My husband and I live in a small, one-bedroom condo and in order to make room for baby, we have to change our den into a nursery. So my husband and I have been busy the last few weekends boxing up some books and moving things around. This does not thrill our dog, Bailey.
When we are boxing things up, Bailey is right there with us, staring at us and giving us the look of, “oh boy, what’s going on here?” She won’t just lay down and relax, she has to be in the middle of it all. When we actually move something out of the room, she wanders around that area for a while just sniffing and staring. It’s actually quite pathetic.
Since we know Bailey does not take to change very well, we have decided to take our time with the nursery (it’s only May and the baby isn’t due until September). We are doing this not because it is easier on us, but because it will be easier on Bailey.
We just figure it doesn’t put us out by working on the nursery a little here and there, and it will make the transition easier for Bailey to accept. Plus, it would be a lot harder on us and Bailey if we wait until the last minute to do everything. And we want to give her time to get used to all the new pieces of furniture before she has to get used to a whole new person living in our house.
Bailey has enough stress right now. She has monthly chemo treatments and almost weekly visits to the vet, the last thing we want to do is make her more stressed with this exciting change. So, our solution is to make a lot of small changes that only stress her out for a few minutes instead of one big change that will stress her out for days or weeks.