A watched pot….Smidge the cow.


Meet Smidge, the Holstein Jersey Dairy cow. Smidge is getting close to her due date of 10/12/12 and yesterday started showing my signs that she was going into labor with her second calf. I wanted to show you guys the miracle of birth from start to finish so I started taking pictures each time I checked on her.Β When she had her ultrasound by the vet about 7 months ago we found out she is supposed to be having a bull calf. I am excited for this calf to come because not only is Smidge one of my favorites she is bred to a Normande bull and I am looking forward to my first Normande calf. Norma is half Normande and she has me sold on the breed. If you want to learn more about Normande cows check out this link.

11:42am 10/9/12 Laying down in the “calving corner” this spot has been the favorite place for our cows to have their calves since they moved in here. That was sign one that she was getting close to calving. She was looking pretty uncomfortable too and not chewing her cud. That tells me that she is concentrating on something else. When a cow has a contraction you can see it. But just like in humans they can have contractions long before they are actually in labor.

2:24PM 10/9/12 Smidge has moved out of the building and is laying by herself in the pasture. Sometimes a cow just wants to be alone. Before giving birth a cow will start to have a lot of mucus discharge from her “cow lady bits”. Again like humans, cows have a mucus plug that will come out right before giving birth. Smidge has been showing a ton of mucus, again leading me to think that she is getting closer to calving.

4:31pm 10/9/12 Smidge is up eating dinner with her friends. Usually a cow in labor doesn’t want to eat. This tells me that either I am wrong about the signs she is showing me or she doesn’t care what normal cows do. By this time the ligaments around her tail head have loosened up, just like a human mother’s before birth, except you know, not the tail head. Smidge’s hind end is so loose it looks like she is planning on giving birth to a Peterbuilt.

9:29pm 10/9/12 Checking the cows before bed, again Smidge is up eating. I am still not convinced that she isn’t trying to trick me into thinking she isn’t calving so that I can’t get photos for my blog. I go into the house for dinner and head to bed but set my alarm.

1:50am 10/10/12 Smidge is back in the calving corner. She isn’t chewing her cud and seems to be having contractions but nothing else is going on so I head back to bed.

4:06am 10/10/12 Smidge is laying on her side and having stronger contractions but still nothing is showing. I am running on very little sleep and Hubs will be up in an hour for work, I head to bed again and mumble to him to check her when he gets up.

5:59am 10/10/12 Hubs checks Smidge and reports back from the front line. No calf but success that he understood my mumbling when I told him to check her as I elbowed him awake when his alarm went off. Weird face refers to a look that cows often get when they are in labor. Again, similar to humans… there is a reason photos of women in the middle of contractions don’t make the baby book.

8:17am 10/10/12 I am starting to think that Smidge is enjoying making me get up to come see her. I start to consider cutting out the tail scratches I give her each time I check on her. Maybe she is keeping this calf inside her so that she gets more scratches. I go inside for coffee, lots of coffee.

10:49AM 10/10/12 Smidge is eating again. I refuse to scratch her butt. She still looks ready to give birth at any moment.

1:29pm 10/10/12 Smidge is living the life many women in their last trimester hope for. She is napping next to the all you can eat buffet. Still no calf. Still no butt scratches.

Sorry if you were expecting this post to include a photo of a brand new calf. It doesn’t and trust me I want to see that calf more than all the rest of you combined. So when do you think she will calve? Her due date is the 10/12/12. Leave your guess on what day and time you think she will finally have that calf, the person with the closest guess will win a super secret super awesome prize!

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60 Comments on A watched pot….Smidge the cow.

  1. Robin Rastani
    October 10, 2012 at 2:53 pm (7 years ago)

    I’m going to guess 10/11/12… just because it’s cool! At 6:30 AM

    • dairycarrie
      October 11, 2012 at 4:35 pm (7 years ago)

      Sorry, you’re out!

  2. Nathan Kringle
    October 10, 2012 at 2:59 pm (7 years ago)

    I’m guessing 8:09 AM tomorrow, 10/11/12. For no reason other than the numbers all line up, and she doesn’t look like she could last very much longer. Good luck!

    • dairycarrie
      October 11, 2012 at 4:36 pm (7 years ago)

      And you’re out too…

  3. Kelly M. Rivard (@KMRivard)
    October 10, 2012 at 3:00 pm (7 years ago)

    10/10/12 at the most inconvenient time in the middle of the night. Like, between your evening check and your middle-of-then-night check.

