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Counting down to winter & our baby boy… Just a few weeks left!?!

Here in Southern Indiana, we are officially experiencing the Fall season. I’ve even had to kick on the heater a few times! The garden growth and harvesting has died down lots, as have our hen’s egg production. This year we had two odd volunteer pumpkin plants that sprang up and just flourished all season with zero care from us. They’ve managed to survive all 7 chickens and now they have produced about 6+ very pretty pumpkins that are just about ready for picking. They are even growing over the back fence and up on our grape arbor, not at all rambling on the ground like traditional pumpkin growing.

You know, we’ve never had organic pumpkin growing success so this is very exciting for us. We are guessing the volunteer pumpkins arrived via our chicken/ bunny’s poop. Last season we fed them several mushy decorative pumpkins we’d bought from other farms. The seeds seem to have made it though and found a perfect place to grow. How cool is that?

32 Weeks Pregnant with #3!Over the weekend we took the girls to a nearby indoor waterpark for some fun before the little guy arrives. They had an absolute blast but I’m pretty sure it is where we picked up some “sick germs”. 

Everyone is a touch congested and lazy right now. Fighting off some upper respiratory thing it seems. 

It’s no surprise the girls want to visit Daddy’s work this weekend for one last time before the park closes. Sickness isn’t deterring them… and Halloween is just a few days away? Where did October go?!

For Halloween Everly wants to be a cat, Catwoman specifically and Adalyn is dressing up as Kitty Claws, a character from her Daddy’s work. They are both very excited for Halloween.

Halloween marks the beginning of hibernation and winding down for this family each year. This year even more so since life will kind of come to a stop as we welcome the new baby.

I’m 33 weeks pregnant now and nope, we aren’t really ready for baby to come. Actually the driving motivation to get ready is in very short supply these days. I really hope I get some nesting urge that gets it all done at the last minute otherwise stuff will just remain unfinished.

We’ll do a mama and baby check at the end of the week (it’s been 5 weeks since the last one) with the Dr. to make sure things are still progressing normally, feels like they are to me! I am hoping to keep the weekly prenatal visits minimal from here on out though (if things are still progressing normally). I feel the bi-weekly and weekly prenatal visits are kind of overkill in a normal pregnancy and they add more stress to the ordeal than necessary. 

I’m feeling seriously huge right now, the clothes I got away with wearing in previous pregnancies simply DO NOT fit anymore so I know I’m bigger than I’ve been in the past. 

My pelvis and back are really starting to object to the added load I’m carrying too. I was treated to a prenatal massage over the weekend (my first one ever!). I learned that my glutes are in giant inflamed knots that are likely pulling my pelvic bones out of whack in an effort to compensate for the added weight and the loosening of everything. Here at home we are working hard to keep the tension out of those muscles so that I’m better aligned and delivery is easier.

Can you tell I’ve entered the “so ready for this to be over” stage of the 3rd trimester?


<p>A city girl turned farmer. Yes women do farm ;) Owner and operator of direct to consumer, Ryder Family Farm in Southern Illinois.<br /> Wearing many hats I'm also a mother to 3, a wife, a yogi, a farmer, a 4-H & Girl Scout leader & hospitality manager.</p>

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