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Hello World

Please join me in welcoming baby Alina Mae into the world! She was born yesterday, July 14th, at 4:10pm at home with a beloved midwife, friendly doula, and grandmother in attendance.

The birth went smoothly, naturally, and without a hitch. Thank you all so much for your thoughts and prayers as we geared up for the big day, and thank you too for your patience at the light posting recently. I’m sure you understand. My plans for the next week include sleeping as often as I’m able, nursing Alina, eating good food, and letting others wait on me hand and foot as much as possible!

May you be as blessed as I am, fellow Food Renegades. :)

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I am a passionate advocate for REAL FOOD -- food that's sustainable, organic, local, and traditionally-prepared according to the wisdom of our ancestors. I'm also an author and a nutrition educator. I enjoy playing in the rain, a good bottle of Caol Ila scotch, curling up with a page-turning book, sunbathing on my hammock, and watching my three children explore their world.

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64 Responses to Hello World
  1. Christy
    July 15, 2010 | 8:14 pm

    Awe she is beautiful!! Take more than a week to sleep and snuggle and eat good nourishing foods! Oh, and that waiting on you hand and foot thing – keep it up as long as possible! ;o)
    .-= Christy´s last blog post …Z is for Zucchini =-.

  2. Kelly the Kitchen Kop
    July 15, 2010 | 8:15 pm

    Woohooooooo! Congrats Kristen!!!!!!!! Enjoy your time getting to know precious Alina. (Cute name!)
    Love, Kelly

  3. Pippi
    July 15, 2010 | 8:16 pm

    Congratulations! She is a beautiful little girl!

  4. Teresa
    July 15, 2010 | 8:17 pm

    Welcome to your beautiful new daughter. What a wonderful and treasured blessing. :)
    Congratulations!

  5. Alisa - Frugal Foodie
    July 15, 2010 | 8:22 pm

    Congratulations! What a beautiful name and baby girl.
    .-= Alisa – Frugal Foodie´s last blog post …Summer Reading Series Giveaway- Two Dessert Cookbooks! =-.

  6. Carmen
    July 15, 2010 | 8:24 pm

    a big congratulations , she is beautiful “mom”. Beautiful name.

    blessings~Carmen
    .-= Carmen´s last blog post …Sweetened Lemonie Pau DArco Tea =-.

  7. Megan
    July 15, 2010 | 8:28 pm

    Congrats on the beautiful baby girl! Makes me want to have another one!
    .-= Megan´s last blog post …Are We Setting Our Kids Up To Fail =-.

  8. Melinda
    July 15, 2010 | 8:50 pm

    I imagine…Alina will do amazing good in her life with such a beautiful start!

  9. JenE
    July 15, 2010 | 8:55 pm

    Congratulations!!! Such a beautiful healthy baby : )!!

  10. janis
    July 15, 2010 | 9:03 pm

    Awwww. Congrats! She is a cutie. Love the name!
    .-= janis´s last blog post …6 Degrees of Separation or Roasting a Chicken =-.

  11. Nanci
    July 15, 2010 | 9:07 pm

    Congratulations! She is beautiful. Love your choices!!!! The best.
    Take time to savor the precious moments.

  12. Jendeis
    July 15, 2010 | 9:08 pm

    Congratulations!
    .-= Jendeis´s last blog post …70-000 =-.

  13. Ed Bruske
    July 15, 2010 | 9:09 pm

    Congratulations! She’s certainly entered a world of good food.
    .-= Ed Bruske´s last blog post …Ridiculously Good Homemade Steak Sauce =-.

  14. Meg Lewis
    July 15, 2010 | 9:13 pm

    Congratulations! She’s beautiful.

  15. Ann Marie @ CHEESESLAVE
    July 15, 2010 | 9:36 pm

    Tears in my eyes. When I saw the link on the RFM widget, I thought, Oh, no, someone messed up their blog and accidentally posted a Hello, World post… and then I saw beautiful Alina Mae.

    What a perfect Texas name.

    Mazel tov!

  16. Carla | Green and Chic
    July 15, 2010 | 9:46 pm

    What a doll! Congratulations. :D
    .-= Carla | Green and Chic´s last blog post …New Product at Green and Chic- Ilumina Organics =-.

  17. Noelle
    July 15, 2010 | 9:53 pm

    Congratulations!!! My oldest daughter is also Aleena ( we chose 2 e’s instead of the traditional i ). Happy babymoon to you and your family!
    .-= Noelle´s last blog post …Whole Wheat Zucchini Bread =-.

  18. Kimberly @ Jabez Farm
    July 15, 2010 | 10:05 pm

    Congratulations!! What a precious blessing!
    .-= Kimberly @ Jabez Farm´s last blog post …White Zinfandel Pasta Sauce =-.

