I can hardly believe an entire week has already passed again. I have reached a new level of exhausted while I continue to stare endlessly at a backside that just will not start expanding in giving birth. I am on day 5 of continuous trekking to the barn every 2 hours. The last 33+ hours have been spent watching contraction after contraction, while SRM My Precious continues to be in no hurry to ACTUALLY give birth. She is not in distress or terrible discomfort, therefore I am absolutely not allowed to stress whatsoever. Nature knows way better than we ever will for when the right time is for something to happen. Precious will kid when she is good and ready, and certainly not a second before.
More about Precious to come, but I really should address the question of "Was SRM Mystique actually pregnant?" Sadly the answer is no. Nope, nope, nope. To the disappointment of many, what did seem to good to be true, proved to be another false pregnancy. The more I learn about goats, the more I realize I don't know. Tricky critters, these sneaky, crafty little friends of mine.
So as I write this blog entry, I have 4 amazing and dedicated volunteers in my barn ensuring the needs of the herd are all being met. I feel blessed to have so much help here and it adds to the fun to share the endless waiting with others who are enduring this agonizing game for the first time. Last night, two of my volunteers slept in the barn with Precious for the entire night, which I LOVE SO MUCH!!! It was the first time I haven't slept in the barn during kidding in 12 years! I have to admit, I didn't miss the mosquitos, and did enjoy sleeping in my own bed, even if I was still up and walking to the barn every couple of hours. I also admit I felt very creepy peeking into the stall where Precious and her team of dedicated doulas were sleeping lol. I was touched beyond words <3 So I MUST give a HUGE shout out to my girls Nava and Bailey! Seriously, you both rock!!! I assure you, the wait will be well worth it! <3
We have completed another great week of Goat Yoga classes her, being offered by Muskoka Hot Yoga (https://muskokahotyoga.com/). Trinity continues to bring a great class to her students, and the goats bring great playful energy and a lot of cuddles. Now that we have a routine going and the kinks worked out, the "yoga" gang are settling into this new activity. At each class it seems the goats enjoy themselves more and more. I am thrilled to see repeat attendees at classes! I think one of the most adorable observations I've noticed is that my crew of Dwarf Dwarf siblings that are the "oldest", but smallest goats in the yoga squad, have attached themselves to Trinity herself. At yesterday's class I captured Bilbo trying to get Trinity's attention by nibbling on her flipflops with his sister Raen, I swear those three think they are Trinity's helpers lol. I think Galadriel thinks they are soul sisters <3 This past weekend I was fortunate enough to have some dear family visit and I booked them space into one of these classes. It was fun to watch them take part in something that I am really enjoying hosting each week. The class sizes have remained small to stay within the current group size restrictions. With the province stepping into phase 3 of reopening though, group sizes will be increasing slightly soon. I will always continue to restrict the number of people who visit the farm at one time. In order to ensure the most intimate connection with our guests and herd, I always like to keep the group size on the smaller size anyways.
So, after a few more hours have passed since I began writing this blog entry today, Precious is still keeping us waiting. I am distracting myself at this point with anything else, so writing this is helpful. I really do need to purchase another Fitbit the next chance I have! I would have loved to see the steps I've walked recently back and forth from the barn so many times. Precious is finally in active labour now though, meaning she is occasionally pushing, and very up and down. These things take time and I am never one to rush. I will sleep good once these kids are safely on the ground, and until then will remain in auto pilot. I am almost grateful that Mysti isn't pregnant so that I don't have to watch another doe until the beginning of August when SRM Hermione is due.
There was a beautiful surprise highlight to my weekend and that was in the surprise serenading of my herd (and family) of local musician Mitch Buebe. Mitch's teen daughter is one of my volunteers here, and when he brought her to the farm he offered to play the saxophone for the herd. My herd loves music in ALL forms. Each person that comes to play for them always has a captivated and appreciated audience. It is always so lovely and magical to watch. Mitch played quite a few lovely songs from his baritone saxophone for everyone who was lucky enough to be at the farm Sunday morning prior to the start of Trinity's goat yoga class. What a special and rare treat in these times of covid, when the one thing I miss the most is access to live outdoor music. A special thank you to Mitch for that lovely surprise <3 Check out Mitch and his amazing and talented band here (http://www.mitchbeube.com/)
Alright, as much as I would love to be able to write and share more - that will have to wait until these new bouncy babies are born! I will post a birth announcement blog once the occasion arrives, as well as posting on social media. Send your loving energy and birthing vibes our way! Anything to get Precious to kid already! Until next time ~ Angee