A few years ago, I was excited to share the news with BEEF Daily readers that we were expecting our first child. In June 2014, we welcomed Scarlett Davy Radke into our lives, and our whole world turned upside down as we got used to being a family of three.
Along the journey, I blogged about how being pregnant changed how well I was able to do certain chores on the ranch, how my doctor encouraged me to eat plenty of protein during pregnancy, how I planned to introduce beef as my daughter’s first food, how I responded to a vegan activist criticizing my parenting skills while also attacking the cow-calf industry, and what I’ve learned in my first few years of being a ranch mom.
Read these pregnancy and parenting articles from the archives:
- 5 ways pregnancy has changed my ability to cowgirl up
- Is it safe to eat red meat during pregnancy?
- 5 resources for ranching parents
- Lessons learned in my first year as a ranch mom
- Is beef the best first food for babies?
- Responding to negative comments about parenting & ranch life
In between blogging about pressing beef industry news, it’s been fun to share these milestones with all of you, and I can’t tell you how much your kind words, supportive messages and congratulatory emails have meant to me over the years.
So it’s my great pleasure to share with all of you that my family is soon going to grow to four, and that Tyler and I are expecting another baby in June. Our long-awaited and highly anticipated 20-week ultrasound was yesterday, and although we will wait to find out the gender of the baby until he/she is born, I’m excited to share that our baby looks strong and healthy, and Scarlett can’t wait to be a big sister.
Of course, being pregnant and being married to a rancher can be interesting at times. The old jokes about being a late-calving cow and lining up the puller and chains (just in case) have once again resurfaced. And I’ll admit, it’s hard not to relate to our bred heifers and cows as my expanding belly grows, and it gets harder to do things that were once easy.
However, all jokes aside, Tyler and I are both thrilled with our soon-to-arrive blessing, and I just couldn’t wait to share it with all of you!
So parents of two (or more) kids, what is your advice for juggling more than one? How did ranch life change with more kids added to the mix? I would love to hear your words of wisdom. Share your thoughts in the comments section below.
The opinions of Amanda Radke are not necessarily those of beefmagazine.com or Penton Agriculture.
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