Can you tell I’m having a hard time with blog post titles?? Haha. Just a warning, you will be seeing a lot of goat baby pics in the near future (if you didn’t already notice that!), so I could just name every post “Goat Baby Love”.
Tuesday, April 19, 2016
Weston and Walker Once kidding season begins, I go out morning and night for chore time with the kids and many times in between. Each baby has to be given medicine 2 times a day for 7 days, plus a few other things thrown in there. So, it’s a full time job for a while. But I love it! The girls wanted to try and help give the medicine this morning so I let them help. They did great! It’s important for the kids to know all aspects of caring for animals, including giving medicine. Ethan and Gandalf! He’s looking right at the camera!! What handsome boys! 😉 Oh, yes, and our chicks! We had to show them some attention too. They, too, grow so fast! They are now pumping out 8 eggs a day for us! It’s great. 8 chickens = 8 eggs. This picture is funny. If it was snowing, I would think Charlotte was trying to catch snowflakes with her tongue. Not sure what she was doing here. Maia came to say hello and whisper something in my ear. 🙂 One of my favorite pictures of these two sweet sisters. Sam was fertilizing our back yard. Here’s the three mama’s left to deliver! The first few days after the babies are born, we can only let them out of their pen when we are out there supervising. So, most afternoons after school, I would just go out and sit and let them get some fresh air and let the moms have some time outside before we tucked them in for the night. And of course, I loved to just sit and hold the babies. Lillian following her mom, Lou. The kids loved to run and have the goat babies run behind. June’s boys were very strong from the start and at only two days old, Gandalf was already chasing Lyvia.This is my happy place.
Monday, April 18th, was more goat baby love. And that was the story of our lives for the 8 weeks that followed the births.
Here is Grace and Lillian. This picture makes me laugh….the goat moms are kinda nervous when we first let them out with their babies. Lou’s baby was right on the other side of the tree, but she didn’t know it and she’s looking around the tree the other way crying for her. Haha! Then she went off to eat some hay and Charlotte tried keeping up with her. So cute! We also let June and her babies out for the first time Monday morning, the day after they were born. Here is June’s baby boy, Gandalf, on the left and Lou’s baby girl, Lillian on the right. June’s boys were big! Gandalf was a handsome buckling with his silver ears. He was the first to sell. Thankfully, to some friends and he just lives 5 minutes down the road now. He’s doing great! Weston took a liking to Walker. We loved his coloring. Love! I tried a new way to do a bun in Lyvie’s hair. Came out pretty!
And of course, we were still doing school along with all the goat baby action. That night we had chicken fajitas. Yum!
This is Lillian and Charlotte, Lou’s babies.As the morning went on, we knew June would be delivering this day!Lou was in the baby pen with her babies munching on hay and June was trying to poke her face through and get some. Haha. But just like human moms in labor~~goats shouldn’t eat while in labor! Sorry June!Lyvie loves the babies!Weston makes a great doula!! So cute.The time had come! See the hoof sticking out.First baby is out! A boy!June had quite the audience. Mom was able to make it over for the births and Hudson, Jack, Emma and Quinn came too.And just like that she had two baby boys!!The maternity ward was busy that day! Lots of visitors! Dunk and Shelly walked over too. 🙂Charlotte was our biggest snuggle bug of the bunch.During kidding season, as often as we can, our Sunday afternoons are spent out just sitting and snuggling goat babies. And drinking coffee. It’s so relaxing and fun to just be together. Sitting just outside the barn, allowed us to keep an eye on June and her newborns but also give her some space to settle in with her babies. Charlotte found a nice spot in the sun. The kids like to see how far they can “walk” on the spool. See Weston on it? Charlotte loved to tuck her head in our sweatshirts. Does anyone else call these contrails? I learned that from a neighbor boy my Mom used to babysit and never forgot that. But I never hear anyone else refer to them as that. So, since we let the girls name Lou’s girls, we let the boys name June’s boys. Ethan named the brown one “Gandalf” (from the Hobbit movie) and Weston named the black one “Sky Walker” (from the Star Wars movie). We mostly called him “Walker”. He had these neat brown markings just above his eyes. Betsy, the cow, came to say hello. Saying good night. After evening chores, we had appetizer night! And watched a movie. Weston looks good in Grace’s glasses!It was a great Sunday! So thankful for two more healthy baby goats delivered safely.
