I've been looking at old photos of my kids on the harddrive backup that saved my life (OK, perhaps a tiny overstatement, speaking figuratively, then.)

Neither of these are at all indicative:

No, i said SELL onetelHenry resembling a socially-oriented chatterbox. 

Cheerful on the insideTilly resembling a terribly serious and possibly grumpy baby. "Cheerful on the inside" I had written on the back of this one. Not representative of the sunny, happy bubba she was, but a photo we loved anyway.

I'm looking at these early photos because I'm wondering what the next baby might look like.

Yep, the biggest surprise of 2009? Adam and I are expecting another baby!

I'm 15 weeks pregnant, and feeling excellent thanks, after feeling unbelievably appalling for the whole first three months, mostly in the evenings when I usually post here! 

But all good now, over the unexpectedness and very much looking forward to meeting the new little pickle at the end of June. Can't wait, in fact.

Adam asked if he could name this one and I said he could, as long as I had the right of veto, so all baby name suggestions very gratefully received as we've used up our two favourites.

Henry and Tilly are right into the idea of a baby, there has been a lot of talk of where it will sleep and how you must be quiet (which Tilly describes in stage whispers). She was being boisterous yesterday and Henry told her to keep the noise down in case she made the baby in Mummy's tummy cry. (I said I thought the baby would like to listen to them playing, and noise wouldn't worry it right now.)

So there's a whole lot of new and interesting conversations going on here.

Henry: (every morning this week) Is the baby still in your tummy Mummy?

Me: Yep, it'll be in there a little while yet. 

I've made him a calendar with all his cousins/aunts/uncles/grandparents and favourite friends birthdays on it highlighted with stickers (this is very important to him) and he asked to put the baby's birthday on it which I did with trepidation. Imagine the anxiety in the house if I'm a fortnight late?!

Anyway, whether we get a chatterbox or a grumpy head, it'll be another one of us, and there is nothing in the world more exciting than that. 

A family of five. We can do that.



21 Comments on “genetics

January 7, 2010 at 11:00 pm


January 7, 2010 at 11:05 pm

Thanks Y! I really didn’t make by beloved boss’s day today when I told him I’d be leaving in the middle of the year so I thought it might be time to put it out there for some positive energy!

January 7, 2010 at 11:35 pm

Woohoo! How excitement! Congratulations!

Catriona Pne
January 7, 2010 at 11:37 pm

Great news! will have to come and visit now. Baby name suggestions….ummmmm….why not hark back to the mid seventies and go for a Sharon, Tracey or Neil

January 7, 2010 at 11:59 pm

Lovin it. X

Krista Bjorn
January 8, 2010 at 7:44 am

Hooray! So thrilled for you 🙂

Sarah Burkhardt
January 8, 2010 at 8:59 am

What exciting news for you all!! Some of my favourite memories are of Alex and Olly talking to and feeling for Mitchy in the later months of my pregnancy – just adorable! Two year olds and newborns together are hard work – hopfully Tilly being three and a half should make it easier for you 🙂

Kirsty E
January 8, 2010 at 10:26 am

yay for you guys!
Names…(with a Disney Pixar theme for Henry): Sally for a girl and perhaps Lightning or maybe Hudson for a boy????? :o) K

January 8, 2010 at 12:49 pm

Congrats Fi and Adam, Henry and Tilly! Wonderful news. Bet the extended family is very excited.
Love Kirsty’s name suggestions!

January 8, 2010 at 2:18 pm

Thanks for your name suggestions ya crazy girls! I’ll pass them on but am betting Lightening will be the front-runner xxx

January 8, 2010 at 5:07 pm

Yay! Congrats on a new baby!
We are expecting ours at the end of June (though more likley some time in July) too!

January 8, 2010 at 5:24 pm

uh huh, thanks for your feedback gorgeous girl. Don’t come and visit, come and live with us. Or maybe we’ll come and live on your new deck.

January 8, 2010 at 5:26 pm

Thanks Kate, I saw your post on this realised we were pretty much running in tandem! You’re having a singleton, right?! Imagine getting another set of twins for number 4!!!

January 8, 2010 at 5:42 pm

Of course you can do 3, you are a woman of many talents, and great patience (something I wish I had a little more of !)

Oh and Felix if its a girl, pulleeeeeeze. I so wanted a little girl called Felix.

Sue Reid
January 9, 2010 at 4:28 am

Fi, Congrats!
I love Martha, and Alice. And Peggy.
I’m hoping to talk Dave into Frank or Freddie if we have another boy. (Not within 9 months!) But I’m not sure about Henry and Frank- will H be called Hank?
Love you, and trust Adam- the baby will make whatever name he chooses become wonderful.

January 9, 2010 at 6:36 pm

I am so excited for you all!

Just so you know, I check this every day, and read your funny and insightful posts. Best of luck with this new adventure, I look forward to reading about it!

Love from the City of Lights

January 10, 2010 at 1:43 am

OMG! I was thinking, ‘what cute baby photos’, then you hit us with THAT! That is fantastic news, congratulations! (I think I now know what to make for your pay it forward give away;))

January 11, 2010 at 10:36 am

Lucky I read every word you write on this blog or I’d miss all the big news!!! Just got back from Dad’s and thought I’d catch up on my favourite blogs, and OMG!!! So exciting!!!! Yay for you, Ad, Henry and Tilly! That’s fabulous news! Love and best wishes, Sal xo

January 11, 2010 at 12:26 pm

congrats my darling – how exciting for you all!

January 14, 2010 at 2:37 pm

Just home and catching up on all my missed InnerPickle greatness – and what greatness I missed! Another bubba, that’s fantastic Fi – congrats xxxx

November 27, 2011 at 8:22 am

Just trawling through your archives. Cute photos! And your kids are beautiful – all three of them! – XX


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