Leila Francesca

☆ July 24, 2014

leila francesca

It has been really hard to get proper pictures of Leila! Part of this is the weather – photography takes the back seat when it is 107°F at 10am and there are a day’s worth of chores (and milking!) to cram into the few cool hours at dawn and dusk.

And part of this is Leila – she is far too excited about being in a body to keep that body still for a photograph! She shows off with a few rounds of little bucks, all four feet leaving the ground at once, then races up to nuzzle my face and neck – she is like a little puppy! Our new favorite trick is for me to sit on the ground and scritch her chest between her front legs; she will then reach over my shoulder and scritch my back with her baby teeth.

When I step away, hoping to fit her into the camera frame, she dashes over.
Most of my photos look like this:


Daisy is so in love.
Thank you for the suggestion of a middle name.
I’m off to milk!


68 Responses to “Leila Francesca”

  1. Kristan
    July 24th, 2014 @ 7:11 am

    Oh man, that is the most beautiful cow I have ever seen. <3

  2. Meg
    July 24th, 2014 @ 7:13 am

    Look at those eye lashes!! Will they stay long , or as she grows older will she “grow into them?”

  3. Jenn
    July 24th, 2014 @ 7:23 am

    Love her name and wow, she is absolutely stunning! Love the never ending long eyelashes.

    Thanks for sharing,


  4. Elaine ~ TX
    July 24th, 2014 @ 7:42 am

    She is absolutely BEAUTIFUL!!!! And those lashes are amazing!!! What fun to have her want to play and snuggle with you, my heart smiles. Love her name also!

  5. Susie B.
    July 24th, 2014 @ 8:04 am

    Leila Francesca is beautiful. Frisco is smiling.

  6. Deborah
    July 24th, 2014 @ 8:06 am

    I just fell in love with your new baby. The eyes, the lashes, the whorl in the middle of her face, everything you described about her, reduced me to a pile of mush. Very happy for you & the Farmily.

  7. kay
    July 24th, 2014 @ 8:10 am

    I like the little spiral-looking patch of fur between her eyes.

  8. torre
    July 24th, 2014 @ 8:14 am

    what a beautiful girl! I love her antics :) and how cute that she’ll scritch your back! she is adorable

  9. pam
    July 24th, 2014 @ 8:21 am

    That picture of her dashing over is priceless….all of us know the feeling of frustration when we tell our pets to stay so we can get the pic and they dont! She is just too adorable not to smile at! as always, thanks for sharing and starting my morning w a smile.

  10. paula
    July 24th, 2014 @ 8:23 am

    She is so CUTE!!! I love her and her name. You and Mike should be really proud of yourselves that you were able to deliver a healthy and happy calf! You’re all amazing!

  11. Marg
    July 24th, 2014 @ 8:33 am

    Beautiful calf, beautiful bonding.

    Stay cool in this crazy weather!

  12. Janet M
    July 24th, 2014 @ 8:41 am

    She is so adorable!

  13. Julie
    July 24th, 2014 @ 8:42 am

    So beautiful, so heartwarming. It makes me happy to see. Best wishes for always.

  14. Lynne
    July 24th, 2014 @ 8:51 am

    Leila is absolutely GORGEOUS! She has such a loving look in her eyes. I think she knows just how much you helped her Mom.

  15. Amy
    July 24th, 2014 @ 8:53 am

    She is a gorgeous as you promised! She and Chloe sound like kindred spirits, though I understand Chloe is in the midst of ChickenWatch: 2014.

  16. Judy
    July 24th, 2014 @ 8:58 am

    So much fun and beauty in one tiny package!

  17. Jamie, Mom of 3
    July 24th, 2014 @ 9:03 am

    Adorable. How lucky she is to have you to love on her.

  18. Debra
    July 24th, 2014 @ 9:08 am

    Her beauty is astounding. Leila…you’ve got me on my knees, Leila.

