There'* a good note to add to this story.
I went over to the neighbors' house to let them know we were going to set off some fireworks at midnight, and the Grandmother was the only one at the house. She said that her Grandson, my childhood friend, Erin, was out in the barn birthing a goat.
I went bak to talk to them, and make sure that us setting off our fireworks wouldn't scare the mother and the kids.
When I came into the barn, I found Erin, his girlfriend Jill, and friend Dan, all working feverishly to try to save a kid that was stuck hard in the birth canal. Try as they might, they couldn't get him past the hips. I watched for awhile, but Dan'* wife was due on a flight at 11pm, and we decided that I would pitch in, while Jill washed up and headed off to pick her up.
We strained and struggled to keep the mother from collapsing to her lame side, but nothing we did could convince the kidto emerge. Finally, I called Mom to let her know where I was, and she showed up with some fresh supplies and my brother.
Unfortunately, by that time, the mother had pretty much given up. She was tired and wouldn't stay up, and Dan and I just couldn't keep her up.
Erin finally gave in and called his dad home from the party they had been at.
Once he showed up, we got her rolled all the way onto her side, and he was able to finally pull the kid free.
We were expecting to see a dead kid by that time, he had been in the birth canal for several hours. But when we layed him on the straw, he was moving a little. A quick massage and towelling off, and he was breathing and trying to move a little.
We turned him over to his mom just as she started on the second kid, who came out without any trouble, being half the size of his brother.
So, two new lives out there. Two little bleating bundles of legs and giant heads.
I'd say that that is a good end to a bad day, and a damn good way to end the year.
Happy New Year, y'all.
The little guy up front is the one that gave us all the trouble. The other was happy to come out. Last I saw, they were both working on nursing and finding their feet.