July 9th, 2011
she’s here

meet “Ida Marion Smith Pitcher”. born at home at 8:10pm thursday july 7th. mom and baby are healthy, and the whole family is basking in this beautiful arrival. the name “Ida”… the hill our house is perched upon is called “Mount Ida”. also from a Hindi poem called Kamayani, “Ida was the sister of the gods, giving consciousness to entire mankind”.

We are deeply in love with this little human. she has a calm and very sweet sweet soul.

Jul 9 2011
12:27 pm
Kathryn writes:

she’s beautiful! lucky you. lucky her. congratulations.

Jul 9 2011
12:47 pm
Annie writes:

congratulations! She looks so sweet….

Jul 9 2011
3:28 pm
Kaitlyn writes:

Congratulations! She looks very adorable, and it’s actually sort of funny, because she and I now have the same birthday! I wish you well and hope you have a great time getting to now her.

Jul 9 2011
4:46 pm
Jill writes:

She’s BEAUTIFUL! A true work of art. Congratulations!

Jul 9 2011
5:11 pm
iHanna writes:

Congratulations to you and your family! She is super sweet indeed!

Jul 9 2011
5:31 pm
Caatje writes:

Congratulations! How wonderful and what a cutie!

Jul 9 2011
5:39 pm
lina writes:

yay!! congratulations keri & family!!

Jul 9 2011
6:00 pm
Erica writes:

YEAH another July baby, how cool!!!
She is beautiful.

Jul 9 2011
6:49 pm
fern writes:

I love love love the name Ida. She is lovely. Remember to enjoy these early, quiet moments. I know you know that. Congratulations.

Jul 9 2011
7:42 pm
jasmine writes:

Congratulations! She is so sweet.. Glad to hear you are all doing well.

Jul 9 2011
10:27 pm
Lisa Pijuan-Nomura writes:

Congratulations. She is beautiful! As a proud mama of a 10 month old, i am so happy to see other new babes in the world! I haven’t visited you blog in quite some time, so what a wonderful surprise. Rest, and drink lots o water and try to sleep as much as you can!

Jul 9 2011
10:36 pm
Christina writes:

Welcome to world Ida, it’s a wonderful place!

Glad to hear you are all well and safe!!!

Love and Peace xx

Jul 9 2011
10:45 pm
melissa writes:

congratulations! one of my twins is an ida, so i am a little biased, but i think it is a great name. :) welcome to the world, ida!

Jul 10 2011
1:50 am
Lianne writes:

She is gorgeous, Keri. She chose a great mama.

I love the name – Ida Rolf is one of my heroes.

Jul 10 2011
3:54 am
iris writes:

well done!!! :)))

Jul 10 2011
4:00 am
Chiqui writes:

Yay, Mommy Keri and the entire family! Welcome to this wonderful world, sweet baby Ida.

Jul 10 2011
5:09 am
katie writes:

how lovely – to make a fireside clime to weans and wife thats the truth pathos and sublime of human life.-burns

Jul 10 2011
6:05 am
May writes:

Congratulations Keri, and welcome to the world Ida! It is indeed a very beautiful name.

Jul 10 2011
6:05 am
helen writes:

Congratulations! A beautiful name for a beautiful little girl; best wishes and happiness to you all.

Jul 10 2011
6:38 am
Mouse writes:

Before you were conceived I wanted you
Before you were born I loved you
Before you were here an hour
I would die for you
This is the miracle of life.

Jul 10 2011
8:12 am
Camilla writes:

Congratulations to the whole family!

Jul 10 2011
9:11 am
Kelli writes:

Beautiful! Congratulations to you!

Jul 10 2011
10:53 am
demie writes:

a gorgeous girl! congratulations! : )

Jul 10 2011
11:11 am
Ramona writes:

be well.

Jul 10 2011
11:29 am
Marsha writes:

Welcome to the world, little Ida. It’s a pretty awesome place. I think you’ll like it here.

Congratulations to you all!

Jul 10 2011
12:09 pm
Shari writes:

Super duper congratulations!! She is a beautiful girl…. precious, so precious. I’m glad she’s healthy and content!

I hope mommy is doing well, too! Now you can see your feet again, Keri! ;-)


Jul 10 2011
12:30 pm
Claire writes:

she is simply beautiful, keri! bless you all :) xx

Jul 10 2011
2:00 pm
Mary Ellen writes:

Your blog is the first one I go to on my list of favorites anyway but I’ve been double-checking lately for news of your little one’s arrival. Ida is just adorable and blessed with very talented, very conscious parents. May your whole family be well as you move onward. The planet is already better with Ida’s arrival. Be well.

Jul 10 2011
2:55 pm
Karen writes:

Congratulations! She is beautiful!
Enjoy this time when the world stops to spin just for you and your loved ones, and time does no longer exist. All so you can fully enjoy each other and this miracle.
Best wishes.

Jul 10 2011
3:19 pm
Gayle writes:

Congratulations and many blessings for your beautiful girl. The name is beautiful, too.

Jul 10 2011
5:14 pm
Cynthia Colmellere writes:

a beautiful baby and a beautiful mother.

Jul 10 2011
7:35 pm
Janie writes:

does this mean you’ll do a swing off of what to expect when you’re expecting? because that would be THE BOMB! and congragelations she’s gorgeous.

Jul 10 2011
11:46 pm
Suzanne writes:

Congratulations on your sweet sweet baby!

Jul 11 2011
1:25 am
nina writes:

She really is a beauty, and such a sweet name. Congrats to your family.

Jul 11 2011
2:27 am
pixie writes:

i’m already in love with her. huge hugs to you all!

