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Sunday, April 19, 2009

Oreo Operates on Her Own Schedule!

Having just done a post about how my ewes were due in 9 days, Oreo decided to take matters into her own hands (feet?) and basically give a little sneer at my famous calendar of due dates. She had 2 darling little ram lambs this morning, both white with black spots. Technically, they are black with white spots, but that's a genetics thing that I don't want to get into here, so you can just trust me on that one.

Being Sunday, we slept in a little later than usual and had a lazy morning, partly because we had been to an auction last night to benefit the Des Moines Area Community College's Culinary Arts program. We like the program and we enjoy the dinner series that they put on, so we are on the committee that does this auction fund raiser so that they can send students to France in their final year to do a study with a French chef. Then they bring the French chefs over in January for a couple of weeks here to work with all the students. It's a great opportunity for them. Here's how handsome Kelly looked as we headed out last evening. Aren't I a lucky gal! He's handsome, he's very handy, and he makes great pies and bread. What else is there?!

Anyway, we had a slow morning and when we finally went out to the sheep pen, there were two little lambs running around! Oreo must have had them early this morning. They weighed 8 lb 9 oz...
... and 6 lb 1 oz...
... so reasonably good weights. The smaller one was a little less active initially but seems to be fine now.

Kelly hasn't named them yet - he gets to name the boy animals and I name the girls, so we're waiting while he decides on names. Meanwhile I just love cuddling with them and touching their soft curly fleece. Welcome to our new boys, and thanks for being a good mom, Oreo!

22 comments:

d/iowa said...

little oreos!!!!!!!!!!!!!! they are so sweet congrats!!

Nancy K. said...

Don't you just love ewes that take care of everything all by themselves? There's nothing like going out to the barn in the morning and finding warm, dry, well fed babies with their Mom. Good job, Oreo!! What handsome boys she gave you!! Not a bad start to lambing...

;-)

Liz said...

AW!! Congrats!!

Christy said...

They are so pretty! I'm glad it went well.

Jenny said...

Those curls and those black eyes are so cute! They look so soft.
~Jenny~

Mom L said...

I want to come out and hug them! OK - next year I'll be in Iowa for lambing/kidding season and I'll be there!!!

Nancy

Blue Goose Farms said...

How beautiful! That is just great, they are soooo adorable.

Wrensong Farm said...

Isn't that always the way of animals? They have to show you who is REALLY in control! :) Those are some great pics of you snuggling with your new lambs!!

WOW! I can't tell you the last time I got dressed up for anything! Kelly does look dashing!!

kenleighacres said...

I love the black spots around their eyes - very cute and the fleeces are very yummy :) KitKat looks huge! Congrats!

Terri and Randy Carlson said...

You're right, Icelandics do things "their" way. Congrats on the adorable new babes. Looks like Thunder throws spots, so you may be in for more spotted lambs!

Joanna@BooneDocksWilcox said...

Kelly looks very dapper.

Love seeing the babies.

Ishtar said...

Aw, they are just too cute!! Lovely little lambs! Makes me wish Allis was a baby doe again, just so I could cuddle!

Lola Nova said...

Handsome boys all!

Mama said...

They are adorable,I love the spots!Congratulations!!!!!

IsobelleGoLightly said...

Such beautiful babies! I wouldn't mind having some sheep babies here with us, although our lady told us that we weren't getting any new friends! Goat kisses from Isobelle!

Amy ~ 12 Acres said...

Good lookin's lambs and the human ain't bad either! Congratulations you lucky gal!

kristi said...

Beautiful lambs!!! And your husband is quite handsome in that suit also! Glad to see your posts again:)

kestrel said...

Found your blog really interesting. I am a city girl but love the outdoors. They are adorable, just made for hugging.

Karin said...

That is indeed a handsome man you've got there. :)

Those lambs? Oh my goodness! Those black spots are incredible! I hope you will keep showing them as they grow.

Farm Chick Paula said...

Oh- the babies are just beautiful! Yay for Oreo!!

frolicnfibers said...

Congratulations to you and Oreo! Those are beautiful boys...and your hubby looks quite dapper :)

Apifera Farm said...

Congrats, Claire! I'm glad Oreo did ok for you and theya re beautiful...and you learned so much seeing it all for the first time. They all act so differently too. I remember my first birth sac! Do you have inside lambing pens though? I always am amazed at lambing in colder regions, and can empathize with the dangers of cold weather when one is raising sheep. Even here in OR it can be cold in MArch for lambs so we get them inside to lamb. But you have done good, as has Oreo!!