Monday, April 28, 2008

IT'S A GIRL!!!!!!

Kiki and Tony have a new baby girl! She was born Saturday morning at 6:26. She weighed 6 pounds 6.2 ounces. I forget how long she was but I know she's long and skinny like her sisters. Her name is Raisa (Ray-zha) Alexandria. It has Hebrew origins, meaning "rose" but the English and Slavic version has Greek origins and that means "carefree". Me thinks they are using the Greek version because they both have a weakness for all things Greek. Phaedra is Greek as well. They are bringing her home today because Kiki had to stay two nights due to a tubal after the birth. I plan on taking lots of pictures so stay tuned. I still might watch the older ones occasionally and really, all I have to do is ask if I want them to come over. Kiki is nursing while she is taking time off so the chances of me glomming on to Raisa are slim. For some reason parents are really protective and stingy with their new babies. Kiki will have to go back to work eventually and since they are switching the girls every three days, I'll get her eventually.
Dad's shoulders are not getting any better. Erin (his doctor) said she was not comfortable giving him the cortisone shots so she referred him to a shoulder doctor in Soldotna somewhere. He just has to make the effort to call and make an appointment. It looks like it's not going to happen any time soon. He is going to work this summer though. The preacher down the road wants him to work on his boat this summer. Doing what, I have no idea, but at least he'll be out of the house doing something productive.
Mom's eyes have healed up and she is still getting used to having to wear glasses all the time. She can't focus on things close up anymore so she needs glasses for reading, looking at splinters, popping pimples and whatnot.
It looks like my dreams of owning my own cow are finally coming to fruition. On May 12th I might be bringing home a seven month old heifer. She's 5/8ths Scottish Highland and 3/8ths Shorthorn. She is really pretty. She's blonde and shaggy and cute. I advertised on Craigslist. I've been looking all over the internet for relatively inexpensive cows but couldn't figure out how to get one up here without mortgaging my firstborn. On a whim I advertised for a female bovine, less than a thousand dollars please and wouldn't you know! The very next day this girl popped up. Mom is less than thrilled that she is so young but I think of it as giving me time. First off, I don't really know what I'm doing. Plus, I don't have unlimited funds to get her and a calf out of the weather if need be. This way I have the time to build things right for a breeding operation. It'll be a year and a half before she can breed and then nine months before she calves so I've got lots of time to work the kinks out before a major kink puts two live in jeopardy. I'm really excited to say the least. If this is the one I get then I'll be posting lots and lots of pictures. If I get a different one then I'll be posting lots and lots of pictures.


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