April was an exciting month for us all here on the homestead. Birthdays, births, new cows, garden prep and Easter!
Easter Sunday 2021
Getting ready to hunt eggs at Mimi’s. I cherished this moment knowing that this may very well be the last year Paxton is excited about easter egg hunts.
Sitting up unassisted for the first time on April 10th…4 days before 6 months old. Growing so fast.
Milking time. Haddon was my little assistant. Weston was too he just didn’t want his picture taken!
Paxton turned 11 on April 16th. We celebrated with family on his birthday and then on the 17th we had friends over for a little party.
April 16th was a very exciting day on the homestead. We had 2 new ewe lambs born and also bought a new milk cow and calf!
One of Weston’s lambs. She’s beautiful.
The other sweet little lamb.
Our new Jersey milk cow. Her previous owner called her Stumpy because she had a docked tail. Stumpy is not pretty at all so we have renamed her Brevi which means short, brief.
Brevi’s calf. We have yet to name him but have been calling him Little Guy.
Baby snuggles are the best. Some nights Haddon’s just not quite ready to lay down when he’s finished nursing and needs some more snuggle time.
6 Months. Amazed that we’ve already reached this boys half birthday. What an absolute joy he is!
Cecilia and her new to her doll Kit. Cecilia has been saving her money for a few months now – we made a savings chart for the fridge for her to color in as she saved. She finally saved up enough and was able to buy a Kit Kittredge doll. We read Kit’s stories earlier this year as part of our homeschool and we all adored Kit’s stories and Cecilia wanted a Kit doll. I’m so proud she saved so diligently and know she’ll always remember saving up her money to buy Kit.
Weston’s Kune Kune sow, Red, gave birth to her first litter of piglets on April 24th. She was very distressed during the birth and tried to attack her piglets so Weston stepped in and acted as midwife. As she delivered a piglet, he grabbed it, dried it off with hay and put it into a box with a heating pad. Once all the babies were born, John David and Weston managed to get the sow calmed and get the piglets nursing. Once they started nursing and crawling all over her, she’s been a good mama! We’re so thankful she accepted them!
The labor, delivery and getting the piglets to nurse was a several hours long process. Weston was absolutely wiped out by the end of it all. He showered, ate a bite of dinner and went up to bed without even telling anyone goodnight. Poor little guy was physically and emotionally exhausted.
Sweet baby pigs.
This was a litter of 7 piglets. All female. They were all born alive and well but one was laid on the next day and sadly passed away. Everyone else is alive and healthy still!
Happy Haddon loves the grass!
Our new garden is coming along! It’s looking so good and I’m so excited to get this space finished up, fenced in and planted!!