I bought 2 beautiful doelings last spring and was incredibly excited to start my dairy journey. Last August, we purchased a buck for them who had his own separate pen with housing where they could still see and talk to each other. I tried, and failed, to breed them multiple times. Until we brought the buck home, it had seemed they were almost constantly in heat. September brought a nasty storm that put Jaspers pen out of commission. Neither of the girls had shown any signs of heat so we let Jasper live with them. Not once after he moved in did I ever see any heat signs or would they allow him to mount. They always moved away from him when he tried. Until a couple of weeks ago, we had assumed we would be breeding this spring instead. For Christmas, DH surprised me with a Caribbean vacation for our Anniversary. We leave 2/8/18 and it is set in stone. A couple of weeks ago I started to notice one of my girls were bagging up, it would appear the other doe is about a month behind as her udder is just now starting to form and very small. Daisy, the first doe, has really come into her udder. It’s a good size now, to me, for a first freshener. It feels tight to me. Not huge but not at all small. Her teats have gotten a bit larger. I can no longer find her ligaments and I can wrap my fingers all the way around her tail head. She has gone from having her tail pinned down to straight out behind her and a little crooked over the past few days. Today her tail is down again. Her belly appears to have dropped significantly and she has become much more vocal. I have both girls in a nice clean stall together for now. They’re sisters and have never been away from each other so they get very upset if I try to separate them. With this trip getting closer and closer everyday I am getting more worried and frustrated. Multiple times I have thought “today must be the day” only to have nothing change. I am scared to death to leave her without the kids already being born. My best estimate of breeding is September when the buck moved in. I’m praying it was at the beginning of the month. If she were bred towards the middle of September I will not be here for the birth and I don’t know what to do. Any advice? I’m about to go take them for a walk now and will try to get photos of her.