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It’s snowing – No fooling – April 1, 2010

April 1, 2010

It’s snowing. Who’d a thunk? Can’t see across the field. The weather website said 10% chance of precipitation all day.  Mike (our ranch helper) just called me out to the barn to “watch butt.”  A nicer way of putting it is “cria watch,” but we’re not watching crias, since they’re not born yet. We’re actually watching the mamas-to-be’s bottoms for numerous signs of ripeness and activity.

We have 2 girls overdue, 2 due tomorrow and 2 due in 2 weeks.  Somebody’s going to go today according to yesterday’s BW. Hillarie didn’t do much at the poop pile. Toozzy’s staring off into space humming. Nina’s stoic and tense. Clarice switches between looking helpless and witchy. The other two just eat and eat. And eat.

While writing this Mike phones me from the barn: “Get out here!” I grab my camera and haul. Hillarie’s eating at the feed bunk with one white leg sticking out her butt–well, not exactly her butt.  Not good. Usually a new cria presents nose first, then whole head, then both feet shoot out like rockets.

I glove up, goop up, while Mike holds Hillarie, who screams like we’re slaughtering her. I gently shove the leg back in and locate the head. Just right where it’s supposed to be.  (I forgot to locate the other leg that could be twisted somewhere deep and dangerous. This is my first birth of the year and didn’t prime myself for all eventualities.) Just as soon as we leave Hillarie alone, the leg pops back out. Sigh! She’s going to have to fight that leg on her own. I wait to see if the next contraction brings the nose before going back in to look for that other foot. It does. But she’s going to have to really work to get that head out past the eyes. It’s hard enough with just a head. She’s got a leg taking up room now. Five more contractions and pushes and she’s got the head completely out. Then, better late than never, out pops the other foot. Phew! No fishing today.

Ladies and gentlemen, may I present to you HummingHerd’s Nuva, out of Hillarie, sired by Snowmass Perfection. Seventeen and one half pounds of the whitest, softest, brightest, shiniest, densest fiber you’ve ever seen. (BTW, Nuva is Hopi for snow.) She’s healthy, lusty and quite spunky. One down, five to go.

Welcome, Nuva!

Nuva & mom Hillarie

All neck and legs

3 Comments leave one →
  1. planejaner permalink
    April 2, 2010 11:35 am

    very sweet! glad everything came out ok (only the slightest pun intended!)
    blessings on new life

  2. Jennifer Barricklow permalink
    April 16, 2010 7:27 am

    All neck and legs indeed! What a beautiful baby. In the first picture she looks so tranquil and centered, like she’s sitting zazen. I feel inspired to do the same – thanks for the nudge, Nuva.

    • April 19, 2010 1:03 pm

      One time we had a little paca sitting just like Nuva, backlit by sunlight. He was so surreal, that we named him Espiritu Sanctu. He didn’t live to be very old, but he was really a holy little spirit.

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