The little man is doing fantastic!!
By last night he had everything figured out and was completely on his own. He's starting to want to throw in a few little bucks to his movements as well. LOL.
I was actually able to get 4 whole hours of sleep as well. Yay me!! I still feel rum-dumb and my whole body aches...But it was Soooooo Worth It!!
I am still waiting for the last blood draw results. Fingers crossed that his IgG levels (Immunoglobulin) are at least 600. The ideal is 800-1,000, but the vet said if they have come up to to at least 400-600, we can still hold off on doing a transfusion for another couple of days, retest and see what the blood says then. If they levels have not come up adequately by the time he is a week old...A transfusion will still be necessary. Without it, all it takes is any little germ/virus to make his system crash and he could go downhill and die fairly rapidly, no matter how good he looks now nor how much he has progressed from where he was. I am waiting with baited breath and crossed fingers that the first test was so low because little Flash was just slow to get started.
Now that I know he is nursing adequately on his own, I am leaving him and momma alone longer between checks. I know it seems somewhat romantic that Flash looks at me as an additional 'momma'...but it's NOT! This is not the kind of 'bond' that I want with this little guy. My whole goal has been merely to get him to the point where his real momma can do her job.
I do like to imprint my foals, if at all possible...but it's not a big deal whether I can or not because I have found absolutely NO difference in my mature horses. Besides, the level of contact I have had to have with Flash goes far beyond normal imprinting. I have been around and handled a few horses that had far too much human contact as foals and I disliked those horses very much. For the most part, they are ill-mannered and disrespectful of humans and it is difficult to re-establish proper boundaries.
There has been a sort of a bond established between Frenchy and I that I am pleased with. Maybe the proper wording should be a 'mutual respect' was established. I am the ONLY one Frenchy has accepted into her and her baby's space with minimal protest. During the first 36 hours, Frenchy was perfectly willing to let me do what I needed to do...Milk her and handle her baby, but as Flash has gotten stronger, Frenchy has become a little more protective of him. And that is a GOOD THING!! As long as Flash is doing good, I am only more than happy to turn the responsibility of his raising back over to his real mother. She gets him for a few months. I'll get him for the rest of his life. :-)