I check again, not much progress. I'm afraid to lean my head back and rest in fear that I might wake up in the morning sleeping in my car. So I keep waiting. Five minutes feels like an eternity when your eyes are getting heavy.
Again, I go back, shining my flashlight in anticipation. Still no progress so I tip toe closer. I gently put my hand around the tiny foot. It jumps! I can't see much now since I had to put my light down.
Mama cooperates and in just a few short minutes our herd increases by one. A tiny baby heifer! Wet and warm, the wiggly baby sucks in a deep breath, and then another. She picks up her head, looking for mama. All is well. My work is done.
So at 11:15 on a Monday night I get in my car to go home. My hands are cold, but I am smiling.
|9 hours old. Taking a nap in the leaves.|
|All settled in at the calf barn. Friends already.|