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Sunday, November 12, 2017

BabyWatch Blog: Meet ‘Lucky Guy’

Hi. New Guy here... today another new guy arrived, The Lady is calling him ‘Lucky Guy’ because.... well.... he is lucky he got himself out. He needed a little help, but like I heard them say “alls well that ends well”. He was one of those babies that has a big head that the mom can hardly squeeze out. And he was rude to start the whole birthing thing at 3pm. Everything else was perfect, he had his legs and head all right there (The Lady is super glad he had read the manual) but his mom just couldnt get it all out very easily. She started to bleed and the lady knew what to do. Lucky guy was Lucky because Mr and Mrs Bowman were there and they helped with stuff, but what was more fun was the interesting discussions I heard on something called ‘dilation’. But we wont go there...

Anyways, Lucky Guy has the people laughing because he came from a beige mom and a beige dad (dad is Trapper who has blue and purple ribbons) and The Lady really really really wants a beige alpaca baby, but.... you know how this goes, right? ‘Lucky Guy’ is like... all fawn colors swirled like Tye Dye. He is bizzare. We assume he is an artist type and might not be into all the wrestling me and Tall Guy do. We will see. More tomorrow.... I gotta run. The Lady is coming with dumb baby pajamas!

Thursday, November 9, 2017

Babywatch Blog: Meet ‘Tall Guy’

Tall Guy and his mom smiling

Tall Guy and his mom smiling

Hello Folks... its me, ‘New Guy’ here. Today I got my first friend, we’re calling him ‘Tall Guy’.

I was a little confused and concerned when the lady saw him being born and yelled something to the man like “What the hell... its a brown baby coming out of Pink”(thats Tall Guys mom). There was a huge emphasis on the word ‘WHAT’ and a tone of ‘!!!’ Ok... since then Ive heard a lot of talking amongst the moms... from what I understand (and Im super smart) WHITE is a dominant color and easy to get., but so far white moms and white dads have miraculously produced us colored guys this week here. The Lady said “this would only happen here. Its always weird here”. The Lady thinks its funny that she and Lisa Beatty were coming up with cool names for white babies that had to do with ‘snow’ but now the baby came out Fawn colored. That blew a lot of good names out of the running.

So, it turns out ‘Tall Guy’ and his mom got to move into MY pen here. At first I was a little worried, but my Mom really really really wanted to get back to her regular pen anyways so she was happy to leave our special area. She ran into her old pen, but the lady helped me go through the gate. Once I was in there... it was like Disneyland. It was like the coolest place on earth. I ran and ran and met everyone in there all by myself. My mom wanted to roll and eat hay and poop and eat then more. While she was busy, I bothered all of the ginormous other ladies in the pen. They weren’t too ‘into’ meeting me but they smelled me. One was a little ‘too’ interested and she got moved to the ‘North Pen’ because she was acting like she was all into my business like she owned me. After that I pretty much spent the day running around.

Tall guy was 20.5# at birth and was a spaz. I told him to enjoy the blow-dryer thingy but he would not sit still, he was a spaz. Then he had to sleep a lot today. He pooped and the lady was happy about that (get a life, Lady). The lady said he will be running around with me on Saturday, but he needs time with his mom now. I guess he is here for the football team because he is ginormous. He seems really nice but he keeps laughing about coming out FAWN colored. He also has a good mom and he was some kind of superstar because he was up and nursing inside of 45 minutes after birth. He has a famous dad named Eastwinds Snowstorm, who now lives at Apple Mountain Alpacas in GA. All I can say is blah blah bla... we all have awesome dads. Personally, this guy has such long legs he looks ridiculous if you ask me., and he is all whiney talking a lot. Me and my mom dont talk as much as those chatterboxes. The best news is HE got stuck with the dumb girly teal blue baby pajamas!
Tall Guy posing like he is some kind of model ??

Tall Guy posing like he is some kind of model ??

The Tall Guy Laughing about being fawn colored

The Tall Guy Laughing about being fawn colored

Tall Guy’s fawn colored little self coming out of his white mom

Tall Guy’s fawn colored little self coming out of his white mom

Tall guy totally studied the manual on how to get born!  Great style and form tall Guy!!

Tall guy totally studied the manual on how to get born! Great style and form tall Guy!!


