Mr. Frugalwoods, Babywoods, and I are thrilled to introduce you to the newest member of our family: Littlewoods! Our second daughter was born on February 17th and tipped the scales at 8 pounds, 2 ounces and 20.5 inches long. I always thought it was hilarious that parents shared the weight and length of their children, but, we’re so proud of them and there’s not really anything else to report about them at this stage other than… hey! it’s a baby! I feel like I know many of you personally through the comments and emails you send me and I’m always so grateful to be privy to your financial lives. Hence, I wanted to share this joyful news with you as soon as I could!

Introducing Littlewoods!

I’m sure I’ll regale you with a more detailed rendition of her birth at some point, as I did with our first daughter, but for now, I just wanted you all to know that she has safely arrived. I will tell you that her birth was much less harrowing than her sister’s. It was, all in all, a very straightforward and simple entrance to the world, for which we are tremendously grateful!

Mom, dad, baby, and big sister are all doing great and we’re being well looking after by my wonderful mother-in-law, who is here to help us for the month! Thank you, grandma!

Please have patience with me this month as I will likely be (even slower… ) to respond to messages, emails, and comments, although I will still be around (I can’t stay away!). Frugalwoods posts will continue since I actually got myself organized enough to write them in advance (something I have honestly never done before in my life).

Additionally, as you likely know, my third child–my book–will be born/published on March 6th and you can pre-order a copy now. I will mail you a signed bookplate if you do so (details here)! Thank you!

Thank you for reading along with our family’s story of joyful frugality and simple living and please keep us in your thoughts as we acclimate to life as a family of four!

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  1. CONGRATULATIONS! ALL THE BEST FROM MY FAMILY TO YOURS. I HAVE BEEN READING ALL YOUR ARTICLES FOR A FEW YEARS NOW AND FIND THEM WONDERFUL AND VERY HELPFUL. YOU ARE AN INSPIRING WRITER. I HAVE 3 CHILDREN IN THE LATE 40’S TO 57. THEY ARE A BLESSING, SOMETIMES A CHORE BUT THE BEST THING I HAVE EVERY CREATED. I KNOW YOU WILL ENJOY YOURS TOO.
    AGAIN, CONGRATULATIONS.

  2. Congratulations on the safe arrival of your new addition. A new blessing for your family. its hard with all you do but enjoy this time with your new family and try and rest up a bit. Take care
    Lindsay (Wales UK)

  3. Whoo!!! Congrats!!! Thrilled for you ๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿ˜€

    I know I don’t know y’all personally, but I love following your blog and am so happy that you have safely added to your little family.

  4. Congrats! Welcome to the world, Littlewoods! I had suspected she was here due to lack of activity on Instagram :). You all look well!

  5. Congratulations!!! (i cant think of anything else to say in english, im too sleep deprived as my 3 kids are sick with the flu. But be sure there is a family thinking of you and your baby in Spain).

  6. Congratulations! The fact that you are birthing a baby and a book in the same three week span is a pretty incredible accomplishment. So glad to see you making a life that is successful and distinctly you.

  7. Congratulations! Littlewoods joins my daughter and I with February birthdays. It is great that you have your mother-in-law there.

  8. Yahoo! Congratulations to your family! I remember the transition from one to two children being big, but you have great support.

  9. Congratulations. It’s understandable that things will be slower for you for a while. Don’t worry – we can wait while you recuperate and acclimate to your new bundle of joy and family size. Well wishes for all of you.

  10. Congratulations to the Frugalwoods family! I’ve been thinking about you and the due date, wondering if Littlewoods has come into this world yet.

    I’m so happy the answer is officially yes. Please rest well. We look forward to more updates from you!

  11. Congratulations, Frugal Family!!! Been anxiously awaiting a Babywoods update and checking your FB page daily! She’s BEAUTIFUL! Rest up, looking forward to your book arriving very soon!

  12. Sheโ€™s lovely! Just said a prayer because itโ€™s been a few days since we heard from you! Blessings to all!!!! โค๏ธ

  13. Congratulations! I am so happy for you. Enjoy every minute of being a new momโ€”again. I wish you all the best as a family of four.

  14. Congratulations on the arrival of Littlewoods!! I’m so thrilled for you!! Enjoy!
    And way to go on being so organized that you write posts before her birth! Impressive!! ๐Ÿ˜„

  15. Wonderful news!!!! Thank you for letting us know; even though I don’t tend to comment, I’ve been holding you and your family in my thoughts with best wishes, and I’m so very glad to hear this news. Congratulations to all four of your family!!!

  16. Many congratulations to you all, that’s lovely news. A warm welcome to Littlewoods, hope Babywoods loves being a big sister, and hope both Frugalwoods survive the sleep-deprived stage! Most impressed at the organisation involved in writing posts in advance, will look forward to them.

