Friday, January 16, 2009

Sonya's Unforgettable Night

I went out at 10pm to check everyone before laying down and found Sonya in labor. I went ahead and checked on everyone else to make sure they were warm and okay. Grabbed the birthing kit, diaper bag, a heavier coat, a blanket and headed back to the maternity house. I wrapped up in the blanket and just sat back in the corner. Contractions weren't that close so I waited. I had to laugh as I watched DiDi and Sonya. They are like sisters and have to stay together no matter what. When I would check Sonya to see how things were going DiDi would stick her head around to watch. She would then look at me as if she was waiting for me to tell her how things were moving along. I just sat and took pictures of DiDi being Sonya's Lamaze coach. DiDi did get kinda tired a couple times and snoozed a little. When Sonya got into the heavy labor and nothing was happening I gloved up and checked. I knew then we were in big trouble. But God was watching over us and she and the babies are doing well. I didn't take any photos during that terrifying delivery and only a few afterwards. Will take more later today.The kids are still very tired from the delivery. The boys only stand up for a few seconds then fall down. The girl will stand for a while and walk a little. Each time they nurse you can see them getting stronger. I have 2 heat lights out there and they are in their sweaters. They also have a blanket with a hot water bottle keeping them warm. I put my hair dryer on low and warmed them up after they nursed. They snuggled down and went right to sleep. I will take better photos once they rest up. I did take the sweater off the second buckling so you could see him better. The picture still didn't show his beautiful markings very well. I will get a better one once his legs are stronger. Now I have a few things to do then I am taking a nap. I hope DiDi will wait a day or two so it will warm up and I can get the birthing kit restocked.

35 comments:

City Mouse said...

Jumping jackrabbits, you had a busy baby day! Wow! I"m so happy everything turned out wonderfully. Buckling #2 is so beautiful! Congrats again on all the blessed Hidden Haven babies this week. What a wonderful week. Now you REST! LOL

Shiloh Prairie Farm said...

They are gorgeous! I am so glad to hear them and their beautiful mother is OK. I can imagine the frustration you must have felt when you were helping, but you sure did a good job, they are very lucky to have you as an owner. I just love the pictures of Didi with her, sister goats and mother/daughter pairs can really be bonded and close. That is the case in my herd too. If you catch them sleeping you can tell whose mother is whose, and who is family to each other, even with goats that are several years old, because they sleep in family groups together.

TEAM HALL said...

You are one heck of a woman!!! They don't make "your kind" anymore!
Cath

Mrs.Ruiz said...

Look at the girl smiling in the picture:) Will all the babies soon be playing with each other. When you get time can you post on how they all will interact, (moms, dads and kids)

Mrs.Ruiz said...

Im glad everyone is doing good. That bond between DiDi and Sonya is so sweet. It blows me away to see how human like animals can be.

Amy said...

Congrats!

DayPhoto said...

I am so impressed, I do not know if I would know what to do if there was trouble in the birth canal.

Two years ago we had trouble with a cow, but Terry got it turned and had helped the little girl out by the time I got there. I was sort of glad, but I would have done whatever I needed too.

That baby is beautiful, heck they all are.

Linda

Mildred said...

They are all beautiful. I'm thankful that everyone is fine. A lot to be thankful for today. Hope you rest well.

madcobug said...

I loved that Didi stayed with Sonya giving her support. They are all so beautiful. You are a good mama. Helen

~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~* Tonia said...

I know how a night like that is. On eof my girls had triplets last year and they got tangled long night but everybody did fine! Its is scary though!! Glad everything worked out and they are Beautiful!!

Christy said...

Take a long nap, you earned it!

Harvest Moon Homestead said...

Congrats!!!!! Goodness what a busy day. The babies are beautiful.

amelia said...

Have as long a nap as your animals will allow! You've certainly earned it!!

Jess said...

Gorgeous...I'm very happy for ya'lls success!

Love, Jess

prof en retraite said...

Oh Peggy! I could never do what you do! I've delivered kittens, but baby goats...that's a whole 'nother story! Glad everyone is doing well...Debbie

PEA said...