  19. Katarina
    July 15, 2010 | 10:11 pm

    Congratulations!

  20. Nate @ House of Annie
    July 15, 2010 | 10:15 pm

    Welcome, little Renegade.
    .-= Nate @ House of Annie´s last blog post …Shopping on Orchard Road- Singapore =-.

  21. Tara
    July 15, 2010 | 10:41 pm

    Congrats! She is gorgeous!

  22. Genevieve
    July 15, 2010 | 11:11 pm

    Congrats!! She’s so beautiful.

    Enjoy your babymoon :)

  23. Alex@amoderatelife
    July 15, 2010 | 11:47 pm

    May God bless her and keep her all the days of her life! Wonderful news Kristen! What a lovely name too for such a beautiful little bundle of love! :) Many blessings and best of luck with the breastfeeding and these wonderful early days of connection! AHHH babies! :) Alex
    .-= Alex@amoderatelife´s last blog post …Two for Tuesday Recipe Blog Hop-Volume 5 =-.

  24. Brie
    July 16, 2010 | 1:18 am

    congratulations! you both look beautiful! great to know there will be another strong female foodie in the future. ;)
    .-= Brie´s last blog post …Cherokee Grape Dumplings =-.

  25. Rhonda
    July 16, 2010 | 1:19 am

    Welcome Little One! Your mommy will feed you well. :)

  26. Soli @ I Believe in Butter
    July 16, 2010 | 5:39 am

    Congratulations! :)
    .-= Soli @ I Believe in Butter´s last blog post …Real Food On The Big Screen =-.

  27. Pam
    July 16, 2010 | 6:47 am

    congratulations! love the name! beautiful baby! be blessed too!

  28. Susan Heggestad
    July 16, 2010 | 7:33 am

    Congratulations – I’d been wondering about you! Because I knew we were both at roughly the same places in our pregnancy…. my little Peanut is due this Sunday, but I’m getting sooo impatient! Best of luck to your family, and here’s to some contented recuperation!!

  29. Julie
    July 16, 2010 | 7:38 am

    A bundle of love! She is certainly off to a good start!

  30. lydia
    July 16, 2010 | 7:39 am

    Congratulations!! She is beautiful!!! Enjoy your little blessing!! Peace to you!!
    .-= lydia´s last blog post …‘Divine Living’ – July edition 550 for one day only!!!!!!!!!!! =-.

  31. Jessie
    July 16, 2010 | 7:46 am

    CONGRATS! She is beautiful!

  32. Cara @ Health Home and Happiness
    July 16, 2010 | 8:07 am

    Congratulations! She is beautiful! Great job, mama! :)
    .-= Cara @ Health Home and Happiness´s last blog post …Easy Omega 3s- Fish Jerky =-.

  33. Elizabeth @ The Nourished Life
    July 16, 2010 | 8:35 am

    Congratulations and what a wonderful joy to welcome a new life into the world. And nothing beats napping with a newborn–so get your rest and enjoy! :)
    .-= Elizabeth @ The Nourished Life´s last blog post …Five Ways You Can Gain Health and Vitality for Free or Nearly Free =-.

  34. Deb
    July 16, 2010 | 8:49 am

    Without a doubt, the most beautiful thing I’ve seen in a while. Alina is off to a great start, and her future is bright because you’re going to make it that way.
    .-= Deb´s last blog post …Seeking the simple life – from guest blogger David Hunter =-.

  35. Mindy
    July 16, 2010 | 8:52 am

    Congratulations! Three of my children were born at home…lovely.

  36. Wardeh @ GNOWFGLINS
    July 16, 2010 | 9:03 am

    Congratulations! Have a blessed rest!
    .-= Wardeh @ GNOWFGLINS´s last blog post …DIY Airlock- Fruit and Veggie Ferments =-.

  37. Sheri @ Moms for Safe Food
    July 16, 2010 | 9:49 am

    Congratulations! What a beauty! I had both my kids at home with a midwife – it was a blessed way to bring babies into the world. Welcome Alina! :-)

    • Cool Beans
      July 16, 2010 | 9:55 am

      My first was in a birthing center with midwives, my second at home. I agree – it is a blessed way to receive a new life!

  38. Cool Beans
    July 16, 2010 | 9:53 am

    Congratulations! She’s a cutie!
    Welcome to the world, Alina! You’ve got an outstanding Mommy – one who’s willing to have you safely at home, nourish herself, and nourish you properly. You are blessed!

  39. Jan
    July 16, 2010 | 10:10 am

    Oh, congratulations! She is just beautiful.
    .-= Jan´s last blog post …Chicken Stock =-.

