Exciting personal news!

As some of you know already, I’ve got good news – I’m pregnant! I’ve put off blogging about it, as I hate sharing personal information online (yes, I really hate talking about my heart condition but I feel like it’s worth it to underscore the importance of software freedom). It’s time that I informed the whole GNOME community though, so that you all know what’s going on. I’m due in September, which means that I’ll be pretty pregnant at GUADEC.

If you do the math and count back, you’ll notice that I was extremely busy during my first trimester with loads of travel and major projects. Luckily, I felt great so it was easy to work whole-heartily on stuff I feel so passionately about. For some reason, the past month hasn’t been as easy so there have been times that I’ve struggled to stay on track for GNOME. While I’ve been forced to cut down on my travel during this time and turn down talks that I would have loved to give, I’m definitely planning on going to GUADEC. I’m also going to try to make it to OSCON, but I’ll have to see how my health is. I don’t think I remember seeing any pregnant speakers at other free software conferences, so I wish I could go to more.

I thank you for your understanding and support, and will do my best to put in that extra effort through the rest of my pregnancy.

On a geekier note – I’m excited to bring another free software and GNOME user into the world!

20 thoughts on “Exciting personal news!

  1. Congratulations!!!!

    By the way you should consider the possibility that your daughter/son may not like GNOME, she/he might like other Desktop Environments… you should love him/her anyway!

    • excellent point! Though, this little one will by default be using what we use for a while – they start to code at 6 months, right? :)

  2. Hey Karen, good news.

    (I don’t think you’d remember we saw each other on the GNOME booth of FOSDEM this year)

    Congratulation. I hope you the best for you and your baby. Having some rest in the last trimester is important, so don’t try to do too much things :).

    Baptiste (who’s should be father again next week)

  3. Hey! I’m behind the times, just saw this. Congratulations! Hopefully I’ll run into you at OSCON before the Big Day.

    Take it easy on the air travel – I don’t think having an international baby over the Atlantic would be much fun.


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