Wednesday, December 23, 2009

The best gift ever...

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I have a confession to make -- it hasn't just been the renovation and the move that I've been busy with (although those are still in full swing). I've been carrying around (literally for nine months!) some pretty big news that has (finally) just made her arrival.

Little C was born 12 days ago and I am still not over the wonder. Perhaps I never will be -- I wouldn't know, never having been a parent before. Now that I am I'm ecstatic and nervous and excited and scared all at once. "Please let me be good at this one thing," I think to myself as we stare at each other over her 3am meal. And as she nods off to sleep with a ghost of a smile, which isn't really a smile at all but just some gas according to her doctor, I know this is going to be the most amazing ride of my life.

I have no clue when my posting with regain a semblance of regularity. Right now the only meals I am serving are hers (although I have sneaked in a few items of sustenance for C and I). I'll be back as often and my and little C's ever changing schedule allows -- after all, I now have more people to cook for and more reason to document our family recipes :)

C and I couldn't have asked for a better Christmas gift! Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to you all! :)

94 comments:

Amanda at Little Foodies said...

Ah Joey what fanastic news! Congratulations on the arrival of your little baby girl. Hope you all have a wonderful Christmas together. xx

♥peachkins♥ said...

Congratulations! Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to your family..

Millet said...

oh,wow! you have a christmas angel! congratulations, joey and hubby, and merry christmas to the whole family!

Trissa said...

I've just started reading your blog but have you been keeping this secret for nine months?! Wow - next time I have a secret I know who to tell! hehe... seriously - what a great gift - congratulations! We understand if you are preoccupied with Ms. C - don't worry - we'll be waiting patiently for you while you enjoy her! All the best.

Suzana said...

Talking of great news, Joey! Congratulations to you and C. and all the best for little C.!!

Merry Christmas! :)

Baking Soda said...

Wow Joey, what great news! Congratulations on the arrival of this beautiful present. Have a very merry Christmas together!

Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

Congratulations! This is good news, indeed!

happy Holidays and all the very best for 2010!

Cheers,

Rosa

Nupur said...

Congratulation, Joey! What wonderful news! Wishing your family lots of happiness in the new year.

SimplePleasures said...

het Joey congrats! that's a wonderful news!
What a great christmas gift for you and C.
Best wishes!

Junglefrog said...

What wonderful news Joey!! Congratulations and also have a fabulous christmas!

ana said...

saw you from afar at the market several weeks ago and thought i saw a tiny bulge... did NOT look like you were so far along! congratulations!!! and yes, this IS going to be the ride of your life. enjoy every second; time flies too quickly with these bundles of joy!

princess_dyanie said...

Congratulations! :) Merry Christmas to you and to your family! :)

Midge said...

Oh, Joey! Congratulations! What a lovely blessing to have for Christmas!

Vampire In The City said...
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Vampire In The City said...

Congratulations Joey on the arrival of your little one. Things will never be "normal" as you say, but your bundle of joy will more than compensate for that. Enjoy the holidays and whenever you are ready to write that next post (amidst the feeding and the diaper-changing) we shall all be eagerly waiting.

Barbara said...

Joey haw fabulous.I'm so happy for you. I have a little tear in my eye thinking what a special Christmas for you.

Stephanie said...

Congratulations!!! Best Christmas gift, indeed. Much happiness to you all.

Kalyn said...

How exciting! Congratulations (and I'm sure you will be a great mom!)

Tartelette said...

COngratulations on the new arrival! Great Christmas news!

PheMom said...

Congrats Joey! Being a parent is the best thing ever! Happy Holidays!

veron said...

Joey! This is fantastic news! So happy
for both of you. U are right, best gift ever!

Erin said...

Oh my gosh Joey! Congratulations!!!!

La Tartine Gourmande said...

Wonderful news. Many congratulations! The best gift indeed. Our Lulu was born on Xmas day too! Life for the best from now on!

Em Dy said...

Congratulations! Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year too.

Nightwol said...

Many, many congratulations! Here's wishing all three of you a very Merry Christmas and the best of all good things in the year ahead. Spare us the odd crumb on your blog when you can!

Jean said...

Congratulations!!!!!! it is a wonder at first.. but u marvel at the miracle that they grow up to be.. have fun!!!

Cecilia said...

Awww, this is wonderful, just wonderful news !!! You will never forget this year, with all the changes and new arrival of such a blessing ! Congratulations !!! And I wish you and your lovely family a Merry, Merry Christmas, and a Fantastic New Year !!!

