It’s a GIRL! Meet Eliza Belle

Eliza Belle is here! And a sleepyhead girl at that.


The doctors and students at the Washington State University Veterinary School were so amazing and took such good care of Etta Jane and little Eliza Belle (born Tuesday morning at 1 a.m.). Here’s a commemorative photo taken when Eliza Belle was just 12 hours old. From left to right, Dr. Lisa Pearson, Erika Larsonberg (2nd year veterinary student), and Dr. Alexis Campbell.


Eliza Belle may just be the smallest calf ever born there, weighing in at only 30 pounds. Click here for Eliza Belle’s debut on the WSU website. I’d also like to thank Dr. Ahmed Tibary and Vet Tech Shirley Sandoval for their generous help as well. It took a village!


Momma Etta Jane was happy to be back grazing at our farm. She LOVED her time spent at the WSU Veterinary School—walks each day, getting brushed, air-conditioning, no flies, 24-hour monitoring, and generally getting cooed at by the vet students and staff.

I totally understand, we feel the same way about her!



It’s time for your closeup, little lady, Eliza Belle. Wake up so everyone can meet you and see your pretty face.


Ladies, check out her eyelashes. What I wouldn’t give …



Leave a comment 21 Comments

  1. Diana says:

    Thanks for sharing the beautiful pics!

  2. Jenny Williams says:

    She is BEAUTIFUL! I love the mark on her forehead.

  3. Kimberly Owens says:

    She is just so sweet!!! I just love her. I know that you are so proud. Thank you for sharing her with us 😀

  4. CJ Armstrong says:

    Awwww . . . BEAUTIFUL! More “moo” fun for you, Mary Jane!

  5. elaine reeves says:

    What a cutie pie!! Transported me right back to grammy and grampies dairy. when I was abt 5 grampy would stand me up on the feed box in the milking parlor and i would look out the window and watch the cows calve. Thanks for the memories.

  6. Debbie says:

    I can’t stand it!!!! THOSE EYE LASHES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  7. Beautiful little calf! And her Momma is beautiful too! Congratulations to all!

  8. Eileen says:

    What a beauty!

  9. Karlyne says:

    We are coveting Eliza Belle!

  10. Hi Mary Jane, Love your website.. Went to WSU during Carla Emery’s time.. My husband and I were going to help teach at her school 1975, until a mudslide destroyed all the buildings.. I am living in Jemez Springs, NM.. I have a quarter acre farm land.. After 25 years I am farming again.. Raised my daughter by myself.. Still working part time at the Jemez Bath house as a massage therapist.. Such a pretty calf.. My daughters name is Eliza.. She is the one who showed me your site.. You are awesome!!!!

  11. Kim Platt says:

    What a beautiful little lady!!

  12. Laurie Dimno says:

    Congratulations Mary Jane!!! Eliza Belle is a stunning beauty! I am so happy that all went well with the birth for Etta Jane, and thrilled for you that you got the girl you were hoping for!
    Another future milking girl for you! Hooray!
    Enjoy her (although I know you already are!)

  13. Penny says:

    Such a sweet blessing to your farm!

  14. Sarah says:

    what a sweet baby. I love cows and these pics draw up such emotion in me. congratulations! you are very blessed to be abe to do what you do. 🙂 a little jealous! 🙂

  15. Brenda Cassady says:

    These pictures were my stress buster for today. Thank you for sharing. Mother and daughter are absolutely beautiful.

  16. Jan says:

    Oh, what a darlin baby girl!! Mamma is a pretty one too. Congratulations.

  17. Cristan says:

    I think that my heart grew ten sizes! I cannot express the adoration that I feel when I look at the pictures of baby girl, Eliza Belle! I want to kiss and hug her to pieces. <3

  18. Daniele says:

    She’s a cutie

  19. Laurie says:

    She is sooo cute! It brings joy to my heart.

  20. Laurel Bake says:

    I popped by earlier to see if Etta had popped, and was going to lament that we were STILL waiting on Lily…

    Glad I checked the barn, first!


  21. Kay (Old Cowgirl) Montoya says:

    Hi Mary Jane,
    I commented on how the magazine picture of the Cow was the one to go with. It had brought back so many wonderful memories for me. Now that I see little, perfect Lily, my heart has swelled to maximum. So many times a small calf would be born to one of my friends ranch and the Mother would reject it. We had to put a finger in his/her mouth to get it to suck to take a bottle until we could get another Mother to except it. Memories! Aren’t they great!
    Love you all and Blessings to one and all.

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