Just a week after KC's babies left home, she was pregnant once again. We enjoyed the first litter so much that I couldn't bear to have her fixed right away. I figured we would have another litter next summer and then call it good. Never, did I think she would get pregnant so soon! When I got home from Africa I thought her belly looked bigger but didn't think much of it. But it kept getting bigger and she was more irritable all the time. Sure enough-pregnant! We had no idea when it happened but the last few days we figured by her size that it would be any day. We were right.
Abbie came into our room at 1:30 am to tell us that KC was keeping her awake. I was sure KC was letting her know it was time. The constant purring proved that she was in labor. She loves Abbie and wants her to be part of these things. She insisted on staying on Abbie's bed with her but we, of course, were not going to let that happen. Three times we would put her in the box next to Abbie's bed and she would jump out and climb the stairs to the top bunk. We took the ladder off and she still tried to get her pregnant, contracting body up to the top bunk. Once Abbie came and sat right by the box she settled down and stayed.
The first video is of KC as the first baby was being born. (I don't think this will show up very well-it was too dark.) I went into detail the first time she had her babies so I'll try to keep this version shorter. I was once again amazed by how she purred through the whole thing. I love to think that she was enjoying the experience. The video isn't very good but you can hear her purring and see her contract. She pushes with her contractions just like we do.
Here is kitten #1. None of them have names this time around. One is black and the other 3 all look the same so it will be hard to tell them apart. But if you think of any names, feel free to leave a suggestion.Look at the cute, slimy thing. I love it!
Abbie stayed up until 4:00 and I made it until 5:00 before I crashed for a few more hours of sleep before my busy Sunday would start. Emily, and her crazy curly hair, would wake up and see what was going on every once in a while and then fall back to sleep. Connor, who was having a sleepover in the girls room, let us know he was excited and turned right back over to sleep.
Here's the whole litter, minus the kitten that came to earth just to get a body. The kids, especially Emily, are very excited to hold the kittens. I make them wait until their eyes open. Emily must have asked me at least 10 times today when she could hold the kittens. "How many more minutes until I can hold them?" As for KC, she's a pro this time and leaves the kittens much more than she did last time. I'm with her on that one. You need breaks whenever you can get them. And I know this picture has nothing to do with kittens but it has everything to do with having babies. My friend was blessed with three babies at once. Not quite as many as KC but a whole lot for humans! She also has three other kids and her husband is in dental school. She still finds time to help others and do amazing things. She's my hero. Today, I was lucky enough to have the triplets and Sage over for a few hours. All five of them demanded on playing the piano at once. I had to use both benches and of course had to take a picture. So cute!