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Gregg got to witness the birth of Baby sheep #2 this week. She’s not the jet black beauty of Baby sheep #1. She’s a girl, so that’s why Gregg decided to name both of these little lambs. Hopefully the next lamb will be a boy (we won’t be naming him) and that he’ll be able to provide us with some yummy meant in the Fall/Winter. Its still a little disturbing to think about eating these animals that are grazing in our backyard. But, I guess that’s the point right? To know where your food comes from? Its very close to home though…literally.
P.S. Our big white dog that didn’t have heart disease passed away last week. The vets never found out what was making her sick, and she kept getting worse. So, bad news afterall.
So, originally I was planning for this post to have some good news with some bad news sandwich in the middle. But! Our bad news turned into possibly good news. I’ll start from the top (this is all animal-related btw).
Over the weekend, one of our ewes gave birth to our first baby lamb. She was very no nonsense about it (the momma, that is). We didn’t hear a peep from mom or baby when she was in labor overnight. One day she was pregnant and the next, she had a jet black lamb cuddled up beside her. We had been hoping that our sheep were pregnant. You can’t really tell just by looking at them, and we weren’t expecting any babies until spring. But, here she is! Gregg says he’ll keep her since she’s a girl. She’ll make babies not meat. She will also make some very pretty wool which I could turn into yarn. I’m not sure I’m up for the challenge of combing out bits of poop/grass/debris, etc., then spinning the wool into yarn either by hand or otherwise. We’ll see.
Now for the bad news turned good. Aspen, our Great Pyranese, was diagnosed with heart disease after an appointment with our local vet. One of her eyes started swelling, and we thought it was infected. When the swelling didn’t go away after a week or so, we took her in to get evaluated. She’s only two years old, so the prognosis of heart disease was not a good one. We took her back to the Great Pyranese Rescue, so their vet could give her the full work-up that she deserves. We were really sad about it. We only had her for 3 months, but we loved her. We got a call yesterday that she doesn’t have heart disease afterall. Our local vet had made the diagnosis after seeing large amounts of fluid on ultrasound. The other vet was saying that the fluid was coming from her gut, and that her heart is totally fine. Good news, but nothing conclusive yet.
Another bit of good news is that there’s enough daylight for our chickens to lay eggs. Gregg collected 15 over the weekend. He warned me that since we have a rooster out and about with our hens there’s a chance that when I crack an egg, an embryo will pop out. 😦 I’ve been nervous about it ever since.
It really feels like we live on a farm now.
I’ve gathered up some solicited Momma advice over the past few months. I’ve been asking my friends and family about labor, gear, maternity leave, and lots of other baby-related topics. I wanted to gather it all into one place, and this seemed like the place to do it. So, here’s the advice I’ve received about gear. Some of the gear decisions didn’t have to/aren’t going to have to make since we have such a generous group of family and friends that want to give us their stuff. We can’t thank them enough! Its a relief both financially and to my brain.
I’ve literally copied and pasted advice that has been emailed to me, so its a bit all over the place. And some advice is conflicting. (Obviously, we’re not going to get 5 different stroller combos.)
MUST HAVE BABY ITEM: Fisher Price’s ROCK N PLAY SLEEPER
Strollers: (I’m so overwhelmed on this one. I’ve told Gregg to pick one out for us.) Graco carseat and stroller combo, Graco carseat with “snap n go,” City Mini GT, BOBs are amazing – often can find one on Craig’s List a little cheaper. For non-jogging/lightweight: Combi umbrella stroller.
Carriers: “Boba (check out the website!) and love it. It’s recommended for “petite” mommas…under 5’4,” Ergo, Moby wrap, Dolcina woven wrap, “I would recommend something that goes over both shoulders as opposed to a one-shoulder sling. Those really start to hurt after a while.” I’ve also been told the Ring Sling and the Fabric sling carrier(which are both one-shoulder) are awesome.
Bottles: Tommee Tippee, Medela bottles, not Avent, “Best advice I got though was to not open any in advance because you don’t know what your baby will like.”
Miscellaneous: Swaddleme velcro blankets, activity mat, Bumbo seat, Ingelsina Fast Baby Chair as a high chair, swing, Aden & Anais blankets.
And one momma of six, my cousin Kendra, dedicated an entire blog post to the topic. She has a lot to say about what you don’t need which I also appreciate.