It’s been a day! Tomasina, who was acting real weird yesterday, in labor, maybe but not really…still weird this morning, but not eating, nesting, seeming in labor, but saw no contractions…so I put her in a pen, and went in for breakfast. Came out 40 minutes later to find two lambs in with her: one, a boy, clearly first born, cleaned off; the second, a little ewe lamb, with her face cleared off, but still all gooky on the rest of her body. Mom was over cleaning up boy more. (This was a big pen; lesson learned, keep them in small pens, so they can’t lose one lamb…or maybe she was trying to tell me something, I don’t know. The girl’s tongue was cold, and she was weak, so in she came after chores, into a nice warm bath in the sink (what you do with cold lambs: once cooled, they can’t get their body heat back themselves: you have to do it. Quickest way to do that is a nice warm bath. After bathing, and establishing that she could suck, though weakly, I went out and milked out mama a bit, and gave her some colostrum. As she dried off and got warmer and warmer, her suck got strong, and finally, she was able to walk aroung the living room(with diaper on, of course, hole cut for tail). Meanwhile, as I was putting her into the sink, neighbor showed up with Anna, the baby I babysit for on Fridays, and her two brothers, both of whom were interested in this lamb…they finally left, thank God(I was a little busy to be answering questions about how lambs are born, etc.) and I finished the baby’s bath. John was home so he watched Anna while I took the baby back out to mama, made her nurse, made sure mama wasn’t put off by her new sink smell, came in, fed Anna lunch, put her down for a nap, went out to finish chores, came back in and thought maybe I should grab 15 minutes of nap myself. Of course, the moment my head hit the pillow, Anna woke up (no long nap today!) So, instead I took her for a walk in the stroller I found free at a yard sale years ago and thought I needed. Turns out I did! They all came back to pick up Anna in the afternoon, and stayed to see the lambs, climb trees, talk about sharing a milk cow, and finally, I had to ask them to leave, so I could go do the grocery shopping and bring eggs to Lisa, who was all out, with customers expected! Now, I’m home, need to do afternoon chores, make dinner, and collapse in front of a Netflix!
Here’s little Miryam in the sink: She weighed in at 4=3/4 lb. (By the way, while helping dry off these two lambs, a third set of legs appeared at the back of mom: I pulled a dead lamb, maybe three pounds. I think it died in utero, and that is why mom’s been miserable for the last two days. I think these lambs are a LITTLE bit early, maybe a week? Not sure, since she normally has five pound lambs. Anyway, what a day!