  17. Awesome! Congratulations! You guys look waaayy to well rested to be the parents of two young kids! Glad everyone is healthy.

  18. What wonderful news! So good to hear that things went well with the birth ๐Ÿ™‚ All the best wishes and thoughts as you all acclimate!

  19. Congratulations and welcome to the world Littlewoods:) Mine are teenagers now, but your picture took me back to when they were born. Many blessings to you and thank you for all you do!

  20. Congrats, she is beautiful. Both of you look so happy! Enjoy all the specials moments you will have as a family.

  21. Congratulations!! So happy to hear that she arrived safely and that everyone is doing well. Enjoy this sweet, hazy, chaotic and beautiful time as a new family of 4. Sending lots of hugs your way!

  22. Yeeeeeeeeees!!! Congratulations!! So happy for you and your family! I’m especially touched since my own first child is due in 3 weeks.

    Enjoy this wonderful time together!

  23. Congratulations on the new arrivals from Canada!!!! Enjoy the time with both of your girls!!! Hugs all around!!!!!

  24. Dear Frugalwoods,
    A huge congratulations to your newest wee angel who successfully navigated the birth channel to join you. What a joyous time. Xoxo Susan in Calgary Alberta Canada.

  25. Adorable! Yes, it is amazing how someone so little pulls every string in our bodies.

    In the future, and maybe you already covered this, do you purchase health insurance? One son needs to get insurance as his company does not offer it.

    1. “Pulls every string in our bodies” (and minds) really sums it up!

      Congratulations to the Frugalwoods Family!

  26. Welcome to the world, Little Frugalwoods! May your entire family’s life be blessed with health, happiness and joy.

  27. Woot! Congrats and welcome to Littlewoods! So glad this one was easier with less complications. Enjoy your time getting to know each other
    ๐Ÿ˜ƒ

  28. Welcome, Littlewoods! Glad to hear everything went well. And welcome mom and dad to the 2 daughter club. My wife and I LOVE it. Our 5 and 7 year olds play and travel together beautifully.

  29. Congratulations on the newest Frugalbaby! Iโ€™m new to the FW world, but have religiously been reading your stories for a couple weeks to get caught up, and prepare for this new addition to the story!! It has been a pleasure, and I canโ€™t wait to see what lies ahead.

  30. Congratulations! She looks perfect. Glad she arrived safely and that you all are doing well.
    Enjoy this special time!

  31. Yayyy! congratulations! We are all so happy for you and canโ€™t wait to share the love through pictures in the days to come. Rest and get back on your feet quickly!

  32. Congratulations!! Well done to you all, she is beautiful and I’m sure you are relieved and happy that she is here safely with less drama than last time.

    In due course we will of course require names, details about the birth and all kinds of things that random strangers on other continents obviously need to be aprised of.

  33. Wonderful news! Congratulations! Thank you for sharing with us. May Littlewoods have a fabulous life filled with love, health and prosperity.

  34. Congratulations! Best wishes to you and your family. I look forward to receiving your new book soon. I preordered it on Amazon.

  35. Congratulations! Iโ€™ve been thinking of you guys and praying for a safe delivery! May God bless her with health and happiness ๐Ÿ’“

  36. My first post but I have read your blog for quite a while and I feel like I know you! So excited for your family and looking forward to hearing all about Littlewoods and your family adventures. Glad you are all doing well!

  37. Yay!! Sheโ€™s so precious! Congrats two you, I promise you wonโ€™t know what you ever did without her. Itโ€™s always a little scary with a new addition, but she will just… fit. We have 3 boys 13yrs, 8 yrs, and 11 months. All are blessings! Enjoy your babies, I cannot WAIT for my book copy! Much love to you all. ๐Ÿ’—

  38. Been thinking about you. Congratulations to all of you. Glad everything went so well. You are blessed. But I know you know that.

  39. Oh my goodness! Congrats you Frugalwoodses! Enjoy the heck out of that little bitty; it feels like they stay that way for all of one second.

  40. Congratulations on your new addition! So glad everything went well. Get some rest and enjoy! Looking forward to your book!!

  41. Congratulations! Glad the delivery went well. She is lucky to be born into your family and a blessing to you as well. Many of us who follow you are mothers and understand if you have some down time or respond slower than usual. This is a special time for your family.

    Seeing that little face just makes me wonder what she will see in her lifetime and who she will become. She is lucky to have you to guide her and I’m sure it will be an adventure for all.

  42. Congratulations! Glad to hear everything went well and that you have family helping. Thanks for sharing your good news!

  43. Welcome! Welcome to Littlewoods! She’s arrived in a good family IMHO. Very pleased for her – and for you, that she had such a smooth arrival.
    Very strange that name : I was born and raised in the UK, and Littlewoods was a mail-order catalogue in those days! Live in France now, so no connection with that any more.
    May the Force be with You All!

