4 weeks & 2 days.
Last night once I finally got to sleep, after multiple children waking up, the coyotes decided it would be a great time to yip, yowl, and howl for an hour right behind my cabin.
That made my dogs bark inside, along with the neighbor’s livestock dog which is 100+ pounds and has a very echoey booming bark.
We have this tiny hunting flashlight that lights up about five acres of pitch black darkness out here. It highlights the glowing eyes of animals in the dark so I can see what’s hiding in the tall field grass and at the edge of the woods. I can see all the coyotes.
They came out to test my electric fence last night. 7,000 volts sends them yelping even louder and running. At least they can’t get my birds and bunnies.
I am so exhausted.
I’ve had to cut myself a lot of slack lately. Henry is taking up all my time. (Of course!)
Some nights he sleeps ok, other nights he squirms and grunts all night. Every morning he wakes up between 3 and 4 in the morning and he’s wide awake until about 6:30. That’s killer. He’s ready for another nap at 7 or 7:30 in the morning and sleeps until about 10, but if I set him down he wakes up and cries. He’s doing well riding in the mei tai carrier, except that it’s been so incredibly hot and humid I can’t stand to wear him, even in the air conditioned cabin.
Since we live near the river it’s very hilly, rainy, and humid here. It’s kind of tropical. Weird how different it is from the city just 25 miles away.
We’re kind of getting back into our routine. I’m having a hard time getting chores done on a regular basis though.
Henry turned four weeks old! That went by so fast.
He was not interested in any fun photos…
He’s frantically eating his fist here, despite just having nursed for a trillion hours.
That blue blanket is his blankie. He LOVES it. He is constantly pulling it up by his cheek.
And then he was done with the fist eating attempts.
Homeschooling is the biggest challenge around here at the moment because I am just so, so tired. I feel like I have no brain cells left.
Rosie started her art class yesterday. It’s once a week. She loved it! The artist has a nice farm with goats, gardens, and a kitten that Ada played with for the whole hour we were waiting.
Speaking of farm things, I think our bunnies might be brother and sister instead of brother and brother. Oops.
We saw Molchy Molchy chasing Sirius Black in circles doing frantic butt sniffing. Then Molchy chased Sirius under the hutch where I couldn’t see. Ada screamed that they were cuddling.
Just a bit suspect, don’t you think? They turned four months old on August 20th.
So, perhaps in a month we’ll celebrate the arrival of incestual baby bunnies? Oh geeze. More giant bunnies is the last thing I need right now!
Once they wean we can sell them at the animal swap. The girls will be sad, but seriously these bunnies are huge. I can’t keep a whole litter of them.
Apparently the bunnies need to be six months old before they can be neutered, so say the vet offices here. That will be at the end of October.
They are pretty awesome pets, surprisingly. They are so friendly and fun to interact with. We have them all set up outside–they have an 8 foot long hutch inside of a 10×10 foot chain link dog kennel. We leave them out in the kennel to run around in the grass. If they dig out they’ll be stopped from escaping because they’re inside the electric fenced chicken area. They get along fine with the chickens. Sometimes chickens fly into their dog kennel pen and the bunnies sniff the chicken butts as if they are other bunnies. So funny!
Their hutch still needs a few improvements before winter hits. It rains inside of it even though I made a three walled shelter on one end. I want to put a tin roof over the half of the dog kennel where the hutch sits, and then netting over the other half of the top of the kennel. That way it will be safer from overhead predators, especially owls at night.
I already have tin roofing and netting out there, I just need to attach it to the top…which is hard with the baby. Tyler has no interest in helping with it, of course. The tin roofing is pretty heavy and awkward. It’s in 12 foot long strips, left over from doing the roof of our cabin. I’m going to use a nail to punch holes in it along the edges, then use big zip ties to attach it to the chain link pen. I can’t think of any other way to do it. It flies off so easily when wind hits it, so I need to use a billion ties to keep it firmly attached. I probably need to make it sloped somehow too so that rain doesn’t pool on top of it. Hmm.
My chicken hoop coop needs improvements before winter also. I’m too tired to think about that right now.
We have a lot of chicks out there currently. My two silkie hens are raising these chicks.
These are the ones I set to hatch at Henry’s due date to celebrate. Thirteen chicks hatched, but now we only have nine. I think the big snake that lives at the edge of our woods may have eaten several. We couldn’t even find their bodies! Sadly it was all the puffy chicks that got eaten, the ones with beards and muffed puffy cheeks. I don’t know why! I guess they are slower than the less fluffy ones?
So far it looks like we have more pullets than roosters, which is exciting. Though a few may turn into roosters as they mature more, it’s a bit early to call it yet.
The kids look all goofy with chicks on top their heads. ;)
(That white one on the left is definitely a little roo!)
Those pictures were taken on Monday. Right after playing with the chicks we went to the Improve Birth rally here.
One of my photos from a birth I photographed was on a big banner advertising the new group of doulas here, which was pretty cool. It looked really nice!
The girls got their faces painted like cats.
Ok I must be off in search of caffeine and snacks, then pray for a chance to shower and then time/energy for frantic home cleaning before my midwife comes for Henry’s four week postpartum visit…