Sweet Potato

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Apparently (according to What to Expect) I am currently carrying a Sweet Potato around inside me. There has been some debate within the AOW team as to how big the average sweet potato actually is – Aisling cooked one last week that made roast AND mash potato for two people, which seems fairly large considering I’m not even half way through growing this baby yet. As Lucy said, “Hello C-Section”.
A Sweet Potato does seem like a significant upgrade from what I was apparently carrying last week though – I’m not sure that I was that happy having my baby referred to as a Turnip. 
In other baby related news, it seems like I am now out of worst of the morning-sickness and general why-do-people-ever-do-this-more-than-once feelings, which is a relief.  I’m pretty sure that if pictures of me from that time were put up around schools and youth groups across the country, teen pregnancy rates would dramatically drop. I was a pretty good advert for contraception at the time.
Thank you to every single one of you who tweeted, commented and emailed me to see how I was doing – I am now well out of the pathetic-and-feeling-sorry-for myself-stage you’ll be pleased to know, and on to the oh-dear-god-there’s-going-to-be-a-real-life-baby-in-my-house-and-I’ll-have-to-look-after-it stage. This is running concurrently with the oh-dear-god-in-four-months-I’m-going-to-have-to-push-something-the-size-of-a-turkey-out-of-me stage.
But that is more than enough baby talk for what is meant to be a marriage blog. I promise not to bombard you with hundreds of pregnancy and baby posts because that is totes not what you’re here for, and I know that. 
On that note though, can someone please recommend some sane pregnancy blogs for me to follow please? I can find plenty of ‘mummy-blogs’, but I’d love to find some blogs of some sane normal ladies like all of you, who are actually going through pregnancy at the moment. I’m sure there must be some? I really enjoyed Julia Boggio’s I carried a Watermelon, but she’s now had her baby – so if someone can find me a similar blog that is still in pregnancy stages, I would be forever grateful.
In fact, I’d probably name the baby after you. Unless your name was Eric. Or Wilhelmina.
Categories: Any Other Baby, Becoming a Mother
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  1. Posted June 29, 2011 at 9:30 am | Permalink

    Morning Mrs

    I'm starting a ttc/pregnancy blog, combining my personal posts with real birth stories and all things baby.

    I'll keep an eye out for you on my travels for some good pregnancy blogs, but here's one for now http://calmlyandchaotic.blogspot.com/


  2. Esme
    Posted June 29, 2011 at 9:38 am | Permalink

    So glad to hear you're doing well Clare. Have you had any weird cravings yet?

    Best of luck with the rest of your pregnancy – do keep us updated!


  3. Posted June 29, 2011 at 9:47 am | Permalink

    I've been looking forward to this post ALL WEEK.

    I for one hope you do update more on Clare + Baby progress. Yes it's a marriage blog but I'm betting our readers want to know how our Founding Father (we should carve your face into Mount Rushmore!) is doing, and her baby sweet potato. As long as you stop short of nipple updates.

  4. Posted June 29, 2011 at 9:55 am | Permalink

    The sweet potato IS my favourite potato, for sure.

    YAY! for normal Mini Egg service being resumed!

    Love and chocolate buttons,

    Auntie Aisling


  5. Posted June 29, 2011 at 9:55 am | Permalink

    ALW – thank you for that link – she's having TWINS!! And let me know as soon as yours is up and running….

    Esme – I've been really looking forward to having weird cravings but none as yet. Although, for the first three months all I could eat was Granny Smith apples, but now I have to avoid the apple aisle in the supermarket, because if I so much as smell a Granny Smith I start to get nauseous.

    There was also the 'tuna-gate' incident in our hous,e where Andy innocently opened a can of Tuna to snack on, and I instantly burst into tears and threatened divorce and custody battles if he didn't get the tin of tuna out of the house Right. This. Minute.

    The work of a rational woman I feel.

    Anna K – I will do my best to avoid nipple updates. And can we wait to carve my face into a wall until after I've lost the pregnancy chub. Thankseverso.

  6. Katie
    Posted June 29, 2011 at 10:10 am | Permalink

    oooh, I love baby updates too. Especially like your comparisions. So exciting!

    I agree, Founding Father of AOW should have her face carved onto a wall. I'm quite handy with plaster of paris – if you cant find a suitable sculptor.