Saturday morning, April 16, 2016, Bob and Sam were working on a project for the church kitchen. But, of course, he had to see the babies first! Sam’s showing how soft their hooves are the first few days of life. Bob liked feeling how soft the ears were. In my glory with these two little girls! Sweet Lillian. Charlotte was the biggest snuggle bug of all 9 of the goat babies we had this Spring. Sam and Bob were doing a soldering project. Notice our baby chicks in the containers by Ethan. Next project of the day was to remove these hay feeders. They worked for a short time, but became a hazard when the sharp edges started cutting the goats. Lou got it bad on her eye a while back. So, Sam removed them and built some new ones with scrap wood we had. Charlotte and Lillian Nap time! Hay feeder in progress! Jackson was busy building something….Lou was curious as to what Sam was doing…. We brought them out in the afternoon to get a break from the barn. Lou was being a good mom, making sure they were ok. ….and letting them nurse, I love this picture of Charlotte lifting her head to the sun. Jack and Charlotte Weston and Lillian Katie and Maia trying out the new hay feeder. The kids built a “hay house” in the hay loft. And this was the entrance. Maybe it was their way of keeping the adults out?? Haha. Hay beds….. Hay couch……. Dressing room….. Peeking over the top….
First thing Friday morning, April 15th, Cathy and Daniel came to pick up Ethan for the day. They were our first visitors to see Lou’s goat babies, Charlotte and Lillian, who were born the night before. Their birth story is below.
Daniel and Ethan went to “test nerf guns” at Hasbro, then to the Trampoline Park. After the trampoline park, they had lunch at Chic-Fil-A. It was a fun day! Later that day, Mom, Dad, and Mimi came to see the goat babies. Mimi doesn’t love animals, but she thought they were so cute. It was fun to watch her with them. Out of all my grandparents, the two that would LOVE the goat babies the most are no longer with us. Boppa Chappell and Mimi Horn would have just adored them. I miss those two so much!! This picture makes me laugh. Goats don’t really have manners. And Sylvie was pushing her way through here and almost knocked Mimi right over. We had lots of goat baby snuggles! Grandpa and Weston were doing a balancing act here! Ethan and Daniel got back and had a little fun splitting wood while Cathy and I chatted about homeschooling. Love this one! Charlotte Lillian Lyvie always brought the babies over to meet their Daddy, Buster. Out of all the goat babies born this spring, Charlotte was the snuggliest! I miss her! Nursing! So sweet!This Fun Friday was filled with a bunch of goat baby love!!!!
Ethan got some exercise splitting wood… Weston got some exercise doing his chores. And…..we had a feeling we were going to have some goat babies that evening and we were right! The Maternity Ward was busy that evening! Lou Lou was the first to deliver and she did great. By about 7pm we knew we would be hanging out in the barn for the evening. I tried to spare you too many gross pictures…..but see below the hooves sticking out?! So exciting!! Here comes baby goat #1!! And then just like that there were two babies!! Two doelings! (girls) For being a first time mother, Lou did a great job cleaning them off. Here is Lillian trying to find her way to the teat to nurse for the first time. This was less than 45 minutes after she was born. Lou is doing her job licking them and cleaning them off! By 11pm we were still trying to get Charlotte to the teat to nurse. Once we saw them both nurse, then we could leave them and go to bed. Gracie was trying to help. She also had to deliver her placenta which she had done just before this picture was taken. Sylvie and June were snoozing. And finally Charlotte got to her feet and started heading in the right direction. Once she nursed, we left them to rest.We were all tired but so excited we had such cute baby girl goats!!
