Do I smile nice and big at my brilliance LOL or just own up to thinking:-
"Well sweety it's obvious you shouldn't be here yet so we have to stop you moving too much so you don't tear that yolk sack before you have been given a chance to absorb it."
I thought of how you look after babies [human] and how you wrap them and keep them warm etc, and applied it to this gosling. My main thought was to stop the legs moving too much. Hence I put her back in her shell feet first - amazingly she seemed to know not to move too much and lay snuggled in her 'blankie' until the yolk was fully absorbed.
But above all else was the thought of losing this little fighter who wanted to say hullo to the world too soon. And the kids constant "MUM you can't let her die" helped a lot too.
I stated 'DON'T recommend this at all" mainly for the infection concerns involved with the damp cloth regardless of the fact that you basically are 'shoving' a new bub back into it's shell - "if you can't sterilize it I don't recommend it" is what I should have said - maybe.
I told the kids "If she survives her name is going to be Lucky - as in Lucky to be alive" the rest is history - I wouldn't give up Lucky for anything - she is my baby above all the others - just don't tell them that LOL
So maybe I did have a stroke of genius - maybe just a stroke of desperation to get the kids off my back - who knows and who cares - it worked and I am forever grateful it did - coz Lucky is an absolute treasure
[even if she does pull clothes off the line and can open the back screen door to get into the house
Therefore = I am so simple I am brilliant - [says soozorps taking a bow]
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