A week of ups and downs, nugget is proud to introduce baby mal

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Daddy pig lost his grandad malcom on the 29/02/20, a week later in a small local pet shop (as far as pet shops go by far the best I've ever seen) he spotted a litter of baby piggies born the exact same day. No daddy pig you cannot have a pet shop baby pig or two was my initial reaction but we had been thinking of extending nuggets group for a while and he seemed pretty attached due to the day they were born, in the end I figured we were prepared for options if the bonding failed, any potential vet trips etc so I caved and agreed. Then the lockdown happened and we forgot all about it because we had enough going on and we hadn't heard anything. On Monday we had to help our princess over the bridge so when they called on Tuesday to say there was one baby girl and she was ready they'd deliver her, I wasn't at all happy with daddy pig! I was not ready for another piggy yet and quite frankly this was horrific timing (I feel awful saying this but I just couldn't get my head around the idea) daddy pig once again won me round by saying giving the limitations of lockdown a 7 week old baby while never intended for fluffys group may just work for her 🤔 somewhat reluctantly I set up the bonding pen, I knew given she was 7 weeks old I had to waiver quarentine and I'd just had to deneighbour nugget from fluffy due to fighting through the bars so I figured give this a shot. I found it really hard to look at her at first I wont lie, I wasn't ready yet so a quick health check, weigh in and sex check and she was in the bonding pen with fluffy. Fluffy initially refused to acknowledge her existence and just stared into space, then turned to look at me with a look that just said 'what is that' then turned to face a corner. Very timidly the somewhat shell-shocked baby pottered over to try and cuddle into fluffy and it was at that point fluffy lost it, full on flying balls of fur... The bonding was well and truly over.
I am now somewhat panicked, there's a tiny baby piggy in my house and only one bonding option left, their bond already on tenterhooks from their earlier neighbouring with fluffy this could not be more of a disaster, at this rate I could have a lot of pigs requiring rescue dating (seriously daddy this is why we don't have Ooops in petshops at any time let alone while grieving during lockdown). So much guilt and shame and anxiety now running through me I go to get nugget and marshmallow, I have a surprise for you girls, please please get on 😣 thankfully after some initial alterations between nugget and marshmallow the bonding went OK and they seem to be getting on very well now. I'm still struggling to bond with the baby but I know in time I will grow to love her, I'm happy that nugget is happy, I've always seen her as leader of a group and she's taken on the challange well but I'm still grieving and very sad that despite a night at cavy corner fluffy is still rejecting every pig 😣 but I am starting to interact with baby mal more, we've had a cuddle and I'm smiling seeing her popcorning around, I know had she joined us at any other time idve fallen head over heels for her already. I also know that princess wouldn't want me to never love another piggy again. I had to get my own head around her being here before I could introduce her to you all... So every one this is baby mal born 29/02/20 named after daddy pigs grandad malcom 💞💖
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Oh, how lovely. She’s so small. And very pretty. Looking forward to seeing more of her on the forum.
 

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Oh, how lovely. She’s so small. And very pretty. Looking forward to seeing more of her on the forum.
Thankyou, I was a little scared of judgement, she weighed 362g on Tuesday 😊 she's settled very well but I know she was handled a lot previously, she's very cute, I still miss princess a lot though 💖 I just love how nugget keeps seeming to smile at me with a baby following behind, I always saw her as leader of a group, she's very bossy but very friendly too 😊 the baby seems extremely submissive, I'm sure that could all change in the teenage months though 🤪
 

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Princess is not being replaced, she never can or will be. And it’s okay to miss her 🤗 Baby is more of a...salve of sorts for your husband. And maybe for you in some way.
 

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Princess is not being replaced, she never can or will be. And it’s okay to miss her 🤗 Baby is more of a...salve of sorts for your husband. And maybe for you in some way.
I know, absolutely noone could replace her, just like babybelle and Effie could never replace onslow, it's more guilt that she's from a pet shop and that we'd assumed we weren't getting her anymore due to covid and then the shock timing of her actually coming took some getting my head around 💖 but she's here she's loved and now I'm not harbouring a secret baby pig I can get on with grieving 🙈 x
 

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Well I forgot how fast babies grow 😱 up to 433g at today's weekly weigh in (didn't see the point waiting till Tuesday when I do the others today) she's very calm the others were all a bit crazy as babies 😂 never had a baby this young though 🙈 still trying to spend extra time with fluffy, she's still a bit sad looking but she maintained yesterday's weight so that's a start (first day she's not lost) good girl fluffy 💖
 

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What a beautiful little girl she is, a worthy successor to Princess

Don’t worry about not feeling you love her immediately- that’s perfectly normal after a loss.
She will, however, create her own place in your heart and one day you will realise how much you love her too.
Thankyou 💖 I know had it been any other time idve fallen straight in love, her mummy looked a lot like Princess (which is strange because she couldn't look more different) and she has the same big eyes that p had 💖 I keep trying to tell myself that a baby born the same day of a family loss, from a mummy that looked like our rainbow piggy who joined us a day after her loss must be meant to be here 💖 she's pretty sweet, maybe idve felt better had she joined us a few days or a week later, it's just 24hours felt far too soon 😔 but my nugget is currently the happiest pig around so for that I am thankful 💖
 
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