Yes, that is a baby bump in the photograph and not the result of too much cheese. We are expecting a baby boy in January and I am using pregnancy symptoms (nausea, fatigue) as an excuse for my lackadaisical blogging behavior!
All of our animal family are doing well and have transitioned to the colder months without difficulty. Happily for them, this has been a warm winter and although we have experienced a number of freezes, we have had very little precipitation to speak of.
Brian has been milking Wendy since Daffodil's birth in April. Her production has slowed down with the winter season and it is a relief for Brian to only have to milk her once a day in the morning. Daffodil is now nearly as big as her mom and is physically mature enough to become a mother herself. We decided to hold off on breeding Daffodil for one more year as she is still a baby in our eyes (not to mention the additional work of each milking animal!).
In addition to his daily milking routine, and feeding and water the rest of the crew as I am not much help these days, Brian has been working at a local creamery in a production and sales environment. He has gotten the invaluable experience of making cheddar and meeting hundreds of customers, both cheese connoisseurs and novices. He is becoming a bit of an expert on cheese himself and his knowledge is reflected in his home cheese production. We have had fun experimenting with lots of different flavor combinations, most of which have been a success!