    • dairycarrie
      October 11, 2012 at 4:36 pm (7 years ago)

      Nope! You’re out. Sorry!

      • Kelly M. Rivard (@KMRivard)
        October 12, 2012 at 10:32 am (7 years ago)

        Daaaang. Smidge, you let me down!

  4. Liz
    October 10, 2012 at 3:10 pm (7 years ago)

    I’m in for 10/11/12 because of the great number combo as well; only earlier, 3:45am – got to keep the number mojo going.

    • dairycarrie
      October 11, 2012 at 4:37 pm (7 years ago)

      Sorry Liz, still no baby so you are out!

  5. Barnyard Barbie
    October 10, 2012 at 3:11 pm (7 years ago)

    Love the reference “cow lady bits” totally going to have to borrow it! Good post!

    • dairycarrie
      October 10, 2012 at 3:16 pm (7 years ago)

      No guess on her calving time?

  6. Jon Lundgren
    October 10, 2012 at 3:17 pm (7 years ago)

    Normande bull calf? Due 10/12?

    I’m going with 10/19

    • drdiederich
      October 15, 2012 at 12:49 pm (7 years ago)

      Haha. That’s what I tought!

      • dairycarrie
        October 15, 2012 at 12:56 pm (7 years ago)

        Thankfully she actually calves on her due date. But I have 2 more Normande calves coming this month. One more bull and a heifer. Hoping they don’t make me play the waiting game.

  7. Ryan Goodman
    October 10, 2012 at 3:23 pm (7 years ago)

    I’m gonna go for the long and say 10/12/12 late night.

  8. Carey Rohr
    October 10, 2012 at 3:29 pm (7 years ago)

    10/11/12 at 10:12 am

    • dairycarrie
      October 11, 2012 at 4:37 pm (7 years ago)

      Sorry Carey, No calf yet so you are out!

  9. kristin
    October 10, 2012 at 3:31 pm (7 years ago)

    Around 1 am 10/11/13

    • dairycarrie
      October 11, 2012 at 4:38 pm (7 years ago)

      I wish! Still no calf so you are out.

  10. kristin
    October 10, 2012 at 3:32 pm (7 years ago)

    1am 10/11/13

  11. Mal
    October 10, 2012 at 3:32 pm (7 years ago)

    i’ll go for 10/11/12..5 a.m..

    • dairycarrie
      October 11, 2012 at 4:38 pm (7 years ago)

      Sill no calf so you are out too. πŸ™

  12. Stephany
    October 10, 2012 at 3:37 pm (7 years ago)

    Hmmmm…. not maybe during the night while you are sleeping somewhat soundly tonight! Have you tried checking her and making sure that things are coming in the right direction? I am sure you have… I know it is one of the first things I do when I think a calf should have been born and it isn’t. lol. I know that you and I both are pretty good at knowing the cows signs.. she is sure throwing up a loop! Doesn’t want any labor pictures!! Good luck πŸ™‚

  13. Deb Haines
    October 10, 2012 at 3:38 pm (7 years ago)

    Im going to say October 11 between 3 to 5 am

    • dairycarrie
      October 11, 2012 at 4:39 pm (7 years ago)

      Sorry Deb, no dice, no calf yet. You are out.

  14. Stephanie
    October 10, 2012 at 3:40 pm (7 years ago)

    I’m guessing…1:14 pm on 10/11/12

    • dairycarrie
      October 11, 2012 at 4:40 pm (7 years ago)

      Still no calf so you are out πŸ™

  15. thedesigngoddess
    October 10, 2012 at 3:50 pm (7 years ago)

    I have no idea about any of this, but I’m going with 10/11/12 3:10 pm. Good luck to all involved parties.

    • dairycarrie
      October 11, 2012 at 4:40 pm (7 years ago)

      Apparently I have no idea either because there still is no calf. Sorry you’re out of the running πŸ™

  16. thedesigngoddess
    October 10, 2012 at 3:55 pm (7 years ago)

    Don’t know what happened to my guess, but I said 10/11/12 3:10 pm.

  17. Peggy
    October 10, 2012 at 3:57 pm (7 years ago)


  18. Jana Reynolds
    October 10, 2012 at 4:01 pm (7 years ago)

    10/13/2012 at 8:47 a.m.

  19. Rory
    October 10, 2012 at 4:01 pm (7 years ago)

    10/11/12 at 12:12 p.m. would be a good time.

