7,8,9 and a half
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…
Two girls….one boy…. just like I asked for.