Jul 11 2011
3:07 am
nicky linzey writes:

Congratulations she is beautiful

Jul 11 2011
10:06 am
kelsi writes:

Oh, happiness.
What a sweet little one.
Blessings and peace and ease and rest to all of you.

Jul 11 2011
12:19 pm
Ann writes:

What a beautiful girl—congratulations!

Jul 11 2011
1:07 pm
Jenny Lee writes:

Welcome Ida. What a beautiful girl with her fabulous name. Enjoy every moment!

Jul 11 2011
1:46 pm
Margaret Goletiani writes:

she is like a littile angel.welcome to the world Ida.and congrats. Is she your first?

Jul 11 2011
4:03 pm
andrea writes:

Welcome to lovely little Ida, and congratulations to you.

(To the previous poster, if I may: This is Keri’s second child.)

Jul 12 2011
12:07 am
DeAnn writes:

a little beauty.

Jul 12 2011
12:51 am
marie z. johansen writes:

Ida is the real work of art ! Congratulations !

Jul 12 2011
3:15 am
Rike writes:

Congratulations!! How cute she is!! And how beautiful and special to be named after the hill she’s born upon!!

Jul 12 2011
7:01 am
Miriam writes:

Congratulations! What a beautiful child. I am lucky for her for the wonderful world she will grow up in.
Kind regards,

Jul 12 2011
7:50 am
Chris Morland writes:

Keri, Congratulations to you from the Morlands and the team here in the studio.
And welcome to Ida: a brand new explorer of the world!

Jul 12 2011
8:24 pm
Tanja writes:

Dear Keri, two days ago I came across your book ‘How to be an explorer of the World’ and bought it instantaneously. Thank you for the inspiring ideas, it triggered a bunch of my own:). I’m enjoying your witty writing and illustration!
And for this occasion: congratulation! As my Norwegian professor once said to me in Sweden (when I told him about me having my first baby), ‘Well my dear, this is a lifetime project!’ And indeed it is; a beautiful one for you and your family as well. All the best,

Jul 13 2011
5:56 am
stephanie writes:

She is so beautiful Keri – congratulations and welcome Ida – a lovely name :)

Jul 13 2011
10:27 am
wilma writes:

O she is so nice, lovely and congratulations to you.

Jul 13 2011
2:35 pm
Deanne writes:

Congratulations. Such a sweet name.

Jul 15 2011
5:01 am
vesle serena writes:

sweetness. congratulations!

Jul 15 2011
7:59 am
Juliette writes:

She is so lovely!

Jul 15 2011
3:19 pm
Luisa writes:

Keri! She is completely beautiful!
Welcome, Ida.

Jul 16 2011
10:45 am
Sarah writes:

So so happy for you! Congratulations !!

Jul 16 2011
11:47 am
zephyr writes:

oh how full of wonder and awe.

Jul 17 2011
8:26 pm
Briana writes:

Congratulations! I am so glad you posted a picture of your new beauty. I also love how you shared the meaning of her name.
Enjoy the love!

Jul 17 2011
11:01 pm
M writes:

absolutely loving the meaning behind her name! you’ve got one sweeet and adorable baby girl here! congratulations! <3

Jul 18 2011
2:01 am
Alexandra writes:

She is so beautiful. May she live a long, fantastic, healthy life filled with much joy. Congratulations to you all!!

Jul 18 2011
6:45 am
wendy writes:

welcome to earth, beautiful ida!

Jul 18 2011
8:36 am
Ana writes:


I recently got a baby cat. I have to say that the baby is even more adorable and cute and she has a beautiful name.

welcome to this planet, you’ll see it’s a bunch of fun!


peace&love&lots of diapers

Jul 18 2011
4:18 pm
S.Gontz writes:

Congratulations from Pamplona (Spain).

July 7th, great day to be born.
The day you were born, in my city was celebrating the festival of Saint Fermin.
Maybe the music playing that day in this part of the world was to welcome you.

Bienvenida pequeña Ida.

Jul 19 2011
1:05 pm
Jacki writes:

Congratulations! You have an angel living in your house! Thanks for bringing another powerful woman into this universe.

Jul 23 2011
6:41 pm
Ulli writes:


My daughter is twelve by now, she draws like a devil and her second name is Marion as well (Lilian Marion)…
I wish you lots of pleasure and fun with your sweet baby.

Jul 25 2011
11:55 pm
Sadie writes:

Congratulations, Keri!

Jul 26 2011
8:30 pm
Carolyn writes:

Mmmmm! Welcome, Ida!
Good work, mom & dad.

Jul 29 2011
1:20 pm
Ruzabelle writes:

O>O!! <3 Omgg! She is so beautiful!! Congratulations!!

Aug 12 2011
10:25 am
caroine lawton writes:

congratulations on your lovely latest creation
abundance of love, good wishes for you and your family

Aug 17 2011
8:18 am
Brittany writes:

whew, i meant to congratulate you a lot sooner than this! happy birthday ida! i love her name. :)

Aug 21 2011
10:16 am
Marja writes:

A bit of a late comment, but I am new to your blog and I just noticed that Ida is born on the same day of the year as I was. The seventh of july (07-07). Congratulations! Its a lucky day I think.

Aug 29 2011
12:50 pm
Mai writes:

Hello Keri,

Congratulations on the beautiful little girl! I’ve been following your blog since 2003, but I am one of those invisible readers. I can’t believe it’s my first comment. I feel like I really know you, seen the cute intimate wedding, your first newborn, read all your books, waited anticipating each new release to come out…the whole deal.

Anyway, I just think your girl has a beautiful name. I thought you may want to know what it means in Arabic, as well. Ida is the female equivalent of the word Eid, which means a special celebration/happiness. May she brings you both all the joy & happiness, bless her.

Sep 12 2011
12:05 pm
aimie writes:

what a sweetie! congratulations!

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