    • dairycarrie
      October 11, 2012 at 4:41 pm (7 years ago)

      Sorry Rory, still no calf so you are out of the running.

  20. tempo595
    October 10, 2012 at 4:12 pm (7 years ago)

    Oh, I so have to say 10/11/12. Smidge really needs to have that baby on my birthday! I’m gonna say around 9:59 pm. Come on Smidge, I’m rooting for ya!

  21. saramason
    October 10, 2012 at 4:19 pm (7 years ago)

    My guess is 10/13/12 early morning to early afternoon.

  22. Robin
    October 10, 2012 at 4:20 pm (7 years ago)

    Robin October 11, 12:01 am

    • dairycarrie
      October 11, 2012 at 4:42 pm (7 years ago)

      Sorry Robin, still no calf. You’re out of the running πŸ™

  23. Sierra Francis
    October 10, 2012 at 4:22 pm (7 years ago)

    If the numbers line up and you have a 10/11/12 bull calf, then I’d guess just before 10 AM maybe 9:55.

    • dairycarrie
      October 11, 2012 at 4:42 pm (7 years ago)

      I wish she would have made it in time but still no calf. You are out! πŸ™

  24. Bailey
    October 10, 2012 at 4:28 pm (7 years ago)

    Oh, she’ll probably calve around 3 am on 10/14/12, just to drag out the sleepless nights some more.

  25. Disgruntled Sox Fan
    October 10, 2012 at 5:06 pm (7 years ago)

    10/11/2012 9:38 am. a beautiful bouncing Gerber baby face cow

    • dairycarrie
      October 11, 2012 at 4:44 pm (7 years ago)

      I think it will be a beautiful calf when it finally gets here but he still hasn’t made his appearance. Sorry to say, you’re out of the running πŸ™

  26. Kiah
    October 10, 2012 at 5:47 pm (7 years ago)

    10/11/12 at 10:11 am!

    • dairycarrie
      October 11, 2012 at 4:44 pm (7 years ago)

      Darn the luck, still no calf!

  27. Diane Dever
    October 10, 2012 at 6:33 pm (7 years ago)

    I like 10-13-12 at 9:15am!!

  28. Jennifer
    October 10, 2012 at 9:13 pm (7 years ago)

    10-11-12 8:33 am.

    • dairycarrie
      October 11, 2012 at 4:45 pm (7 years ago)

      Still no calf. I am starting to wonder if she has just decided to stay pregnant forever.

  29. A Kansas Farm Mom
    October 10, 2012 at 10:12 pm (7 years ago)

    10/13/12 at 5:45 am just so you have to stay up all night watching and waiting. πŸ˜‰ It also appears that you have a chance of rain on Saturday and the fronts always bring the beef babies along.

  30. sheepwriterl
    October 10, 2012 at 10:26 pm (7 years ago)

    October 11 at 4:40 am…same time my son was born 28 years ago!

    • dairycarrie
      October 11, 2012 at 4:46 pm (7 years ago)

      That would have been cool but she missed your son’s birthday time. Sorry but you are out of the running.

  31. Janice aka JPlovesCOTTON
    October 10, 2012 at 10:34 pm (7 years ago)

    Thursday 10/11 at 11:31 am. That way you’ll be exhausted from another night of checking all night. LOL

    • dairycarrie
      October 11, 2012 at 4:47 pm (7 years ago)

      Oh I wish it was only one more night of missed sleep. Still nothing!

  32. High Heels & Shotgun Shells
    October 11, 2012 at 8:29 am (7 years ago)

    I’m going to guess 10/12/12 somewhere around 3:30 a.m. because I’m convinced all cows wait till we are completely sleep deprived to actually pop out a calf.

  33. countrylinked
    October 11, 2012 at 9:15 am (7 years ago)

    Guessing the new addition will arrive on 10/11/12 at 6:30 p.m. Best of luck!

  34. Lesa Elliott Clark
    October 11, 2012 at 9:59 pm (7 years ago)

    10/12/12 @ 2:30 am…will there be a new boy?

  35. thedesigngoddess
    October 17, 2012 at 4:52 pm (7 years ago)

    Well? What’s the word?

    • dairycarrie
      October 17, 2012 at 7:09 pm (7 years ago)

      Sorry, I announced it on the Dairy Carrie Facebook page. Smidge had little Samson on her due date, 10/12/12 at about 10:30pm

      • thedesigngoddess
        October 18, 2012 at 9:26 am (7 years ago)

        Congratulations. Cigars all around. πŸ™‚