Saturday, October 15, 2011

It just doesn't get any better than this!

This may look like a sign that Brent & I had a fight and I ended up on the couch.  It couldn't be farther from the truth.  My exciting Friday, now Saturday night, went something like this:
10:30 - Push up feed & check maternity - Bev just starting to calve.  Move to the couch & set the alarm for 1 AM
1:00 - Check on Bev - we have front feet, but they look big, so I try to help.  Bev wants nothing to do with my help.  We both go back to our respective beds.  I decide to give her another 30 minutes and check again before I have to wake Brent up to help me.
1:50 - We've got front feet and part of a head.  I think Bev knew she needed help, because this time, she let me get close enough to help.  1-2-3 pulls, and the calf was out.  Surely after all that I was not only expecting it to be a bull calf (Bev is nearly 10 days overdue), but I was surprised if it would be alive.....We have a heartbeat!  I used all the tricks I've been taught over the years - tickle the nose with straw - no luck; grab the tongue - good response there; I even tried some mouth to mouth!  A few more tongue grabs, trying to pull "ick" out of the airway, and some rubbing, and I had a good regular breathing, if not a little labored.
I made Bev get up - she's ok, and the maternal instincts kicked in.  She went to licking off her new GIRL with gusto!  I watched her go for 30 minutes, making sure the calf kept breathing, as I didn't think we were out of the woods.  I'm going to go check again, but at this point, surely she'll keep breathing.

I don't care who you are, or what you do for a just doesn't get any better than this!

Bev is black, so doesn't show up in this picture....but our new baby girl is breathing!

1 comment:

  1. Congratulations!!! What a big deal!!! Get some rest!!!


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