It’s always the way. The first lambs or kids get all the attention. We have been spending a lot of time out in the greenhouse with our new little one. She is a sturdy little bugger! She’s getting to that hoppity stage and is even cuter than the day she was born and had a bent ear (the ear fixed itself).
Yesterday we made the jug twice the size it was, and now she has more room to hop. She is loving every new encounter, and is a delight. I have not been obsessive about weighing her, but when I did yesterday, she had gained a solid 2.5 lbs in 4 days. Her belly is always full when I check on them, and she most usually has milky-mouth, which is also a good sign!
I have been home for a few days with a three week old cold that turned into pneumonia. I thought the cold was just pushing my asthma to rebel, but that obviously wasn’t the case. I am feeling a little better today, but the antibiotics are harsh. Eating my yogurt is helping. It’s also given me some uninterrupted time for catching up on some reading. I just finished The Girls of Atomic City by Denise Kiernan. It’s a very detailed look at what life was like in the secrecy of Oak Ridge, Tennessee, while uranium was being enriched for the Manhattan Project and the town and enriching plants were being built as they went. I would have loved to have been present for many of the interviews that the author was able to do with so many of the women who went to work there in 1942/43, many of whom are still there, in their late 80s and early 90s now. Amazing. As much as I hate nuclear weapons, and don’t even support nuclear energy, their stories are amazing. I love reading about how women have coped and triumphed throughout history, even without being given much credit. I highly recommend it!
Right now I am working on my spreadsheet for the rest of the kidding season. We are all over the calendar with these girls, but I don’t really think anyone else is due until early May. (Although I don’t have a real date on Saffron, so she is going to be largely guesswork just like Battie.)
I still have not formulated what name our new girl is living up to. Hopefully she will make it clear soon!