Seven of the puppies are now officially 24 hours old. Making it through those first few hours is important and given how strong and fat everyone is at the moment I have high hopes. Two puppies have a few more hours to go before they will be a day old but since they are fat and happy too, I have no concerns.
I tried to get some sleep last night which was made difficult by Leeloo's insistence that if a puppy got more than her leg length away from her, I had to wake up to poke it back into the pile. Leeloo just lies there with the other 8 puppies and whines until she sees I am coming to the rescue. She pointedly looks at the puppy and then at me and when I put the puppy where it belongs she relaxes. Leeloo has me trained very well.
I was woken at 3am to a lot of fussing. The puppies were extremely restless and Leeloo would not stop cleaning them, flipping them over, re-arranging them and generally preventing them, and me, from sleeping. I got up, let her outside, cleaned the whelpingg box, made her a meal, and let her in. She ate quickly and then settled back with the puppies but she still wouldn't relax. I was worried she was experiencing eclampsia or something similar so I took her temperature (which was normal), spoke to her calmly and considered a call to the vet. I was loathe to pack everyone up and drive anywhere considering there was freezing rain pelting the window. I noticed she was having minor body shivers so I thought about what comforts Leeloo most when she does not have puppies. I grabbed a small blanket and tossed it over her and the fussing brood. In less than a minute she was fast asleep as were the puppies.
Sometimes the simplest things are the most important - for Leeloo, the binkie is her safe little den.