  44. This is wonderful news! Congratulations to you, Mr. Frugalwoods, Babywoods, and the rest of your family. She is beautiful! I have two girls myself (plus a third through marriage) – lucky lucky lucky. Godspeed!

  45. Congratulations to the whole family. So happy all is good at your place and the birth went well. Rest up and enjoy the beautiful bundle of joy! We aren’t going anywhere while you do that. Take some time!

  46. Hurray she’s here! I’m so thrilled for you Frugalwoods family. I was awaiting this news. It will be so nice to see her interacting with her big sister. Thanks for posting the picture of Babyhoods-She can hold on to the title for a good number of years. Enjoy …so happy for you!

  47. Congratulations!! So happy to hear that it was an easier birth this time and that everyone is doing well. Wishing you a smooth transition into a life as a family of four!!

  48. Oh what joyous good news! You are radiant, and papa looks over-the-moon happy. A wee, sleeping babe nestled between beaming parents is a lovely thing. Congratulations!

  49. I am so very happy for you and your family!! My sister and I are about the same distance in age as your daughters are and our childhood was so enriched by that relationship. We lived in the country also and our play was creative…gardens…fruit trees…pony…beagle puppies…tree house. We have remained best friends as well as close sisters through the years. I pray that for your girls as well!

  50. Congratulations! I’m sure you’ll find, as many of us have, that adjusting to the second child is easier than the first. Be kind to yourself and remember to take time for what’s important – and have fun ๐Ÿ˜‰

  51. So happy to see this in my blog feed this morning! I’ve been eagerly awaiting to hear news for days now, as I’m sure the rest of your readers have! So glad everything went smoothly and that all are doing well. She is so adorable, and I love all the little fuzz! Make sure you get the rest you need (we’ll understand), and I’ll be excited to see how you adjust to life with two little ones (as I will be joining that boat in a few months myself!).

  52. I’m so happy for you!! She’s so precious! I’m so glad everything went well! Can’t wait to hear more and to see her grow up on the homestead. Congratulations!! XOXO

  53. I am so very happy for you and your family! My sister and I are about the same distance in ages as your girls and growing up together was a blessing. I pray that same close friendship and sisterhood for your daughters!

  54. Congratulations! Having 2 kids has been awesome for us. I am happy to read that you are all doing well and that you have family there to help. Sending good wishes your way!

  55. I am so happy for you and your family! My sister and I are the same distance in age as your daughters are and we were the best of playmates and remain the best of friends. I pray the same blessings for your girls!

  56. From across the pond in the UK. Congratulations to you both on the safe and welcome arrival of your second daughter; Littlewoods.

  57. Many congratulation Frugalwoods Family! ๐Ÿ˜‰ So pleased to hear that your delivery was smoother. Love and blessings to all.

  58. Awww congratulations, i feel like i know your family and yourself so well. I love being a Mum and now a Grand mother, such special times.

  59. Congratulations! Wonderful news! I have been thinking of you and wondering when Littlewoods would arrive. I am so glad that you are all well.

  60. Congrats to both of you and to Babywoods as she has become a Big Sister! So happy to hear that everyone is safe, happy and healthy!

  61. I’ll admit, I’ve been stalking the site the last few days hoping for news. Congratulations and YAY for an uncomplicated birth! ๐Ÿ™‚

  62. Yeay! I look forward to seeing even more adorable photos of family life on the homestead with you, Mr. FW, BW, & LW too! Congratulations!

  63. She is beautiful! So many of my favorite, most precious friends are Feb babies. And March too! Congratulations on all the good, warm, wonderful things in your life right now.

  64. So pleased. Having experienced a traumatic first birth I know you must have had a few fears. Thank you so much for your wonderful posts. I find them enormously helpful and enjoyable. enjoy your family . Jayne h

  65. Hooray! I found your blog via MMM way back when. Joe and Ali just had their second baby girl spy a few days before you did. It will be interesting to compare and contrast your frugal lives. You nestled into the woods, and the spy family galivanting the globe. Kudos to the many paths to financial freedom, even with babies!

  66. Fantastic news! Congratulations to the whole Frugalwoods family! What a beautiful baby she is. Mrs. FW, please take all the time you need to be in the new baby bubble. We will be happy to wait for new posts. And I will happily reread your previous posts as I get more out of them each time I read them.

  67. Congratulations on your gorgeous little girl! What a blessing. I’m so glad you’ve got your mother-in-law there to help out with Babywoods. I just had a little girl on February 9th, and I don’t know what I would have done if my mum hadn’t been around to help out with my 3-year-old.
    Enjoy all the snuggles, and hope you can get some sleep.

