Monday, November 29, 2010

Day 11: Public Feeding

I've heard that new moms often worry about feeding their pups (or babies) in public.  I haven't had to deal with that yet, but I'm practicing my discretion in case I ever find myself in that situation. (Yep-That's Little Mr. Independent out of the puppy pile again, cuddling against my paw!)

Of course, once I'm done feeding my pups, they start to spread out for a nap.  A few like to sleep on their backs and I've even watched a few run in their sleep!  I can't wait until they start running for real!

PS-If you look closely in these photos and the last post's videos/photos, you'll see that the hair on their noses is growing in!  There won't be any more pink noses in a bit!!

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Day 10: Up Close & Personal

My pups are ten days old and they're starting to get fiesty with each other!  This video has their attempt at rough-housing blind and with no teeth - it'll be great entertainment when they can see each other, hopefully later this week! (My human's making the background noise in both of these videos because he was playing with me during filming - obviously he doesn't know what "Quiet on set" means!)

Here the puppies are jostling for the best sleeping position.  They're still doing the army-crawl thing (when do they start to walk?!).

When they were all settled in for a long winter's nap, this is what they looked like!  My puppies are getting cuter by the day!

Friday, November 26, 2010

Day 8: Sock Blankies

 My puppies are growing up and learning to sleep on their own!  To comfort them, I've been "borrowing" my human's socks to serve as their blankets to cuddle with!  They don't smell the best, but they're all that's available to me that's puppy-sized!  I had 10 socks this morning because some of the puppies wanted one for each front paw, but my human found and took them.  Hopefully he's washing them and will give them back!

I got to play ball with my human in the yard because it was a bit warmer today!  It felt great to stretch my legs outside the puppy hut!

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Day 7: Turkey Day

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!  We're tuckered out from our feast - we hope you are too!

Skye, Mosley, and the Seven Dwarfs (I mean, the puppies)

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Day 5: Dad the Babysitter

Today I went to visit my vet to have a mommy wellness check-up and I got a clean bill of health!  While I was gone, Dad was the babysitter!  Mosley's human (aka owner) decided to bring the puppies into his room from the puppy hut.

I had all the puppies fed and snuggled into the laundry basket, asleep.  They weren't making any noises and Dad was all prepared to watch them, as evidenced by the video.

Mosley's human even provided me with photographic evidence that he was a good dad and checked to make sure the puppies were still breathing and asleep.

There was even evidence that they're super cute when they sleep! (This puppy has a spot on its belly!!)  BUT...

...when I came home, this is what I found!!  Mosley decided he would give the puppies a treat for being so good for him, and you know what? - the treats had sugar in them!  My babies were  mosh pitting and wrestling when I got home!

Let's just say Mosley's in the doghouse for now!

Monday, November 22, 2010

Day 4: Little Mr. Independent

I've started to stretch my legs a little bit more and I thought all my puppies were napping so I was safe to sneak away for a few minutes!  I was going to read my newest parenting book but instead Mosley convinced me to run around the yard and play with him and the neighbor's dogs for a bit.  (Is he trying to get me to lose this puppy weight?!)  Anyways, I came back and found this:: Little Mr. Independent decided to go for a stroll away from the puppy pile!! I'm gonna have to keep my eye on this gray puppy!

Here's the puppy pile that Little Mr. Independent snuck away from!  I replaced him immediately back on top (I love the dark stripe down his back!) of the pile so he could snuggle up!

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Day 3: NOSES!

PICTURE OF THE DAY:  Look at my sweet little one who just wants to be the little spoon!  One day, it'll be a big dog and go off on it's own, sniff... Oh, let's get back to my observations of the day and let the tears come later.

All my puppies have short, stubby noses that don't have any hair on them!  As they get older, their noses will grow into good, strong, furry noses, just like Mosley on the right (what a handsome man!).  And the markings on their faces will get bigger and might even change colors!

I get up for one minute to take a quick walk and bathroom break and what do you know? My puppies cry for me until I return!  Watch them stay in the same place as I left them (I bet that won't last for long once their eyes open) and make cute noises.

My puppies are getting so chubby and I think it's absolutely adorable!

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Day 2: I've never seen hungrier puppies!

PICTURE OF THE DAY: Look how well my puppies line up to eat!  So orderly - except for the one that's backwards (can you see it?)!

This is a look inside my "puppy hut" too: the side are lined with carpet to help insulate from the cold and there's wood chips on the ground to keep the cold cement off of us.  I've got a couple of blankets I use as a boundary around my favorite corner and a big fluffy dog bed that I don't really know what to do with yet.

Here's a bonus picture! I've noticed that a lot (almost all) of my puppies have white-tipped tails.  This is like their daddy again - seriously, did I pass any of my genes on to these puppies?  You can see a white-tipped tiny tail in this picture, just off-center to the right.

I feel how much lighter I am today without all these puppies in me! What a relief - I was having a hard time moving anywhere without being somewhat clumsy!  I'm not too concerned about losing the puppy weight, but I'll let you know if that changes!

Friday, November 19, 2010

Day 1: They've arrived!

Dear World,

I'd like to introduce you to my new seven puppies! I went into labor last night at about 10:00pm and finished around 3:30am.  I was really tired after that and so was my owner (although he didn't do much, so I don't know why he's complaining!).  I think I did a pretty good job as a first time mom taking care of them as they came.

Turns out I have four red and white puppies (just like their daddy!), two black and white ones, and one gray one.  I wonder what happened to having any white ones, like me?  Hmmmm.... 

My puppies eyes are still closed.  And look at their cute pink noses!  And they're barely bigger than my paw!

My owner's girlfriend picked up this puppy to take a picture of how small it was, and I did not like that one bit! I knew as soon as the pup was gone and frantically started looking for it.  I was relieved to see she had my baby, but I still wanted it back! (All my puppies are still 'its' because I haven't had the time or energy to figure out which are girls and boys! - Mom fail on my end!) But she's got a good point, the paw isn't even as big as her first digit on her finger!!!

This is what I call my "Protective Mother" look.  I took no birthing classes, like those crazy humans do.  I just knew how to do it and now I'm following my instincts to keep my puppies warm!

Listen to my puppies jostle for positions to get some of my milk!

Anyways, enough with the blogging.  I'm tired so I'm gonna go nap and keep my puppies warm and fed!

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Still Expecting...

This is my husband, Mosley, and me (my name is Skye).  We often like to snuggle like this, under our owners' feet in the kitchen.  We're very excited because we're expecting puppies soon!  (I chose to use this picture first because I still look flatteringly skinny!)  I'm the white Siberian Husky (purebred and certified by APRI) and Mosley is the red and white Siberian Husky (purebred and certified by APRI).

Here's what I look like now.... Super pregnant.  Man, I'm just ready to have these puppies.  Last night, I paced up and down the room and whined so I think they're coming soon.  My owner and Mosley's owner have built me a "puppy hut" that's partially enclosed yet also has an open area.  I hope it will help keep me warm in this Missouri winter while I birth, nurse, and raise my puppies!