One month until June and Ida are supposed to kid. One month left of "sleeping in" in the mornings. One month of not having to feed goat babies. One month of freedom! Truly I'm excited about kidding season, but at the same time I can't help but feel a slight bit of impending doom. I know once I get into the routine again I'll be fine, but that after the goat babies are born, there's always a moment of panic when I think to myself, "Why did you do this?". I am looking forward to more goat babies this year though, and I plan on setting up a lambar feeder, so I don't have to hold bottles anymore. I think that'll save me a lot of time and a lot of frustration. Goat kids are little maniacs, especially at bottle time!
Ida is hiding her pregnancy very well. I'm wondering if she has a single kid instead of twins. I really hope she has twins, but I'd be happy with a healthy single too I guess.
I can't wait to see how her udder turns out. That's another surprise with dairy goats...not only how many kids and what sex they are, but the size and shape (and capacity) of the udder.
Ida is definitely wider than before, but nowhere near as wide as June is.
June doesn't have the advantage of the first-time mom tight stomach muscles.
I'm wondering how she'll look a month from now...probably a bit like she did last year.
I'm pretty sure both girls were bred on September 16th, so that would mean they're due around February 12th, give or take a few days. Maybe I'll get Valentine babies this year. Last year I missed it by just a couple of hours!