The next day, when I woke up (I slept with her in a separate bedroom, waking up every 3 hours to check), she was more vocal and affectionate than usual and I thought it would happen that evening (since cats usually give birth in the evening/night).
After a while, I decided to put her in the bedroom to calm her down and so it started. She was so affectionate and so loving, she just didn't want to leave me. I literally had to put my hand next to her (and she would lay her head on my hand) or she wouldn't stop pacing around. I had prepared 3 boxes for her so she had enough to pick from.
Unfortuntely, I received an urgent call from work which meant that poor Pipje's labour was disturbed. When she was finally settled, the doorbell rang- the couch we ordered in March FINALLY arrived! So, the men carried the couches in while I was running upstairs and downstairs to check on Pipje (who was impatiently waiting for me). Well, later when I was about to sign the delivery receipt of the couch, we found out that the couch was the wrong colour and material so had to get sorted. Stressed, I was!
Finally, I could join Pipje back again and by now, I could see that she was very close to the end stage. 20 minutes later, she gave birth to her first baby- a cream boy (Dutchman had arrived home by then). He looked tiny (decent weight for a newborn BSH but still, it's a been a while since I saw such young babies!). I had bought all kinds of items to prepare for the birth (sterile 'navelstrenggaren', Nutridrops, glucose and a lots of other things) but in the end, Pipje did everything by herself. We had to help her a lot with her previous nest so we thought we'd have to do so this time too. Then, the second cream boy arrived.
As they were both wet and therefore dark, we wondered if they were perhaps lilacs but then our 3rd kitten arrived which WAS a lilac and it was obvious that the first 2 were creams. Finally, our 4th kitten arrived. He was a little quieter than the rest and we were slightly worried but he was totally fine. He's just not the panicked sort hehe. As Pipje was slightly distracted (the other 3 kittens were peeping), we decided to snip his umbilical cord.
We're really happy with this nest, they were all about the same weight and a very happy, active one. Pipje is totally over the moon and so are we!