Check out time for baby J?

Me: Good evening and thanks for calling Red Roof Inn Springfield, how may I help you?

Baby j; Mommy, mommy, mommy, let me out of here!!! The room is too small, I need bigger space! Whats do I has to do to gets more room?

Me: I’m sorry to hear you’re unhappy with your room little guy, but I see here that we won’t have anything for you until August 29, 2016 which is 6 weeks from now.

Baby J; but but buts, I wants out now now now now! Lets me outs of here! *jab jab, stretch, kicks* I’s not happy! Me demands you lets me out!

hahaha, welcome to the latest update of the little hellion and mommy, smiles. For those that missed the last update we are currently in Springfield Ohio for job training for Red Roof Inn the hotel. I will be at the end of it all able to join the land of reservation agents for this hotel, yay! Whew, let me tell you it is lots to learn, but I am enjoying it.

week 1
Our training class is pretty small with just 5 of us. It’s an *interesting* group for sure, smiles. Our Red Roof Inn trainers are freakin awesome and make the class amusing at times!

So, I finally discovered how to get Jaydon to be still. lol, too bad it doesn’t last long, only about 5 minutes, hahahaha. We discovered that the little guy *loves* it when we go swimming. So much so that I have to watch out for my own safety. He gets so excited and pushes around in there that he can make me crash into the wall or steps or hahah daddy if I’m not paying attention!

What the hell was in that meal?
Thursday night of the first week I had meatloaf and mashed potatoes and lets just say baby J went *nuts*

baby J: jab jab jab, stretch stretch stretch poke poke poke
me: ow ow ow ow ow! Oh dear this isn’t good.

I just figured the little guy was in a mood to seriously idk my butt and ignored it until Saturday night.

baby J: Hellos out there! *punch punch punch, jab jab jab* lets me out of here!
Me: oh hell, I think I better go to the hospital because things just aren’t right.

Hello Springfield Ohio’s birthing staff, nice to meet you sooner than I wanted!

Yep, you read that right. I had to go to the hospital due to all the pain that Jaydon was causing. Turns out that those lovely braxton hicks turned into contractions that were 3 minutes apart!

Me: Holy hell! No no no no no, baby J you can not come out right now!
Baby J: I’s wants out! *push push push* looks at me! Mommy mommy mommy, lets me come out!
Nurses: Wow, what a strong active little boy. You’re going to have fun with him. Good luck!
Me: hahahaha, I’ll need it.

It took 2 breathine shots to finally get the contractions to stop, but little J made sure I knew he wasn’t happy with the fact that I stopped him from coming out. They saw in the ultrasound that he stretched *completely* out with the biggest smile on his face and waved at the camera like he didn’t have a care in the world that he was currently beating up his mother, lol.

week 2
Baby J: *knock knock knock* I’s still here’s mommy! I wants out of here’s still. I has no room! *push push push, kick kick kick* Lets me out out out! Don’t you wants to hold me’s mommy? I wants to meets people!
me: no no no J you still have 6 weeks to go. You must stay in there! Ow ow ow! Someone send me a baby tranqulizer!

It’s a very good thing that we record the training classes because it’s super hard to concentrate on what’s going on when there is a kid trying to become a Red Roof Inn baby! Jaydon is bound and determine that he wants to be born in Springfield. He’s definitely heard that his mommy and daddy will be moving here, but what he fails to realize that that won’t happen until early next year!

Baby J: no no no, I doesn’t wants to waits! Out out out! *stretch stretch stretch, jab jab jab, kick kick kick* Stops ignoring me mommy and lets me out! Someone tells her to lets me out!

What will week 3 of training bring? Hopefully *not* the little honeydew hellion!

First follow up visit from Leader Dogs

Whew, time definitely needs to slow down a little. How can I keep people up to date on things if time keeps getting in the way?

So last week Luna and I had our first follow up visit from Leader Dogs. I was a little nervous about it since Luna was definitely out of sorts work wise last week. I’m pretty sure it was due to the heat. she really hates it and man I surely don’t blame her, bleh!

So late Thursday afternoon early evening John, sorry don’t remember his last name, but not John Bertram came to see us. I was taking Luna outside when he showed up and ended up getting lucky that he got to see Luna in one of her dog distraction moments. Luckily it wasn’t one of her *super* distracted ones* but enough to give him an idea of what I deal with every once in a while.

Before we started the lesson I wanted to work on he showed me how to do the *touch* technique. He was pretty sure that Luna already knew it and he was right. As soon as John told me what to do and I tried it Luna hit it right on first time! I’ve heard of the technique before, but it isn’t anything we learned.

