Ziggy went into labor today! My circled due dates were either May 17th or June 7th. [UPDATE: before I took her to the vet, I recalculated those dates. The second one was actually June 3rd, rather than the 7th, so she was really about right on time.]
She was calm during labor, knowing what to expect, and knowing what to do. Half an hour later...
... a little buckling was born. Ziggy was an attentive mom and made sure everybody had a thorough bath, including me. She still looked pretty big, so I was expecting more. Half an hour later, at 2 o'clock, nothing. Nothing at 2:30, nor 3. I palpated her belly but it was soft. I felt no baby heads or legs. The placenta was hanging out so I figured that was it. I was surprised considering how huge she was. I cleaned up and went in to wash up.
I went out to check on mama and babies around 4 o'clock. As I watched, she started pushing again. I figured this would be the placenta. But it wasn't! It was another birth sac! This one was another little girl, but sadly she never took a breath. She was perfectly formed, but really thin.
I barely had time to deal with that when she started to push again! Number 4 was another buckling.
Fortunately he is fine.
Ziggy looks happy, but I feel as worn out as the babies. But I wanted to let you know immediately, so we can all breath a collective sigh of relief.
Whew, what a day. It was sad to lose one, but I am thankful for three healthy babies and an easy deliveries. More photos here.
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