Saturday, April 29, 2017

Sienna's Turn

The rain is pouring down today and rumbles of thunder roll across the sky occasionally. We are getting another deluge of rain here (around 3+ inches so far!) which changed our plans and instead of being at the farmers market, I spent the morning at home cleaning, putting together gift sets and packaging orders, and caring for our two new goat kids.

Yes, we have two more bucklings now! Things have not gone as we would hope with them, though, which means taking them to Sienna every 4 hours or so and helping them nurse. But I am getting a little ahead of myself . . .

Dad spending some time with Aurora's kids until his help was needed . . . notice how wet his coat is! It was raining just a bit yesterday morning, too. :)

Backing up . . . when I checked on Sienna yesterday morning, she was just starting active labor. Things progressed normally for a bit, and then stopped. I'll spare you the details, but what followed was hours of hard work and a long, slow, rough labor with some other complications intermixed, trying to get the two bucklings delivered. They were both in pretty good presentations and they were not big weight-wise, but they were thick and broad and Sienna did not expand the way she should have.

The second kid was born alive, but not breathing. From past experience, Leah and Dad knew just what to do. Leah held him upside down and cleared mouth, Dad began gentle chest compressions, and the kid began breathing, thankfully! (As an FYI, most of the 'stuff' on his back end is wood shavings, hay, etc. from the barn stall.)

The birth was so rough on Sienna, and then adding in that she is a first-freshener (meaning, first kidding for her), she did not accept her kids. Which means, we did all the cleaning up on them, rubbing them vigorously to stimulate them to suck, try to walk, etc. They also cannot stay in the stall with her so they are currently in a crate facing her so at least she can see them and get more used to them.

Sienna's not so sure about this! 

Then every 3 to 4 hours, we go out to feed them. The process at first took took three of us with me holding Sienna firmly by her horns, bracing to keep her still; Dad firmly holding her back leg to keep her from kicking the kids; and Leah helping them nurse one by one. Each 'session' has gotten easier as Sienna learned the process. So much so that today, two of us are able to do it easily. While it's not what we would have wanted to have to do, it's much better and easier than bottle feeding and we are thankful that it is going as well as it is!

Buckling #1

Buckling #2 . . . they are both really cute!

Each time, we let the kids play for a bit in her stall, and we are hoping that she'll eventually put '2 and 2' together and accept them. We're not holding our breath on that one, though :) as it is quite unlikely and not looking promising. At least she's able to feed them!

This is really a very small 'wrong' thing happening, yet it made me think about the fallen world we live in. Particularly since I had just mentioned in the previous post the design and instincts God placed in the animals when He created them. It's not just we humans who experience the effects of the fall of man, sin and death entering the world, and the curse, but all of God's "very good" creation was also affected. It reminds me of a verse in Roman 8 . . . .

"For we know that the whole creation groans and suffers the pains of childbirth together until now." (Romans 8:22)

The very next verses continue regarding ourselves:

"And not only this, but also we ourselves, having the first fruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting eagerly for our adoption as sons, the redemption of our body. For in hope we have been saved, but hope that is seen is not hope; for who hopes for what he already sees? But if we hope for what we do not see, with perseverance we wait eagerly for it." (Romans 8:23-25)

The whole of chapter 8 is beautiful and really encouraging, and I could keep quoting the rest, though I'll stop here. :)

Even though this world as a whole is so corrupted and full of suffering, pain, sin, death, hardships, and disease, yet we (those who are believers in Christ) have such a hope that we look forward to in Jesus Christ. Our final redemption and adoption as sons, and what a glorious day that will be!

And in the meantime, we have our lives here on earth to live for Him and His glory, and to live out the two greatest commandments: Loving the Lord our God with all our heart, soul, mind and strength, and loving others. It makes life an exciting journey strewn with blessings and joys along the way!

Well, I better bring this post to a close . . . it's feeding time again. :)


  1. Poor old Sienna, she maybe links the pain of giving birth to these two unruly children! I do hope she will eventually accept them.
    Romans 8 is a wonderful chapter.

    1. She very well might, Elizabeth! While she hasn't accepted them yet, feeding times have overall gotten much easier (save for occasionally when she'd rather run around than stand still! :) During feedings, she sometimes starts acting more like a mama goat toward them, too, which is good!

  2. Sarah...Sienna will accept them and her next pregnancy and labor will probably be better... :0) mari

    1. We're hoping so, Mari! :)


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