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A New Mother is Born!

We had to pack up and move to mom's house for a week, to stay with my sister while my mom's on vacation. I don't relish the prospect. Some of you may remember what happened last time. It's always a barrel of fun at mom's house.

We got here a bit late, arriving at about 9 pm. We cleared out the spare room and I began setting up a little corner for the very pregnant Achaiah. I tucked her in a nice little corner between the foot of the bed and the wall, which for some reason had a big folded up piece of foam on the carpet. I put her blanket over the foam and she had a nice little bed.

I went in to check on her around ten or so, and she'd crawled up under the bed. I was slightly worried, because she'd been nesting and shaking all day. I really hoped she'd wait til mom got back in town, but no go. Josh and I got her from under the bed, and he tucked our luggage up under there so she's stay in her corner.

About 10:30-ish, her water broke. I sat with her and held her head and gave her Reiki (her choice - she wanted to nuzzle). She really enjoyed me sitting there giving her energy. I petted her and told her she was a good girl whenever she looked up at me - I swear for reassurance. It was great being my dog's doula! Things escalated pretty quickly after that:

10:40 - Puppy # 1: White 'T' on forehead, Male
11:03 - Puppy # 2: White stomach, back toes, Female
11:23 - Puppy # 3: White forehead and shoulders, back feet, Male
(11:42 - pushy; 12:09 - SROM; 12:14 - Puppy # 4: White shoulders & tip of tail, Male?
12:30-ish (was nursing baby to sleep...) - Puppy # 5: white & black spotted, Female

Around 1 am, we thought she was done. We moved the puppies to the bathroom, so Josh could go sleep in the spare room. Went to get Achaiah, who came running swiftly, nuzzled the babies, then promptly had one more. Poor thing!

1:02 - white and black, black ears, Sex unknown (I left her be after that!)

It's funny. I was sitting in the corner with her after her water broke the first time, and realized I needed to do some serious pre-damage control for mom's walls. Josh brought me a couple trash bags, so I could protect the luggage and one wall. I cut off the end of the foam thingy and folded it in half to tuck in along the side of the larger wall.

As I tucked it in, I realized it was too big. I had to take the scissors and quickly cut it as it flopped over Achaiah's head. I remember thinking, 'If someone was doing this to a client, I'd want to hit them in the head with a bedpan'. Luckily, I got it all set up fairly quickly, and Achaiah was a real champ about it.

I know I'd said I still wanted to breed her with an all-white pit, but I'm reconsidering. She's five and a half now, and that's getting up there in doggie years. I'd have to breed her again pretty quickly, and I'm just not sure I want them that badly anymore - especially with two kids in the house. So that may be a lost dream. We will see.

Pics will come in a while. Mom has the digi for her vacation.

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charv
Apr. 6th, 2006 01:39 pm (UTC)
Awww. Newborn puppy sounds are so cute! I was with a dog of ours when she gave birth, but that was long before I was into birth myself and I wasn't even close to a good doula. Lol. Anyway, it was really cool.:)

Gratz to the new mama.:)
ahavah
Apr. 6th, 2006 06:45 pm (UTC)
Thank you! It was really great to share that experience with her. Achaiah and I have been through a lot together. I may tell some stories later.

I'm not sure how good a doula was, but she liked having me there. I was almost afraid that she would want to be alone and chase me off, but she really seemed to enjoy getting Reiki from me. She would also lean up against my leg or my hand to push, and that just made me feel so great! :)
wolf091972
Apr. 6th, 2006 01:57 pm (UTC)
Can't wait for the pictures! Congrats on the puppies! They sound so cute! :)
ahavah
Apr. 6th, 2006 06:49 pm (UTC)
Thank you! Ha - they're actually butt-ugly. :P At least that's what Josh says. I told him, "They look like Achaiah did when she was born. Now you see why my mom calls her 'Rat'." LOL
wolf091972
Apr. 6th, 2006 08:39 pm (UTC)
Well, what do you expect when you swim in a pool for 9 months. Lol! Anyone would look like a rat after that.

ahavah
Apr. 6th, 2006 09:18 pm (UTC)
Actually, the puppies were only two or three months, I think. Maybe they could have benefitted from extra time!
flamespirit
Apr. 6th, 2006 06:18 pm (UTC)
What a wonderful experience. Congrats! Glad you could be there for her.
ahavah
Apr. 6th, 2006 07:21 pm (UTC)
Thank you! It made me remember how very powerful birth energy is. I'm very much wanting to manifest doula clients... but at least I got a small birth fix. *sigh*
nedia782
Apr. 6th, 2006 08:14 pm (UTC)
mmmm puppies :) When my dog had hers I just sat on the couch and watched. I wasnt sure of what kind of space she would need, and my aunt who breeds dogs says the best births are those that you dont do anything with. BUTU, my dog was staring at me, panting, comming over to me, it was crazy sweet :) She had 8 puppies in 2 hours.Shes a small brittnay and the daddy was a HUGE huskie, I was amazed that these puppies were able to fit through her vagina!! By the 7th puppy she climbed out of her box and had two on the floor and left them there in the sacs. I had to break them, get them "started" and then she came and got them, (lazy dog!! where did she think she was L&D?...lol) They went from cute to nasty to cute again, i had a 16 month old and a two week old when she burst with pups, so I was a TAD overwhelmed ;) I hope you get to enjoy them to their fullest, she sounds like agood mommy dog :) Congrats GRANDMA ;) *teehee*
ahavah
Apr. 6th, 2006 08:22 pm (UTC)
Grandma! Oh, Lordy.

:D

Oh, I hope her birth was ok. I didn't want to mess. I sat with her, but she would come up to me to nuzzle or ask for energy. She'd move again when she was done. She did a lot of nesting and batting around at her blanket. But I was very honored when she came to lean against me to push.

I had to break the caul on her first one. Well, honestly I don't know if I *had* to. But after she birthed the first, she just kind of laid there. I waited a few minutes, but when she made no move to clean him, I broke it off his face. Then she was ike, Oh, ok. I see. and jumped on the ball. lol
nedia782
Apr. 6th, 2006 08:33 pm (UTC)
right :) i waited for her to "ask" for me, but man did I want to help long before that!!! :) the one thing that REALLY grossed me out was when she ate the placentas >bbaarrrfff< oh it was yuckie lol!!! glad everything went good :)
ahavah
Apr. 6th, 2006 09:17 pm (UTC)
Oh, yeah. That grossed me out too. I was glad she only had six, but that still seemed like a lot to me.

But what I thought was evern worse was that she threw up twice. I went to get rags and by the time I did, she'd eaten it. I lurched a bit at that one, but hey, whatever nature says. I'm just glad *I* didn't have those instincts...
lanternlady
Apr. 7th, 2006 01:54 pm (UTC)
what a lovely story. Thank you for sharing. Isn't it amazing how quickly these amazing beasts become a part of our families!
ahavah
Apr. 7th, 2006 02:30 pm (UTC)
Oh yes. Achaiah was my first dog that was 'mine', although we had plenty of family dogs growing up. But I'm very glad to have her. We have a great bond. I was honored that she shared her births with me!
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