The puppies did not sleep through the night. You saw that coming didn’t you. I had thought about sleeping on the couch but decided I needed the best nights sleep I could possibly get. It was 2:34 am when I heard the cries coming from the kitchen end of the house.
Please keep in mind that my youngest child is 24 years old so it has been a long time since I had to get up to feed anyone in the middle of the night. But I jumped out of bed at the first little cry and by the time I got to the kitchen all seven puppies were crying.
Since the puppies arrived at the house in the dark they had not been outside. I decided the wee hours of the morning was not an opportune time for our first time in the yard so I hoped at least of few of them would use the piddle pads.
Of course that didn’t happen. Not one of them even ventured close to the pads so I ended up 14 messes to clean up. About a roll of paper towels and a splash of Mr. Clean later the pups were hungry. I had no idea who was eating how much so I just filled the bowls up again.
I had been a bit worried that Joan of Arc was not getting enough to eat. She was the littlest of the bunch and I could easily see the other bigger puppies not letting her get enough but nothing could be farther from the truth. She was holding her own with her larger siblings and doing a little bossing around herself.
Finally the midnight meal was over and after cleaning up a seven more puddles of pee everyone was tucked back in their crate and heading off to dreamland. I turned out the lights and turned to leave the room when I felt myself falling. And then I felt myself hitting the floor.
I had slipped on a wet spot on the floor and done a total face plant. Instantly I had that metallic taste in my mouth confirming that I was in fact bleeding. I had managed to put my front tooth completely through my upper lip as well as banging my chin, my nose, my head, my knees and my forearms.
As I lay in bed holding ice on my lip I realized it was my birthday. What a way to start a new year.
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