  40. sarah @ syrupandhoney
    July 16, 2010 | 11:03 am

    Congratulations! I’m so glad the delivery went peacefully and as you wanted it!
    .-= sarah @ syrupandhoney´s last blog post …I am a Farmer =-.

  41. Kelsey Byron
    July 16, 2010 | 11:09 am

    Congratulations and God bless you all! She is lovely. Alina is my milkmaid’s baby’s name and Mae is my baby girl’s middle name. I hope you rest and eat well.

  42. Jillian
    July 16, 2010 | 12:11 pm

    Congrats!! she’s beautiful!

  43. Julie @ CulturesForHealth.com
    July 16, 2010 | 12:15 pm

    Congratulations! She’s beautiful :)

  44. Diana
    July 16, 2010 | 1:20 pm

    She’s beautiful! Congrats! Enjoy that time of other people waiting on you! :)

  45. thatgirl
    July 16, 2010 | 3:27 pm

    Congratulations! What a little cutie!

  46. Savanah
    July 16, 2010 | 3:44 pm

    She’s gorgeous. Congrats. :)

  47. Sarah
    July 16, 2010 | 4:01 pm

    Congratulations!

    Welcome Baby Alina! You are loved!

    You and your family will be in my thoughts and prayers Kristen! I pray your recovery and adjustment to a new family member goes beautifully and smoothly!

    Best,
    Sarah

    PS – I wish I was nearby . . . I’d bring over a casserole (real food, of course! :)

  48. jenn
    July 16, 2010 | 4:30 pm

    Congratulations!!!!! Simply beautiful!!!!
    .-= jenn´s last blog post …Summer Salad Series- Grilled Beets and Goat Cheese =-.

  49. Elizabeth in Alaska
    July 16, 2010 | 6:05 pm

    Congratulations!

  50. girlichef
    July 17, 2010 | 12:59 pm

    Congratulations, Mama…she’s gorgeous!
    .-= girlichef´s last blog post …YESyou can add alcohol! =-.

  51. Mommypotamus
    July 19, 2010 | 6:57 pm

    Congratulations! Here cheeks look so sweet and kissable!
    .-= Mommypotamus´s last blog post …Baby Basics For the Slightly Crunchy- Eco-Conscious Mommy =-.

  52. Bryan - oz4caster
    July 20, 2010 | 9:07 pm

    Congratulations and glad to hear all went well! I suspect you’ll be a little extra busy for a few weeks now :)

  53. Lisa
    July 20, 2010 | 10:41 pm

    What a beautiful name!! Congratulations – she’s precious!

  54. Darla
    July 22, 2010 | 5:04 pm

    Congratulations! July 14 happens to be my daughter Alana’s birthday also. She was also born at home with a midwife and grandma in attendance!

  55. Heather
    July 23, 2010 | 2:56 pm

    So beautiful and precious. Congratulations!

  56. Kate
    July 23, 2010 | 9:21 pm

    Congrats on your beautiful little girl!
    .-= Kate´s last blog post …Journey to Real Food- Part 6 =-.

  57. Michelle (Health Food Lover)
    July 24, 2010 | 2:48 am

    Congratulations to you and you’re family. She looks like a gorgeous, healthy baby!
    .-= Michelle (Health Food Lover)´s last blog post …Wholesome Whole Foods 9- July 23rd =-.

  58. Edmund
    July 25, 2010 | 4:12 am

    Congratulations. It’s always great to see the birth of a new child into the world!
    .-= Edmund´s last blog post …Amano Ocumare Milk Chocolate Bar =-.

  59. Eric
    July 26, 2010 | 2:30 pm

    Congrats on the beautiful baby! My youngest just turned 1 a few weeks ago. Time flies.
    .-= Eric´s last blog post …Late July Garden Update =-.

  60. Ellen@BodyEarth
    July 29, 2010 | 12:45 pm

    Congratulations and welcome to beautiful Alina! I just saw your wonderful news!
    .-= Ellen@BodyEarth´s last blog post …What’s Up with Global Warming Or- a Rose by any Other Name… =-.

  61. Katie @ Kitchen Stewardship
    July 30, 2010 | 3:49 pm

    May God bless and keep you and the whole family! :) Katie
    .-= Katie @ Kitchen Stewardship´s last blog post …Organic Gardening Series- An All Natural Spray to Battle Bugs and Disease =-.

  62. Walter Jeffries
    August 5, 2010 | 5:19 pm

    Congratulations and greetings!

  63. Drew
    June 16, 2014 | 11:32 pm

    Appreciate tthe recommendation. Let me try it out.

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