Baby is the Size of a: Watermelon
Gender: It’s a Boy!
Food Cravings: Soup, Salad, and Breadsticks from Olive Garden! And cinnamon rolls… I really can’t wait to eat my 1st cinnamon roll after the baby is born – it’s going to be AMAZING!
Food Aversions: Eggs. After one bad morning with a terrible upset stomach, I’ve decided to completely avoid these for the rest of my pregnancy.
Movement: Lately, the little dude has really chilled out. I have to pay very close attention to notice him moving now. I was concerned about it last week and called my doctor. They had me come in for a non-stress test and the results showed that everything was perfectly fine. They told me this kind of activity is the baby’s “new normal” and that I shouldn’t expect a lot of movement since he’s growing so much and will keep running out of extra space in there.
Maternity Clothes: No more work means I’ll only be wearing gym shorts and tank tops from here on out! Except for Sunday… I’ll need to put on something a little more special for church. 🙂
Looking Forward to: Finally meeting this baby boy and getting to see that cute little face of his! Ah, I can’t wait!
Best Quote from the Daddy-to-be: I’ve been hearing a lot of this: “My back hurts.” – “I wish this drink had alcohol in it.” – “I’m so tired.” – “What’s for dinner?… that doesn’t sound very good.”
Seems someone is having an awful lot of sympathy pains! But I still love him, he’s such a wonderful husband and a very caring daddy-to-be. We’re both just so ready for this pregnancy to be over and to start our new role as parents!
Training the Dog: We met with a trainer last week to schedule a “dog-sitter” for when we need to go to the hospital. We also talked about some training techniques and tricks to get the dog ready for baby.
Here are the suggestions:
1. Get a toy baby-doll.
2. Use baby products (lotion, powder, etc.) on the doll and wrap the baby in a blanket.
3. Carry the doll around like it’s the real baby.
4. Have the dog sit, then allow the dog to smell only the baby’s feet or bottom.
So, we did all of this… but Marley didn’t seem to notice that anything was different. Honestly, he really couldn’t care less! So Justyn came up with a great idea to use this app on his phone that plays the noises of a baby crying. Marley’s reaction was amazing! He immediately perked up his ears and cocked his head to the side. You could tell the dog was very unsure of what was going on, but he was following Justyn’s cues perfectly. Marley was curious but cautious and listened to every command we gave him.
We seriously spent hours with this baby-doll and the baby crying app. Justyn would hold the doll for a while, then I would hold the doll. Always letting Marley smell the baby’s bottom. We put the baby in the swing and walked away to see how Marley would react. Still being very curious but cautious, the dog only wanted to approach the baby if we were there with him. Very good!
I still can’t believe how well this doll-with-the-phone trick worked! Here are a couple of pictures from when we put the baby in the pack-n-play:
With Marley’s high energy, we’ve been a little nervous about bringing the baby home. But seeing how gentle he was around the doll, I now have higher hopes that the dog will understand how he needs to act when it’s most important.