Monday, November 6, 2017

Babywatch Blog 2017: New Guy

Me Now: My mommy loves me.

Me Now: My mommy loves me.

Um, Hi. I’m New Guy. The lady said I have this ‘Blog’ homework since I’m the first baby. She also says I’m a lot like my aunt Fairy Dust, who did the last blog series because I’m pretty outgoing. If anyone noticed that the Three Amigos never did a babywatch blog last summer, they are correct... the lady told me those three were always too busy with sports and couldn’t do the Blog. They were sorta like ‘party boys’ also. They were Flakey. Now I’m stuck with it, but I don’t mind because I am way smarter than those guys anyways.

So, a little about me: I was born today on day 336 of gestation. I weigh 14.8 lbs and am a ‘Light Fawn’ alpaca. I like sleeping and walking by my mom and a thing called the milk bar, I like moonlit nights and Im a Scorpio.... Oh, wait. Sorry, I guess this isn‘t a dating profile. Nevermind I’m too young for that.

Ok, so first I need to address the uniform here. I am a little mad. What THE HECK is this Dumb Baby Pajama thing she just put on me? I am a special bright and shiney ‘Lt Fawn’ not just boring white so I really think the lady made a huge mistake slapping this black thing on me. I Will be reporting this tomorrow when the office opens. Oh, where is the office here?

Today was the day the people move clocks back an hour. That whole thing confused me so I just popped out at 5am so I wasnt late. The lady said I did it in the wrong direction and 7am would have been better for her. Well, unless she gives me a better color for these dumb pajamas, I will tell the other kids to come at 5 am too! I was cold and wet sitting by my mom in the dark when The Lady came out because as she says ‘she could feel something was up’ ... I’m thinking she actually just had nothing better to do. The lady came and had towels. I prefer my towels warmed, which she had tragically forgotten to warm up. As if that wasnt bad enough, she put a thing in my butt that told her I was 97 degrees (I should have been 100). I was super mad when she then picked me up and took me in the house where I got ‘blow dried’. Now I admitt... THAT was the bomb!! You can blow-dry me with an $80 blow-dryer any day lady!! Anyways, that thing made me so happy I thought the lady was my best friend for life. It took an exceptionally long time to dry my sides because I am dense. Not like ‘stupid’ dense but like awesome dense! Just sayin’...

The rest of my first day was spent with my mommy. I have the Best Mom in the world! She loved TSwift when she was my age so they named her Shake It Off. My mom has a famous dad named Levi’s 501 - he lives in New York now. The lady says I look just like my other grandpa tho- he is PC Running Late. He has hundreds of babies because he is so awesome. She has been talking about him all day.... because ‘I look JUST Like a Running Late baby’! Blah blah blah.... whatever Lady.

So Im hopefully going to have a friend tomorrow... then there will be others next week. Im hoping there are some other guys that are cool like me so we can run around together. The lady says she doesnt care what they are, they just need to come out easily like Superman with their arms and head flying out in the right direction.... I guess the last baby here didn’t read the manual and came out backwards or something. We’re way smarter than that now in class of 2017. I think.

See Ya!
~New Guy

What The.....Just WHAT is this dumb black thing?!

What The.....Just WHAT is this dumb black thing?!

My ‘well conditioned’ mom

My ‘well conditioned’ mom

My happy face when I got Blow-Dried inside

My happy face when I got Blow-Dried inside


Saturday, May 21, 2016

5/21/16 Farm Forecast: Full Moon

The amazing 'Audrina' - the 373 gestation standing in front of our 'slow cookers' in the Maternity P

The amazing 'Audrina' - the 373 gestation standing in front of our 'slow cookers' in the Maternity P

Exciting news! Its a big fat full moon tonight! I'm happy because maybe the big fat gestating alpacas will have full-moon babies for me today or tomorrow. Its the weekend. It works for me... So, thats the plan!

There were all these posts on Facebook about last Friday (yes, Friday The Thirteenth!) being a full moon... I fully bought into that hype until I noticed only half of a moon out that night. Those damn FB liars. Its no wonder the babies didn't come out!! Now it all makes sense... Well, this has to - because nothing else does!

