From Too Many Chefs -

October 10, 2006
A Bun in the Oven

HCB.jpgWe interrupt your daily diet of black beans to make the following announcement. The team of Critics here in Paris is due to increase by one some time towards the end of April 2007. If you noticed a few ginger recipes popping up on our site lately, or that Barrett seems to be the only one who musters up real enthusiasm for describing food (my mother did), well now you know why: I've been so tired that I need an hour and a half nap each day to keep my eyes open until ten p.m. and I've had daily doses of morning sickness too. These do not promote creative cooking or creative writing about food.

Sadly, the Boy's reign as King of the Universe will soon be at an end. Luckily he doesn't know it yet and still orders us around as usual. Happily, the first trimester is over and soon too - I hope - the morning sickness and zombie-like tiredness. In the meantime, we have Barrett's endless supply of beans...

Posted by Meg in Sussex at October 10, 2006 1:57 PM

Huzzah! Congratulations, Meg!

I thought the zombie-like tiredness was supposed to set in only once you had two in diapers.

Posted by barrett on October 10, 2006 at 3:08 PM

We're so happy to hear the news. When you get your energy back (hopefully soon), I anticipate a slew of comfort food ideas.

Posted by Marianne on October 10, 2006 at 7:49 PM

Meg-- Fantastic news! I was thinking you'd been a bit quiet since you returned from your trip. I wish you many. many congratulations!
Arrrgh, I'm so excited for you!

Posted by Michele on October 11, 2006 at 1:41 AM

Yay!!!!! Congratulations!!!! What fabulous news!!!!
Gros Bisous!

Posted by Alisa on October 11, 2006 at 7:53 AM

Barrett, the tiredness you get from lack of sleep is NOTHING compared to the dead-to-the-world sleep you need in pregnancy. I keep telling myself that this is really the worst part in terms of tiredness. (And if any of you out there disagree, please do not disillusion me. I need my little fantasies.)

Marianne, although the morning sickness has been worse this time around I've actually managed to eat a fair variety of food - spicy food seems to appeal more than bland. That said, brother Kurt's Thimbleberry Jam (which, on toast, makes an idea Pregnant Woman's Breakfast) will be figuring here soon, as well as a very soothing vol au vent! For some reason I've been roasting a lot of chickens...

Michele and Alisa - thanks! Hope to see you both soon and show off my rapidly growing bump!

Posted by Meg in Paris on October 11, 2006 at 8:23 AM

When I was prego, the tiredness was unlike anything I had ever experienced before, and became known in my small circle as "prego tired"! During both pregnancies I was sick sick sick for three months, and craved, and was able to eat super spicy food for the duration of the pregnancy. This was explained to me, by those that know everything, that this meant for sure that I was having a girl.

Posted by Alisa on October 11, 2006 at 9:10 AM

Well, Alisa, I'm certainly that tired and sicker than the last time and eating very spicy food - so we shall see in six months' time whether your friends are right this time around!

Posted by Meg in Paris on October 11, 2006 at 1:53 PM


Posted by Alanna on October 12, 2006 at 6:03 AM

Congratulations, Meg! Exciting news!

Posted by Elsa on October 14, 2006 at 7:28 AM

Congratulations, Meg! Exciting news!

Posted by Elsa on October 14, 2006 at 11:00 AM