Sunday, February 22, 2009

Somebody had babies today..........

Have babies on a cold, snowy February day? Are you kidding me?

"Not even sheep would do something like that," Miss. Abigail says. "However, if your a goat....."

Yes, my Patty decided that today would be a good day to have her babies!!! So born on George Washington's birthday, are her twin LaMancha babies, a little boy (on left) and a little girl (on right). Last night I thought her udder looked a tad larger but by this morning it was huge and she had definitely dropped.

Of course, there were plenty of nosey animals in the barn especially Speedy, she always has to be in everyone else's business.

The twins first attempt at nipple finding.....of course the little boy just was having the worst time with teat finding....a typical male:)

Patty is off to a good start being a new mommy. She did so good having them, though she has decided that she likes the taste of her own milk.........just because she has a sense of humor I am sure.

And finding how to use those long legs in their first steps........I always get nervous with them, and hoping mom won't step on them or paw at them too hard. Don't worry, I took the bucket out when I left so there are no accidents.

A lot of naps to be taken under the heat lamp. I actually put 2 heat lamps in the stall because it is so cold outside. There is a lot of straw so they can bed down too. Definitely made for a long morning and afternoon. I pray that all goes well the next 48 hours, that they are nursing well, and stay warm. I am so pleased with Patty and hope her good mothering continues through the night and in the days to come.
How exciting, the first babies born at Harvest Thyme in 2009!!

PS......Patty wanted to let you all know that they are true LaMancha babies Nigerian crosses:)


Deb said...

Congratulations Patty and Mama Kristi! Those babies are adorable. Names? Will you keep them?
It's a miracle and it never ceases to amaze me - so glad all went well and Patty is a good Mom.

Enjoy - give them a squeeze for me :)

Nancy K. said...

Happy New Year!!

Boy, Patty sure went from barely looking pregnant to TWINS in a heartbeat! Your photos make her little haven in your barn look so warm and safe and inviting...a far cry from the cold reality of winter in the Midwest! Good job Patty & Kristi!

Joanna@BooneDocksWilcox said...

Congratulations on the twins. They look precious.

Tracey said...

The babies are precious!! I am glad Patty is a good mama....she looks tired in the picture with the babies under the heatlamp!
I love the picture of Speedy checking things out!
Keep the baby pictures coming, ok?

Corinne R. said...

Yeah! Cogratulations!It is always such a relief once the little ones are up and nursing. I am glad that mama and babies are doing well.

Susan said...

Congrats on the twin. Patty looks tired, but content.

Gizmo said...

Congratulations! Are you going to name them George & Martha??
I have to wait a few more weeks for mine to start arriving. Wanna trade?? ;)

Christy said...

How awesome! Makes me want some babies around here.

kristi said...

Thank you everyone for stopping by.....such an exciting day today. I just did the late night barn check & everyone is doing well. I am NOT suppose to name them because that means I MIGHT keep them. The little boy will definitely be for sale, either as a wether or buck, time will tell on that one. As for the little girl........:)

Claire said...

Oh they are perfect! I love the color variation in them! So sweet. If it wasn't for Luna, I'd say they were the sweetest little goats I ever saw! ;-)

Garrett808 said...

congrats Kristi on purebred Lamanchas!! I miss having my pygmy goats have babies but glad I don't have to try and sell them now in this terrible market!

I agree with Nancy, she barely looked full enough from eating hay, let alone pregnant with TWINS!

Congrats again! I can't wait for lambs! My AI girls are due in 20 days!

Michelle at Boulderneigh said...

Adding my hearty congratulations to you and Patty! Does this means you will start milking Patty?
Oh, I LOVE your new blog heading and background.

melanie said...

I'm with Gizmo...given the date, and just the historical should be George and Martha.

Juliann said...

Congratulations Kristi on those beautiful babies! What lovely color!

Heather said...

Congratulations! She picked a good day to have them, in that you were home! It's so fun to be a part of this incredible process called Life.