Yeah, so, when I talk to people these days I am usually asked the same three questions:
1) “How are you feeling?” Big.
2) “Do you have a name picked out?” Milhouse.
3) “How do you think Homer will react to the baby?” Curious, a little needy and then fine.
Here’s the deal with Homer. I got Homer in December 2001 when he was a wee runt. I was living with my sister Michelle in a house in Concord, when my mother gave me Homer as an early Christmas gift. A few weeks later, Michelle found out she was pregnant with my niece Lorelei.
Since Michelle and Lorelei’s father were not together, we continued to live together in our rental house, and we just made room for one more. In other words, Homer grew up around a baby.
Dog experts will say that wiener dogs and kids don’t mix. Dachshunds can get snappy with kids, and they are possessive of their owners. Of course, that’s not true of all wiener dogs. It’s certainly not true of Homer.
Homer is very sweet around babies and kids. Babies and kids are sticky, so Homer loves to lick them. Also, babies and kids = food. Babies and kids usually have a cookie or a cracker, and they will hand it over to a begging dog in a heartbeat.
When she was a toddler, I would hand Lorelei a cracker or something, and she would turn around, see Homer, he would cock his head to the side as if to say, “Are you going to eat that? If not, I will,” and then she would immediately hand him the cracker. I’ve also watched Homer do an army crawl on his stomach, sneak up on an unsuspecting Lorelei and steal a cookie out of her hand.
Homer loved to hang out under Lorelei’s high chair when she was eating. She would throw food, and he would be right there to clean it up. In fact, I don’t know how parents manage to keep their house clean without a dog. Kids leave food all over the place, and dogs clean that right up for you.
Here’s another cute Homer and kids story: When David and I were babysitting my nieces, little Lucy woke up from her nap and started crying in her crib. Immediately, Homer ran into her room and stood at attention near the crib. I think Homer is very protective of his wolf pack, and I have no doubt that he will be very sweet to the spawn.
I have no idea if Homer knows that there is going to be a new addition to our wolf pack very soon. I don’t know if all this baby stuff seems vaguely familiar to him. I do know that he uses my big pregnant belly as a pillow.
Also, Homer has been spending a lot of time just hanging out in the spawn’s room. No one is in there. There’s nothing happening in there. He’s just hanging out. Maybe he’s waiting …