Wednesday, December 29, 2010
Did you know that a goat can lose her mucus plug for up to a month before she gives birth? Neither did I. Did you know that you may think you know what loose ligaments are, but then when you look at a picture from Fiasco Farm you realize you didn't have a clue? Neither did I. Did you know that many people confuse what is just a normal part of goat pregnancy with goat Labor? I know that now. :(
I'm afraid I drove my goat to the hospital to have her admitted to maternity and they told me to relax, go home and be patient. Have a glass of wine. Twiddle your thumbs. Stop checking her udder everyday. The Goat Maternity Nurses rolled their eyes at me and gave knowing looks to each other. "First timer," they whispered.
Nutmeg was very forgiving, I must admit. She confessed to not knowing what she was doing either. She's gotten very nice with all her pregnancy hormones at full tilt, you know. And Echo is a very supportive Birthing Partner. I just checked on them and they are snuggled up in the shed like two puzzle pieces making a perfect fit.
So, we'll put the kettle on the back burner for now. We'll store the ripped sheets in a box for the time being. We'll drink tea and read Vaccination Schedules, Worming Discussions, Milking Your Dwarf Goat tutorials...
We'll read about all the horrible things that can happen in a Kid Delivery Gone Wrong and pray that none of that happens to us. *sigh*
We'll sit in our rocker and knit little goat booties just to pass the time. Knit one, pearl two...