Matilda surprised everybody with triplets on the 19th. The vet had seen two uterine sacks, so we all thought she was going to twin, but little Coffee must have been carrying the triplet gene ( it comes thorugh the sire). So here we were, three already!
Robin and I were getting worried because Tillie's water broke in the afternoon, but by 8:30 that evening, she was still not seriously laboring. A contraction here, pant pant, eat a bit of hay, walk around.... Not good after so many hours. Roberta was checking in her every 30 minutes. At the 8:30 pm check, it was still the same. As I was getting into a waking nightmare of losing Tillie, Roberta called at 9:00 and just said "Triplets!" Matilda had given birth to all three, cleaned them up and gotten them on their feet in half an hour!
When Louie and I got there, Bert was in the lambing jug, disinfecting umbilical cords and giving the new mother a nice big pail of warm water with molasses while the newborns were finding their legs and the Big Teat Above.
About a week later, Bert called again and said "We got one!" I had been thinking that Marsha would have a singleton because she wasn't very big, but that girl was hiding two rams in there, one of them 10 lbs at birth! It was a miracle all over again. This time, I was able to walk in with my big four-point cane and my weird-looking space boot and actually do something, like help the newborns find the teat as Bert went to get Marsha's warm water and molasses.
Poor Roberta - she slept in clothes with a baby monitor from the barn for 3 weeks. Now she can get an uninterrupted night's sleep. There is no way I can repay her huge gift of kindness. Another blessing to me from this ankle fracture: I am getting to know this wonderful woman, whom I have sort of known since 1995, when I rented her cottage while she and her husband lived in the main house. Feels like a different lifetime.
So, we moved to Roberta's barn with two sheep, expecting twins from Matilda and a singleton from Marsha, and we will be going back home - soon, I hope - with seven!