Well, I set out yesterday morning to hop on twitter and make a totally non-writing related announcement. The tweet should have looked like this:
My sweet shih-tzu girl is preggo with her 2nd litter. It had been confirmed at the vet and she is expecting 5 pups. #exciting
The thing is, I never got to tweet that. In fact, my tweet instead read:
Well, I planned on making the announcement this morning that we are expecting our 2nd litter of 5 puppies. See next tweet for more….
7:34 AM Dec 14th via TweetDeck
followed by this one:
However, instead I’m announcing that we are HAVING them… right now. Mama is in beginning stages of labor… its gonna be a long day!
7:34 AM Dec 14th via TweetDeck
I tweeted one more time after puppy 1 & 2 had arrived. I had no idea she was this close to delivering. I stopped tweeting after the 1st and 2nd arrived, mostly because I had to have my focus on mama and not the computer. It’s like a full-time job. Anyway, all five pups are here, delivered and healthy. We had a bit of a scare with the last little girl, who didn’t seem to feel as if she needed to enter the world, and the vet asked me to bring her in for an emergency c-section. By the time I had gathered everything together, started the car so it would warm up and begun to plot how I would transport mama and four babies, the last one made her arrival – pretty much saving me a very large amount of money. Thank you.
So I thought I would post some pics because I am getting emails and tweets asking how everything is – so here are all pups as of this morning. Oh, and in case I hadn’t made it clear, they are shih-tzu pups.
Puppy #1 – a girl
This was the first puppy born at 8:08am on December 14, 2010. She weighed 5.7 oz @ birth. She is the smallest pup. (the runt, I presume)
Puppy #2 – a boy
This is the second puppy born at 8:31am. He weighed 6.0 oz. This is the piggy of the bunch. I cannot wait to see how big he gets… we had one of these little guys in our first litter too, and he’s huge now. (at least for a Shih-tzu he’s a big guy)
Puppy #3 – a girl
Third puppy born at 8:52am, weighing 6.2 oz. At this point, I was assuming the puppies seemed to be coming about every 20 minutes or so. I was terribly wrong.
Puppy #4 – a boy
This is the 4th born at 10:00am, which completely threw my 20 minute labor off – it was over an hour. He weighed 5.8oz. Not even the biggest one. Of course, this wasn’t even the biggest surprise.
Side note: This one is a noisy little guy – he also seems to be a bit of a mama’s boy – he’ll be quiet as long as he’s nestled in her fur – not even needing to suckle – the noisy side of him is why mama is checking on him. She was worried. She’s a good mama. I love that picture.
Puppy #5 – a girl
This little girl, who for some reason happens to be my favorite, was born at 12:21pm. She weighed 6.0oz and after 2 hours of labor, we were ready to rush mama in for an emergency c-section to deliver the last pup. We’d also been told that she might not survive based on the amount of time it had taken at this point. In the 21 minutes or so that it took me to gather all the stuff up to transport them all in as much warmth as I could muster on a 20 degree day, mama delivered this sweet little girl. Oh, and while I love the picture of mama and son above, the 2nd picture below is my very favorite. So sweet!#5 – Girl – Green – Face
So, these are the puppies. I will update next week when they have hit their first milestone – 1 week old. Aren’t they cute?