I had dinner last night with my good friend Mary and she has been a wealth of information regarding breeding and what if questions. I confided in her that I am terrified of how I am going to manage these puppies alone and run a business at the same time. I am nervous about how I can work from home to be there for Ivie & the the puppy's and yet keep things running smoothly at the same time. I just about fell over when she offered to spend time at the house for me so that I can spend some time at the office...It is times like this that you find out who your friends really are.
My next panic attack happened this morning, when I realized that I only have about 4 weeks before these precious baby's are born. There is so much to do. I still need to get my home office completely taken out of the room I plan on using for the whelping room and into the back den. It is a huge task and I guess I just need to take one thing at a time and start moving things. I still need to get my dad to build me a whelping box and then there are the supplies that are needed to be on hand, so am I in panic mode...yes I am.
Tonight when I came home, my son was at the house and it was good to see him. Ivie was very happy to see him and had to push her way onto his lap, as she so likes to do. He hasn't seen her for a while and he said it looked as though she has matured a lot. She is really starting to fill out and her belly is starting to grow. Yesterday I noticed her nipples are also starting to be more pronounced. He reminded me of when we went to pick up Frodo as a puppy and how much his mother, Carmen impressed us. I think he was right and right now Ivie is starting to remind me of Carmen.
I think one of the best parts of this part of the process is meeting new people who are interested in getting a puppy. I think I have some amazing homes for these baby's and for me that is the best part of this process. I thought I would create this blog for some of them that want to know how Ivie is progressing and I thought it would be fun for them to be able to check in and see what I am seeing on a day to day basis.