Saturday, April 2, 2011

tha gang's all here

As of just before midnight on the second day of April, the last ewe due gave birth to a pair of beautiful ram lambs in the far pastture. I sat outside with 15-06 for the birth of her twins. When I walked outside on pe-bedtime rounds I noticed her pacing and pawing at the grounds. Knowing she would be in labor soon, I ran inside for a blanket and a book and outside under the cold stars I talked to her, read, and watched the whole show. When all was done on her part, it took me a while to get the boys and mama into their jug, but I did it. Slow and steady, I stepped backwards with the ram lambs while she knickered and followed me. I set her up with her sweet water, hay, and when I saw the older lamb start to nurse I knew she had it all under control. I was covered in birth fluids. I was clammy from the late night arrival. I was smiling as I walked down the hill to my dogs and warm bed.

Lambing Season 2011 is finally at a close. I'm pouring myself a large mug of warm cider and calling it a night. The first night in quite some time my alarm won't be waking me every two hours to beam a light through the fields. Amen.

36 Comments:

Blogger Noël McNeil said...

So happy for you! Can't wait to see the young flock frolicking around the pasture playing games and being silly. Glad you get a good night's rest. Finally! ;)

April 3, 2011 at 12:07 AM  
Blogger Rosanne said...

Congratulations, Jenna! It is surely a wonderfully satisfying feeling to have accomplished what you set out to do and see everything come to fruition! It's been very interesting watching you get to this place in the whole adventure, and I wish you well as you continue!

April 3, 2011 at 12:34 AM  
Blogger Jenn said...

To celebrate the close of lambing season I would suggest a long hot bath, a stiff drink and a long night's sleep. The ewes will be fine if you feed a little later tomorrow. Then...take yourself out to breakfast and let someone wait on you:)

From one shepherd to another.

April 3, 2011 at 1:06 AM  
Blogger Kimberlie Ott said...

Just sayin, girl, your amazing!!!! Congrats on your twin babes and enjoy the rest of an honest, hard workin woman!

April 3, 2011 at 1:51 AM  
Blogger google@westvon.com said...

How is Aunt Maude handling all the chaos and new things going on out there? Is she interested or disinterested? I wonder if the little lambies will frollick about her and tease on her like some old spinster auntie? Congrats on the season being done and successful!

April 3, 2011 at 2:23 AM  
Blogger Paula said...

Congratulations on getting through your first lambing season so successfully. What an accomplishment!

April 3, 2011 at 3:30 AM  
Blogger Coco said...

Whew! Congratulations on successfully getting through your first lambing season. Good work.

Is there an update on the little guy who wasn´t doing so well?

April 3, 2011 at 3:50 AM  
Blogger Christy said...

Yay! And congratulations on your first year of lambing. Still looking forward to videos of happy, hyper lambs :)

April 3, 2011 at 3:54 AM  
OpenID barntalkblog said...

Congratulations!!!! All of the lambs are on the land!!

-Autumn

April 3, 2011 at 7:12 AM  
Blogger Jill said...

Congratulations, Jenna. It will never be the first time again. (in a good way)

April 3, 2011 at 7:33 AM  
Blogger daisy said...

Hope you had a great night's rest, shepard girl. Enjoy your new charges.

April 3, 2011 at 7:46 AM  
Blogger Kasha said...

Congrats to you! So great to read about it...thanks for sharing your experiences w/us.

April 3, 2011 at 7:52 AM  
Blogger Kristin Marsh said...

Congratulations!

April 3, 2011 at 8:30 AM  
Blogger steak and eggs said...

Congratulations on a successful first lambing season. I know I don't writing in often, but I read your blog everyday, and I think you are really am amazing person to do all this on your own. The lambs are adorable. So happy for you.

April 3, 2011 at 8:48 AM  
Blogger maddie said...

phew! Oh my goodness, what an adventure! And all in your own backyard

April 3, 2011 at 9:10 AM  
Blogger Odie Langley said...

Congratulations Jenna and get some much needed rest now that all the birthing is completed. Can't wait to see all of them active and playing. Enjoy the rest of your weekend.
Odie

April 3, 2011 at 9:16 AM  
OpenID Tami said...

So wonderful that you got to participate in at least one of the births (two actually!). It's one thing to watch births on YouTube, but to be present for the birth of somne of your very first flock is awesome. Onward to the next challenge...whatever that might be!

