Wow I havent wrote for awhile – time to get you all caught up on a few things going on in HuskerCowgirl country!
First of all, according to the UNL Drought Monitor, we are still classified in the extreme drought category, although we were lucky enough to see about 12 inches of snow in late December/Early January. It continues to be dry and most of the moisture making weather systems seem to skip around us.
I continued riding throughout my pregnancy. At 37 weeks, I helped Troy gather, sort and load steers. I’m lucky to have a surefooted, trustworthy horse that took care of me! I only quit riding because of the weather and the horses didn’t have snow shoes nailed on yet. Not riding has been hard on this cowgirl!
We sold steers during a blizzard at the Kearney sale barn. We left right after our cattle sold, and lucky for us, we got a good spot in the sale. What normally is an 80 minute drive home turned into a 3 hour drive home due to the heavy falling snow and what seemed like hurricane force wind. Several of our neighbors that sold the same day weren’t able to make it home and spent the night in Kearney. Over 5000 head sold that day and over 4500 spent the night in the yard because the blizzard had trucks grounded.
And for those of you that have cattle, what does a weather system spark in a heifer? Yep you guessed it-labor! I was almost certain our little cowkid was going to make an appearance that night. I told Troy several times maybe it would be a good idea to take a detour to Hastings on the way home from Kearney and stay in a hotel. That way we would be close to the hospital!
It’s a good thing he decided to stay put that night because there was no way we could have made it out the driveway, let alone a 45 minute drive to the hospital!
But no cowkid was born that night!
At 41 weeks, we were blessed with a healthy baby boy named Zane Milton. Parenting has definitely been a challenge for a cowgirl and cowboy who didn’t know how to change a diaper when I went in labor!
It’s been a steep learning curve for sure!
Zane is three and a half weeks as I’m writing this. He is a lot of fun and I look forward to including him in my future blog posts!