Despite how very slow the pre-labor was, the actual labor went so fast we missed the first kid being born! As in, Aurora was up eating her morning feed and only showing some signs of contractions, so I went inside for a few minutes . . . and by the time I went back out, she had just delivered the first kid!
This is Aurora's fourth kidding and prior to this, she has had five bucklings and one doeling, the latter of which was born her very first kidding. So we were really hoping for at least one doeling this time.
Moments after birth
And . . . as Aurora softly bleated to her new baby, licking it all over, we were quite glad to see that it was a doeling! While mama licked her dry, she was giving adorable little bleats and trying to get to her feet.
It wasn't much longer after this that Aurora delivered the second kid which was also a doeling! Needless to say, we were thrilled. :) (And we were all glad [Leah especially since she is our 'goat-midwife'] that it was a smooth, 'no assistance needed' kidding!)
Aurora licking her second doeling dry with the first still trying to figure out this standing thing
No matter how often I see it, watching a birth and seeing the new life is always exciting and awe inspiring . . . such a testament of the almighty God who created everything!
The first doeling is standing! But still not quite sure about it . . . you can tell by her sprawled out legs. :) It wasn't long, though, before she was figuring out walking. Meanwhile little sister rests some more before she began her own attempts.
Both little doelings are doing really well, and they already love attention! Since these are doelings, we'll be keeping them which means they get names. "Meadow" was the name given to the second doeling, and the first is still undecided with a name hopefully coming soon.
Little Meadow trying to crawl up into my lap
The nameless little girl taking a nap
Now Sierra's due date is just around the corner! And maybe we'll get another doeling . . . we're hoping so!