Sunday, January 31, 2016

Charolais baby.

Clint sold a friend/neighbor of ours two cows last year that had embryo calves in them, and part of the deal was we got to buy the calves back.
 
One of the two cows calved this week, so we stopped by to look at the bull calf.
 




 
He was sure feeling good, and bucking around all over the place!


Thursday, January 28, 2016

Chandler - 3 weeks.

Chandler Jesson James

Photo by Lindsay Murdock
 
Man - time is flying by. 
 
Our sweet baby boy is starting to look less and less like an infant, and more like a little baby boy. 
 
You're filling out too, and weigh close to 11 pounds.
 
 
You love bath time, and always have to drape one little leg over the sling that cradles you.  It cracks me up every time.
 
We set up your swing this week too, and your dad always knows when to put you in there to stop fussing.  You swing and babble to yourself, and play with your hands and are just the sweetest.
 

 
You went to your first FFA alumni meeting and Bunco game this week, and fed cows too.
 
You're just the sweetest baby, and we're so glad we get to be your parents.
 



 
 


Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Down the road.

It's back to {Regularly Scheduled Programming}.....but never fear family - I'll still be posting Chandler updates.
 
:)
 
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Earlier this month, Clint spent a lot of time moving groups of cows to different pastures as we approached calving.
 
During December, he tries to keep the cows closer to the working facilities, since they get vaccinated prior to calving.  But then as we get into January, he tries to move at least one group every day, one pasture closer to the calving barns.
 
On the weekend I was home helping, we were actually moving fall cows away from the calving barns and into what we call the AI corral pasture where they'll spend all winter being fed.
 
Cows aren't dumb.
 
If you put a truck (or trailer) of feed in front of them, they're like moths to a flame and will go to it.
 


 
So on this day, we lured them down the road.  We drove on the road, and the pairs followed in their pasture until we got to the corner gate.  Once we were there, we pulled the trailer of feed into the pasture across the road where we needed them to go into, and opened the corner gate there.
 
Clint opened the gate in the pasture the cows were in and blocked one side of the road, while I waited on the other side to block traffic and turn the pairs in.
 


 
They crossed the road, went into the gate, and flocked right to the trailer loaded with hay.


 
Once they were all in the pasture, we hopped in the feed truck and trailed them to the other end where we fed them.
 
Later, we'd move additional fall pairs into the same pasture with these pairs.  But for this day, that was it and we went on with our day.

Thursday, January 21, 2016

Chandler - 2 weeks

Chandler Jesson James
 

 
There's a little boy snoring softly next to me as I type this post.
 
Sleep comes hard for him....well, the whole falling asleep thing is hard.  (I've been joking he's like his dad that way....)  But once he's solidly asleep, he'll sleep thru most anything for 2-3 hours. 
 
He loves going out in the feed truck, or in Clint's pickup to check cows.   Actually, if I need him to fall asleep - that's the way to get him there since as soon as we get going, he's out like a light.
 
He got his first "real" bath this week, since we got the ok from his doctor on Thursday after his cord fell off and his circumcision healed up enough.   I was a bit afraid, since he usually fusses during a sink/sponge bath but he LOVED being in his little bath tub and was happy as a clam.

 
He weighed 9 lbs, 11 oz at his 2 week appointment this week and all is well.  He's doing so well that we don't go back to the doctor until April.
 
Clint and I think his hair is getting redder; in certain lights I think he'll have strawberry blonde hair and then in other lights it looks light brown.  We'll just have to wait and see.

It's hard to believe two weeks has flown by.  He's getting so big and we love to watch him grow!

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I'm going to do weekly updates until he's a month old, and then I'll do monthly updates.

Or  maybe I'll do them more often.  We'll see.  :)

Chander - 1 week

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Life lately.

Life lately has been so good.
 
We sure love having this little foxy man added to our mix. 
 
 
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Sunday we enjoyed a visit from the Raymond's.

Isn't Pace so sweet holding Chandler?   We asked Colter if he wanted to and he kept saying "No thank you", over and over, haha.  But Pace was willing, and did such a good job.
 
 
 
Clint's been calving heifers at Double M and we've enjoyed going with him at night to check.  Since he's been so busy at the ranch, this lets us spend some one on one time with Clint.    Plus, Chandler's usually up then, and the pickup ride usually puts him right to sleep for the evening.
 

 
The fall calves are growing well - even in the rain.
 
It has been SO wet here....and there is more rain in the forecast.  But with the drought last summer, no one wants to complain.
 
Although we might air our frustrations about not being able to get around in the pastures, having to feed with the tractor (since none of the feed trucks have 4 wheel drive), or having to call someone to pull you out because you got stuck.
 
Right now - it's challenging, but we all know that this spring when the grass grows it will be worth it.
 

Yesterday we drove down to John Day to check out a feed truck Clint wanted to buy.  Chandler did so good - he slept the entire way down, and almost all of the way back.  The roads were great, and it was great to see snow in the mountains too, after such a dry summer.

