For several months we have been very naughty. We feel like naughty twins sharing something totally precious. We could have announced what were up to earlier, but wanted to treasure it a little longer. You see when life throws you something really huge, sometimes you just have to pull back and acknowledge it. But we have been absent for good reason.
We are expecting our firstborn.
Initially, it was impossible to keep blogging about food regularly when it was such a touchy subject. Heightened sensitivity made staying in the same house as a cooking stove unbearable and even thinking about food a rather queasy experience. But still, we managed to post a few posts and I, The Steward even managed to maintain my food column with the Khaleej Times because I have a super editor who understood when I needed my deadline pushed back until the 11th hour.
Little by little we called friends and family individually to share the news. We disclosed to those who we could in person and made the announcement as personal as we could. But alas, there are only two of us, and while we have tried, we have only touched the surface. Especially with my rather humungous family. Last week we threw a same-day impromptu gender reveal party and were overwhelmed with the support our friends showed us from all over the UAE. Our little bundle due late August already has an extended family far away from our homeland.
When life showers you blessings, you sit quietly in the rain. We both had huge changes going on at the same time. We got pregnant the moment we both quit our full time jobs, then we had to move to Ras Al Khaimah, then The Chef had to start a new job, and we had to grapple with this amazing life change. There is a new life growing. We needed to sit in reverence of the beauty of the gift of creation.
We are Chef and Steward and we are having a baby BOY!
Thanks to my photography partner Yuliya for snapping these photos for us. You can find her amazing work at Cleo Photography.