Arakawa has updated her Websunday blog
Iím not sure but does she say that her third child was born recently?EDIT
: It's true, I found the news on ANN
Here's the translation of her blog entry:
The second anime season [of Silver Spoon] began, the movie finished production, the novel came out ó this has been the start of another busy year.
To all who work with me and to my readers, Happy New Year and please support me this year also. (I know it's late.)
In my private life, I gave birth to my third child last month so my family life has gotten busier.
By the way, I played [the soundtrack of] Pacific Rim while I was pregnant with my baby.
That explains why the manga is on break for a month currently, but it's impressive that she was able to keep working with almost no breaks during her pregnancy.
And that pic with the "Human Transmutation Accomplished" caption is really cute.
Also, covers of Silver Spoon Vol. 9 and 10: