2.06.2013

good tidings

I thought it was about time to tell you of the growing belly I can no longer seem to keep under control. I am 18 weeks pregnant. According to the books the baby has graduated from several stages of fruit. Bigger now than a strawberry, a lemon, a kiwi, and a pear the baby has reached bell pepper proportions! We can hardly wrap our heads around it all. But needless to say we are bewilderedly thrilled. We heard the heart beat before we left on this road trip and when we get back we get to see our baby on ultrasound.

Most of our experience with pregnancy and birth stems from the farm. As I grow and as we talk about the birth we draw from what we've seen.  Meaning, I am often likened to a sow, a first-calf heifer, a ewe and most flatteringly a mama hen. While it never does the pregnant lady well to be likened to a pregnant pig, it is truly incredible for us to witness the phenomena of new life created here in my belly in our own home. As we joke, I am the most valuable animal on the farm right now.

The baby is due to come right smack in the middle of July. Which will make me very pregnant and then a new mother for most of the growing season. It's intimidating for the farm as a whole to deal with a 'man down'. This would leave Nick alone, on many days, to move cows, sheep and pigs, to milk, make yogurt, butter and cheese, to plant, cultivate, harvest and process the garden. My sister is planning to come stay with us for a good portion of this summer to be his second hand. The coming season won't be without its challenges but we really and truly cannot wait for it. 

99 comments:

  1. how exciting!! i'm so happy for you :) that is the best bump picture ever!

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  2. Congratulations!!! What amazing news! Warm wishes for the remainder of your pregnancy!

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  3. My most sincere congratulations! Babies are wild and wonderful little things, and I wish you all the best.

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  4. You're beautiful! So happy for you guys!

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  5. Oh how exciting!!! CONGRATULATIONS! I have LOVED reading your blog thus far, and I am even more excited now! How beautiful you are in pregnancy! well that's what you get for snuggling in the cold weather :)

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  6. My mouth droppppped!! Congratulations! I love coming to this place to hear about your lives and to be challenged in the way I live my own city life. No matter the backdrop, a new life is exciting and challenging.

    Congratulations, mama hen!

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  7. wow you look beautiful
    love your stories

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  8. I gasped as soon as I saw that picture...you look so beautiful and I'm sure your baby will have the most wonderful life growing up around so much nature and so many animal companions! This is so exciting - congratulations both of you!

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  9. you look absolutely gorgeous, kate. and many congratulations to you three :).

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  10. omg!omg!omg!wooowww!!!
    i´m soooooo happy for you!!!
    i wish you both the best!!
    juliana

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  11. CONGRATULATIONS!!! Such a beautiful picture at the top!

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  12. Wow! What wonderful news. Congratulations, Kate! You look gorgeous!

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  13. Oh how exciting! Congratulations! You look beautiful!

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  14. Congratulations!! You look so fabulous pregnant.

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  15. These pictures took my breath away! So exciting, congratulations.

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  16. Congratulations!! I look forward to reading about your experience as I'm also 18 weeks pregnant!!

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  17. Congrats! You look beautiful. Your babe will love looking at these pictures of you as he/she grows up.

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  18. Congratulations! You look beautiful. Babies always seem to time their arrival for when it's least convenient... good thing they're darn amazing that nothing else seems to matter when they get here :)

    xox Lilly

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  19. Congratulations - so amazing! This child will be one lucky bambino.

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  20. Muchas felicitaciones por el embarazo!! se te ve hermosa, disfrutalo mucho.
    un abrazo desde Argentina :)

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  21. Congratulations!!! My third is due at around that time too.

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  22. Congrats!!!! You look so beautiful! I am a long time reader first time commenter of your blog and just wanted to say hello and let you know how much I've enjoyed your stories so far and I'm so excited to read more about your new addition!

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  23. Félicitations!!!!
    yOU LOOK MAGNIFIQUE!
    what a wonderful new:)

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  24. Yay! Congratulations. You look great!