    When I cant' sleep at night, I run through the alphabet thinking of boy/girl names for each letter, and how they go with my fiances surname. I then consider all the nicknames that go with first name and if the name or initials make up any rude words. I am totally obsessed with baby names, and not even trying to conceive. My fiance has a rubbish surname, so we need to get first name right!! I have never told real life friends of this obsession. xx

  7. Posted June 29, 2011 at 10:15 am | Permalink

    Katie-I actually just laughed out loud at that! Also at the 'real-life friends' part-I love that we're 'make-believe friends'!


  8. Posted June 29, 2011 at 10:15 am | Permalink

    Most of these are now baby blogs but lots of good stuff in them:

    More twins! And interesting recipes with the vegetable that represents the babies http://www.girlsgonechild.net/

  9. Katie
    Posted June 29, 2011 at 10:26 am | Permalink

    I consider you all to be my lovely very honest and ofcourse sophisticated virtual friends, living in a virtual world………. I know you do all have flesh and blood really ….. (honest)


  10. Posted June 29, 2011 at 11:39 am | Permalink

    I'm so glad you're through the worst – hurrah!

    I don't have any suggestions for pregnancy blogs, I'm afraid – but I do read Hank and Lucy, which is great, even if the babies are now born.

    Oh, and this might be of interest – I've been saving it on my Google reader for months because I know when we get around to baby making it's going to be really handy (especially as I love my food): http://rwapplewannabe.wordpress.com/2011/03/04/can-a-food-lover-enjoy-her-pregnancy/


    P.S more pregnancy posts would not be a bad thing. :)

  11. Posted June 29, 2011 at 12:04 pm | Permalink

    I love the pregnancy baby related posts, they make me laugh and also when I eventually want a child will form some much needed advice and normality to the freak outs I will be having…

    Glad you are over the sickness part, think you more than deserve a tuna free house and as much chocolate as you can physically eat!


  12. Posted June 29, 2011 at 1:00 pm | Permalink

    Katie – I LOVE that you do that – does your fiance know?!

    Aisling – Baby Wells is going to come out looking like a mini-egg I'm pretty sure.

    Kiara – thanks for those – they have all been added to my burgeoning google reader!I follow Celia, so I'm not quite sure how I missed Hank and Lucy…

    Em – great post – thanks! As I've been so ill, I'm working on the fact that if I can face eating it, I'm going to eat it,whilst still retaining common-sense.

    Lottie – will maybe look at doing a monthly update. I might even get around to taking some 'bump' shots if it wouldn't make too many people lose their lunch to see me and my stick legs with a baseball tucked up my vest.

  13. Katie
    Posted June 29, 2011 at 1:36 pm | Permalink

    Andy knows I sometimes think about names, but he doesnt know I'm obsessed with names. If I'm driving on my own, I sometimes say the names outloud, just to hear how they flow with surname (because outloud is completely different to how name sounds in my head).

    Whenever I make suggestions for our future sons and daughters names, Andy is not interested. He thinks we have plenty of time to choose names, once I'm pregnant.

    This name obsession started about two years ago.

  14. Posted June 29, 2011 at 2:14 pm | Permalink

    Big YES to bump shots!

    And Katie, if you don't blog already, please, please, please please do…you make me laugh!


  15. Posted June 29, 2011 at 2:20 pm | Permalink

    Ah the name obsession! I have an email that I send back and forth to myself and update when I hear new ones I like…

  16. Sarah
    Posted June 29, 2011 at 2:33 pm | Permalink

    I want to hear preggers updates Clare! I'm sort of fascinated by it all even though I'm getting married in three weeks…!

    I think it's because everything you've written on AOW so far has really resonated with me -whatever the topic – so I'm kind of using you as a test run as to whether I could cope with pregnancy and babies! Is that weird? Obvs, I do have actual real life friends (really…) who are going through it too, but somehow the blog is a more honest environment…

  17. Sarah
    Posted June 29, 2011 at 2:36 pm | Permalink

    That sounded really naff. Honest environment. I think what I meant is there is just some stuff people don't talk about in front of friends. Like Katie said….


  18. Katie
    Posted June 29, 2011 at 2:49 pm | Permalink

    I agree Sarah, it is easier to admit to these things on a blog.

