So Elsie has been in active, pretty much non-stop, Stage One again since about 11:30 p.m. last night (that's 11 hours now). This is the first time she's gone this long without everything coming to a halt since Saturday (3 days ago), so we're hoping this means we're really moving toward Stage Two soon.
Just for you want-to-know folks, here's what some of Stage One looks like (minus the walking around, pacing, and general restlessness she's been doing for the last three days).
It includes a lot of panting:
And nesting (digging a den -- an instinctive action):
At least now, Elsie is camping in the whelping box (a good sign of progress), and not digging through our hand-knotted-wool oriental rug or the sofa cushions in the family room. :)
The little sneak really wanted to hide under the deck steps, though, at 4 a.m. this morning (had all I could do to get her to come back inside).
And so we watch the panting and the digging, and we wait.
We'll let you know when she moves into Stage Two for real. Should be this afternoon (at the latest, we hope).