|Posted on April 2, 2012 at 8:25 PM|
The babies - ALL 12 OF THEM - arrived Friday afternoon around 4:00 p.m. We would have preferred to wait until Saturday, Mollie's original due date, but had evidence that some of the puppies were under stress and dropping their heart rates. So, in the interest of the babies' safety, we went ahead and performed a cesarean section. All of the babies were vigorous and healthy at delivery.
Today, everyone is doing well (if you don't count in my sleep deprivation). The babies are eating well and Mollie is having an uneventful post-partum recovery. Mollie's milk is slow to come in due to the early delivery of the pups, but she has slipped right into the mothering roll and is both as sweet as she can be and amazing in her adjustment to having 12 babies to keep watch over.
We have eight healthy boys and four beautiful girls. All have remarkable heads, promise to have plenty of bone, and are already very tolerant of stimulation and handling. As you might imagine, with twelve babies, we are still accepting applications for exceptional homes.