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farmlife Posted - Aug 10 2016 : 09:09:16 AM
So Alex has been super patient about waiting for her baby to arrive. I'm still working on my patience, but it has been very nice to have the time to work with her and do a little pampering.
So there are times when she is laying in the pasture like this and I know she is thinking, "Anytime now, anytime!"

Here are some other pictures of her coming out of the pen/stanchion area. She was determined to go all of the places she doesn't usually have access to and check everything out. A good time for me to take pictures I thought.

Her udder is getting very large and tight. She's waddling around it. I keep thinking she can't go much longer, and then I look from behind and think she still has the whole upper portion to develop yet.

Her umbilical area is starting to fill with fluid.

Here she wanted to let me know that she couldn't believe we usually fence them out of the very best scratching post on the whole property. Never mind that it is a tree trying to grow.
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NellieBelle Posted - Mar 13 2018 : 03:32:56 AM
Love the updates Keeley. And now with your new farm, new calves, how exciting. Thank you so much for sharing the pictures and updates.
maryjane Posted - Mar 13 2018 : 03:11:32 AM
He has turned into a handsome bull. And another calf in the oven, this time from Elli come July. You're getting quite the herd!
farmlife Posted - Mar 12 2018 : 8:51:03 PM
Just as an update here's a picture of Xander (Alex's first bull calf) from last June. He was just shy of a year. Don't seem to have any more recent ones of him.

We bred him to Elli in October, so she is due to calve in July.

farmlife Posted - Mar 12 2018 : 8:40:49 PM
It was fun for me to look back on these pictures of the beautiful weather and smooth coated cow. Alex pretty much had the same birth experience the second time around, but it happened faster and during the day. :) This time she had a Samson calf. He still has his mama's cute heart on his forehead, but more of the coloring of his papa.

He just has a touch of white above his hooves on all four feet and a few white lines where his legs meet his body.

Of course she picked the nastiest part of the corral to give birth in so we had to hurry and get some straw down. The story of this winter has been snow! It's been a battle.
maryjane Posted - Sep 21 2016 : 3:33:07 PM
I would definitely retain him as a bull for Elli and offspring (if possible). Soooooo handsome! My goodness, I do love the white splashes.
farmlife Posted - Sep 20 2016 : 6:58:10 PM
He is adorable. The only thing I don't love about him are his horn buds. :) We'll have to do something about those soon.
txbikergirl Posted - Sep 20 2016 : 3:35:25 PM
he's so adorable! love the white forehead, white splash, and white switch on the tail. my kinda cow!
NellieBelle Posted - Sep 20 2016 : 3:10:45 PM
I guess I shouldn't say patootie seeing how Xander is a boy. But I still think he's a cutie.
NellieBelle Posted - Sep 20 2016 : 3:00:44 PM
What a cutie pa-tootie! I love the coloring and white patches.
farmlife Posted - Sep 20 2016 : 12:50:40 PM
Here are Xander's one month pictures:

CloversMum Posted - Aug 13 2016 : 9:43:04 PM
Oh congratulations, Keeley! I just checked in and discovered all the excitement happening for you last night and today. Alex and Xander are such a beautiful pair with their coordinating markings. What fun! And a special memory between you and your daughter ...

Thanks for sharing your photos ... beautiful farm with family, friends and critters. Many blessings.
farmlife Posted - Aug 13 2016 : 8:26:22 PM
You're not old, Mike! Young at heart means forever young. You even had a man eating bobcat come after you and lived to tell the tale. It's that soft heart that keeps you going.
Mike Posted - Aug 13 2016 : 11:05:23 AM
Good job girls! Old men do cry.
maryjane Posted - Aug 13 2016 : 09:22:56 AM
I couldn't agree more with what Janet expressed. Today was a wonderful snapshot into the world you're creating for your children (and cows and Moose and broody chickens ...). Warms the heart, Keeley. And little Xander is definitely a heart throb.

NellieBelle Posted - Aug 13 2016 : 07:29:51 AM
Keeley you have shown photos of what true farm life is about. I'm in love with Xander. What a little heart throb. And Moose is adorable. So thankful he is doing better now. And your darling daughter, looks wore out. What a sweet girl to sit up with her momma and watch the wonder and beauty of birth. Hope you can get a nap in today too. Thank you so much for taking the time to add the updates and photos. Really enjoy them.
farmlife Posted - Aug 13 2016 : 07:22:13 AM
And here's my nighttime helper. Kierra is going to be a tough one to rouse today!
Farming is hard work!

