Like many of you, Erin and I spent the whole day waiting for Linda to have her babies. This morning it looked like babies were imminent but as of 9:15 p.m. EST, we are still waiting.
Waiting is what lambing and kidding season are all about. Hours of waiting and then a flurry of activity. Tonight I will be checking on Linda at 11 p.m., the Erin will get up at 1 a.m. to check, then me at 3 and Erin at 5.
At this point we’d really rather her hold on till morning. The weather is cold and rainy, and newborn Angora goat kids chill so very quickly. Our job is to rub the babies briskly with towels to dry them and then stick around until we’re sure they are nursing from their mamas. Linda is a very good mother- if it wasn’t for the cold weather she wouldn’t need us at all!
I want to remind ya’ll that Linda is very old for a nanny goat. When we made the decision to breed her this year, we weren’t sure she would even live to see spring. She’s healthy enough but moves very slowly these days. We only bred her because we knew from experience that she would become severely depressed if all the other mamas had kids and she didn’t.
I’m telling ya’ll this because I don’t want it to come as a total shock if we lose Linda. I don’t think that’s going to happen; there is absolutely no indication that she is anything but healthy. But I just want you all to be prepared if the worst does happen. I always think it’s better to have all the information, you know?
Lambing and kidding is the most miraculous thing I have ever experienced. Every year I am so grateful that I get to be there when these animals come into the world. If some sadness goes along with the experience, then I can live with that.
I’ll update you as soon as we have news.