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New crop of babies ready for autumn harvest

Annie FlanzraichSun News Service

Jen Schmidt/Sun News ServiceSix pregnant women on the North Shore painted their bellies like pumpkins to celebrate the fall and the new members of their families. From left are Jen Wolffert, Maggie Browder, Kristen Ferrall, Dorea Shoemaker, Nicole Koch and Cassie Hebel.

INCLINE VILLAGE When five friends found themselves pregnant and due within two months of each other, there was only one rational thing to do paint their round bellies like pumpkins.It seemed like something fun to do to get us together, celebrate the season with big bellies and at the same time raise awareness of the (Tahoe) Childrens Foundation, said Kristen Ferrall, one of the pumpkin ladies due Nov. 11.While there were originally only supposed to be five pregnant pumpkin bellies, a smaller edition, Jennifer Woffert, joined the group after finding out that she was eight weeks pregnant.Tahoe Childrens Foundation Director Laurean Meyer said the foundation helps new parents through its parenting classes and also because they can form social networks. With orange and black face paint, Ferrall, Maggie Browder, Nicole Koch, Cassie Hebel and Dorea Shoemaker created jack-o-lanterns of various expressions and sizes. Ferrall said none of the friends, who met through the Tahoe Childrens Foundation, planned to be pregnant at the same time.We all started popping! she said.While there were originally only supposed to be five pregnant pumpkin bellies, a smaller edition, Jennifer Woffert, joined the group after finding out that she was eight weeks pregnant.Tahoe Childrens Foundation Director Laurean Meyer said the foundation helps new parents through its parenting classes and also because they can form social networks like Ferrall, Browder, Koch, Hebel and Shoemaker have.This is the new harvest, the new crop of Incline, Meyer said about soon to be expected children.The Tahoe Childrens Foundation is a nonprofit organization that provides education and support to families and their children from pregnancy to 42 months. It was founded in 2001 to fill a need for early childhood programs in North Lake Tahoe.Weve become this huge support group, Ferrall said. Were this very big family.