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  25. Tha is lovely! You really look great :))

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  26. Awesome news, you look gorgeous!

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  27. Big congrats and such gorgeousness! How exciting. I adore your blog. I married The Handsome Gardener, man of many peppers and tomatoes and we're expecting a wee one just after you. I'll enjoy following along with your lovely blog even more now!

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  28. congrats! you look absolutely gorgeous and i'm so glad you and nick get to add another to your already large, happy farm family.

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  29. OOOH! You have me so excited for you (and for our pending lambing season too!)

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  30. Before I actually read your post, I was going to tell you to tell Nick that under no circumstances is he to compare your pregnancy to a farm animal's - oh well, too late! ;) Congrats to you both, and best wishes for a continued healthy pregnancy and happy delivery!
    -Jaime

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  31. I just started reading your blog and have been enjoying your stories. Congrats to the new addition to your family!

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  33. Congratulations to you guys! I just hit 19 weeks yesterday and announced it today as well. This is such a strange yet beautiful time. You look gorgeous!

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  34. I think I've never commented before, but I just have to tell you that I'm sitting here, in my little Parisian appartement - no garden, let alone pigs, but a little baby sleeping in the next room - with a big smile on my face. I'm so happy for you! This will be one happy little kid with such inspired parents and your beautiful farm he/she will call home.

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  35. Wow, congratulations! you look wonderful. Everything works itself out when you have a baby, it will be crazy, but everything is crazy in real life anyway!

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  36. Congratulations! That is such exciting news. You look great :)

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  37. Lovely, lovely, lovely. Wonderful news. Can't wait to see your farm family grow!

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  38. Hey, hey hey,
    I'm happy to see you like that! i'm pregnant too for the first time (25 weeks pregnant now )and i think it's a wonderfull experience.
    Good luck for Nick during the summer and the lot of working in the farm, welcome to the new baby!!!!
    and enjoy it!

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  39. Congrats!!!!! You are truly glowing and gorgeous. Enjoy this special time!!!!!

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  40. I feel so happy for you both and wish you all the best during your pregnancy. I too am pregnant, just 10 weeks so early days, my first and rather excited and nervous all in one. We've hardly told anyone but I so love following your blog I just wanted to share it with you. I can't wait to have a bump like yours xXx

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  41. Congratulations! Oh so very happy for you!

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  42. Oh my goodness!!! So many blessing to you and Nick as you start this new and incredibly awesome journey <333

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  43. I am also 18 weeks! Hearing the heartbeat was the best I can't wait to see our baby!!

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  44. I am also 18 weeks! Hearing the heartbeat was the best I can't wait to see our baby!!

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  45. Wow, you look so beautiful Kate! Congratulations as you await the best adventure.

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  46. What the WHAT!!??!

    Amazing. So many congratulations.

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  47. Congrats! Very exciting news! I wish you the best.

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  48. Congratulations! I love this post and how you relate your pregnancy to the animals on the farm :) Wishing you and your growing family all the best!

    S.

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  49. Such an incredible (and beautiful) blessing! Congratulations!

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  50. Awesome, Congratulations!

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  51. I rarely ever comment but I must this time! Congratulations Kate and Nick! You look wonderful and I really am excited for you guys!

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  52. KATE I'M SO EXCITED FOR YOU! Please keep us up to date with your preggo shenenigans

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  53. Such wonderful news - congratulations! Love the blog!

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  54. Congratulations to both of you, what wonderful news!
    Jak x

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  55. wooow!! good news, yessss!!!
    lots of happiness and congrats!!

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  56. Wow...fantastic news!!

    Congratulations to you both. The photos are lovely, obviously being the newest expectant mommy on the farm suits you down to the ground.

    Sue xx

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  57. That is absolutely amazing!! Many many congratulations.
    I must say you look beautiful!
    Best of luck for everything!

