Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Of Mice and Men (Us)

Demetrios and I are getting better. I seem to be better than he is, but we're both improving. As of yesterday, I got up and dressed, and I even went out briefly to run a couple of quick errands. Demetrios is well enough to blow some of the leaves in which we found our yard blanketed, when we returned from abroad.

The wee mice are thriving so far, but one never knows. They're up to just over 1cc of formula every 3.5 hours, stretched out to 4 hours during the night so I can sleep for longer stretches. They are very vigorous and very wigglesome, a bit hard to handle. They seem to like being in my hand and don't try to get away, but they don't like to hold still, either.

I now think we have two shes and one he. I'd have to use a magnifying glass to be sure, but that's difficult when both hands are needed to hold the mouse!

Here's a photo that I found on the Internet. My mice look just like this one, except the fur is darker gray in this particular litter and there's perhaps a smidgeon less of it so far. 

And they do not snooze in my hand; they climb rapidly all over it.


margaret said...

Very cute. When do you have to start worrying about the second generation?

Am very glad you're getting over your colds. I thought I was and then I woke up with a sore throat and sneezing this morning.

Anastasia Theodoridis said...

They're about 10-11 days old. Males can reproduce at 5 weeks, females at 4. So I'll separate them in 2.

Not, at any rate, before I can be 100% confident about their genders!

Anastasia Theodoridis said...

So sorry about yor sorte throat and sneezing. I'm still coughing, but am significntly better each day (in contrast to my poor husband, who doesn't seem to be improving at all.)

We should think of each other and say a little prayer every time we have a cup of tea. (I assume you're drinking plenty of that?)

Elizabeth @ The Garden Window said...

They are adorable ! I do admire your patience in feeding them so often.....

Elizabeth @ The Garden Window said...

Sending "Get well" prayers and wishes to you both, by the way !

Anastasia Theodoridis said...

Thanks, Elizabeth, for the get well wishes. It just doesn't seem to be happening yet. We may need some meds.

Ah, but feeding the wee ones is my joy! I LOVE doing it! It's a privilege one doesn't get every day.