The lovely "P Xanadu Diamond Dust' is our front-runner landing at day 357 today. After her, 'Runaway Bride" (Trapper's and David Johnson's mom) is on day 355, Perfectly Delightful (Bodhi's mom) is at 354 and "Tickled Pink" (that amazing 'Rafael's' mom) is on day 353 of gestation! These females were all bred to the same stud, who has ONE offspring on the ground from 2015 - checking that baby's records yesterday, I was reminded that she was born on the 373 day of gestation! This sort of stuff is tracked, we usually note how long females tend to gestate for their records, but maybe its the stud as well. If so, shoot me now....

So this means we have some 'slow cookers' on our hands! To make myself feel better I've decided that, quite simply, good things take longer. I must wait.

On the other hand, there is nothing cuter than a newborn white alpaca shining it's unadulterated brilliant white little self under a full-moon!! I'm Just throwing it out there incase Mother Nature is listening... I mean, I'm also fine NOT waiting. Really fine.

Full moon... Help a girl out a little?

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

5/17/16 Forecast: Baby Drought

Almandina, a maiden mom (Augusto's Cochiti daughter) with some of the best fleece you'll find!! Bred

Almandina, a maiden mom (Augusto's Cochiti daughter) with some of the best fleece you'll find!! Bred

WHERE ARE THEY, you ask?! I wish I could tell you. Oh, wait... I can tell you - they're still gestating. Lazy little buggers! Its nice outside, sunny warm days and cool evenings. Who wouldn't want to live here?!! The maternity pen's pregnant females are anywhere from gestation day 337 to 353 now and there are no babies on the ground!

It appears that we have entered a 'Baby Drought'.

Because the next questions/comments are generally going to be something like "maybe they arent actually pregnant"... I have attached some of my finest photojournalism from The Maternity Pen 2016 for your viewing pleasure. All we can hope is that it starts raining Babies soon!
Tickled Pink - dam of the amazing 'Rafael' now bred to Hummingherd's Armstrong!

Tickled Pink - dam of the amazing 'Rafael' now bred to Hummingherd's Armstrong!

Perfectly Delightful, Bred to Hummingherd's Armstrong, a top 1% male!

Perfectly Delightful, Bred to Hummingherd's Armstrong, a top 1% male!

Maya - Bred to Hummingherd's Armstrong - Top 1% Male!

Maya - Bred to Hummingherd's Armstrong - Top 1% Male!


Sunday, May 8, 2016

Farm Forecast: Cloudy Skies With A Chance of BABIES!

And so it begins... Baby Watch 2016.

Alpacas gestate for at least 335 days. Normal is 340-345 days, however in the summer, for reasons not scientifically known, the female alpaca tends to gestate for maybe 345 days. Or 353 days. Or 365 days. And sometimes (yes, here... it happened) 374 days. It is impossible to lead a normal life while awaiting 'Summer babies'. You can't plan events, vacations or morning meetings very well. One of our family High School graduations was even impacted by a 5pm alpaca birthing! Seriously, these alpaca moms totally know how to make it happen at the worst time possible. This is why I don't usually breed for a Summer crop of cria. But last June, I got word that Hummingherd's Armstrong was selling and moving to Canada. I had three weeks to make some Armstrong Babies.. so, make babies we did!

Now, here I sit with ten babies due... Maybe more (but thats a whole 'nother story). I don't have a box of supplies out in the doorway of the barn yet. I don't have towels out and ready to dry the first one off. I do have a meeting at 8am Monday morning. I might be in denial.

Instead of prepping, today I just walked amongst the 'Maternity Ward' and chatted with the ladies. Ruminating together, we sized up who was about to blow... And who I'm still questioning as to whether they're just fat and faking it to gain the invite into this pen with better buffets daily. The Maternity ward here is well known for food spreads that rival cruise ships. You'll get your extra pellets, Vitie's ADE and B12s on the side, and minerals, probiotics and special alfalfa up in this neighborhood. The 'fakers' tend to learn how to pull off a fake pregnancy very well... I mean, you do NOT want to leave this cruise ship while the buffet runs 24/7.

Check out the photos of todays mommas-in-waiting, if you can handle it. I have no idea how these babies with such long legs and necks fit inside their moms... Much less how they get OUT! All we can hope for is more of the beautiful miracle that birthing always is. When a little life, a little personality is bouncing around the pen where it didn't exist the day before. I always say to myself "what a difference a day makes". Now I wonder what might be different tomorrow...