Last night I was sitting on the couch in our living room reading a book. Sammy was next to me chewing on a rawhide and Uncas was playing some football on the Wii. Sammy got up and started walking into the kitchen. I looked up from my book and looked towards the kitchen while Uncas turned in his chair to also look in the kitchen. As we waited, listening, we heard Sammy drink some water out of his bowl. We looked at each other and smiled. Each of us thinking - oh good, he doesn't need to go outside.
Right after this little, insignificant event, Uncas turned to me and said "We are so ready to have a baby! Look, we both were involved in something else, but became distracted when Sammy walked into the other room. We were keeping tabs on what he was up to."
You know what - I think he is right. If there was any doubt about us as parents picking up on our baby's cues, it has definitely been erased. I do think it's true that having a dog has prepared us for parenthood. And just to reinforce that, something else happened with Sammy and me today.
I was sitting on the couch, probably on the computer and Sammy brought a piece of rawhide up to chew, but he flung it off the couch inside. So then he looks down at it and starts whining. I encouraged him to go get it, but then he decided to bark at me! It made me laugh! He wanted me to pick up his rawhide, even though he is fully capable of getting it himself. So I ignored him and he finally jumped down, grabbed it, and ran into the other room to chew on it. See - I didn't give in to him - more practice for what is to come!
In other baby news - this morning we met with the pediatrician that we will be using for our baby. I really liked her a lot and the clinic too. It's really close to home. One more thing I can check off our to do list!