  68. Congratulations. What a cute, sweet, adorable healthy looking girl. And you really look like (are) a radiant new mom. All the luck and health for the four of you!

  69. Congratulations to the Frugalwoods family. Littlewoods was born in the year of the Dog.
    So excited for all of you! 2018 is off to a great start…A book and a baby!

  70. Congratulations! She’s a beauty and the perfect addition to your frugal little family. I wish you much health and rest in the future.

  71. Congratulations Frugalwoods and Co, so blessed to have had a safe delivery and another healthy baby girl You all look so contentโค๏ธ Much love Fi from stayhomeinstead.

  72. Congratulations on the new addition to the Frugalwoods family! Bless you and your family and may the transition to 2 little ones be smooth and full of love. ๐Ÿ™‚

  73. Well, now I can sleep at night! I live in Texas but found myself checking your weather forecast, praying that you could get to the hospital when you needed to go…………such a silly girl I am. Anyway, CONGRATULATIONS!!! Don’t give us a thought. Recover, sleep. Enjoy your “little ladies” as someone used to call our two daughters long ago. Rest as much as you can while grandma is in town. (You rock, grandma!) Just………be……….
    So happy for your little family!!!!

  74. How blessed you all are to have another beautiful little girl. You deserve nothing but the best. Thank you very much for letting us know. Take it easy and rest.

  75. Awwww, she is so beautiful…… how is babyhoods doing with her ? Does she seem a bit jealous ? Kids usually are for a few days and they get over it and realize they now have a live in play mate ๐Ÿ™‚ Looking forward to seeing more pics….

  76. So happy to hear your joyful news . Have been thinking the last couple of days it should be happening. hopefully that doesn’t sound strange since I really don’t know you, but feel I do since I have been following your blog for 3 years. I am sorry that I did not send condolences for Frugalhound but I was crying to hard.

  77. Fantastic, Mrs. Frugalwoods. I’m very glad to hear that, you, the baby, and the family are doing well. Hope the spring comes soon, so you can play with the two baby girls outdoor. Take care.

  78. Thanks so much for sharing this happy news with us! Welcome, Littlewoods. We can’t wait to watch you grow. Congrats to Mom, Dad, big sister and all extended family!

  79. So glad everything went swimmingly smooth for you this time. Welcome to the new bundle of joy. Many congratulations from our family to yours

  80. Congratulations to you all, wonderful new. As a granny, my daughter is having her first and is so keen to do everything naturally and frugally, how you do that.? What nappies you use in todays modern world and what gadgets have you found useful and what do you really not need.? Would love to hear your thoughts on some of these things. Thanks and enjoy the babe, they grow so quickly as you know ๐Ÿ™‚ PS we in South Africa

    1. I had my babies in SA too, and the first thing is to NOT buy everything you think you will need, and to go second-hand for as much as possible. Other than a new cot mattress and ideally new car seat, gumtree is you friend, it really is! Borrow what you think you’ll need, there’s very little, other than nappies that absolutely must be purchased brand new right now. It’s tempting of course, but a lot of the early things are so quickly outgrown or simply never used.

      I always used disposable nappies, so if she plans to use those, she could stock up on various sizes as and when they’re on sale, and hypoallergenic wipes / bum cream.

  81. Feliciations! Maybe saying it in French will make it different? May all your hopes and plans be realised. YvonneWest 6 times grandmother.

  82. Welcome to Littlewoods and congratulations to the proud parents. Hope all continues to go well.

    Best wishes
    Amanda in England

  83. Congratulations! So happy her birth was more peaceful than her sisters’ and you are all doing well. So happy for all of you!

  84. Congratulations to you all! May you be blessed with good health, sleep-filled nights, joyful family times and lots of baby smiles.

  85. Congratulations to all of you!! So glad to hear everyone is doing well and wishing your family all the best in this next leg of your adventure!

  86. Congratulations to you and your family! I wondered whether youโ€™d already had the baby when I got your โ€œJanuary on the Homesteadโ€ email!

  87. Congratulations on new little babywoods. Sorry this is a little late. May she bring you so much joy and happiness. Enjoy all the new born cuddles and treasure each little stage xx

  88. Welcome to the world, won’t you come on in?
    Miracles, I guess, still happen, now and then.

    best wishes to all the frugalwoods ….

  89. Congratulations to you, Mr. FW, and Babywoods on Littlewoodsโ€™ arrival! Best wishes to you and your family during this exciting time, settling in to being a family of 4. Selfishly, I am looking forward to your return to the blog, but hope you take all the time you need! ๐Ÿ™‚

  90. Congratulations Frugalwoods Family! Hope you are all doing well and getting used to life as family of four. Love reading your stories and adventures, advice and quips. All the best.

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