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Akin to an aubergine

I was out with my lovely Mum the other day and we came across these little violet darlings, all tucked in a box at the back of the market. Though not on our list of things to buy, neither of us could resist their charming size; so they were bundled up to be brought home.

Yes, we were smitten by fruit.

Beyond their diminutive stature, I think I was most taken with their weeble-ish physique. Their little tops and gently bulging belly struck a chord with me, and my own recently expanding equator.

Though I am sure some some of my southern spread can be attributed to holiday excess, I do have a far more pleasing reason for the plumpness - and my unexplained absence towards the end of last year.

My dear Sean and I are ecstatic to say that our Benjamin is going to be a big brother.

Some astute readers may have noticed that my aforementioned absence spanned three months, or one trimester. I had not meant to take time off, but morning sickness struck at all hours of the day and with unexpected ferocity. When I could eat I was restricted to a few, rather dull, foods in small quantities. Oatmeal and banana. Toast with a bit of cheddar if I was lucky. Rice with lentils. Not really the stuff riveting food writing is made of.

I must take a moment to express my deep gratitude, once again, to our wonderful family and friends. They came with meals in hand to make sure that my boys were fed and with cozy sweaters to make sure I kept warm. Thank you for all your support and enthusiasm, we are so terribly lucky.

And so, while our last pregnancy was never highlighted here, I hope that you all will welcome a mention or two over the coming months. I am happy to say I am feeling much better and I have resumed my role in the kitchen. I am unhappy to say I am missing soft cheeses terribly and that it is frustrating to see the lack of interesting non-alcoholic beverages at restaurants.

Soon Ben will be two (my goodness!) and in a few months he won't be the littlest anymore. Big changes around these parts, but each and every one will be met with the same silly grin we have been wearing ever since we heard the news.

Thank you all for your patience with me and for still being here!

Reader Comments (14)

That is so wonderful! Congrats to you all!

January 8, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterRachael

wow, that pic is such a way to celebrate simplicity! congrats!!:)

January 8, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterMansi Desai

Congratulations! Glad you're feeling better now.

January 9, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterlinda

Oh Tara, that's fantastic news! Congratulations!!!

January 11, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterMelissa

Wow - what great news! I'm excited for you.

January 11, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterHillary

How wonderful for you.
I can hardly wait to hear the chronicles of your adventure.

January 11, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterDayna

Congratulations to you and your family!

January 12, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterMorsels of Memory

Congratulations again and again Tara...

Having just returned from there I can say that the perfect place to be pregnant would have to be Kuwait. Being a "dry" country they make up for the lack of alcoholic drinks by making the BEST fresh squeezed juices I have ever had. And the health care is fantastic :)

Take care and I'm glad to hear you are able to eat once again.

January 13, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterdom_goddess

Rachel, thank you - we're thrilled.

Mansai desai, I was particularly taken with these little babies; they made a lovely subject. Thanks!

Linda, it is amazing how different two pregnancies can be - just like babies, I guess! Thank you for the kind words.

Melissa, Hillary, Dayna and Morsels of Memory - thank you for the enthusiastic words!

dom_goddess, that sounds like heaven. It is sad to see such uninspired choices out there; pop (which I try to never drink), limited juices and water seem to be it. I should be buying stock in San Pellegrino - I've supported their company so much as of late!

January 14, 2008 | Unregistered Commentertara

I'm a week late, but with wishes no less warm. What lovely news! You new year is bound to be filled with all sorts of new adventures (has it really been nearly two years? huh?). Sending you all the best!

January 14, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterTea

Best wishes on your good news.
If you have any old school Canadian
cravings I will do my best to post them. Bick's pickles and Harmony Ice cream...LOL

January 16, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterB W

Ok whoa, what with all our moving I seem to have missed a few of your posts! Those aubergines are picture perfect and I am sure you are as well with that little nubbin growing in your belly!

January 24, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterMichèle

tea, thank you for taking the time to comment. Yes, the last two years have flown by, no? Thank you for your wishes.

b_w, I will surely do that!

michèle, thank you for the sweetness - as usual!

January 24, 2008 | Unregistered Commentertara

I am months behind but congratulations Tara!

March 3, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterTartelette

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