Monday, January 21, 2013

Our First Baby!

 
We have a morning routine where Eldon gets up and goes out to check the cows and I have about 30 minutes to just lay in bed and slowly wake up.... this morning Eldon loudly came in the camper door and said, "We have a new baby that was just born".  I tore out of that bed so fast, threw on some clothes, grabbed my camera and we were out the door.
 
 
 We ran to the woods and got there just as the new little precious baby was making her way up for the first time!  Her Momma gave her a little nudge and her back legs came up.  She paused a few minutes and then... 
 
 
... she wobbled up on her front legs! 
 
 
She got a sweet lick and reassuring soft "moo" from her Momma.   And I started crying.  I just stood there taking in the miracle of life and the wonderful nurturing of this sweet old Momma cow. 

 
We left them alone and came back to the camper and called our daughter to let her know to bring up the girls!  When they got here about 30 minutes later and we all walked back out to the woods, she was already nursing.   Her little tail was just wagging away!
 
 
Standing close to her Momma's side. 
 
 
Such darling little sleepy eyes taking in the new world around her. 
 
 
We didn't want to leave.  I wanted to bundle her up and bring her inside where we could all sit and snuggle her!  But her eyes were drooping and she was starting look a little weary. 
 
 
So all six of us (our son-in-law is off today with it being a holiday) piled into the camper and had some hot chocolate and talked about the first baby calf born on our farm.  And the name.... hmmmm.  We all threw out some ideas and settled on....  Holiday! 
 
And, on a side note here.  Our son-in-law, Justus, helped Eldon on Saturday with the final bit of hanging sheetrock that required being on the third level of the scaffolding!
 
 
So, as of Saturday afternoon - THE SHEET ROCK IS ALL HUNG!
 
 
We will be hiring someone to tape and mud - we think we'll take just a little mini break while that is being done! 
 
Hope you are having a wonderful start to the week.  I think that seeing a new little calf into the world was the best start of the week for me!  (Oh, and not having go out to the cold house to hang sheet rock!)

17 comments:

  1. Aw, how very sweet! Your house is coming along nicely-can't wait to see how it all turns out!

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  2. I found your blog via your daughter's and have enjoyed reading it today. :) I just love your home you are building and that view...wow, just gorgeous!! :) My brother-in-law lives in Lewisburg and the last time we were down there (July 2011) we visited Sewanee, mainly the college campus. How beautiful it was. :)

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  3. Oh Dori this is priceless! That Momma Cow really made it look easy. :o) I'm so happy for you about the sheet rock too. One more thing you can check off...one step closer to moving in. It's freezing cold here...below 0. That hot chocolate sounds really good! Thank you also for your comments on my blog. I'm flattered that you visit. :o)

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  4. YOUR LITTLE SHE APPEARS TO BE A HE!

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    1. There's a very good possibility our "she" is a "he"!! The Momma is quite protective and won't let us get too close; so we are sort of guessing right now since it does look more likely to be a little heifer. But at least her name, Holiday, is rather generic!! :-)

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  5. ON 2ND LOOK--MUST BE FROM PLACENTA?

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  6. Dori, what a beautiful story of your new baby and Mama. I know the girls loved seeing her/him. So glad you have finally gotten the sheetrock hung. Step by step, you are getting there.

    Take care.
    Emily

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  7. Just darling.. I am such an animal lover and can't resist this sort of thing. There is something about the expression on a cow's face that is so genuine :)

    leslie

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  8. Oh how sweet. This post made me smile...and my daughter and myself also said...Awwwwww quite a bit too :)

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  9. So beyond sweet - what a gift new life is.

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  10. I just happened upon your blog yesterday. I love to hear of sweet and simple ways of living. The calf is so sweet! We just purchased a farm in the fall and plan on building there soon. Have a great day!

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  11. I just happened upon your blog yesterday. I love to hear of sweet and simple ways of living. The calf is so sweet! We just purchased a farm in the fall and plan on building there soon. Have a great day!

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  12. I just happened upon your blog yesterday. I love to hear of sweet and simple ways of living. The calf is so sweet! We just purchased a farm in the fall and plan on building there soon. Have a great day!

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  13. Dori, I am loving your blog. I found it through your daughter's, which I also love.
    There is not alot I miss about raising Brangus cattle, but when the babies started dropping was always my favorite time of year. Just wait until you have 2 or 3 babies and they get old enough to romp and play together; it is like watching children play.
    So glad to hear that the sheetrock is finished.
    I hope you enjoy your little vacation.
    Susan

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  14. Baby creatures of every kind are just the cutest! Love your blog. Happy to follow along... The farmhouse looks like it will be amazing!!!

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