Saturday, June 13, 2009

New Baby Calf

New Baby Calf
born June 12, 09 at a little after 9pm.

Everyday for the last week I've been saying, today is the day Lily (mama cow) is going to have the baby. I have been doing a lot of cow watching and had just decided that a watched cow is never going to give birth. So, we were cooking dinner last night, Cal doing the pork chops on the grill and me in the kitchen, when I looked out the window and saw something funny going on with Lily's tail. It was practically sticking straight out from her body. I told Cal to go check her out and he gives me the thumbs up that it is finally time! I turned off the stove, he brought the chops in and we grabbed the video recorder and raced out.

For about 15 minutes all you could see was two little white feet poking out of her. Lily was restless getting up and laying down again. She was laying down when she gave a huge heave and the baby's head and front shoulders slide out! WOW!! And Lily is looking at the baby like what in the world is going on here. The baby actually raised it's head up and mooed. That must have startled Lily because she scrambled to stand up with the baby still hanging half way out.

It was the longest minute or two for me when the baby finally came all the way out and hit the ground!! Lily spun around and started licking the baby all over. It was just amazing!!

Within just a few minutes the baby was trying to stand up. Those wobbly little legs didn't look like they could hold her up, but finally after a few tries she made it!
I think it is a female, but haven't really gotten a good look. No name yet, but I'm sure we'll come up with something soon.
OK KID UPDATE: All is well in Oklahoma. Very hot weather and they all managed to get a little sunburn yesterday from being in the pool all day. They LOVED Frontier City and are going again before they start home on Wednesday.
As for us, Cal and I are finally getting use to the house being so quiet. The other night we were eating dinner and Cal says, has the refrigerator always been that loud? It's always sounded like that, the house just never been this quiet so you could hear it.
Our weather here has finally become more seasonable, with temps back up in the 70's and lots of sun. Today I'm going to work with the horses and maybe paint the front door.


tainterturtles said...

That is so cool K! To be right there to see the birth, that's really something. I like the photos too.

I bet your house is way too quiet. Now K, imagine for a minute, this is what it will be like 20 yrs from now when your last kid leaves home. I think you just experienced what "empty nest" will feel like in the future.

I'm still not over that feeling of no's too weird.

Aunt Krissy said...

That baby sure is a cutie! About time you paint the door. Looking like a hillbilly.

PAK ART said...

I love your baby cow. He/she is so cute. Is Lily the kind of mom that lets you get in close and pet her?

On kids. Pretty soon you realize it's kind of nice having them gone. No dinners to cook at a certain time, no driving someone somewhere, no "can I have some money?" and no waiting on the shower. I still miss them though.

crochet lady said...

Cute calf, birth is an exciting event. I can remember a few times as a kid watching when our cows were ready. It is always amazing.

That's great that the kids are having a good time, those will be good memories for them.