I really, really hated to wake up my poor exhausted husband, but there was no choice. With apologies for the up close and personal shot of Farrah's rear end, this post-shearing snapshot shows no doubt that three lambs were in there:
Clearly her udder knew what was about to hit it. (Literally: the lambs pummel the bag with their heads to get the milk to let down. Poor ewes!)
By 1 am, my LSH managed to extricate Lamb 1 (black ewe lamb), with some assistance. Farrah made it all the more difficult because she refused to lay down and push. Imagine me trying to wrestle a 150 lb sheep to the ground, all by myself because my LSH had to keep his hands sterile and the boys were sleeping. It would have made a very amusing video but luckily the actual observers cannot operate camera equipment with their hooves.
We did not wait as long to intervene as we had with Henrietta; we had learned our lesson. We had Lamb 2 (black ram lamb) out by 1:30 am, and Lamb 3 (white ram lamb) out by 2 am. Farrah demonstrated last year that she is an excellent mother to triplets, but they were a little dozy after their trip into the world and could not seem to latch on. Just so we could get some sleep already, we milked out some colostrum and fed it to them in a bottle.
I spent the morning making little fleecy lamb coats -- tutorial to come -- to help the new triplets and a few of the more fragile lambs (Holly's ram lamb, Henrietta's remaining two) retain their body heat more easily, especially given the approaching storm.
He's a natural!
And Farrah's set, settling down for a nap after the latest competition for a chance at the milk bar (I think the ewe lamb is in the back):
Don't they all look cute in their matching primitive country ensembles?
I just got back in from the 10 pm feeding, and I left a scene of utter peace in the barn. Except for the triplets, all of the lambs are out of the jugs. The mothers have staked out individual little corners, and tucked their lambs in for the night while they stand or lay guard over them. Even Holly's little ram lamb is tucked behind his sister and mother (he has learned that Holly will not go after him if he hides behind his sister, whom she has accepted completely).
And now I am off to join them in dreamland -- until 3 am, when I get to join them in person.