Wednesday, March 21, 2007


And the winner is.... Stormin' It Up!



Being as Quiet Storm is Darling's horse, I felt it only fitting she should select this week's winner. And who would it be? Rachelle!



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Yesterday they held parent conferences at Darling's school. You may recall me telling you she was going back after a couple years of homeschooling. She was all excited, but after a day she decided she didn't really want to be there. So we cut back the on how many classes she's taking and that does appear to help somewhat. She's got just two teachers, and one of them wasn't there. So we spent something like, oh, a minute and a half with the teacher who was present. He said she has a good attitude and comes in with a smile, and that aside from a few holes, she's doing well.



After that taxing, exhausting and emotionally stressful event we came home to find three ewes staring into the sheep shed. Taffy was not among those staring. Being in my 'dress up and go to school' shoes, I couldn't walk through the gate(too muddy), but did go up alongside the fence beside the shed, and from there I heard Taffy's voice. Baaaa....baaaa...baaaa...in a tiny little whisper meant for mamma's and babies. I ran to get my boots, Darling ran for the camera...



....which means you get to see the whole, bloody event!



This is what greeted us as we walked into the pasture; one very new and very yellow lamb. With floppy bunny rabbit ears. Taffy was lovin' all over her new baby while he tried his best to get up and move. Newborn lambs can walk within minutes! And we complain when our children are walking before they turn one...

I had no idea how long ago she'd lambed; obviously not too long as he was still quite wet. I sent Darling off for some towels and walked in to inspect. Which is when I saw...

...oh...icky.

Before I could set the camera down and step in for a closer look, she gave a push...and out came lamb number two!

Another ram lamb; he was born breech, but so quickly that there were no ill effects. Taffy pulled the sack off from his face and I stepped in to pull a bit more away from his nose so he could breath. Darling was back out with the towels by now, so she took my camera while I wiped and inspected.

The bad news here is that no one guessed the correct lambing date! The good news is I'll have more photos up tomorrow, along with a new contest for you all, so be sure to come on baa-aack, y'hear!

19 comments:

Sue said...

Congrats on the babies, it's spring now officailly!! Those pics bring back memories of when our goats would kid, so cute! Glad there were no problems!! Will there be a contest to name the new ones? Great choice on the horse photo too!

deb said...

Congrats on the new babies, what a great mama Taffy is :)
Pictures are beautiful !

Dan said...

This is amazing stuff! And you actually live with this! Very cool!

PEA said...

Maybe I shouldn't have just eaten breakfast before seeing these pictures?? LOL I've never seen lambs being born..how very amazing! I'm kinda glad our kids don't walk within a few minutes of giving birth! lol I love how animals know what to do naturally.

Rachelle said...

Oh congrats!... They are so cute! I just love babies. Leave it to Taffy to pick a date that no one chose. I can't wait to see more pics! (We all know just how much I love pics, especially baby pics.)

Tell Darling, I'm glad she liked my choice in a name for the pic of Quiet Storm. She's lucky to have such a wonderful horse.

Connie Peterson said...

What great pictures!! So nice to show what the real birthing process looks like ... how fortunate to have the camera with!

And Quiet Storm looks like she is full of vinegar! Sunny is so pretty and I bet she tames down wonderfully. Fortunate you!

FarmgirlCyn said...

This is just to incredible for words! How very blessed you (and we) are to have caught this on camera! I couldn't stop "oohing" and "aahing"!

Tracey said...

Thank you all for the well wishes!

Pea...so sorry about the breakfast, hon. Perhaps you should make a point to come here first? Then you can decide if you want to eat afterwards =)

Don't forget that, since we didn't have anyone pick the correct lambing date that I'll have a different contest tomorrow! And, of course, more pictures (you'll love them, I guarantee it!)

Morning Glory said...

Little lambs are so cute, but I can't really say those birthing pictures are so pretty. Looking forward to less gooey pictures. :)

Sharon Lynne said...

Wow! That was exciting! I've never seen a lamb being born. I'll be back to see the "baby photos".

Tammy said...

My first ever time to see lambs born...messy but the Mama sounds so maternal!!
I'm sure you are very proud!
:-D

Rachel said...

What sweet babies! I'm so glad they are both okay!! I'll check back for more photos once they are up and about!!

Dawn said...

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cityfarmer said...

Watched calves a kid...love every minute of farmlife.

Bluepaintred said...

awesome shots! That would be SO cool too see in real life!

im just in awe

Dorky Dad said...

Ah, yes. The beauty of birth. I'm going to show these pictures to The Wife in a second. She's probably going to break the computer screen when she hugs it.

Dorky Dad said...

Now The Wife is demanding more lamb pictures. She is holding me hostage until she gets some. She's serious.

JR's Thumbprints said...

Wow! How cool is that! The miracle of life. There's no better lesson than observing a birth to realize how precious life is.

Dixie said...

Dang! A day late & a dollar short. As usual!