Last night, I had prepared dinner and was getting ready to go to an important leadership meeting for our church's Women's Ministry, which I was running. My husband comes in from the barn, and he tells us that we were probably going to have babies tonight. He said Sophie had some wet stuff on her bottom (one of the things I told him to watch for). So I scarfed my dinner and went down to the barn, within probably 5 minutes. When I got down there, she had two "bubbles" from the sac coming out already!
I RAN up to the house, because the boys REALLY wanted to see the babies being born. I ran in and told them the babies were coming NOW! And I ran back down (and you KNOW this was important, cuz I DON'T RUN...), and found she was pushing. The boys got down there in time.
They were in time to see the little front hooves of that fist little baby sticking out. I was there ready to remove the sack off the babies faces. The boys were excited but slightly scared for the situation, so I was able to explain about what was happening, and what would happen next.
We ended up on the THIRD baby, yes third, having a little scare. His head came through and she kept pushing, but just couldn't get him out. She stopped him while his head was out but his body was still in. I got worried pretty quickly that this might cause some damage. So I grabbed him and gently started to pull when she contracted. The big boy slowly started to come out so I stopped pulling. He stopped at his back legs. And she wasn't pushing anymore, so I pulled him the rest of the way out. He ended up being big!
As I was taking care if THAT big guy, she was cleaning him up, and I saw what I believed to be the placenta coming out. I didn't pay much attention to it, because I was focused on her NOT stepping on her babies. Then my son said, "MOM! It's another baby!" In shock, I looked back and sure enough there layed baby number 4!!!
As soon as I gave some instruction to my husband who wasn't prepared for all of this, I ran to the house and changed my clothes. Then left for my meeting, smelling like a goat. And still in shock that our Sophie had 4 babies!
|Charlie and Koen|
Right now, all of the babies are doing well. The one little "big" guy that had gotten stuck, he doesn't have his land legs yet. I think it is from being stuck for a little while. So we brought him in the house, and are bottle feeding him his mommy's milk. He is a little sweetheart. Boys have already named him Charlie.
We ended up having 2 boys and 2 girls. The first boy paved the way for the rest of them. Check out his markings:
Sophie decided to have her babies on the coldest, windiest night of the week. So we woke several times in the night, and hubby even mad them a little "nest" so they could stay warmer. That was about 3:30 in the morning.
This morning the babies in the barn, all seem to be happy. I got in the pen and pet them, and they didn't get all upset like they wanted to eat or anything. Little Charlie that is in the house was starving at 6:30 am when my boys started waking up. So I went down and collected some milk from mommy, and brought it up, giving it all to that hungry little fella.
It's going to be a busy couple of weeks bottle feeding all of these babies, but it makes you smile to see those little tails flicking back and forth when they are happy...