I need more sleep, and I'm getting kind of cranky. Pretty darn cranky at certain times of the day. But the puppies are seriously, amazingly, astonishingly cute and Lila is so sweet and patient that I never get impatient of crawling out of bed to do the puppy head count. 1-2-3-4-5-6-7-8-9. Over and over again. All night and day. 24-7.
It only gets slightly insane when it goes, 1-2-3-4-5-6-7..........1-2-3-4-5-6-7.......1-2-3-4-5-6-7
And then I begin tearing out blankets and puppies and newpapers until I find the missing critter, usually underneath Lila. Lila is never cooperative about these midnight head counts either. When I push against her, she pushes back ,her warm furry body filling in all the empty spaces that I was trying to search.
Sometimes when it is late, I count 10 puppies, and I find myself recounting. Then I chuckle, in that half asleep twilight when everything is funny and figure out that too many puppies is okay. Maybe I counted the monkey, like Lila does.
When I brought I all the puppies out into the living room for Rod and me to have a Puppy Picnic (not how it sounds, like a Teddy Bear Picnic...except Hannity and Colmes was on in the background and totally ruined the ambiance) Lila walked out a few minutes later with Monkey, like we had forgotten one of her puppies. She dropped it on the pile and we laughed until we were hoarse.
We will probably get tired of certain aspects of PuppyWorld, as Lila obviously is. But we are so enjoying each little thing and are grateful for this time.