Today we put up the baby gate and placed the socket plugs in the sockets. We also made the discovery that the hooks I got for the cupboards are pretty much unuseable, especially if you keep your trash under the sink like we do. New plan: Get a tall bucket and put the cleaning supplies in that, and put it at the back of the cupboard. Sigh.
I was out at a coworker's house last night, stress testing my lungs one more time. Coworker has two dachshunds--one regular, one wire-haired--and my OTHER coworker brought her aussie shepherd along to play with them. So we sat around in their kitchen playing with the puppies. Seem to be mostly okay, despite the fact that I got my allergy shots that morning, and I'm always a little extra vulnerable those days, it seems. (For those who don't know, allergy shots don't attack the symptoms...instead they shoot you up with EVEN MORE allergens. This is why it's important to control the amount of allergens I'm exposed to the rest of the time. Dust filters, mite covers, mite sprays, and so on. And there's the daily antihistimine too.) I keep trying to remind myself that all my stress tests have included multiple animals and one animal shouldn't produce even nearly as much dander. We're keeping her in the kitchen (tile floor) and she's got a covered plastic crate too, which should also reduce dander. And Anathema is restricted to only the front part of the house....can't come in the office for quite some time, and will never be allowed in the bedroom.
Anyways, she comes home tomorrow. I'm a little nervous: first time puppy mama as an adult. Worried that the allergies will kick up after all. Worried that we'll accidentally forget something and find her chewing a tube of paint or impaling herself on a Warhammer figurine by mistake. Worried that she'll be unable to adjust.....trying to tell myself that we did our homework and planned for contingencies. It should be okay, right?
This is my last night as a puppy-less woman. Tomorrow my husband and I expand the family by one. Wish us luck!