Being a mother of five, I know a thing or two about birthing babies. I know the look of imminent labor and Bessie started sporting that look the other day. I will spare you the gory details, but there are physical signs that labor and delivery will be coming soon. Steve thought I was just doing what I always did when I was near the end of pregnancy……wishful thinking that it would all be over soon.
Steve called me on my way home this morning to tell me that Bessie was acting particularly odd. “She has a discharge and she is walking around with her tail up and back arched”, Steve said. “She’s in LABOR dummy!” I shouted into the phone. “Oh, I though maybe she was just constipated”, he replied. Typical male response came to mind immediately. Needless to say, I rushed home as quickly as I could.
As soon as I got back to the farm I grabbed my camera and headed out to the pasture. Poor Bessie was pacing while frantically cleaning up what she was depositing on the ground. I had no idea how long a typical labor would be since this is going to be our first calf born on the farm. It was beginning to gently rain, so I decided to go in and grab my camera case. I needed the larger lens and I wanted to keep the camera dry.
I walked into the kitchen to the wonderful smell of Steve’s lunch. With my stomach growling I thought that a quick couple of bites of a quesadilla wouldn’t take too long. I literally took 5 minutes to shove it in my mouth, grabbed the camera bag and headed back out. The rain was coming down much harder now and for a moment I debated going back to the farm shop for my foul weather gear. I kept walking instead.
As I approached I could see Bessie in the distance straining as she hunched low to the ground. I broke into a run and was within 25 yards of her. With a loud clap of thunder announcing the arrival, Bessie gave birth. I missed it……..I f**king missed it because of a damn quesadilla!
But I did come upon a most beautiful sight, a mommy licking her precious baby boy clean. I cried as I snapped photo after photo. Meet Thunder, our newest addition to Happy Earth Farm. This farming shit just keeps getting better and better.