  19. Sydnie
    July 24th, 2014 @ 9:23 am

    Yes, the lashes!! Such a gorgeous girl! Is it wrong that I’m totally envious of those eyelashes? This makes me a want a baby cow who will act like a puppy. :)

  20. Faye
    July 24th, 2014 @ 9:25 am

    What an angel! Hello, Leila Francesca!! Congrats!

  21. CeBee
    July 24th, 2014 @ 9:50 am

    Leila is such a cutie pie! I almost married a dairy farmer whose calves and their moms also had such long and booooootiful (moooooootiful?) eyelashes. I still kick myself, cudda had my own “farmily.”

  22. Path
    July 24th, 2014 @ 10:00 am

    Oh my, that swirl of fur between those bursting with life eyes a perfect place for a kiss. What a blessing, welcome to the world of your farmily, Leila Francesca. Can’t wait to see more pics.

  23. Carol K
    July 24th, 2014 @ 10:05 am

    The miracle of birth is always breathtaking. Such a beautiful baby.

  24. Sheri Nugent
    July 24th, 2014 @ 10:06 am

    Watch her become your new favorite.

  25. Robin
    July 24th, 2014 @ 10:09 am

    a picture of radiant JOY!!!!

  26. ClaireB
    July 24th, 2014 @ 10:38 am

    She is adorable and love her name. The rescue ranch I volunteer for rescued 3 horse moms & their barely week old foals. 2 moms & babes got adopted righrt away. The other has been adopted by the owner. Well let me tell you the colt (around 2 1/2 mos now) is my latest love. And I too have a hard time getting a decent pic of him. Babes are soooo cute and curious and playful.

  27. Alyxx
    July 24th, 2014 @ 10:46 am

    That is one amazing and beautiful baby. Shreve, all you do and all you are is pure magic, pure love.
    Thank you.

  28. bonnie
    July 24th, 2014 @ 10:58 am

    beautiful. my grandfather would be so happy to know i’m sitting here admiring a calf. thanks for taking the time to post her pictures for us.

  29. Jackie Beck /Montana
    July 24th, 2014 @ 11:16 am

    She is lovely, She Make’s me smile She is a gift.

  30. Colleen G
    July 24th, 2014 @ 11:22 am

    What a little love bug. Cutest thing ever!

  31. mj
    July 24th, 2014 @ 11:23 am

    What a beautiful baby! I second everything that’s already been said. She looks like she is just full of love and life! You and Mike did an awesome job with Leila Francesca (perfect middle name too).

  32. mlaiuppa
    July 24th, 2014 @ 11:54 am

    She has Daisy’s cowlick on her forehead.

    And look at those eyes!

  33. Jenny C
    July 24th, 2014 @ 12:09 pm

    Oh, she’s darling! Little chocolate button with wings for eyelashes. She must bring you such joy – look how much joy she’s brought to all of us… already. Love these comments and agree with every single one.

  34. Karen
    July 24th, 2014 @ 12:13 pm

    I have never fallen in love with a calf over the internet, until now. Congratulations again, Shreve!

  35. Kelley Rico
    July 24th, 2014 @ 2:58 pm

    Kudos! What a sweetie pie. We’re in the 107f too: yoicks. We’ve adopted tomato beers as an afternoon pick us up- it stays HOT until midnight. Not a morning person so this is kicking my tail what with chores etc. Still: cutest calf I’ve seen this year!!!

  36. Maggie
    July 24th, 2014 @ 3:07 pm

    Love love love love love!!!!!

  37. Liane B
    July 24th, 2014 @ 4:38 pm

    She is adorable….love, love, love the eyelashes. Would love to see a vid of her bucking/frolicking/thanking her lucky stars she was born into the farmily. :)

  38. Suzette
    July 24th, 2014 @ 4:49 pm

    How beautiful! Looks like you’re actually doing well getting photos of her before she gets too close. Most of the photos from the first few days of my filly’s life were close-ups of her nose or eye or cheek.

  39. Karen
    July 24th, 2014 @ 5:10 pm

    Just love to keep up with your farmily— in WY and on the web!

