Dogs: Kids in training

My dog is my fur baby. I tell her so every day.

I firmly believe that dogs — and cats — are excellent training for real babies. They are a time commitment, a financial commitment. You need to love them, take care of them and be responsible for them.

So because I heart lists, here are the top 15 reasons that dogs are like babies:
  • You arrange your social plans around their need to eat/pee/poo.
  • You punish them when they are bad. Usually with time-outs.
  • You vow that they will sleep in their own beds.
  • Sleeping in their own bed lasted exactly two nights. Now they are in yours.
  • You buy them speciality food, and wind up re-heating some frozen crap for yourself.
  • You dress them in adorable outfits and accessories.
  • Sometimes even little boots.
  • You buy them a Doggie Stroller.
  • Your husband is embarassed by the Doggie Stroller.
  • You take photo after photo of them — and make Facebook albums.
  • They have their own Christmas stocking. And pile of gifts.
  • They have wicker toy baskets.
  • You take them in the bath with you, and they have their own shampoo and fluffy towel.
  • You arrange play-dates with other dogs.
  • The play-dates always end with your dog pooing on the floor of your friend’s home.

I’m sure my relationship with Little Dog will change once we introduce a flesh baby into our family, but for now, she is my yummy angel.

TTC to-do: Begin taking prenatal vitamins

CHECK!

Ha! This might just be the first thing I’ve checked off this mile-long to-do list. Was in the drugstore last night with Darling Husband, and made a beeline for the vitamin aisle.
DH looked a little wary as he saw me pick up the Materna, but I quickly explained that no, I not already pregnant — it is something you should take a year or so before becoming pregnant.

That is the case, isn’t it? Materna’s website says it’s important to take it at least 12 weeks before becoming pregnant, but meh, it can’t hurt — right? Hmm.

Anyway, it had the folic acid, which I know is important, plus all kinds of other good everybody-should-have-them vitamins, like A, C, all the Bs. So instead of just taking those little folic acid pills that my obsessed doctor keeps pushing on me, I thought this would be a better idea.

Took my first one this morning with my pancakes — it was gignormous and pink, but went down easily.

The package says to take it before conception (check!), during pregnancy, and while breastfeeding, so it looks like I will be taking these things for the next, oh, three years? At least? Better get used to it!

Drink more milk … or drop it completely?

Hmmm, confusion city!

Item #56o434 on the jumbo list of things to do — and things not to do — while trying to conceive seems to be drinking and eating more milk products. Most websites/books recommend full-fat dairy products (i.e. not diet-y), even ice cream!

Makes sense. When I was little, I heard that if you ate a lot of dairy when you were preggers, you would have a girl — and spicy food landed you with a boy. Haha if only it was that cut-and-dry!

Buttttttt while researching, I found a ton of other websites/books/random internet-peeps who said dairy was totally evil while preggers. They were totally freaking about supposed toxins in milk, and said all of the same nutrients could be found in veggies.

What side of the fence am I on? Hmm, how about the side that encourages Peanut Buster Parfaits?