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 So between holding this sweet boy, and calving heifers (Clint had more than 20 calve today - as soon as I finish this post, we're headed out to tag so things don't get mixed up) we're just enjoying the days and trying to catch sleep when we can.

Hope you're living the dream wherever you are!


Thursday, January 14, 2016

Chandler - 1 week

Chandler Jesson James
 
 
 
At 1 week old:
 
You're wearing size 1 diapers and some newborn items, but I think only for another week or so.
 
You weigh 9 lbs, 9 oz.
 
You weigh over your birth weight which got kudos from your doctor.
 
Your daddy affectionately calls you our "little muncher" because you love to eat.  Most crying can be solved by a diaper change or a feeding.
 
You've already been out to check heifers with your dad, and you slept thru AI'ing heifers with me.
 
You love your carseat, traveling, and being snuggled in a soft minky blanket.
 
You're sleeping 2-3 hours at a time, which is just enough to keep your momma happy.
 
And we are falling more & more in love with you each day....

Monday, January 11, 2016

Picking up a rhythm.

For those of you stopping by - the blog will most likely be filled with a lot of this little guy for awhile.  I know we have a lot of family who wants to see how he's doing, so I thought I'd post these little updates....
 
 
 
Little Chandler man...
 
You're 5 days old today, and we're starting to pick up our rhythm.
 
You're sleeping well....maybe not at the times I'd prefer, but at least you let mom get some rest too.
 
However 10 pm to midnight seems to be the time when you're the most "awake".  And also the time when you're the most fussy...hopefully we can work on getting over that.
 
Yesterday we really got the hang of the whole feeding thing, and that routine is getting a lot easier for the both of us.  Hopefully that will help us get on a schedule too.
 
You have the brightest eyes and love to just look around.  We haven't decided if they're going to be brown or blue, but when they're open they're always alert.
 
I think we're going to have to special order gloves for you some day, because you've got big old mitts for hands.  They're strong too - in the hospital I had to have your dad help me uncurl them from my IV line multiple times, and even now that we're home you can make a mean fist or grip something tightly.  That comes in nice when you like to hold our fingers though - you don't like to let go, and we're in no hurry to let you.  :)
 
Speaking of your dad....
 
 
He's pretty smitten with you.
 
 I love to watch you two snuggle at lunch time, or at night when he comes in the house from the ranch.  You like it when he whispers in your ear, and your eyes get so alert when he rocks and bounces you. 
 
Mornings are special too - we've been playing along with your 3:30 am wake up routine, and it's been special to spend time together as a new family of three.
 
Well...you're waking up as I type this last sentence....so I'm off to feed you and snuggle you.
 
Proud to be your mama,
Darcy

Friday, January 8, 2016

Chandler.

He's here!


We welcomed our son Chandler Jesson James Sexson yesterday, January 7 at 7:03 am.

He weighed in at 9 lbs, 5 oz and measured 22.5 inches long.

We're in love with him....and have just been enjoying the undivided time we have with here in the hospital.

Speaking of the hospital - we had him in Hermiston and couldn't speak more highly of the care we've both received from the doctors and nurses here.

Monday, January 4, 2016

First calf of 2016.

The first Double M spring calf of 2016

....was actually born in 2015.

:)

 

This little heifer calf was born over a month early, the week before Christmas.  Clint found her one day when they were feeding the first calf heifers and brought her to the sale barn.

She was so little that he and Jack had to use a 12 cc syringe and an 18'' piece of medical tubing to give her colostrum, using our favorite colostrum supplement.

The next two days, she lived on a horse saddle pad in the heated sale barn bathroom, and drank from a 20 oz pop bottle with a sheep nipple on it.   She probably weighed all of 35 or 40 pounds when she was born - she was so light that I could easily pick her up (being 9 months pregnant).

 Clint or I continued to feed her a few times a day, and then on Christmas he was able to sort off and bring her mother in to a pen around the sale barn where they've been living ever since.  We graduated her to a 32 oz water bottle with the same sheep nipple on it that day too, and since then her mother's come into enough milk that she only drinks about 16 oz of milk replacer each day before she is full.

She's a cute bugger, and hopefully we can keep her alive!

*Note - I hesitated writing this post in 2015, because I feel like every time I post about the first calf at the ranch, it dies.  :( 

 I probably shouldn't feel bad, since the first calf out of a thousand + calves that are born here at the ranch each year is usually an anomaly but still....it makes you hesitate.  But since this calf has lived for over two weeks now, I figured I was safe.  Hopefully this post doesn't do her in!

Calving is supposed to start on around the 20th, but all of the heifers here were AI'ed at least once, so we expect the majority of them to calve 5-10 days early. 

Which coincidentally is right when I'll be having our baby.....

So needless to say, life will be interesting here for awhile.