I live a full life. At times, it feels totally overwhelming and I have to stop myself and take a breath and just realize how blessed I am to have such a full life. A life full of love, relationships, fun, noise, messes, craziness, (occasional) quiet moments, losses, success, failure, a never-ending list of things to do and get done, dishes, laundry, and more dishes…and so much more. This week I actually found myself changing a diaper with one hand, while holding a baby chick in the other, and, as if that wasn’t challenge enough, my phone rang and it was an important call that I needed to take and could not ignore. I just burst out laughing, looking at myself in this crazy situation. Obviously there is a story there, but it is too long for me to get into why I was changing a diaper while holding a baby chick, but it was indeed a necessary situation and I didn’t have another choice in the moment. Nonetheless, I am spending this Mother’s Day being loved on by the ones I love the most, and feeling thankful for all the crazy homesteading Mom moments that I am blessed to experience each day – even the ones that make me want to scream. 🙂
Happy Mother’s Day to all you mothers out there! I hope you can feel thankful for all the crazy mom-ing in your lives too.
Our farm is currently overflowing with animal mothers and babies. Spring in the Rockies!
Our batch of purchased chicks arrived this week. These are the chicks that we originally ordered to be delivered during our hatch in January so we could brood them together. There was a mix-up at the hatchery and they printed our shipping label, but didn’t ship our chicks. Since we already had our own newly hatched chicks in the brooder, we decided not to have them re-ship the next week. Instead, we waited until we were ready to do another brooding…which is this week.
There were 16 of them, and 3 died right after arrival, the rest are doing well.
Pansy was due to kid on April 27th. She finally kidded this week, 9 days late. It was a complicated delivery, but both mom and doeling are alive. And the doeling, named Pearl, is oh-so-cute. I will share more about it later this week.
We have a barnyard full of ewes and lambs. Blue lambed this week, leaving us with just one pregnant ewe left for this season (Maggie). Everyone is growing well, the lambs are playing and romping together, and the mamas seem happy to not be so very huge and pregnant any longer. Maggie is not due until mid-june, so we have a break from birthing here for awhile.
Blue’s little girl got a name, finally. It took us awhile – I think the spring lambing/kidding season sleep-deprivation added to the delay. But she is now known as Misty. She is almost 1 week old now.
Daisy has continued to become more bonded to little Nora, she is turning into a good mom. I believe that she will be a fine mother in the future, and that the traumatic birth is the cause of these issues. We are just so glad that we didn’t have to bottle feed her. Nora is almost 2 weeks old now.
Blizzard is a ball of energy. He is always wanting to play and run and head butt with the other lambs. Typical boy. He also has decided that the LGD is his BFF, which is cute. We constantly find them cuddled together, or if Anya is running around, Blizzard will be running right behind her. Fiona is the attentive, but also laid-back, experienced mom of the group, and seems happy to let Anya (the LGD) babysit for her.
Blizzard is 3 1/2 weeks old now.
Twilight is the oldest lamb, and that lends itself to her being kind of a bully to the others. She is so much bigger than the new babies and she uses it to her advantage, pushing them around when she can get away with it. But she is a beautiful ewe lamb and nice with the humans. She is 5 weeks old now.
We are working on weaning all the babies to a 12-hours-off, 12-hours-on milk-sharing schedule. Twilight and Nora are already there, and we are getting the younger ones there as well in the next couple of weeks. It is nice to have so much milk now that they are getting older and we can take a good share of it. We are making dairy products in the kitchen and really enjoying it.
It is crazy to me that we are already putting seeds and seedlings outside. This week has been full of planting and gardening. Time is flying by me this spring!