Omigosh, sis, three more babies have been added? You really do have a full maternity ward going on there! lol Thank God you were there to help out Sonya, poor thing, she must be exhausted. The doeling and two bucklings are just gorgeous!! Hopefully Didi will let you have a good night's rest before keeping you awake! lol Love you sis. xoxo

Bethany said...

Good job! I know it is so hard when something goes wrong. I tend to panic a bit. ;-)
They are LOVELY all your kids are so cute! A set of triplet girls is pretty nice. :)

Raggedy Girl said...

Peggy
What an incredible miracle. I am glad I found your blog. How neat to get to share in this. Thank you so much. You are a blessing to me.
Roberta Anne

Betsy from Tennessee said...

Peggy, they are just so beautiful.. That buckling is so handsome..

Hope you got some rest today. I'm sure you are exhausted!!!! Prayers and Hugs!!

I'm anxiously waiting to see what these three will be named.. Since the births were harder, I'm sure they feel especially special..

Thanks for sharing your new kids!!
Hugs,
Betsy

Dandelionmom said...

Congrats!! Handsome or Prince charming or whatever you are going to name that little Fabio is very very pretty! Name them SOON though--poor little "I-thought-he-was-dead" will get a complex LOL

I actually like Sonya's markings the best ;) I do hope you are sleeping instead of checking these comments too often!

Rosa said...

Aw, look at those blue eyes! Peggy, you're now wearing the Florence Nightingale/St. Assisi. Congrats on a healthy delivery. xo

Farmgirl_dk: said...

Oh - what a wonderful story. Good job and congrats, Sonya-goat! I just love DiDi's unwavering support - Everyone needs a friend like that, you know?
And good job to you, Peggy....stay strong! :-)

Mary said...

Peggy,

I'm sorry that Sonya had such a difficult time birthing. You must be exhausted.

Praise God for prayers answered. I love the little buckling. Wish I had a place for one just like him. He's a darling.

Keeping you, the goats and kids in my prayers. You get some rest before more kids are welcomed into your world.

Blessings,
Mary

oldcrow61 said...

Hi Peggy, I found you through Juli's blog. What fantastic pictures and what a night you had. The goats big and little are just the most beautiful creatures.

Barbara said...

Oh My Gosh, Thank you for sharing such precious moments. How special that Didi comforted her sister. Do you make the sweaters for the babies? I have noticed here locally that many babies are showing up in the pastures. You are such a good caretaker with the blowdryer, blankets and hot water bottle. Bless you!

Homemaker Ang said...

I think this post should have been titled "Peggy's Unforgettable Night"... :) Glad everything went ok, I bet you are exhausted!

Juli said...

You know I wasn't just saying that, you truly are one of my greatest heroes

((((((((((Peggy)))))))))))))

Tossing Pebbles in the Stream said...

I nominate you as the goat midwife of the year!

Flip Flop Floozie said...

Wow!! You have a load of new babies..how special. i have not been around for awhile. Need to get back to visiting more..Take care and rest!!

The Mind of a Mom said...

Oh Peggy, I am just now having my first chance to read everyone's blog (I was away last week on business). My heart goes out to you. I hope by the time you read my message you are rested as well as the mom and babies! Thank Goodness you were there for her, I think God meant for her to be on the Haven to strengthen you and her.
Congrads again on the babies.

rebel said...

I'm glad everything went okay. I bet it's heartbreakin' when you lose one. Those babies are just precious. I wish I could be at your place in a couple of weeks. You'll have babies jumpin' around all over the place!

meggie said...

Beautiful little ones! What a terrfying night for you! So glad that all is well.

Jenny said...

All your babies are so sweet. They look so cute in their little sweaters! I love how Didi stuck right by Sonya through the ordeal--sounds like you had a harrowing time of it. Glad everything turned out well!
~Jenny~

American Way Farm said...

What beautiful kids! And Sonya is just gorgeous - love all the spots. Congratulations on all the new little ones.

Bethany said...

Just a thought on tangled babies...I didn't learn this until about 8 years of raising goats and sheep. If you make sure your critters get plenty of excersise, you rairly get tangled twins (or triplets:). We have been careful not to close up to early the last several years and have had much smoother kiddings.

You probably all ready know that, but I sure whish we could have heard it sooner. It's a very stressful thing to sort out babies inside their mom when they want to come out!

Thanks,
Bethany-