Thursday, April 26, 2012

Ladies In Waiting

I have spent the last three days and nights conducting and in-depth study of a goat's rear end.
Glossy-eyed, I peer at it.  Each time, looking for the slightest change in this window to the womb.
Cocoa has accepted the fact that it is no longer her cute little furry face I am interested in.
She obliges me until it is just more annoying than she can stand.  Then she waddles off to scratch on the fence, leaving me to watch, wonder and guess what is going on with her.

I am sure my daughters will never get over the fact that I have abandoned them for a goat.  Leaving them to fend for themselves on "microwaved" (gasp) Hot Pockets while I sit aside Sage, a first-time milker, trying desperately to grasp and milk 1" teats with my fingers and keep her foot out of the pan at the same time.

I sing to her, there in the barn, just her and I.  It comforts her and it soothes my frazzled nerves. The beat of the song keeping time with the rhythm of the milk stream hitting the pan.  Cocoa watches from outside the milking stand pen, as curious now, about me, as I have been about her backside.

I have come up with some of the most creative ways yet discovered in order to do everything that was required of me this week, including 2 days with the EPA, and still manage to check on Cocoa.  Don't ask me how.  I won't answer.

Tomorrow, my package of kidding supplies from Hoeggar Supply will finally arrive.  It would be nice if Cocoa would hold out until then, but I'll not hold my breath.  I had to go buy back-up supplies just in case.  I have 5 days off now.  I hope to get more than 5 hours sleep each night, I hope to be there for Cocoa, I hope to do at least part of my mile-long list, I hope to catch up on your blogs and I hope to get to the grocery store and then re-introduce myself to my children.  None of this is a given though.  I just hope for the best.

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20 comments:

TexWisGirl said...

i'm glad she waiting this long for you to be off! better luck, sweet pea!

Jocelyn said...

And the waiting continues....

I understand your study, absolutely. I, for one, will understand completely if we don't hear from you until Cocoa's kidded. But I definitely want to see pictures afterward!!!! :)

Marcia said...

With you, kindered spirit!

Candy C. said...

I hope your supplies arrive in time for the kidding and I'm glad you have some time off now! Looking forward to seeing baby pictures!
I sing to my goat when I milk too, she doesn't seem to mind that I'm totally off key, or maybe she puts up with it because she's a "captive" audience! ;~)

Jill said...

Hoping things go well and then you will be able to find more than a little time to rest. How I wish I could help you.

Mary Ann said...

Michaele, I've been away from blog-reading this week too... I'm so sorry to hear about the loss of four little goats...and hope Cocoa surprises you with HeALTHY kids!

Happier Than a Pig in Mud said...

Wishing you all the best! Don't burn yourself out:@)

DebH said...

It'll happen...the barometer is dropping..the wind chill has hit and the girls are getting restless. Had my fist set of triplets today, and I have 5 more locked and loaded. I'll check blogs through the night just as I check rear ends. Good luck!!

Deb said...

hoping all goes well for your little Mommy....

rkbsnana said...

Good luck to all of you. I have grandchildren coming this weekend so maybe we'll get to read about the birth together. I hope it's early so you can get some rest

Maura @ Lilac Lane Cottage said...

Forget about us and our blogs Michaele...just take care of YOU and your goats and your girls. We all understand what you're going through and I'm sure none of us mind that you have a lot on your plate right now. We'll be happy to see you when you have time to blog and visit us later. REALLY! :) I hope Cocoa has her babies soon so you can relax a bit and that you have a good weekend.
Maura :)

Randy said...

Wishing you well during your busy time. Can't wait to see the babies.

Lori Skoog said...

You are a great mom.

Snooks said...

Try to rest and enjoy some of your days off. Don't kill yourself with the todo list. Hoping the best for healthy mamas and babies. Have a wonderful 5 days off.

@ 3Beeze Homestead

Charlotte said...

I too am hoping for the best for you and Cocoa. Waiting is hard to do. Looking forward to seeing pictures of your new kids.

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small farm girl said...

I had to laugh at this post. You sounded like me when I was waiting on my goats to kid. Lol

Clint said...

Ahhhh, yes...nuthin' I like better than pourin' myself a cold beer and sittin' back for a while and contemplatin' a nice goat butt. Ha.

Well, I will grant you that it makes for an interesting blog topic... :)

Lisa @ Two Bears Farm said...

Oh good luck. I too hope for the best. I'd come take a shift with her, if I lived closer.

Annette said...

Good luck with Cocoa! I buy from Hoeggers too. Hopefully, healthy kids will arrive soon and we will get to see adorable pictures of the kids -- and you will get some sleep.