Friday, May 22, 2009

Bitter Sweet Week



Good news- Fiona had her baby. Seriously I AM IN LOVE. Everything went really well, but of course we missed the birth by about an hour.

Very, very bad news- Our beloved Fiona died five days after giving birth. It was such a sad thing to watch. She had a very severe case of colic (where the insides get all twisted) and I had to call the vet to come put her down (Miah was out of town). The saddest part was watching the little filly snuggling her mom even after she passed......heart wrenching. It really was so terribly sad.

We loved Fiona. When Miah and his brother Adam starting getting into horses, Fiona was the first horse they got. Adam raised and trained her and eventually gave her to Angi as a gift. Angi and I took riding lessons on her, and since then she is the only horse that I have felt comfortable riding. We all had a special attachment to her and I felt so horrible calling Adam and Ang (bawling) to ask them if we should put her down. She was in so much pain and Adam knew it was what we had to do.

The upside is that I have completely fallin' in Love with this adorable little baby (Little Fiona). If I ramble here, please excuse me, I am talking as a proud mother. She is the calmest, cutest thing I have ever seen. Since her mom died I have had to play the part. I have had the privilege of being able to feed her every two hours, which really means I have been out with her nonstop because it takes about an hour to get her to eat what she needs and by the time that feeding is over, it is time for the new one to begin. With Miah out of town, I had my mom come sleep over so that I could stay out with Little Fiona and she could sleep inside with my birth children.

The first night out with her was so sweet. I knew she had to be tired but she wouldn't lie down so I sat in the straw and sure enough about 15 seconds later she came and laid down right next to me and put her cute little muzzle on my lap. It really was so surreal. She is so sweet. My husband is loving it because I normally don't get too involved with all the horse stuff but now it's all I talk about, think about, dream about. I'm pretty much obsessed with her.

It is so nice to live in such a great neighborhood. When big Fiona got sick we had a bunch of neighbors out there helping. They were all sincerely concerned about little Fiona. I have had people volunteering to feed her through different hours of the night so I can get some rest. They all come and check on her and several have offered their barns for her.

Little Fiona now follows me around and I think that she thinks she is human. It is adorable. The kids sit on a stool in the stall while I feed her. Little Fiona often goes and licks Hudson and Hudson either kisses her or yells at her to leave him alone. She is part of the family and we adore her.

9 comments:

Lindsey Sharp said...

erin that is so sweet. I am sorry you lost your horse but you are such a cute mom! to your kids and your horse! Can avery and I come see little fiona next week?

thewestenskows.blogspot.com said...

Lacey told me about you guys having to put Fiona down. That makes me so sad! I'm glad that little Fiona is ok!

Katie said...

So sad about Mommy Fiona, but I'm glad all is well with baby! Erin I just can't picture this country girl in you! Maybe it's just been a long time, like maybe 5 or 6 years!!! Ha Ha Ha.

Jamie and Covie Gonzales said...

Oh Erin, that would be so hard. I know i would have a hard time and with your hubby being gone too. You are stronger than I am. The new little one in adorable. I always love their tall legs. She is so cute! Much love!

Ashley Engar said...

Erin....are you serious?? I am SOO sad! I started crying reading this. Are you ok??? I will have a lot of free time in about 3 weeks so I can help you if you need help. I'm sorry to hear about poor Fiona :(. That makes me so upset. Love you.

Amy Campbell said...

I'm so sorry to hear about Fiona, so sad. Little Fiona is adorable!

adam and angi bradley said...

Oh man... every time I think about it I want to cry. I'm so sorry you had to be there home alone while all of this was going on. I wish that I could have been there to help you, but from the bottom of our hearts, thank you for being there for Lil' Fiona!

Moleff Family! said...

you are too cute! What a beautiful horse!! missya!

Ashley and Ezra said...

Oh my gosh Erin... seeing the little baby right after birth was the most amazing thing ever, and now I find out that his mom died... that is so sad! Im so sorry, she was beautiful!