Instead perhaps I should just stick to more observable things. Since the birth, no matter how much food we get into her (we're making sure she is getting her nutrient requirements), Leela often seems lethargic, her teats look sore, she remains thin and is increasingly clingy whenever we are around. The truth is as beautiful as the puppies are and as much as I love them, I do feel a little sorry for what Leela is going through at the same time. An experience she didn't exactly choose.
Which is primarily the reason I felt moved to share a few thoughts on Leela in this post. I don't want to put a damper on the joys, for us, of watching the puppies grow. Every morning we find ourselves increasingly entranced by how quickly they are becoming little dogs. Their paws and noses are dark already, their cries sound more like yaps and barks and their snouts seem slightly longer. But as much fun as it is to post cute pictures and write about how the puppies play and wriggle and squirm when we are with them and about how incredible being at the birth was, I'd feel bad if I didn't share a little of this other side as well. That Leela (beloved after even just a few weeks) is bearing a heavy burden and that although I am committed to finding these puppies good homes and enjoying the process of watching them grow, having a littler of puppies is definitely not something I would have ever chosen for her.