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Introducing Rory Simon Stevens

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At the outset of Real Men Sow, I made a little unofficial rule that it would always be about growing veg and life at the allotment, and I wouldn’t let the blog veer towards personal posts. This was a veg only zone.

However, when Lewis was born back in February 2013 I broke that rule after I received so many touching tweets about his birth. So, in the interests of treating both children the same from the start, I thought I better introduce Rory too.

Rory was born about 3.15am on Friday morning after a labour which couldn’t have been more different to Lewis’s. In fact, everything happened so quickly this time, that we didn’t even make it to the hospital and Rory was delivered by a paramedic on our bedroom floor.

Mum and Rory are both doing well – our new carpet not so!

I can’t thank Steven, the amazingly relaxed paramedic, enough for what he did. He was calmness personified throughout the whole thing, and arrived in minutes. Given that the lady from the emergency services was beginning to talk me through delivery, I’ve never, ever been so relieved to see someone as I was Steven!

After Rory had been born, everything was actually rather civilised. As everyone was fit and healthy, we didn’t have to go to hospital so sat down to breakfast together. All quite surreal.

Unbelievably, Lewis slept through the whole thing, and woke up as usual as 6.30am asking to see his mum. I had to have a little chat with him about the baby, but watching the smile on his face when we went through to meet Rory was magic.

I hope you’ll forgive me for straying off topic again, I’ll be back later in the week with a post about potatoes and getting ready for winter (sleep deprivation permitting!) but I wanted so say thanks so much for all the kind tweets and Facebook messages of congratulations. They’re very much appreciated.

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  1. AnnaSeptember 20, 2015 at 9:34 pmReply

    Congratulations and welcome Rory! xx

  2. HelleSeptember 21, 2015 at 7:29 amReply

    I had been hoping you’d let us know when no. 2 arrived, so thank you for posting. And congratulations to you and your wife, it must have been rather scary but also a relief that everything went so well.

    • Jono

      JonoSeptember 21, 2015 at 8:32 amReplyAuthor

      Thanks Helle! Very scary for a while, but a happy ending for sure. :)

  3. KerrySeptember 21, 2015 at 12:42 pmReply

    Huge congratulations to you all

  4. SaraSeptember 21, 2015 at 1:30 pmReply

    Wow! Congratulations! I had our no.2 last month & like your wife’s labour, mine was a scarily quick one. We managed to make it to the birth centre though!!
    Enjoy these lovely early days, congrats again :)

  5. Tracy BoseSeptember 21, 2015 at 1:44 pmReply

    What lovely news (and what a dramatic entrance!). Hardly seems a blink since Lewis arrived. Congratulations xx

  6. MattSeptember 23, 2015 at 8:39 pmReply

    Many (and belated) congratulations, Jono. Glad you’ve arrived safely, Rory.

  7. SparrowgrassSeptember 26, 2015 at 7:35 pmReply

    Just catching up now and read your lovely news…well done, all of you….very exciting! September is the month for babies: I have ( friends’) new ones in Switzerland, Australia, London and Nottingham- just waiting for Sheffield , now! Good luck to you all. ☺

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