(pictures by Emily)
Mike picked the kids up from school and was coming up the driveway and saw a little baby lamb! Mom did great but Mike says he then panicked. I think he did a great job given that we thought we'd have another 3 weeks before any babies showed up. He moved the ducks out of their house and gave momma and baby a temporary shelter, filled it with water, hay, etc. and got out the iodine for the umbilical cord stump.
I came home and jumped up and down with excitement and changed clothes as quickly as I could. Baby hadn't found milk yet so I was worried. I quickly skimmed the book "Managing your Ewe and newborn lamb" (will be reading that book tonight in a little more detail) and got even more worried as this is a first year momma and she didn't look like she was figuring out nursing. Mike says they'll be fine, let them be-- but MY momma sense said no way-- 1 hr and we are helping them out. So I made Mike come into the temporary barn with me and he turned mama on her back and sat her in his lap. I wish I had a picture of that. Big momma sheep sitting on her butt in Mike's lap. We trimmed her up as she had lots of wool hanging and baby could confuse wool with an udder and then we got her udders going and got the baby nursing. Oh my goodness. I love this farm and the experiences of life it brings. I will not forget that scene. It's also 60 degrees or so outside so we couldn't have asked for a better day. Margaret named the baby Wagon because she wags her tail when she nurses.
Wow-- what next? Maybe we'll have calves this weekend. Gulp.