Then we noticed that Poppy was still uncomfortable and having what appeared to be more contractions. We watched and waited and watched and waited but nothing happened. It became apparent that things weren't as they should be and we had to ask each other questions, confer, and eventually investigate. In the end Poppy's second buckling was delivered with Karen's help but was unfortunately, a stillborn.
Though, this little goat spent no time alive outside his momma, he taught Karen and I many things for which I know we are both greatful. He taught us to listen to his momma carefully to know when to intervene. He gave us the courage to put on elbow gloves and explore to try and find feet that were nowhere in sight. (We had talked a few times about what others had said about trying to get fingers or hands inside to check position.) It was difficult but we were all (James and his mom were there too) able to remain calm and monitor Poppy for what needed to be done. Karen knew when it was time to get that buckling out and she did it beautifully (with Poppy's help). Unfortunately, Poppy's second buckling was not meant to see the light of yesterday. He did not die in childbirth but before.
Poppy, finally free from pain, began caring for her first born again. Lots of kisses and licks. James took the honor of burying her second born. The whole experience was sad but not so difficult as strange as that may seem. It was somehow just what happened yesterday and what was meant to be.
Poppy and baby Shamus are doing well.