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On Her Due Date

18 Jun

Today is Pandora’s due date, sixteen days after she was born.

Pandora with her brother who didn’t make it

I am still absolutely shocked that she lived.

And she’s doing amazing!

Harley’s Angels

6 Jun

Monday evening, I decided it was time to think about scheduling a C-section for Harley.  I knew that she is most likely due between June 10th-15th, but there’s still the thought of what if I’m wrong.  I decided to check her ligaments and compare with her sister, Haley, who is due June 10th.


They were both really loose.  That means it was really time to get an appointment made.  Tuesday morning, I went out to check her before work, and she was already up and out of the Love Shack.  Her tail was up.  I watched, but I didn’t see any real contractions.  I checked her ligaments again, and they were completely gone.


I left for work, but I called my mom to come out and check on Harley.  I called the vet when their office opened, and he was going to try to figure out a time and get back to me.  I had the transportation to get her to the vet’s office.  All I had to do was wait and then we’d have babies.  Then I got a text message from my mom that read, “She has triplets. Scott pulled two.”  I wasn’t expecting that.

photo courtesy of mom

They show signs of being early (all have teeth, so about five days), but they are doing okay.  I am cautiously optimistic that they will all survive.

I’m guessing Harley’s pain/inflamation meds helped her witht he pain of labor (all the girls are going to be demanding it) because mom said she pretty much acted normal and then just started pushing.  She called the vet, and he came out.  He got here to pull the last two.

Teeny Tiny Boy #1

Small boy #2

Almost normal sized boy #3

I’m still giving her the meds for pain and inflammation.

She doesn’t look like she’s got much milk, and I’m okay if she doesn’t get it in.

She’s still got a long road ahead to try and heal now that the babies are out.  She’s so thin from not being able to eat well between heat, pregnancy and injury.  She was starving after the babies arrived.

More grass please.

I still want her to quit standing on the fence.

Of course, she gave me three boys.  But they are sweet little angels!


How Early?

4 Jun

I am trying to decide how early Sidney’s babies were.  They are earlier than just four days.  I remembered that I yelled at someone (don’t remember who) to quit picking on her because she was pregnant on Thursday.  I’d guess she got hit hard enough that it put her into labor.  I’ve had that happen before, but never this early.

Sidney a couple days before getting hit

I had her written down as being due on June 18th, and I was pretty confident about it.  I don’t think there is any way one could live being sixteen days early.

Her little boy didn’t make it (although he was sleeping in the picture below).  You can see how little he weighed.  His legs were like pencils.  His skin was all loose and wrinkled.  He didn’t have any teeth through.

Below, you can see his hooves are still not solid.  We got him to take a bottle, but he just grew weaker and couldn’t keep going.

Sidney’s girl seems to be farther along.  I didn’t weigh her, but she looked about twice as big.  She still has wrinkled skin.

Her feet are a little bit not quite ready for her to stand on them, but not too bad. (You can almost see better on the left front foot above.)

Her teeth are coming through.  They aren’t fully out, but they have broken through the gum.

I guess all I can do is be grateful she is doing well yet.  I’m also going to pay close attention to when her horn buds appear.  That usually happens when they are just a few days old.