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Introducing Lewis Paul Stevens

When I started Real Men Sow, I made myself a rule that I wouldn’t let the blog veer towards personal posts. RMS was going to be all about the veg.

I’ve been close a few times, making tenuous comparisons between bikes and allotments, bigged up vegetable growing for rescuing my masculinity because I’m rubbish at fishing, and used the plot to vent my spleen about dropping litter.

However, after all the lovely tweets I received about my newly born son, I’m going to fly in the face of my self-imposed regulations to officially welcome a new member of the Real Men Sow family. I’ll do my best to bring it back to veg, but I can’t promise anything. :)

Baby Lewis was born about 12.30am on Sunday morning after quite a lengthy labour. We were transferred between hospitals and poor Ailsa ended up on an epidural. We got there in the end, and as soon as I held my little boy, nothing at all in the world seemed to matter. He’s ace.

I’d like to extend a big thanks to the midwives and doctors who delivered Lewis. Our NHS, and those who work within it, are precious, and should be cherished and protected by us all.

Lewis weighed 7lb 4oz, which by my records is the equivalent of two of last season’s better butternut squashes combined (see, there’s a veg link!). Hopefully by time I harvest this summer’s squashes, he’ll be over the weaning and ready to enjoy munching on mashed squash as much as his dad does.

Once again, thanks for all the kind words. I was overwhelmed by everyone’s generosity. Normal service will be resumed by the end of the week, when I’m going to talk about a water butt; the other exciting arrival at number 73…


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  1. Alan @ it's not work, it's gardening!February 12, 2013 at 2:19 pmReply


    You could have put him into a big cabbage for the photo and avoided the apology altogether. :)

  2. HelenFebruary 12, 2013 at 3:19 pmReply

    Huge congratulations as I’m not on twitter any more I had been wondering if there was any news.
    It wont be long before he is helping you with the veg and may be have his own veg plot.
    Enjoy every minute as they grow up very quickly, my eldest is 22 this week and it only seems like yesterday when he was born.

  3. Jono

    JonoFebruary 12, 2013 at 4:16 pmReplyAuthor

    Thanks Alan and Helen. I was tempted to do some kind of cheesy father and son veg photo!

    Mum said exactly the same to me Helen. Its a funny feeling, almost like you’re taking the baton from your parents.

    Saw on you blog that you’d left Twitter, not the same without you. Hope one day you might come back. :)

  4. LorraineFebruary 12, 2013 at 4:26 pmReply

    He is a beautiful looking boy. Lets hope he becomes a lover of all things veg related and is up for helping you on your plot..

  5. Jono

    JonoFebruary 12, 2013 at 4:29 pmReplyAuthor

    Thanks Lorraine. Hoping to get him started in his wellies as soon as possible! I’ll give him 5p for every stone he picks out of the beds!

  6. PeterFebruary 12, 2013 at 6:58 pmReply

    What a fine looking little chap! Well done everyone!

  7. Pixie1nigelFebruary 12, 2013 at 7:28 pmReply

    Congratulations Jono, an event worth bending a few rules for. Nice to see a new veg grower. All the best.Nigel.

  8. JoyFebruary 12, 2013 at 7:34 pmReply

    Oh Jono, he’s beautiful, I know most people say that about newborns but he really is gorgeous. Congratulations!!

  9. PaulFebruary 12, 2013 at 8:09 pmReply

    Congratulations, enjoy every moment of it as the time just flies by and he’ll be writing blog for you :-)

  10. Jono

    JonoFebruary 12, 2013 at 9:46 pmReplyAuthor

    Thanks everyone, your nice words are appreciated.

    Joy, that’s a lovely thing to say.

    And Paul – that’s another good suggestion for things he can do for cheap labour, along with weeding and picking stones out of the soil for a penny a piece!

  11. Alissa @ Sarah RavenFebruary 13, 2013 at 9:39 amReply

    Congratulations from all at Sarah Raven!

  12. VPFebruary 13, 2013 at 9:45 amReply

    We don’t mind Jono – he’s lovely :)

    And in no time at all, he’ll be helping you on your plot. We won’t mind more pics then either ;)

  13. Jono

    JonoFebruary 13, 2013 at 10:40 amReplyAuthor

    Thanks Alissa and VP. Maybe RMS will become Real Men Sow & Son. :)

  14. Real Men Sow » Blog Archive » Introducing New Arrival Number 2February 14, 2013 at 4:54 pmReply

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  15. AdamFebruary 14, 2013 at 6:45 pmReply

    Congratulations to you both! Real Men Sow & Son – that is an awesome name, it demands respect.

  16. Jono

    JonoFebruary 14, 2013 at 6:52 pmReplyAuthor

    Thanks Adam. I smell a spin off in the air…

  17. MartinFebruary 20, 2013 at 10:41 amReply

    Great job family Stevens! Been catching up with personal interests and sowing season.
    Hope all if well and you are enjoying your little bundle of joy and getting plenty of rest!


  18. JonoFebruary 20, 2013 at 10:56 amReply

    Cheers Martin, nice to hear from you. Hope everything is good with you.

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  20. JaneJanuary 6, 2016 at 9:35 pmReply

    Dear Martin,
    I do enjoy your site as it makes me feel I can do that too
    I live in NZ and everything grows quickly!
    I have too much ‘stuff’ to compost as I have to keep many bushes and shrubs in check.
    You mentioned a compost area of pallets and carpet, how does one manage that!! I have a hidden spot where I could put two pallets.
    I note you take your son to your garden, please do not pay him as someone suggests!! Let him join you in your garden because HE wants to do it for pleasure.
    I await your reply

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