Rhino soaking up some rays. I wanted to take a picture of my signs to remember. The kids made the one on the left. Amy, our Library’s Director, made the one on the right for me and hung it up in the library stairwell while I was upstairs so I would see it when I walked down the stairs. I told her I was taking it home to put in on my fridge. 🙂 Wednesday we had Ava! Snuggles with Ethan before naptime! We knew our girls were getting close to delivery, so we checked them often and spent time out there with them. This is Ethan with our Long Legs Lou. You can see the outline of Katie’s babies. We didn’t know it at the time but she had twins in there. And so did Lou. This is what we did while we hung out with the goats. Climbed trees…… We also tried to figure out what was living in this tree. We could hear stuff down in there. Despite Katie being very pregnant, she still could maneuver herself under the electric fence to get some grass. We all tried seeing what was down in this tree. Where’s Waldo? We even took pictures to see if we could see anything……but the tree kind of turned and whatever it was making the noise in there was in the part we couldn’t see. Ethan tried looking with a flashlight….we were all very cautious when we leaned over to look for fear of whatever it was would come jumping up at us.That night we had pizza night at church and prayer and bible study.
We had a fun day. We started the day with breakfast with my Mom and Dad. We met them at the restaurant and they had these beautiful flowers waiting for me. Breakfast was super yummy! I don’t know why it looks like he was crying here. But look at those choc chip pancakes! We had a very nice breakfast! It was a rainy day. Thanks, Mom and Dad for making my 40th birthday morning so special! After breakfast, we stopped at the library for a little while. We are usually in a hurry, so it was nice to just relax in there for a bit. My cards, gifts and flowers. Since it was a rainy day, we enjoyed watching a Little House on the Prairie while we had lunch. Weston was so snuggly! That night, we went to Noah’s for supper! And had our favorite Big Messy Dan Burgers!! YUM!! We walked around the borough after we ate. This is for you, Martha. 🙂 The library. Sunset at the fishing docks. Yaya, this is for you. 🙂 When I was working as a visiting nurse, I visited an elderly woman who lived in this huge yellow house. I have always loved this house. You can’t see it in this picture, but across the street and across the green where the library sits is another huge house. This elderly woman’s sister lived in that house. You can actually see the white house above in the picture of the library. I don’t know if these two ladies are still living, but I always think of them when I walk past their homes. Lyvie on the wall. The front of the yellow house.
Sunset down at the point. You can barely see the kids, but they’re there! I like the silhouettes of the kids in these pictures. It was a chilly night! We came home and did presents and cake! The kids got me a funny “Mother Like No Other” card. And also made me homemade cards. Here’s the chocolate cake they worked so hard on the night before. It was sooo yummy! It’s my favorite chocolate cake. They surprised me with a tablet for my birthday and Ethan was very willing to help me get it all set up. And show me how to work it. Then we watched an I Love Lucy and Weston fell asleep on me.I had a great birthday from start to finish! So thankful!!
Monday, April 11th, Lyvie helped Weston with one of his experiments. It was a chilly day so we got the fire going! Within 30 minutes, the red food coloring was already showing at the top of the celery. Amazing! It was time to clean out Grace’s bird house, so another bird could make a house. And sure enough, within just a couple days, a bird made a house there again this year! At this point, we were keeping a close eye on all our goat mama’s! They were all getting huge and close to delivery! Ethan’s pretty good on this skate board. He can even go UP hill. There’s Betsy and Laura (our neighbor’s cows) watching….. Weston’s turn!Evening softball practice in PJ’s. 🙂 We babysat Ava that evening for Sam and Lindsey. She always brings me flowers. 🙂 Dinner! That night after supper, Sam and the kids made me a birthday cake. We let Ava have the ipad for a few minutes to keep her happy till Sam and Lindsey arrived. She was so funny with it!Chocolate cake making! I couldn’t get her to look! Such a production! Ethan didn’t help make the cake so he got stuck with the dishes! Weston’s experiment complete.
Tuesday, April 5th, we still had snow! Yay! That day was our big shopping day because we had the Wednesday night dinner. Tuesday night, Gracie brought one of the chicks up to say hello. They are getting big! Thursday, April 7th, we got rain and Weston had some rain play! On your mark. Get set. GO!! Perfect splash! I gave him a “10”!! 🙂 Friday, April 8th, Weston was my little helper in the kitchen for our taco night! Sometimes we take a break from pizza night. Love the faces while he tries to open the can of refried beans. Cutting up the olives…… He insisted on chopping the onions! They made him cry. 😉 Saturday morning, April 9th, Lyvia had fun building with the playing cards. X marks the spot! We were heading out for a walk Sunday evening and saw this in the sky: