After 4 days of fairly constant progress and changes, Emma has decided to take a little break. Meaning, no baby yet. She is spending a lot more time lying down and napping. Her udder hasn't changed much today. It is impossible to tell how long she may do this. The last mare I had who foaled, got to this point and had her baby 2 hours later. I have also seen mares get to this point and hold out for several weeks. It is nerve wracking, but all I can do is keep everything as calm and quiet as possible and watch carefully.
I have moved Tessa into what will be the Donkey Palace and given Emma the whole barn along with her own fenced area on the lawn. I took the windows separating the barn from the palace area out so that they can talk through the window. Tessa is a bit jealous and is moping a bit because Emma gets to be on grass and she can't now, but I think it is safest for Emma. I don't think Tessa would do anything to hurt the baby or Emma, but you never know. Tessa acts very motherly toward Emma and I can see that she would be a great mom. I can see that she would like to have a baby of her own. I have also seen mares, who want to be moms, steal babies. Sooo, I think visiting through the window is good for now.
The crystal ball says: more sleep deprivation for you!