The Poldark books sound great, Cindy. I'll have to give them a try.
farmlife Posted - Aug 13 2016 : 07:17:53 AM
And. . . afterbirth has passed. Check, check, and check. Now on to the milking checklist for later. I had to laugh because our friend got here just in time to watch Xander get up and nurse and to watch me dunk the cord. He told me all was good and that I had earned a nap. I'm so glad Alex doesn't look emaciated even if she does find it surprising that I haven't seen a calf nurse before. :) Right after birth Elli started looking really skinny.

Here are a few more pictures of Xander's adorable face.

Look who was waiting for me on the step when I got back. :) He thinks he's still tiny.
txbikergirl Posted - Aug 13 2016 : 07:14:20 AM
beautiful keeley, just beautiful!

caren, i am in looooovvvve with poldark! after watching season one i bought all the books and read them. they are very nice long books, so i think i spent a couple of months just reading poldark. about 8 or 10, can't remember. anyway, if you like to read and loved the miniseries then by all means get the books - they are literally books i could read again, and that doesn't happen often. can't wait for season two. i have thought about watching the original bbc miniseries from the 70s but didn't want to get other actors faces in my head ;>
NellieBelle Posted - Aug 13 2016 : 06:50:10 AM
What a beautiful pair Keeley! He is gorgeous. Love those markings! It's such a wonderful experience and even more so that your daughter shared it with you and your faithful friend. Now, enjoy and keep us posted on the progress of the both of them. Happy news and outcome for sure. Alex is looking at the camera like, "What's up, haven't you seen a calf nurse before?" Priceless.
maryjane Posted - Aug 13 2016 : 06:34:40 AM
Wonderful, wonderful, wonderful news. And he IS too stinkin' cute. Alex's udder and everything looks fabulous. Phew. Good job Keeley and daughter!!!!
farmlife Posted - Aug 13 2016 : 06:24:13 AM
Meet Xander! Alex was showing some long strings of mucous last night and some restlessness. She was definitely having contractions around 11:30. I kept checking her every few hours and by 4:20 that blessed bubble of fluid had appeared. She calved this morning around 5:20. Just about when I was starting to worry about her progress out popped Xander. Mama and baby are up and about and he is the tiniest, cutest little calf I have ever seen! I had a friend on standby just in case as my husband and boys are gone fishing this weekend. It takes a true friend to answer the phone at 4:40 a.m. ;)

My daughter and I both got to see the birth. She was really excited to see the calf and after he was out and cleaned up she said, "Well, I'm really glad I got to see the calf born, but now I'm going to bed!" I can't blame her. Not every 9 year old would have made it that long on 3 hours of sleep! She just didn't want to miss it. I had to laugh, though because when I called our friend to be "on call" my daughter said, "Good. We don't know what we're doing!"

Alex has been a great mama so far and he's nursing. We are counting our blessings! (It's only a slightly cruel twist of fate that he is so stinking adorable and a bull calf.) I didn't have any boy names picked out, but it just came to me that of course Alex's baby boy should be called Xander.

His cord is dunked and Alex has fresh hay and water. Now I'll just watch for the afterbirth. Whew!
CloversMum Posted - Aug 11 2016 : 4:32:02 PM
Caren, Poldark was a show that Cindy introduced many of us to here on the chatroom. I haven't gotten a chance to watch the first season, but perhaps I need to soon so I can watch the next season and know what is going on!

Two votes now for Poldark.
farmlife Posted - Aug 11 2016 : 3:15:32 PM
I'm glad to know I'm not imagining it! Taking pictures is helpful, as I don't always notice the little changes day to day.
CloversMum Posted - Aug 11 2016 : 2:17:06 PM
I keep scrolling up and down, comparing Alex's back view of her udder ... it seems like it is less "wrinkled" today so I'm voting that she looks fuller! It is getting closer! She's dark, similar to Flossie. I love how the Jerseys can differ and yet still look like a Jersey .. those eyes, oh my, those eyes! I also like her white spots which reminds me of our Betsy cow.

I'm anxiously waiting for pictures of a new calf ... so exciting!
Caren Posted - Aug 11 2016 : 2:13:21 PM

Has anyone watched the British show "Poldark"? The second season starts in September. I could watch it forever.......