Sunday, April 24, 2011

Not the Announcement I Had Planned

I hope you all had a nice Easter today. Mine was very busy, but nice.

I was going to tell a confession and follow up with an announcement, but I have something else to share.

Lily had twins early this morning! Yes, she went into labor last evening and I was a nervous wreck. I emailed Wendy of Beyond the Sidewalks and she reassured me. I tried staying in the barn all night, but I think I was making Lily more nervous so finally went to bed when she wasn't even dilating by 11:30 p.m.

Here she is in labor with faithful Lola at her side.

I got up early this morning and was out in the barn before 7 a.m. to find twin little babies - one girl and one boy. Their little cords were still very wet, but their fur was mostly dry so I'm guessing they were born between 4 - 6 a.m.

I've named the black and white one "Bindi", which is what Steve Corwin named his daughter who is carrying on his work. Bindi is an Aboriginal name that means small girl.

I've named the little buck "Fizz" (he's the white one). I was trying to think of a name that had some significance for Easter, or Sunday. I thought of the number 7, since Sunday is the 7th day, and then that made me think of 7 UP and fizzy drinks. Hence, Fizz.

Fizz (or little Fizz Man)...

These little babies are a mere 14" end to end and about 9" tall at the shoulders. I'm not sure how much they weigh, but they feel like about 3 pounds, if that. They are TINY! I asked Laura to hold my cell phone beside Fizz so I could show something of a size comparison. It's all I had, but maybe you'll get an idea of how small they are.

Lily did such a good job and is very protective and attentive - especially to little Fizz. Bindi seems to be quite independent and brave. Fizz sticks right by Mama's side at all times!

Laura and Alissa came this afternoon to see them. They have spent hours in the barn with the new arrivals.

Lola is no longer the baby and has been such a good girl today. She is already acting protective over her siblings when she hears them cry. She has left Lily and the babies alone all day and not bothered them, other than to check on them from time to time. Usually, she is right by Lily's side.

I felt so bad for Lily yesterday and last night. She was so huge and I'm sure she was quite uncomfortable. Her bloating has gone down considerably and she has been eating and drinking a lot of water. Both babies have been nursing and then taking long naps, so I think everybody is doing very well. I'm just glad it's over with and I'm sure Lily is too.

They are all tucked in for the night and I'm ready to hit the hay myself. I have a very important day tomorrow (a little tease)!