Thanks so much for all your comments and congratulatory words. It's wonderful to know you're there for us no matter how far away we may live from one another. :o)
Just for fun, instead of writing, I've uploaded a few pictures from the last 24 hours (I'll upload videos tomorrow). Enjoy!
The new gang:
Momma Elsie with her new gang:
Momma Elsie stimulating Mr. Lime to pee and poo:
Momma Elsie needs to eat, too!:
Pinot's reaction to Elsie's litter (she stands by the gate and whines - and she won't leave!):
Elsie getting lovin' from Aunt Jeanie during Stage 2 labor:
It's hard to believe Lab pups are ever this small and helpless:
Momma Elsie looks pretty good for just 24 hours after delivery! :
Now I'm off to bed. I've been up since 3 a.m., and will take the early morning shift again in a few hours (Don will stay up late for the late night shift tonight). We're still watching the pups very carefully and doing puppy head-counts every few minutes just to be sure no one ends up smothered beneath Elsie. :o) So far, so good (we've rescued a few). And Elsie is being VERY careful this time.
By the way, Elsie snores like a freight train when she nurses (the only time she snores like this). I mention it only because she's snoring as I write this. :o)
I'll check in again tomorrow, and will upload some videos then, too. Thanks again for your well-wishes and comments. I haven't had time to reply to you all individually but I did want you to know that we (both Don and I) appreciate your words. Your encouragement means more than you know!
'Til next time,