Marisa said...

Congrats! What an awesome Christmas present for you. May you & your family have a blessed time.

Janet said...

Congratulations! Joy to you and your family!

ChichaJo said...

Thank you everyone for your wonderful comments and best wishes! :) It's a quiet holidays for us as we hole up in our flat with our little Christmas miracle...but we wouldn't have it any other way :)

Big Christmas hug to everyone!!!

Lisa said...

Wow! Congratulations!! Best Wishes to you and your family. Merry Merry Christmas.

Anne said...

Congratulations and Merry Christmas!

Ling said...

JOEY!!! CONGRATS!! How wonderful!! Blessed blessed Christmas and a fabulous 2010!!

Ling
xxx

_ts of [eatingclub] vancouver said...

Oh, CONGRATS!!!

And, Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Gourmet Traveller said...

Congratulations Joey!!!!! What a super Christmas present. Before you know it, she'll be in the kitchen with you. Happy New Year!

Fran said...

Congratulations and Merry Christmas!

Bron said...

WOW!!! Joey you sneaky sneak you! ;-) How fantastic, many many congratulations and a HUGE big welcome to your sweet little angel, indeed the best gift ever! xxx
Happy holidays too!

chunky said...

you are very good in keeping secrets...you must be a really great friend to many. congratulations joey and here's hoping your little bundle of joy will inherit the good genes. A very Merry Christmas indeed for you and your small brood!

Marketman said...

Fabulous. A Merry Christmas to all of you! And cherish every minute of these first few months... it's the bond that will cement your relationship with little C for years to come... :)

corrine said...

Joey, congratulations! What a wonderful present from the Lord. I am sure you will be very busy for months to come, figuring out best recipes for healthy food. Stay healthy amidst those sleepless nights.

The Purple Foodie said...

oh my oh my! this is big news! Wish you all the good things life has in store for you and little C. You really held back on this piecew of news more than you should have! Enjoy the sweet and precious moments with little C. Blogging can wait :) (okay, but not too long - you have a fan following here!)

Divina Pe said...

Congratulations. Have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

Michelle said...

Congratulations to you! WOW, I haven't been around in a while, what a surprise!! Best wishes and lots of luck to you! Merry Christmas to You and Yours! :)

Bordeaux said...

No way! How did you manage to keep this such a secret? What a wonderful surprise. Congratulations, I am sure you will be a fantastic mother. She is a very fortunate little girl. I'm so happy for you and your husband.

Marvin said...

Holy crap Joey! Congratulations! I had no idea you were preggers. This is such good news. Best wishes to you and C and your new family. Enjoy every minute of parenthood. Merry Christmas and happy new year!

Helen said...

Oh my goodness! Congratulations! A very merry Christmas to you and your new addition!

jacqui | happyjackeats said...

ohmygosh congrats to you and your family! here's to an exciting new year!

ChichaJo said...

Thank you all for your lovely sentiments!!! :) We are definitely enjoying every moment! To those who commented on my secret-keeping powers...yes, I am a very good secret-keeper ;)

Dhanggit said...

What a fantastic news!! Goodluck on your motherhood! I'm sure you will enjoy every moment of it! Congrats again and Happy New Year

Christina said...

How beautiful. Many congratulations!

Manggy said...

As usual I'm late to the party! Congratulations on your little bundle of joy!! :)
A VERY Merry Christmas! :)

Ari (Baking and Books) said...

Congratulations!!! We are expecting our own little one this month. I can't wait to meet him. :)

Have a wonderful time with your little girl!

Holyoke Home said...

A hearty and heartfelt congratulations!

Rico said...

Wow! Best gift indeed! Congratulations! You're so generous for sharing Little C. Too cute!

thess said...

Oh wow Joey, Congratulations!! Indeed the best Christmas gift ever!

Happy New Year and all the best!

Patricia Scarpin said...

Oh, my goodness, Joey! This is huge news, darling! :)
Congratulations! May you and your family have all the best in the world.
Here's to little C!!

xx

psychosomaticaddictinsane said...

wow! congrats! :)

Zoe said...

Congratulations! That is wonderful news!!

carina said...

WOW!!! Congratulations Ms Joey!!! I'm sure you'll do well as a mother :)

Jen Tan said...

Congratulations Joey!!!!----Have a blessed 2010 with your new family =)

Jane said...

