Sunday, June 30, 2013

A new boy on the farm

We're still waiting on the arrival of our baby boy...19 days until my due date!  

However, we do have a new boy on our farm.  A couple weeks ago, my dad picked up a new ram lamb for us from the farm where our original five merinos came from in northern Illinois.  Since the farm is about 4 hours from our house and Joey didn't want to leave me in case I went into labor early, my dad was able to borrow a large crate to pick him up in.  He had to spend the night in my parents garage in the suburbs before making the trip down to our little farm! 

He may look a little different from the rest of our merinos, but he is a merino as well, just with different wool coloring.  We are so excited to shear him next season and see how his fleece spins up!  He was born this spring so he is not ready to breed yet, but I cannot wait to see what his offspring will look like!

He is happily grazing with our ewes and lambs on pasture and is adjusting well to life on our farm.  The only problem is that we still have not come up with a name for him yet.  I think we are having a harder time finding a name for this sheep than we did coming up with baby names!  Any suggestions for our new ram's name?  My parents were calling him cocoa puff...

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

36 days to go...

36 days until my due date.  The days are going fast and the nights are extremely long.  I am too uncomfortable to sleep.  I'm not sure how much sleep I am actually getting between my journeys to the bathroom and thrashing pillows around and shoving them behind my back and under my legs.  Last night, around 4 am, I actually got up and set up camp on the couch downstairs which has firm cushions and I can sit upright.  Once the sun started to rise a little, the dogs started walking around and Joey got up to take a shower so I peeled my body off the leather couch and went back to the air conditioning in our bedroom to try to muster another hour of sleep.

I wonder if sheep become this miserable towards the end of their pregnancies.  This must be why we don't have them lamb in summer.

We have been very busy around our little farm, building a new hoop-house, gardening, and trying to prepare for baby's arrival.  This weekend we are getting a new ram lamb.  I will try to keep you all posted as I near my due date, but bear with me if posts are sporadic.  Big changes ahead!