Expecting

I was hoping to be able to share cute photos of the rest of our baby lambs today. I’m afraid there has been a small hitch in that plan though — they haven’t been born yet. That’s right, we still have just one mother and baby pair, and two increasingly broad-in-the-beam mums-to-be.

Pregnant Whiltshire ewe

Mother-in-waiting #1. Surely to goodness this must be twins.

Our sheep gestation calculations suggested that we would have lambs at the beginning of September. Our first boy was born on the 5th, so naturally we felt certain there’d be more babies along at any minute. Now, after eight days with zero additional deliveries, I can only guess that Mr Ram — overwhelmed by exhaustion after the first impregnation — had to send out for oysters. Courier service to rural areas can take some time.

Pregnant Whiltshire ewe

Mother-in-waiting #2. This one is a first time mum.

Don’t worry, I’ll let you know as soon as there is a population increase. While we’re waiting perhaps you could hum a little something in a Hopeful Manner? I’ll leave the choice of tune to you.

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    • Yes please. I expect Nurse Jenny can supply the colourful wool knit scarves 🧶. I assume any lambing dance must require some.

  1. Great head on shot of Mama Blimp. I hope the poor thing doesn’t have to carry those babies too much longer!

      • Sukulati. Could you not think of a more energising colour to induce birth? How about placenta red, or uterine pink? Birth meditation orange? …

  2. Overcooked lambs: I’d say your colour will be milk choc, rather than nice and pink.
    Poor mum, I wonder if she has an itchy tummy? Stretch marks? How does a saggy tummy get back into shape for a sheep, I’ve never seen them wearing corsets?

    • Goodness, Sukalati will be excited about the prospect of milk chocolate lambs.
      Regarding the saggy tummies… I’ll guess I’d better start running a post-natal yoga class in the Bottom Paddock once we get some babies. 🙂

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