Friday, May 18, 2012

What to expect when you're not expecting

And babies make seven.
So it's dusk and I'm sitting on the sofa enjoying a negroni and writing a blog post and periodically yelling to Owen, "Are you doing your homework?" even though I know he is puttering on the porch.

"Yes," he yells back, even though he knows I know he is puttering on the porch. Owen putters; puttering is his life. A few minutes later he says, "Mom, Sparkles is making a weird noise. Like an opera singer."

I go outside and hear the noise, see the interesting scene. Sparkles is sprawled out in the part of the yard we call "the dustbowl" with a giant bubble coming out of her behind. Uh oh. Can I bring the negroni with me? Split second calculation: not without spilling. I clamber down the hill and Owen gets towels out of the dryer and we lay them under the goat and I pull on the little black hooves visible inside the bubble and out slides baby number one. A few minutes later, baby number two arrives. Boy and girl. Tiny. Like rabbits.

This was a bit of a surprise. We didn't breed Sparkles, but all of our goats boarded with a very young male over the New Year and apparently something happened. Even if we had been expecting babies, we would not have expected them for another 2 weeks.

These aren't the prettiest kids. From some angles, the girl looks like an albino gorilla. From others, like a sheep. This morning Owen said, "They look so cute all cuddled up. Until you see their faces."

Trust me. This is a very flattering picture.

27 comments:

  1. ohmygoodness - this made me laugh very hard. It is hard to imagine a baby goat that is not cute but I'll take your word on it! love your book and your blog!

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  2. I think you officially have a farm now!

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  3. When we gave up sheep raising, a friend took on our small spinners' flock. We told her that we hadn't bred the sheep that year. Well, we thought we hadn't. Somehow one of the ladies found a guy and our friend ended up with two more sheep than she originally bargained for. She said she was thrilled to have had the lamb experience - just that one time though. These fuzzy critters are very crafty about getting to each other.

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  4. Oh my. I only have a dog, and sometimes she's more than I can take. Goats are way outside of my comfort zone.

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  5. Oh. My. Please share the recipe for Negronis. After this goat story, think the name of your blog is becoming even more appropriate!

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  6. "They look so cute all cuddled up. Until you see their faces."

    LOL!!

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  7. Congratulations! I don't know how your vegetable
    Garden looks this year, but you are awesome at growing goats!

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  8. hahaha, have been in this situation with a patient or two--"I didn't know I was pregnant" Totally made my day--at least it wasn't your daughter who didn't realize she was pregnant! at least you haven't been worrying all this time about an upcoming birth :)

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  9. Peppermint--nothing? I guess I didn't even know you had a "Sparkles." Congratulations!

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  10. Man, I had this happen with a cat once and that was shocking enough. While the world doesn't need more cats, though, it definitely needs more goats. Congratulations!

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  11. NancyJ -- equal parts gin, campari, sweet vermouth. Shake w. ice, serve up. Very good cocktail because you don't drink them fast. A little bitter, a little bracing. One is good; two is the absolute limit. Unlike, say, a sidecar which is like drinking the world's best lemonade.

    Kristin -- Sparkles was Natalie's kid from last year. She was the only kid and we got lazy and never got rid of her. And now look what happened.

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