We have been very sleep deprived for the last 3 weeks. But the homestretch is now in sight. Sunday morning’s activities with Fuzzy and her breech boys put a dent in my stamina and we really had no idea when Fern would go into labor, but she and her mother Fuzzy were initially bred the same day (the first day in with the ram) and were very probably bred again on the same day a cycle later. So when I caught her scoping out the joint about dinnertime last night, I figured things were coming along. I went out every hour or so and nothing was going on, and then when I went out at 10 pm to give our bottle baby her last bottle of the day, Fern was pawing the ground with little hooves and a nose showing themselves. It looked like a pretty big lamb, but she took her time and did her stuff. I was cheering her on when John joined me and we were very pleased to have witnessed our requisite “normal” births for the first time this year. Our other ewes have lambed in private so far this year, and then of course there was Fuzzy and her breech boys. So this was a delight, although the hour was decidedly not. Fern’s ewe and ram are white… what a surprise! They are both active and beautiful babies.
We got to bed around 1:30 this morning and it took me awhile to get my engine running today, but we survived. Our Esther doesn’t look like she is ready to lamb anytime soon, but you never know. And I am hoping she waits awhile as the beautifully warm weather has given way to blustery and cold conditions. We can definitely hang on a little longer!