddler, one cat and an active 32 week old in utero was not as easy a combination as I anticipated. :) I guess that means Robin was right ... hahaha (I'm betting she doesn't read this or maybe I'll get my first comment!) At any rate, it's Wednesday and we're almost done with our dog/house sitting. I want to take a moment and recap all of the things I've learned. (Keep in mind, dear Ipema family, these are all good things ... I promise). 1. A puppy and toddler girl do get jealous of each other and will compete for "Mom's" attention 2. The puppy will steal toddler girls toys to "pick a fight" and will often simply "pick a fight" with senior dog for no reason at all 3. No carpet is safe 4. All outside doors should remain locked at all times. Lever type knobs are far too easy to get open for clever little (or big) things (I've had two escapes by one from each size category) 5. The puppy WILL chase the cat, even if before the puppy and the cat got along ... :) The puppy can always change her mind 6. Walks are critical ... yup, minimum of two a day ... and long, and NO just because they senior dog SEEMS tired doesn't mean she doesn't want to tag along too! 7. Walking two dogs, a toddler and texting will lead to disaster (I stepped in poop!) 8. Having a large breed puppy try to snuggle up on an ever diminishing lap is fun, for a little while, until 32 week old son in utero finds it necessary to re-claim his space. Then dog doesn't notice little kicks but Mommy gets beat up! 9. A massage chair for 30 minutes at a time, twice a day is really the only "payment" I require 10. Salt water (heavily concentrated on the salt) WILL remove color bleeding on clothing after 4-6 washes :)

Sigh ... the things I get to learn over here :) I think that's why I love it. It keeps me on my toes. Next challenge: find time to put in some more hours for add.a.lingua, finish the nursery for baby boy, and get the house back to ready for a newborn as well as a toddler ... It won't be long now ...