Congratulations on your little bundle of joy! What a great Christmas blessing, indeed! Glad to hear you're breastfeeding! :)

canDIshhh said...

CONGRATULATIONS!! I'm so late!!! So so so happy for you three!! :)

Happy Happy New year!!!!!!

punky said...

congratulations sa new baby! pwd po ba xlinks tayo? i already added u to my blogroll.. thanks! happy new year!

Yoj said...

Congratulations on your baby girl!

I've just started reading around your blog, and I can see that your readers are happy with the surprise!

Looking forward to your next posts!

Ash said...

Oh, congratulations to your little new arrival!!

ChichaJo said...

Thanks everyone! Little C turned one month old yesterday! :) I haven't managed to post again but hope to do so soon! Thanks to everyone who are still coming round :)

[eatingclub] vancouver || js said...

Congratulations on your great news! And my best wishes for the coming year. . .It will be a wild, wacky wonderful year for sure.

LyB said...

Many, many congratulations, Joey!!! Enjoy your little bundle of joy, and have a very happy 2010!

rhea_boo said...

hi joey! congratulations on the arrival of little C. now, you'll be preparing breakfasts and delicious meals for three! cheers!

Honeybee said...

Congratulations!! That's fantastic. I'm expecting my first child by the end of the month and I can very much relate to how you're feeling! Am I going to be good at being a mother? Am I going to know what do to? I hope so... All the best!!!

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Joanie said...

Congratulations!
That is the best present you could ever have...

You're not just a wifey anymore but a Mumsy =)

Lady E said...

What a glorious surprise! I just visited your site again (after a few weeks) thinking that maybe the move is over and you're back but lo and behold! tiny little feet greeted me! Congratulations Jo and I wish you all the best! God bless you and your family!

kellypea said...

How wonderful! Goodness, but you've brought back so many wonderful memories. My youngest is nearly 18. The time flies, so inhale the lovely scent that only babies have and enjoy. Congratulations.

Bee Yinn said...

Congratulations, I am so happy for you Joey. Now I know why you never made it to Penang despite the fact that I lured you with lots of Penang food porn on RM. :)

ChichaJo said...

Thank you all once again! :) We've been enjoying every moment! Even the 3am zombie moments...ok, maybe not as much as the "is that really a smile?" moments :)

glamah16 said...

OH MY! Big congrats. Im late to the party but Im so happy for you.

Gattina said...

Warmest wishes to you and your big family!!!

annabanana said...

Congratulations on your new bundle of joy!

ChichaJo said...

Thanks Glamah, Gattina, and Annabanana! :)

malou nievera said...

Parenting is such a wonderful thing... Congratulations and enjoy the journey!

Anh said...

OMg!! Look what I have missed out. Congras to you and your family!!! Share with us more photos of your girl, plssss!!

ChichaJo said...

Hi Malou! Yes it is :) Thank you and I will!

Hi Anh! Thank you! :) Will do!

Srivalli said...

This is a fantastic news..Congrats..and your lil's feet with the shocks on are so pretty...I can imagine how hectic it must have been..

ChichaJo said...

Hi Srivalli! Thank you :) Those booties were mine when I was a baby!

lobstersquad said...

I can´t beleive I missed this post! it must have been the Christmas craziness mixed with my own pregnant self absorbption. It´s late but all the same, congratulations!!!

ChichaJo said...

Thanks Ximena! Congratulations to you as well! :)

Pille said...

Joey - same here. I cannot believe I am three months behind with this amazing news!!! I guess our little girl (1 year and 2 months already) - is keeping me too busy and on my toes all the time (and away from my computer!)
Lots of good wishes and happy moments with your little bundle of joy!
(PS I kept my pregnancy a secret from my readers as well, but only had to do that for 7,5 months, as N. was born prematurely)..

ChichaJo said...

Thank you for your warm wishes Pille! I definitely know how the little ones can keep one busy! :) N is adorable!

Zita said...

I'm a wee bit late. As usual, congratulations Joey!

ChichaJo said...

Thanks Zita! :)

stef said...

Joey, I haven't been here in forever and was wondering how you were doing. What an awesome surprise! Congratulations to you and C (5 months late) and enjoy your babymoon! Welcome to the world, Little C!

ChichaJo said...

Hi Stef! Nice to "see" you! :) Thank you for your warm greetings and yes, we are definitely enjoying the "babymoon" :) :)

Anonymous said...

Beautiful article, it's so cute.