Around 8 pm I heard a plaintive cry and looked in on the sheep and amazingly enough, there was a little lamb. Apricot had literally given birth in 45 minutes without any prior warning.
We decided on Elsie as the name and were happy to see that she looked fully formed and sturdy. We took the ram and 2 other ewes and put them in their own stall and sat back to enjoy mom and baby. But after 45 minutes Elsie still hadn't stood up. So we helped her to nurse, which was an experience - catching and holding Apricot while keeping Elsie out of harm's way, then holding Elsie up to Apricot to nurse.
She seemed weaker than she should have been and we were afraid that we'd have another lost lamb. We started to help her nurse every couple of hours, to make sure that her skittish mom didn't completely deny her nourishment. And prayed she'd make it through the night.