April 3, 2011 at 10:04 AM  
Blogger Mimi's Tapawingo said...

Congratulations mom - that is so wonderful to see and realize your dreams are all coming true.

April 3, 2011 at 10:10 AM  
Blogger Sonja said...

Congratulations on a successful lambing season!! Have a good night's sleep. Enjoy basking in the glow of being a new "mom." How is the yearling's ram lamb doing?

April 3, 2011 at 10:45 AM  
Blogger Janet said...

Jenna: Sleep the sleep of the just now - great first season and looking forward to pictures soon!
Hoping to win a share again this year in your wool CSA and if so looking forward to trying out the blend containing blakface.
Have a wondferful and lazy dday.
Janet in snowy Nova Scotia

April 3, 2011 at 10:48 AM  
Blogger Kitchen Mama said...

Congratulations Jenna! Everyone has already said it all--just have a great sleep and enjoy a lazy day.

April 3, 2011 at 10:53 AM  
OpenID sissyjane said...

I'm so happy for you! Have a vacation day...

April 3, 2011 at 10:56 AM  
Blogger Kris said...

What a great feeling! I am so glad all went well. But I am lost as to how many lambs you have now. I think only 2 ewe lambs? And 2 sets of twins? I am still waiting on some lambs from a friend's sheep to be born. Now it looks like another 4-6 weeks for hers. I will get a few from her when they are weaned.

April 3, 2011 at 10:59 AM  
Blogger Ruth @ Hope, Joy and Faith Farm said...

Congrats on a successful lambing season. We had only 1 pregnant ewe out of two, and I was exhausted. Of course, the one night I decided she wasn't going to have them, she did and I missed the whole thing. Woo hoo for you. Time to start planning next year!

April 3, 2011 at 11:05 AM  
Blogger SWEETHEARTS MOM said...

Jenna this post made me cry; how cool that you made it through this with such a huge success. I am proud of you for following your dreams. Keep up the good work;

April 3, 2011 at 11:26 AM  
Blogger scone said...

Hooray for you and the flock! It's been fabulous to follow lambing season 2011 with you all. Well done Jenna. Hope you can sleep now : )

April 3, 2011 at 12:11 PM  
OpenID chickadeeworkshop said...

Congrats! I've lost track, too...I'm thinking you got 7 lambs and only two were female? And two sets of twins? Please update us on the final stats. After you rest, of course.

We finally got a sunny day here...hope yours is pleaseant as well.

April 3, 2011 at 12:18 PM  
Blogger Jenna said...

Maude ignores and/or silently disdains the new lambs. But she is never aggressive.

Sal adores them. He lets them climb all over him. He's like a big wooly moon bounce.

5 rams 2 ewes!

4 are staying, three are traded for hay!

April 3, 2011 at 12:46 PM  
Blogger J. said...

Wow! Congratulations for a wonderful first year of lambing! Looking forward, like so many who follow you, to future pics/videos of your flock. :)

April 3, 2011 at 12:57 PM  
Blogger Pat Woginrich said...

Congratulations! I still remember the first night that we bonded.

April 3, 2011 at 3:01 PM  
Blogger KRA said...

Well done all around Jenna! You certainly deserve some rest after all this.

April 3, 2011 at 4:07 PM  
Blogger Maggie said...

amazing, amazing. hooray!

April 3, 2011 at 5:10 PM  
Blogger Lynda Halliger-Otvos said...

Fantastic season, Jenna. You done good.

April 3, 2011 at 8:23 PM  
Blogger Music In Danville said...

The note from your mom brought tears to my eyes. I bet she's one proud parent to produce such a strong and strong willed sprout such as you, Jenna.
I was holding my breath all along as I caught up on your blog just before the lambing began. I'm so happy that all babes are on the ground and doing well.
I hope you will be able to recall the sweet feeling of this first season's success for the rest of your life.
Enjoy your well earned continuous sleep. I bet you dream about sheep, don't you?
Linda

April 3, 2011 at 8:59 PM  
Blogger Tara said...

WELL DONE!

April 3, 2011 at 9:53 PM  
Blogger mgamroth said...

Good girl! Now the fun begins! Head-butting, bouncing like popcorn, playing King-Of-The-Mountain. Enjoy the little ones.

April 4, 2011 at 10:34 AM  

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