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  58. Congratulations to you and Nick! The pictures are adorable, best wishes on this most exciting journey :)

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  59. I'm due right at the same time as you! Fun! Congratulations!!

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  60. Such exciting news! I'm so happy for you.

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  61. BIGGEST congrats to you and nick! so very very exciting, and what sweet photos!

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  62. Three cheers for the Longest Acres family!!!!!!!! Jumping for joy over the whole dang thing. And oh my thank goodness for your sister!!! So happy she can be there with you and Nick this summer. Nothing but love, meg xx

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  63. Congratulations! Love the photo set!

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  64. You look so beautiful, congratulations!!!

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  65. I've been following your blog for awhile and I love it! Congrats to you and your family.

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  66. oh my god, congratulations!!! i'm thrilled for you!! (-:

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  67. Wonderful to read this news on your blog! You look very healthy & happy- congrats :)

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  68. My baby is almost 8 months yet I'm still so emotional. The second I saw that first pic tears welled up in my eyes. Can't wait for normal hormones again.

    CONGRATULATIONS!!

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  69. Kate! This is Kelsey, from all those doula classes :). Congratulations! How exciting!

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  70. So exciting! What a lucky little one to have the opportunity for endless farming adventures.:) Thrilled for yall.

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  71. You look absolutely beautiful. Congratulations!!

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  72. How exciting for you all and congratulations! Too bad you can't order self-weeding gardens, self-baling hay, self-feeding animals and self-serve market stands for the summer. Very best of wishes to you and all of yours.

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  73. Congratulations! I'm not a good commenter, but I really very happy for you!!!
    And You look absolutely GORGEOUS!

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  74. Congratulations, what lovely news to read and you look amazing :)

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  75. Oh, thats the perfect occasion to drop some words after several months as a silent reader!
    Many, many congratulations! I am sure your baby will be so happy on your farm with you as parents and all the beautiful creatures around!
    I am 40 weeks pregnant, so just waiting for my baby wanna come out of the big belly (:
    I wish you all the best!

    peace & carrots from Austria!

    Hannah

    PS: Guess you know that wonderful woman already and maybe you are more lucky than me to get the opportunity to watch her film: http://birthstorymovie.com/

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  76. Congratulations! I'm excited for your family. I miss following through tumblr, but have truly enjoyed following your journeys. Big hugs from Chicago.

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  77. Oh Kate! I'm so happy for you! I've been reading your blog for so long now, I feel like I know you. (In a totally un-creeper way) But I was so genuinely excited when I saw the first lines of this post. :) What beautiful news.
    And what a beautiful momma, too. You are radiant. Stunning.

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  78. Congratulations! What a beautiful event. Best wishes to you and your family.

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  79. Congratulations! You look gorgeous and happy - a perfect combination!

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  80. Congrats! I am close behind you at 15 weeks; I look forward to reading about your journey.

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  81. Congratulations! I wish you both the best!

    Katerina FF
    Greece

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  82. Congratulations! What a lovely picture with the wee lamb. First time commenter, long time reader. Excited for the new phase of your journey!

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  83. Congratulations, you have both worked so hard to carve out such a beautiful and thoughtful life and now you get to share it with your child, I look forward to reading about your ever evolving journey x

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  84. Yay for farm babies! And yay for such awesome photos of you, Mama! You will cherish these for always, as will that tiny human so snug and warm in there. So many wonderful best wishes for you and Nick! - Sophie

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  85. oh HOW LOVELY! cannot wait for pictures of baby human and baby animals being sweet together.

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  86. Such exciting news!!!!

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  87. That's so exciting and your belly is so cute! I'm so happy for you guys.

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  88. Kate! For some silly reason, my eyes filled with tears when I saw your belly...I couldn't be happier for you too, and so admire your ability to take things head on. You're the coolest. Huge congratulations. Can't wait to watch this next chapter.

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  89. You are stunning! Congratulations :)

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