Psst, Jessica John says Leader should add this into the training!

Now, it’s route time.

Tim Hortons/Wendy’s route
The problem I was having with this particular route was that I didn’t understand why Luna was crossing the way she was and swerving more than she usually does. I wasn’t sure if I was doing something wrong or if there was something that bothered her. Instead of continuing to work on it with the mobility instructor here that doesn’t let me know we’ve missed something until a few steps later like blended curbs or tell me that she’s way off where we need to be but not explain what she is seeing I figured getting someone from Leader would be much better and could give me the feedback I needed before and not after the fact and making things worse. Don’t get me wrong the mobility instructor here is totally awesome, but she isn’t quite grasping that the way Luna works is a lot different than my last dog and where Noah didn’t care that *whoops* I past that and she didn’t say so until 5 steps later, lets do it again. Luna is more like *oh no* what did I do wrong and *why* are we doing that again, didn’t I do it right the first time? And *why* is my human getting frustrated?

Ok, enough background, sorry for that. ☺️

Turns out that this route really is a weird crossing and will take some patterning her to *find the* areas instead of just find the curb. For example, I’ll have to work with her on *find the gap* instead of find the curb because at the curb is a manhole cover.

NEWS FLASH! Luna absolutely without a doubt seriously hates manhole covers. She will not step on them what so ever. This is feedback that I didn’t receive with regular mobility and couldn’t figure out. Every few steps on this route there are manhole covers. Sadly one of them is right in a straight line to the curb going to and coming from Tim Hortons/Wendy’s and Luna will go around them which causes us to go off track. But Luna being Luna once we’re past the horrible things all is right with the world and off we go.

Another crossing on this route from Tim Hortons/Wendy’s Luna will not make a straight crossing and John believes that it may be to her the cars are way too close for her liking and she tries really hard to keep me away from the traffic. He noticed she does this even when we’re walking down the sidewalk.

So, despite the fact my little pocket rocket didn’t go flying down the street like we usually do due to it being too warm for her the visit went great. I learned something new about Luna *manhole covers* are horrible! We now include *touch* in our daily routine.

I haven’t had a chance to see how the *touch* technique does when she’s seriously dog distracted, but I’m sure that time will come. Until then, see you at the next update!

Luna and the pigeons

Hey, pssst, I got another funny tail to share with you. Are you ready? No, then hurry and put down that food or swallow that drink. I don’t need you to choke or something.

One of the funniest but nerve racking moments during training with Luna at Leader Dogs was the day when Luna picked up the name Luna the Terror and the following day when instead of my sweet dog back our class got an army of tormenting squirrels

Now, you have those moments fixed in your head, right? Good, lets take you back to present day!

Luna and the pigeons

It’s 6:30AM and it’s that time where I curse and grumble and let Luna drag me down the hall, in the elevator and outside for her to do her business wagging her tail the whole time. HMPH! Oh how I miss those mornings I could just kick her out the back door, lol.

I’m working on cruse control here. In the mornings we don’t have any problems with distractions or anything so me half there usually works.

Step out the apartment building

Pigeons, *coo coo*
Me, Holy cow there’s a lot of pigeons out here this morning!
Pigeons, *coo coo coo*
luna, *wag wag wag* goes the tail. *bounce bounce bounce*
Me, Yeah, I don’t think so Luna lets keep moving.
Luna, But but mum all the moving toys for me! *spins around*
Me, *groans* This is not going to end well.
Pigeons, *coo coo coo*

I manage to get my infatuated pet away from the pigeon convention and over to her park area. Of course once they are out of sight they are out of mind and she happily does what she is suppose to and is ready for breakfast.

That pigeon had a death wish

I get a firm grip on my lovely four legged creature knowing what I have in store on the way back to the apartment doors.

Me, Ok, Luna inside and kindly leave the pigeons alone.
Luna, *pant pant pant* sure, whatever you say mum. Where’s my breakfast?
pigeons, *coo coo coo*
Luna, *wag wag wag* goes that tail
Me, Nope, leave it and lets keep moving!
Pigeon, *flies right at Luna’s face
Luna, oo a snack! *leaps forward*
Me, Shit! *nearly loses leash* Whoops, there goes that firm hold! Damn bird, no Luna, leave it!
Luna, mine mine mine!
Pigeons, *coo coo coo* sits on the rail in front of us now
Me, *curses*
Luna, walks calmly by the pigeon as if it’s not there wagging her tail. See mum I’m a good girl I left it!
Me, Why me?

I’m afraid to find out what’s the next animal we’ll encounter this month!