As if it's not stressful enough to be on foalwatch this April, I'm also due with my second child. The irony of it all? We both have the same due date! Fortunately, I have a husband who is more than capable of helping the mare and several friends who have offered to keep an eye on my mare if I might be at the hospital delivering my own baby! Funny enough, I'm far more concerned about my mare going through this than I am for myself! There are certainly lots of good jokes going around and plenty of people wanting to take pictures of both of us together in our final month (I guess that's one way to make me feel not so big!). What are the chances that both of us have such "good" timing to deliver on our due dates?
Welcome to my world! My mare and I didn't have the same due date, but last year I had twins in February and she had a filly in June. Actually, we were both pregnant with twins for about two weeks, until the first preg check when the vet pinched one. I was on foal watch with two infants and at the ripe old age of four months my kids attended their first foaling. It will all be fine, especially since you have good friends to help you out.
LOL I'm due August and my mare is due in June! I can just picture me waddling around trying to 'help' her have her foal. And the trip to the vet to inseminate with mom (who isn't an awesome loader) and baby.. and fat me..
I know exactly how you feel! I had one foal last year, and it was born on June 4th. I had my second daughter on June 28th! I was so thankful that she foaled before I had the baby, b/c I really wanted to be there. I remember feeling huge as I was helping the mare foal, but all went fine and both babies did great
Wow Hansiska, two babies and a foal, that's crazy.
I had two foals in Feb and one in April then my daughter in May. The funniest day was when I went to blanket the mare that foaled in April and got stuck. She's short with a huge belly, I was short with a huge belly. Thankfully the mare is super kind and my SO was there to help me up.
Good luck OP, glad you've got lots of help. Imagine the looks you'd get in the delivery room if you told the nurses your husband couldn't be there because he was busy foaling out your mare, lol.
I've been saying all along that I'm not going to the hospital if she's having her foal. I've atleast been through it before! Glad to hear that others have been there and done ok. Just wish I had a little bigger window between our due dates - can't believe they are exactly the same day. Not sure if it's better or worse for it to happen while I'm pregnant or caring for an infant but I really want to be here. I've been around for a few foalings but this is the first time I've done it with my own mare and at my own farm.
You'd think this experience would help me come up with a good name (for the foal, not my son....that one I'm working on too!)
How exciting!!! Best of luck with both "foalings"!!
I had my 2nd child via emergency c-section (6 1/2 weeks early) and then help pull my foal out 12 days later...she was on time I was early...my other mare foaled 2 days before my actual due date...fun times!! My son "missed" the first foaling as he was in the nicu for 5 weeks...but he made it to the second one!!
Haha! I just had my son, my first, in November and my maiden mare is due in the very beginning of April. I used to make comments that "the four of us" were going for a ride every time I got on her-not often and we just moseyed for both our sakes! GL!
Well, my mare is still waiting in spite of showing signs for over a week but I had my son on Saturday. I hoped and prayed she'd wait and had some very good friends keeping close tabs on her while I was away. Now I've been home for 2 days and have told her she can have her foal. Today is her official due date and she's miserable!
Well, the son is already named but I've been trying to come up with a clever name for the foal! Any other suggestions? Sire is Salute the Truth. Dam is Piccolo's Dance (by Parabol). There has to be good way to pay homage to the occassion (if this 4-legged baby ever arrives!)