My family was waiting for my four year old to finish up at soccer practice so we could grab some dinner and get home when I received this text:
“It’s baby time!”
For a second, I was terrified that I had somehow forgotten that I was on call for a birth!
Fortunately, this one was not mandatory, but all three of my kids urged me to head for the hills.
We grabbed some footlongs from Subway and rushed over, hoping we wouldn’t miss the delivery!
“How long does cow labor usually take?” I texted her back.
Usually 2 hours or less. Yikes. I wondered how long she had been in labor!
What an incredible scene when we arrived at A&H Farm! So beautiful!
As we approached Andrea and her kids, we saw the mama cow along the tree line with a pair of hooves sticking out behind her. I started running! I didn’t want to miss this! We sure got more than we bargained for!
Enjoy this epic farm birth in Manhattan, KS!
This birth video documents the making of a cowboy…and a cow!
While I created this video to make people laugh, this was actually a very tense situation
and without human intervention, both Mama and baby would likely have died.
We were at the farm from about 8pm until close to midnight.
It was still a relatively quick birth for this birth photographer,
but my kids were way past their bedtime and ready to call it quits.
It ended up being well worth it for them when they
got to cheer their dad on has he checked pulling a calf off his bucket list!
After everyone slept in, the kids and I returned the next day to see how Bruce and his mama were doing.
There definitely were some scary moments the night before,
but it was a happy ending!
As of mid-July, both Mom and calf are doing great and my kids are looking forward to another visit!