The one in which I mention the new baby

Ahem. Right. Have been wondering how best to euphemise the undeniable fact that I am now about 5 weeks pregnant with my fourth child. Maybe best just to come right out and say it. So, it has come to my attention that we shall we having another baby at the end of January next year. Woo hoo! 

Good things about that:

I love having babies

I want 4, so bring it on

Pregnancy is relatively kind to me – gives me bouncy hair

I am young (this is a relative point – in my hometown I may well be about the age of some grandmothers – I kid you not – but here, pretty much Spring Lambish)

Husband delighted, kids seem nonchallant in a good way 

Can begin to think about what I want to do when I grow up, as the end of my childbearing years creep ever closer. Like, be a proper Lawyer! or retrain to be a Teacher! (Not a Journalist, apparently, as last job so painfully/ruthlessly/undeniably spelled out for me. Sigh.)

Bad things about that:

Everyone will assume we are from a religious sect

I will feel that everyone is secretly pitying me 

I will be a bit fat for a bit longer


The midwives at St Marys, Paddington, will go “Oh, you! Again!” ha ha ha zzzzz

I will have to make boring self-deprecating noises about how it is funny and a bit strange of us to want SUCH a LARGE family

The crazy old lady with the small annoying dog in Kensington Palace Gardens who muttered under her breath when she saw me with Barnaby and Noah and while pregnant with Casper:  “Breeding like bloody rabbits!” will feel morally outraged once more and come out with something equally mean. I will fix her with my Hormonally Imbalanced Pregnant Lady Stare.

No wine. And we are off to Nice on Monday. No cheese either. Bloody salmonella and fetal alcohol syndrome.

Stylish clothes. I will love you from afar.

Yup. So, Barnaby will be just-turned-5, Noah 3, Casper nearly 2. It is going to be wild. Not like cool wild, but fun wild. I promise.

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8 Responses to The one in which I mention the new baby

  1. cath says:

    may i be the first to say publicly what fantastic wonderful cool news this is. You are good at your job- currently mother of 4. And what would be so wrong with 5? Perhaps this will be twins?! Hooray!

  2. Anya says:

    Finally… secret desire for my sister-inlaw to start her own blog has come true and to make me even more delirious with joy she is preggers. This day has been a good one!

  3. Lisa says:

    I know you only through Anya, but she put me on to your blog and I have to say it is the BEST thing I have read in blogland EVER. Thank goodness you are sharing your talent, congrats on your pregnancy, I think four is an awesome amount of kids, and not to be sniffed at at all.

  4. Josephine says:

    Hey Jodi. Well I must say I’ve never really read someone’s blog before, but I’ve stumbled across yours and I must say how much I thoroughly enjoy reading it. Although you always did have a way with words. And big congratulations on your pregnancy!

  5. Michelle says:

    Congratulations! No more comments about unfeasibly large families I promise. xxx

  6. PaisleyJade says:

    Congratulations! Four kids rock!

  7. Merann says:

    Hi Jodi
    You always wanted that even number. Coming from a family of 2 bros and 3 sisters I say more is definately better; if you fall out with one bro or sis you have others to fall back on. AND you came from a family of 4 kids so you know how great it is. Only drawback is that you are the Mum so basically have to be a slave (sometimes physically, always emotionally) to your kids for the rest of yours or their lives. If you can cope with that then life is EXACTLY as it should be. There was a time when I’d envy you; a time before that when I’d pity you but now I say yay! you’re doing what makes you happy. I wonder if it will be another boy to add to the soccer team or a little lass to dress up in Anyas creations?

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