Tuesday, April 29, 2014

The Sky is Falling!


Little Henny Penny
Do you remember how it felt when you were expecting your first child?  Perhaps you poured over books like What to Expect When You are Expecting.  Wasn’t it fun to prepare the nursery and begin to shop for baby things?

That’s exactly what I am feeling and doing these days.  There is so much to do to get ready for my little bundles of joy.  I thought I was having triplets, but it turns out it will likely be sextuplets.  Now that was a real shocker. 

I’m hoping to extend my due date for a couple of weeks.  I know that’s counter to what most new mothers-to-be want.  My sister was begging her doctor to induce labor near the end of her first pregnancy.  Given the snow and freezing temperatures, this is no time to be bringing a baby into the world. 

Perhaps you’re thinking I’m a wimp… letting a little April snow and frigid weather take precedence over childbirth.  Um, perhaps this would be a good time to let you know I’m having chicks.  And, those little peeps will be living outdoors at some point.  Since newly hatched chickens cannot regulate their body temperature, even with a heat lamp I don’t dare have them out in a coop in the fickle Ides of April.

So I continue to happily work on the nursery and pour over books like Chick Days.  As I turn each page, my excitement and anticipation grow.  I never imagined having a baby at this age, but I’m told the pleasure is even greater when you're a midlife mother. 

While you wait for the baby announcements to arrive, I invite you to check out my new Chick Days review.  Any advice for this new mother hen?

18 comments:

  1. Whoa! Congratulations my friend!!! I definitely want to see pictures of the newborns. I know you will make a terrific mother hen! I just have one little question, what are the color of the eggs?

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    1. Easter egg colors since I am having some Ameraucana chicks.

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    2. That is exactly what I was hoping!!! Ok, so will we get a blue eyed goldie baby from the blue egg and a green eyed red head beauty from the green egg? I really, really want to see pics!

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  2. Oh, what fun to share this mothering experience with you, Diana! We'll have to have a baby shower for you and your chicks! Where's the Party Planner when we need her?

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    1. Wonder if Mandee has ever hosted a shower for chicks?

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    2. Whether she has or not, I am certain our Party Planner can handle it!

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  3. How thrilling for you! A whole load of new baby chicks - I would be a nutty expectant mother myself! But, it's always good to have that fabulous manual to refer to. So glad you shared your review.

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    1. It's been years since I've been around chicks, so I am thankful for all the wonderful books and Internet resources.

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  4. The internet is invaluable these days, as are books on subjects one needs to know more about. Newborn chicks would certainly qualify as a subject needing lots of resources. Congratulations on the impending birth of your brood. Bet you can't wait to hear that first 'peep, peep' cry. :)

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    1. The photographer and writer in me will be photographing and recording every little peep.

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  5. Raising chickens is way too much fun. I miss my little bantam chickies. Just remember, they're chickens and they'll figure out their own pecking order. And, let them eat dirt!

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    1. Thanks, Coletta. Excellent advice. The whole pecking order thing will be hard on this mama. Maybe you need some chicks. Are they allowed in your new neighborhood?

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  6. You're a hip-chick-mama! This is going to be fun, following your expectant adventures! Great review!

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  7. So exciting! Congratulations "mama" and can't wait to see pics of the new chicks! My friend has had a brood of ducklings and I've been enjoying the cuteness! Am very keen to have some chooks of my own one day in the future.

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    1. We all need a bit of cuteness overload. Here's to your future chicks! :-)

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  8. How exciting!!!! I can't wait to follow your new family adventures, chickie! I have always wanted chickens... I can live vicariously until I get my own.

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