  40. sybil
    July 24th, 2014 @ 5:18 pm

    Oh my stars. XOXO

  41. Evelyn
    July 24th, 2014 @ 5:48 pm

    Just beautiful – love her name

  42. Kelsey
    July 24th, 2014 @ 5:49 pm

    Absolutely adorable! Love the crazed, playful look in her eyes in the second shot!

  43. Heatherface
    July 24th, 2014 @ 6:46 pm

    I laughed so hard at that last picture.

  44. Caitlin
    July 24th, 2014 @ 6:51 pm

    She is absolutely spectacular! Congratulations on the new addition to the family!

  45. Maggie
    July 24th, 2014 @ 6:57 pm

    Congratulations to Daisy and you all. She’s beautiful.

  46. Eileen
    July 24th, 2014 @ 6:59 pm

    Thanks for this post. It just made my day.
    What a sweet little joyful being.

  47. Anna
    July 24th, 2014 @ 7:03 pm


  48. CreekHiker / Holly's Folly
    July 24th, 2014 @ 9:56 pm

    Congrats! She is lovely!

  49. Robin
    July 24th, 2014 @ 11:28 pm

    I’m in love – this is a special one!

  50. dani
    July 24th, 2014 @ 11:45 pm

    Such beautiful eyes! Moo

  51. TomT
    July 25th, 2014 @ 5:44 am

    How sweet. Puts a smile on my face. Take some video. (For the documentary of course) :)

  52. Holly
    July 25th, 2014 @ 6:15 am

    She is beautiful….and I love the middle name…she is a special calf, that’s for sure…

  53. Lindsay
    July 25th, 2014 @ 7:59 am

    Such a pretty baby <3
    Love her eyes :)

  54. Rose Marie B
    July 25th, 2014 @ 9:42 am

    Loves and scritches from Oklahoma to you all!

  55. Nance
    July 25th, 2014 @ 9:52 am

    So FRICKEN cute!!!! Those eyes. So full of joy. You just may have Frisco back again.

  56. DevCee
    July 25th, 2014 @ 12:16 pm

    Haha! She looks like a puppy in the 2nd photo! Beautiful baby!

  57. Steph Nelson
    July 25th, 2014 @ 9:31 pm

    What a beautiful addition to your family! I’m happy for Daisy!

  58. leah in IN
    July 26th, 2014 @ 1:23 am

    She is a beaut and has an ornery look to her. A look that just says I will kiss, lick, and slobber all over you!

  59. Catherine Deshayes
    July 26th, 2014 @ 12:10 pm

    107 degrees, my god, I was hoping to go North to get cool air but no go !
    That little calf is sweet !

  60. Heidi
    July 26th, 2014 @ 2:54 pm

    So glad you hear you sound so happy. And oh, what a swirl that little one has!

  61. Shari
    July 26th, 2014 @ 3:16 pm

    She is gorgeous!!!! Congrats to the whole Farmily!

  62. lisa
    July 27th, 2014 @ 11:18 am

    she is just stunningly beautiful!

  63. Patricia Long
    July 28th, 2014 @ 7:04 pm

    Leila is a great and beautiful little calf. I love her eyelashes and especially her puppy love for you!

  64. Deborah Dutko
    July 29th, 2014 @ 7:55 am

    She looks like a little rascal!
    So beautiful. Welcome to the world, Leila Francesca!

  65. Jo Davis
    July 29th, 2014 @ 8:41 am

    she is so beautiful and I love that you say “scritch” :)

  66. Kim
    July 31st, 2014 @ 8:09 am

    Such a darling calf!! I am so happy for you. :D

  67. Theresa Szpila
    July 31st, 2014 @ 3:20 pm

    Oh, I am just FILLED with JOY!!!!

    I love beautiful beginnings, and little Leila Francesca is off to the best beginning she could ever dream of. I am so, so happy for her.

    Sending great big hugs to the little one!


  68. annbb
    July 31st, 2014 @ 10:36 pm

    Just read about Frisco. I am so very sorry. You love your other-humans fiercely and I know this must have been a tremendous loss to you and all your farmily.

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