Hej from London!!!!
It’s has become increasingly more difficult to make any trips away from Gullringstorp. It is important to keep your marriage strong to weather the separations and you must be able to leave knowing all will be taken care of in your absence. With my miscalculation on the approximate date for Iris to deliver, I had planned my travel to be after her delivery. When I realized my error, tickets were booked . I have been in London since the 16th and have received daily reports on our does .
Yesterday was a very cold windy and rainy day so the goats were not out. I received a call from Leif that Iris had her babies as close as he can figure around 6:30 last evening April 18, 2013 !!!! Leif went to check everyone and saw that our Iris was laying in the straw each time he went to check so he remembered me saying , we must be observant to see where our mothers, nest and that is where must place new straw. He did that. He came to check her around 6;45 and there they were, two lively little babies, only minutes old, wet, on their feet and hungry!!!
Here is the e-mail I received:
Honey, we have two beautiful babies and they seem just fine. Cleaned up by Iris and they had their first milk. I gave Iris water with plenty of syrup and she drank it very fast, so I made some more for her. I tried to send a picture from my phone, but I think I was not successful.
I was just going into a movie when I spoke to Leif and could not contain my overwhelming joy! Amidst my euphoria I remember Leif saying the babies were up on their feet while iris was still laying down. Them it hit me…. Iris should be on her feet also! I began to worry…. Was she ok? Why wasn’t she up? Was she just exhausted ? Every possibility of what can go wrong flooded into my head.
I found out later that she did get up and cleaned her new babies and fed them. My husband also remembered to give her what every new mother at Gullringstorp gets right after delivery, warm water and molasses. Iris loved it!
I look forward to updates on our little Iris and her new babies. I will do my best to keep you posted from London.
Thank you Leif for taking such good care of everyone, Iris especially, in my absence and thank you so much for the beautiful photos !!
On a more somber note, my heart goes out to you, Boston…
Yesterday morning , my first goat on the Milk Stand for breakfast was Keriana. The moment she stood on the stand a feeling came over me and I said to my husband and Max, today’s the day. I just felt it in my maternal bones that there would be a birth. It wasn’t the best weather so no goats were out yesterday. Oddly enough, the sun came out and the cold winds ceased around 5 pm. I let my recuperating Frida and her daughters out into the front “baby yard”. Windows were open and front and back doors so all our goats had a breath of some fresh air, even though there were not out.
As the day continued, I saw no signs from my Keriana. Max and I enjoyed watching Little Toby hop around the stable and watched how Little Miss Nanna became much more comfortable with us around her and her new baby. We checked in on Keriana, and she was resting comfortably.
This birth is special to us because this baby will be 3rd generation here at Gullringstorp. Frida was our first goat who gave birth to Keriana and now Keriana will give birth here at Gullringstorp.
One hour later, when I came to feed the girls on the Milk Stand, I looked and saw a definite sign of impending labor. Keriana had started to rearrange the straw in her box as she attempted to make a nest. Because of my feeling in the morning, I laid fresh straw in her box.
6 pm Keriana was in full labor:
I sat with Keriana from 6 pm till she gave birth. It was a long labor and I really felt for her. I watched and could tell clearly by her body language and her sounds that a contraction was on its way, had peaked and was now over. It was all so natural and beautiful. Although this was going smoothly, there is always the fear that the actual delivery may not go off without a hitch. Keriana is our 3rd doe to deliver for the very first time. Pumpkin was a first time fresher as was Little Miss Nanna. Now we have Keriana and soon we will also have Alika deliver for the first time. Keriana’s labor continued:
Around 10 pm , my husband was ready to be off to bed and would await a call on our walkie -talkie when the deliver had happened. I told him that I felt she would deliver soon, maybe within the next hour. There had been a change in her behavior, her sound and the way she moved around her box. I assured him, that I would call right away.
It took a while before Keriana started to clean her new baby. It was strange to watch her tongue start flicking even before she started cleaning her baby. She took such a long time before she cleaned her baby that I asked my husband for a pair of gloves and a towel to wipe the baby dry; at least to clear the sac from the face. As soon as I had the items, Keriana had turned to her baby and started to clean the baby up. She did a fine job and she worked really hard to clean and dry the baby.
We waited some time before we left Keriana because she was so large that we were sure she would have att least two babies. When we left her and went to bed, we each had a feeling that maybe she could still deliver a second. This morning, Keriana and baby were just fine. There was only one baby and we found out this baby was a girl! Oh how happy I am!
May 19, 2012 New Baby Girl!
Keriana is a big girl. She is part Nigerian Dwarf, her mother is Frida. Her father was Julius, a larger breed Swedish Lantras. We made the decision to breed her with a smaller goat so that she did not have problems with a large baby. She was bred with Balder one of our Pygmy bucks:
Mother and baby are doing very well. We are so happy and relieved that all went well for both mother and baby!