☆ March 29, 2016


The baby is named. And after pouring over your amazing suggestions, and LOVING your amazing suggestions, and reading your amazing suggestions out loud while sitting with the baby calf, I named her a name of my own. Ixchel.

Ixchel is probably my favorite name ever. It’s Mayan, pronounced e-SHELL. In Mayan culture, Ixchel is the goddess of midwifery and associated with the moon, which seems appropriate given the circumstances of her birth (she made it SO easy for Fiona, who has had trouble and loss in the past) and the moon patch on her belly.

If you look closely, you can see her white spot here:

This baby is so relaxed! 💕 Zonked out in the sun after a romp and a meal. If you look closely you can see her little white patch. Daisy is Queen Matriarch, as always 👑 #cowsofinstagram #wyoming #dairycow #dairycows

A photo posted by Shreve Stockton (@dailycoyote) on

If the embed doesn’t work for you, you can see the photo here.

Welcome to the world, Ixchel!


18 Responses to “Ixchel”

  1. Sheri Nugent
    March 29th, 2016 @ 8:34 am

    Oooohhhh! Ixchel is really perfect. Good call on that one.

  2. Marg
    March 29th, 2016 @ 8:35 am

    Love the name, good choice. Certainly better than my Polka or Dot lol. Have you ever read the book The Red Tent? The picture above reminds me of it as it is about how the women in biblical times would gather in the red tent when they were having their periods and that is when they bonded and discussed and became sisters. Those four above are doing exactly that.

  3. Rose Marie B
    March 29th, 2016 @ 9:27 am

    Love it! :)

  4. JoDi
    March 29th, 2016 @ 9:41 am

    So cute and tiny!

  5. Terry V.
    March 29th, 2016 @ 11:05 am

    Precious life. Lovely name.

  6. Jenny C
    March 29th, 2016 @ 11:08 am

    Love the name, love the darlings in the photo. An extraordinary shot of “ordinary” cow-girls on an “ordinary” day… except it, and they, aren’t ordinary at all, like the thousands of daily miracles in life. Thank you for sharing such a rich and satisfying vignette, Shreve.

    Look at that baby girl – absolutely darling and so contented. I once heard about some writer or linguist who said the most beautiful word in the Englush language is “cellar” – not its meaning, but the sound and mouth-feel of it, with no hard consonants. I do believe Ixchel trumps that entirely. Lovely.

  7. Janet M
    March 29th, 2016 @ 11:15 am

    Lovely name, perfect for this tiny cow.

  8. mlaiuppa
    March 29th, 2016 @ 2:10 pm


    Wonderful name.

    I love that family portrait. Ixchel, Mom Fiona and Grandma Daisy.

    Who is the black cow in the back? Do the cows tend to group in close family groups like this?

    Is Daisy pregnant this year?

  9. shreve
    March 29th, 2016 @ 2:27 pm

    M ~ that’s Leila! and yes, they do hang out in family clusters and in bigger herd clumps – several other cows were lounging just out of the frame.

    on another note – I am totally behind on email but I owe you one – your painting is great!!!

  10. Karen
    March 29th, 2016 @ 6:32 pm


  11. bp
    March 29th, 2016 @ 7:29 pm

    eSHELL she shall (be)!

  12. mlaiuppa
    March 30th, 2016 @ 3:30 am

    Our art show is April 7. It’s yours after that. I’ll warn you when to expect it in the mail. Sans frame to save on postage.

  13. Susie Brandt
    March 30th, 2016 @ 7:02 am

    So happy to share in your joy. There is such affirmation in life. Blessings on your pharmily herd this time of rebirth.

  14. Steph in Oregon
    March 30th, 2016 @ 7:48 am

    Beautiful name–a perfect fit!

  15. taffy
    March 31st, 2016 @ 1:39 pm

    oh my! What gorgeous photos.
    Your first photo of Fiona licking newborn Ixchel looks like it’s a western painting by Charles M Russell. Beautiful!

  16. Patr
    April 1st, 2016 @ 11:39 am

    Aw, a three generation photo….. So lovely.

  17. Maggie Yount
    April 1st, 2016 @ 10:41 pm


  18. NancyMorgan
    April 5th, 2016 @ 10:16 pm

    I love all your photos too of your herd, so peaceful they are, love to see all the babies!

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