    Alittlewife – thanks for the suggestion. In school I was always good at maths and sciences, and hopeless at english. I keep reading 'bloggers' boast about their perfect punctuation and spelling – mine is less than perfect and my vocabulary is really quite small. I learnt the word oxymoron from AOW and euphemism from another blog. I love that the AOW team include words such as epiphany (I actually knew the meaning, but have never managed to include it in a sentence) in their posts. What I'm getting at is, I dont think I'd be very good at blogging.

    Also I am self-employed, and need to reduce the amount of time I spend on internet. I ended up working till 1am last night, to finish a job, as I'd wasted most of the afternoon on the net, reading reviews for wines of all things (can't decide on what red wine for wedding).

    Clare, we would all love to see pictures of bump.


  19. Posted June 29, 2011 at 2:55 pm | Permalink

    All of you ladies with hundreds of baby names ready and waiting – share please! We have no clue what names to go for.

    So far the AOW Team have come up with either Aisling or Anna, I'm pretty sure neither of which were suggested for purely altruistic reasons.

  20. Katie
    Posted June 29, 2011 at 3:15 pm | Permalink

    I love this game. For a boy, I like Alexander, Theo and Cory. For a girl, I like Helena, Vivienne and Eleri (pronounced El-Air-Ee).


  21. Katie
    Posted June 29, 2011 at 3:16 pm | Permalink

    P.S. You can't go wrong with Katherine nn Katie/Kate.

  22. Esme
    Posted June 29, 2011 at 4:41 pm | Permalink

    Yes to bump shots and monthly updates. You update your friends, right? So there you go…

    The reaction to the tuna? Totally understandable.

    My sister has a 1.5 year old called Maya, which I love. And her boy name was Leo, which I also thought was great.


  23. Jade
    Posted June 29, 2011 at 5:50 pm | Permalink

    I love this website, the lady who writes it isn't pregnant anymore but writes some brilliant (and frank-talking) posts that will give you a laugh as well as some pretty good information! http://www.pregnantchicken.com/ xx

  24. Posted June 29, 2011 at 6:58 pm | Permalink

    Thank you for all of the names girls – I have taken note!

    Sarah – you have put a big smile onto my face today – that is exactly what AOW is about. We want to appeal to real women – flaws and all. You will always see reality on here, not airbrushed perfect lives. And believe me – if I can do this pregnancy/baby malarkey, any one can.

    Katie – good blogging (in my very inexperienced opinion) is not about fabulous grammar or spelling, and perfect prose – it's about engaging with people in your own voice. You could totally do it.

  25. Posted June 29, 2011 at 11:11 pm | Permalink

    Katie, I like your name suggestions, one of them is mine! :)

    On my name list for girls is – Eden, Evie, Alyssa, Megan, Eleanor, Ella, Leila, Seren, Tabitha, Elsie, Katie, Sophie, Persephone (yes, really, I just think it's lovely) Ophelia, Megan, Ebony, Amber, Violet, Alice, Molly and Orla…



  26. Posted June 30, 2011 at 9:21 pm | Permalink

    I can't help you out with blogs on pregnancy but I do have some quotes about it. I'll search out some more for you.

  27. Posted July 3, 2011 at 2:03 pm | Permalink

    omg I don't know how this turned into a baby name comment thread but I am LOVING it! Especially Kiara's constant email to herself – brilliant. I am totally obsessed with baby names even though we aren't remotely trying, it's just so fun! I read something recently about an iphone app that lets your baby pick its own name – can't decide if it's the best idea ever or the worst.

    As for pregnancy blogs, don't know any current ones but a good nosey around the archives of Project Subrosa and Peonies and Polaroids is surely compulsory reading for all pregnant ladies.

    So glad to hear you're feeling better and the sweet potato is blooming.

  28. Posted July 4, 2011 at 11:39 am | Permalink

    I really enjoy reading We Ski Slow


    She's at 27 weeks!

  29. Posted July 5, 2011 at 5:34 pm | Permalink

    Well, clearly I am psychic, since Project Subrosa has just become a pregnancy blog once again! Also I somehow forgot about We Ski Slow and Red Boots (http://red-boots.blogspot.com/) too. Duh.

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