If you've wondered where I've been for the last week...

Posted by Kitty Sharkey , Monday, September 9, 2013 9:25 PM

I've been very busy.  As I noted in my birth announcement for Gretel's two kids, one of her little doelings was tiny -barely 2 lbs.  So I've spent the better part of this past week providing extra support to her.  I've been bottle feeding 4 or 5 times a day and providing plenty of physical stimulation.  Basically, she's gotten a LOT of extra attention.  But I always put her back with her mom and sister to insure they bonded.

It was dicey for the first few days and I was worried that she might not make it.  But once she started really drinking, things turned around.  Saturday, at 5 days old she finally started to find her legs.  She was walking around and even attempted a couple little bouncing hops which resulted in face plants.  But at least she was showing a little bit of energy.  I also saw her nursing from Gretel which was good news.

Sunday she crossed a huge hurdle.  Not only was she nursing quite often, she was bouncing around the yard like a 2 day old.  She has been slowly but surely gaining weight and strength.  Last night, after watching her all day, I decided that she was going to be okay on her own and stopped bottle feeding her.  Besides, she hadn't taken to the bottle so eagerly yesterday.

Today we mark one week old.  She's up to 3 lbs, 5-1/4 oz.  Basically she's now about normal birth weight.  Tonight, after Nali delivered triplets I decided it would be fun to do a little visual comparison.  In the picture below my Mom is holding Tinkerbell in one hand and one of Nali's bucklings at about 1 hour old in the other.  He weighed in at 3 lbs 6-1/4 lbs.  All Nali's kids were right around the same weight give or take  a couple ounces.
Not a bad bit of work if you ask me.  Exhausting and stressful for sure.  I don't know how Sarah and Andy at Castle Rock Farms manage to bottle feed about 100+ babies a season.  But I do know that I'm relieved that she's finally okay.  And it felt so wonderful to see her bopping around the yard and jumping up on the stumps.  Her name definitely fits her.  Love my little Tink!

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