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7,8,9 and a half

March 10, 2015






Last week I woke up and told my HusBen, “I dreamt Benita birthed a big white ram… and I had to pull it out because he was backwards and big… “.

Yesterday was the day… as I peeled myself away from my Lambcam to get my own baby who had just woken up from her nap… my friend  (also watching the Lambcam from her home)  was cheering from my  speakerphone, “The lamb is coming out! I can see it! It’s here! Get out there!”  Of course! I settled the baby on the couch and gave her a lollipop … and with her approving smile I fled.

When I got out to the barn the lamb was blue and lifeless.  I pulled the bag off her face and swung her by her legs… and thought, “Thank you God for all those Lambing Live BBC videos I have  been watching!” Still nothing.   This time ,with less delicacy and apprehension I gave her a good swing… and she coughed!  I rubbed her good because she was still very blue.  A few coughs later and she was calling for her mama… who was calling her right back. A , very barely, 7 pound little girl. Lovely.

An hour past and still no more came out.  The little girl had already nursed plenty of colostrum so I knew she was off to a good start.  I worried because I knew there was at least one more in there… and I had put an “order” in with Him for three lambs total… two girls and one boy.   Well I hadn’t seen this long space between births on Lambing Live and that is the bulk of my knowledge so I started to worry a bit… I didn’t want this other lamb to die on my lack of experience.  So I went in… a tangle of legs and parts… I found two legs close to each other, but no head.  So with her next contraction I just held onto those two little feet… all worry gone… I knew I wasn’t letting them slip back and get lost. So with a bit of an intimate and awkward  walk about the stall.. out a 9 and a half pound white ram came, backwards and big!  No sooner had he come through but two little hooves ,also backwards, popped out.  So I held fast to them and with her next contraction a lovely black and white 8 pound girl slid right out.

Two gimmers and a tup as they say in England…

or rather

Two girls….one boy…. just like I asked for.


8 Comments leave one →
  1. Loraine permalink
    March 10, 2015 11:46 am

    We should change your name to Dr. Pol! You are getting to be quite the shepherdess. Congratulations on the newest additions to the Nys Family.

    • March 10, 2015 12:33 pm

      Oh my goodness Lorraine! It was a good time that is for sure. Now just to keep them alive!

  2. Susan permalink
    March 10, 2015 12:19 pm

    God was whispering and you who have learned how to listen to that still small voice listened. God blessed you with a new and beautiful flock. I was just thinking of you Saturday and wondering when the little ones would arrive. So glad all are well and so sweet.

    • March 10, 2015 12:34 pm

      yes indeed… its wonderful to see Him care about things that I care about.
      He is so good.

  3. Laura Eitland permalink
    March 11, 2015 5:23 pm

    Awesome, so excited for you!!!! They are beautiful!!!!

  4. March 11, 2015 7:18 pm

    I love everything about this post! such exciting news that the babes are safely here – good work on your sheep midwifery skills : ) I also love that you’ve learnt a lot from watching lambs being born over here on Lambing Live!

    • March 13, 2015 8:41 am

      lol… yeah I found it on youtube and watched every episode! Wish we had stuff like that on tv here! It was way more informative than all the books I read.

  5. Kim permalink
    March 13, 2015 12:27 am

    Love it.

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