Sunday, February 03, 2013

Sunday Dose of Cute: Oh Baby, Baby

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Eugenie and her newborn twins on Tuesday morning.

The 2013 lambing season has begun!

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We're all very excited.

This might be the only time in my 18 years of raising sheep that the first lambs actually arrived on the day I thought they would. This is also the earliest we've ever started lambing.

A little after dawn on Tuesday morning I arrived at the barn to find five-year-old Eugenie standing proudly next to an adorable set of twins, one girl and one itty bitty boy.

Eugenie is the last one pictured in this post, and even though it looks like she's giving the camera the evil eye, she's actually a super snuggly sweetheart and one of my favorite sheep (but don't tell the others!). Ever since my dear friend Beverley visited from England during lambing season three years ago, I've been pronouncing her name Ewe-janie.

Other than the fact that it took the little boy, who is one of the tiniest lambs I've ever seen, 12 long hours to catch on to the whole nursing thing, these two are doing just fine. They're out of their bonding pen and have been busy bouncing around the barnyard, soaking up some sun, getting to know their aunties, and looking extremely cute.

There's a lot more baby news to share, but it will have to wait until the next lamb report. Right now it's time to grab some dinner and then head back down to the barn.

© FarmgirlFare.com, where round the clock barn checks during lambing season aren't just a bleary-eyed adventure, they're often a way of saving a life—and all the babies look so much smaller this year compared to their unsheared moms. Cute overload, here we come!

24 comments:

  1. Congratulations to all! Those babies are just adorable and I love how the dogs are doing their job, too. Looks like you have some very busy days ahead - best wishes and thanks for sharing the start of lamb season.

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  2. Cute, Cute babies! And your dogs are taking such good care of them! Congrats sheep-mama!

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  3. Best of luck with the lambing, Susan. And may all the babies be healthy, bouncing bundles of cuteness.

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  4. Here were go! Congratulations on the beautiful new babies. They and their mommy are precious. I cannot believe that it was 3 years ago that your friend Beverley visited from England. It seems like it was just last year. and Ew-Janie makes me laugh out loud. Question. Now that you're in the new house and have the new barn, is that Spring-flowing river still between you and newborn lambs in the middle of the night? Remember the year you couldn't ford to the barn for the flooding? Stay warm and safe. Good job guard doggies!

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    1. Hi Cary,
      I know - it's amazing how the time flies by, isn't it? Every time we think something happened a year or two ago, we realize it was really three or four years ago.

      As for the wet weather creek (good memory about that flooded lambing season!), it's still between us and the barn (the new house is just across the farmyard from The Shack), but because of the drought it hasn't run since 2011 (yikes). I love when it runs, just not when it's 50 feet wide! :)

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  5. Wonderful photos! Congratulations...lamb babies are so cute! The dogs really are so wonderful in these photos. A happy start to my day!

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  6. Hah! I was scrolling down, wondering why the twins looked so very tiny in the photos. Then I read your last paragraph of explanation. But of course--the mamas still have "big hair"! Lambing season on your farm always makes me feel spring can't be so very far away. Thanks for the harbinger of hope and those cute baby pix!

    Sue

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  7. Cute overload! What adorable babies you have! -Marci @ Stone Cottage Adventures

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  8. I always love seeing your farm photos. We raise goats so I can very much relate to lambing(kidding) season, worrying about the babies nursing, and enjoying their boundless energy.

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  9. These are adorable photos. Thank you for sharing! I showed the pictures to my husband, and as I am an expectant mom, took the opportunity to point out that we new mommies don't return to our pre-baby shape for some time!Lol

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  10. ohhhh! so cute! congratulations to Eugenie! Twins! adorable!
    blessings
    ~*~

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  11. It wasn't just my eye tricking me, one of the babies is noticeably smaller then! Always love lambing season and all the photos, thank you for taking the time to share them.

    (By the way, thought you should know that when I clicked through to the website to see the other pictures there was a big side bar ad for Young Hot Russian Girls that Want Me. Not sure if you knew that. And you can remove this part of my comment.)

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    1. Oh geez, sorry about that Kate! I had no idea any kind of ad like that was running. I'm going to contact my publishing network today about it.

      Are you outside of the U.S. by any chance? I looked on your blog but couldn't figure out where you were. I have some international ads that run (and change all the time) but the problem is that I never get to see them.

      Have you seen the ad more than once?

      Thanks so much for letting me know, and again, I apologize to you - and anyone else! - for having to see that. :)

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  12. Oh My. That little guy is tiny! And sooooo cute!

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  13. So cute. So dark-furred. One so Tiny. May the rest of the mamas birth as easily as Eugenie and the little ones be healthy.

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  14. I had an itty-bitty lamb this year too. It took her 46 hours to catch on to nursing. Thank goodness her mom was cooperative about being milked so I could tube feed the lamb until she got the idea.

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    1. Hi Sue,
      Wow - 46 hours is like a couple of weeks in lambing time. :) Glad she finally caught on. Thank goodness for cooperative moms!

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  15. Awwww...love the new babies and how fun that they are both black sheep! I'll bet that makes it hard to mark them with the paint for identification with their mom. I'm glad they are doing well, you can see how much smaller the little boy is. What good dogs keeping an eye on them! Get some sleep when you can! :)

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  16. Hi Everybody,
    Thanks for all the nice comments and feedback. So glad you're enjoying the start to lambing season. There's plenty more cute to come! :)

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  17. Yay for lambing season and for WTH!? it starting on the predicted day!

    I enjoy these lambs' punctuality and attention to detail. See if they know how to use a spreadsheet yet...

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  18. Oh, my word. That's like a whole month's dose of cute. You blessed, blessed woman! Hoping that your flock of expected darlings are all healthy. :)

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  19. This brings me back to my lambing days! I grew-up on a farm and raised sheep for 4-H from the time I was born (thanks to my older brothers who started the breeding project) until I was in college. I miss it so much! We are actually moving back to my hometown this Summer to raise my son in the country and start another breeding project. I can't wait!

    By the way, I just stumbled upon your blog and I love it! I also made a version of your mashed cauliflower last night and it turned out so good! I look forward to following your blog!

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