i ran in the house to squeal at chris & brooke scrambled into the playhouse beside the box so that she'd have front row seats for the birthing show. it was pretty intense, especially with the first one because we didn't know what to expect & we didn't know if twinkle would know what to do since she's not much more than a baby herself.
i took excessive quantities of pictures of the whole process & i will now proceed to share some of them with all of you. please be aware that some of them are rather icky, so have your hankies & smelling salts ready if you've got a weak stomach.
here's the first one, right after she licked all the gooeyness off of its body. she still hadn't gobbled up the umbilical cord yet, but that event was just moments away.
poor momma was already tired and panting after the first one. i'd never seen a cat pant before.
this little guy is named hector. brooke tried out blacky, stripes, squeaker and a few others before settling on hector. sounds manly, doesn't it?
twinkle doesn't mind us handling her babies at all. she only starts to look nervous if the one we're holding starts squeaking loudly.
i love how the babies instinctively know that momma twink is a safe, comfortable being. i love how they nuzzle right into her body & she purrs, even in the midst of labor.
i liked how they each arrived in their own individual wrappers. no after birth to mess with or wait for. everything blobbed out all at once & mom ate it & then it was ready for a boob.
the gray one is nim. she's brooke's favorite.
there was one kitten born each hour for 4 hours & poor little twinkle looked so exhausted & weak that we held some food & water in there for her and she gratefully partook of our kindness.
they're so juicy when they're fresh! i wonder how long until momma cat gnaws off the remants of their umbilical cords.
momma twink was worn out!
and with 4 mouths to feed and 16 paws clamoring around your body constantly, you'd be wiped out too.
this face is too sweet for words. and to think that i get to hold it & pet it every day for the next 6 weeks is just awesome!
this one's lucky. s/he was named that because that round of birthing only lasted 45 min rather than an hour.
their feet and claws are so cute!
this is tumble, the third wee one.
and here's nim, brooke's favorite baby. and this is probably the reason that she likes nim the best...