I had to leave the house yesterday for a bit so of course Gidget decided to pick that time to have her babies.
Ilsa was the only girl of the bunch, she is also the most active. By the time I got home the first baby had been born and Ilsa was wedged in the birth canal with one of her brothers – and they were both breach! My mom was thankfully there to help as we eased Ilsa and her brothers birth sacks back in so we could reposition them for birthing.
I’m rotating bringing everyone inside to warm them up. Little Jack spends the nights inside but I take him out to nurse, a bottle baby isn’t in the long term plans quite yet.
Jack was the first born and he is tiny, weighing in at only 1.5 pounds. Gidget cleaned him off nicely but with such a low birthing weight he couldn’t retain any body heat. I had to bring him inside to sit by the wood stove to warm him up.
Look how small he is!
Of course the last baby decided to try and come out hind feet first, this whole process was ridiculous. I didn’t even realize that he was coming at first because I was trying to keep the second brother breathing – he decided to stop just to pick the excitement level up a notch. Gidget got my attention so I was able to reposition the last baby and get him out safely.
Global warming has been kind to us this year as we still have just under 2 feet of snow on the ground and night temps dropping down into the single digits. I broke down and set up the heat lamp (I’m very worried about barn fires) but the kids were still shivering. That meant I had to break out the mini sweaters.
I think they look cute.
Ilsa is the only girl and she is the largest of all Gidgets kids. She weighed in at 2.5 pounds, not bad for the third born. They all seem to have over sized heads!
We lay down mats for the kids while they are in the house. They serve the double purpose of catching the poo while providing a dancing surface for DWTS reenactments!