The 2012 Spring alpaca birthing season has started out with a BANG.
We have had 3 beautiful babies in the last 10 days You will want to
check back often because we have 2 more babies due ANY day.
First of the season, we have Melissa and her mom Mystic. This little
girl weighed in at 19.6 pounds! Mystic was a maiden but she has
quickly accepted her role as loving mother!
The day she was born, I had gathered all the girls together to explain to
them that I wanted to start seeing babies arrive AND I wanted girls.
They all gave me that ho-hum look and went back to grazing. I went to help my husband paint the roof of the barn. Within
an hour, I looked out and saw that Mystic was at the poop pile and sure enough we had a head and two legs. I couldn't
get down off that roof fast enough. Its just such an adrenaline rush. The miracle of birth is just something that you know
without a doubt is an act of God. In this case, the baby was probably fine but the legs were over her head which makes
delivering a little more tough. Given that this was poor Mystics first baby, I corrected the position of the legs and waited.
Once she had got past the shoulders, I helped her with the last push.
I was so glad to see Caly deliver her baby. Last time, she delivered
a still born. I watched and watched her to see fetal movement over
the last days. Imagine my great relief when Jacob arrived healthy and
weighing in at 19 pounds. While Caly may not have come through on
her part to deliver me a female, she definately got the part about healthy.
This is Jacob who weighed 19 pounds. Caly is very protective of him.
There was no doubt when Naomi was going to deliver. She moaned and
groaned the entire time. Not that I wouldn't have been complaining too!
When she did get around to delivering, this little baby could hardly wait to
hit the ground before she began walking. This girl is simply amazing.
I couldn't even hold her down to towel dry her off. Within 5 minutes
she was walking and then, much to my amazement, she managed
to walk the entire length of the pasture with her mom and herd
mates in quick pursuit. This girl was nursing within 20 mins. Here
is Stephanie with her mom Naomi.
Naomi is constantly humming to her little daughter.