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Sunday, August 30, 2009

Chef + Wife + BABY

A while back, I would spend my time vacuuming and planning. I had a big production planned to tell Erik I was pregnant. This of course was a long time before I was ever even planning to have children. ...He would be working at Perry St, I would come in late, just before closing glowing with a content grin on my face. Someone would tell him to come upstairs because I woman was about to tell her husband she's pregnant. He'd come up and look for the woman, and then he'd see me and I'd nod my head and smile... If you're a fan of I Love Lucy like I am ( I own every episode) then you know this is very similar to the way she told Ricky she was pregnant.

Well, that fantasy is still just a fantasy. After realizing Erik did not want a production when he found out, I had to scratch everything. It was for the better anyways since I can never keep a secret from Erik. We were watching TV on a random Wednesday that he and I had off and Erik suggested I take the test. So a little while later I snuck away and took it. I know the box says to wait 2 minutes but that thing went positive in about 2 seconds. But I still waited 2 minutes. I told Erik to check the test in the bathroom and look for a plus sign.....I've never been as happy as that moment with Erik. He was in shock for 4 days until he got the handshake from my doctor. Moments later the whole Jean-Georges company knew, including my chef wife pal, J.

In the end, I'm glad I didn't take the test alone. The last 5 years it has been just Erik and I out here and we've had to do everything with just each other. And now, we'll be raising a baby on our own. It's not ideal, but it is just the way it is.

I'm ten weeks along, due March 30. I will be finding out the gender as soon as Erik gets back from is 4 week Charlotte opening. Except for some pregnancy acne(ugh!) everything is great so far!

Food is Love,


Go Erin Go said...

Oh Hilary!!!! That's WONDERFUL news!!!! Congratulations to you both. I am soooo excited and can't express to you have AWESOME it is to have a baby. If you have any questions at all, please feel free to contact me.



Tiger Lily said...

WOW!! Congrats! I'm so happy for you! I loved being ten weeks! It was still our little secret! Enjoy your pregnancy and take good care of yourself! Pregnant in NYC...ha, I remember having women on the east side ask me where I was "wait-listed" for schools! What a trip!
What great news!

Alyssa said...

Congratulations! That's awesome news!

Alyssa said...

Also, we just spent the weekend with Erik's new boss. What a small world!

Hilary Battes said...

Thanks for the love ladies. Erin, I was itching to tell you the most since you were just about giving birth when I found out.
Alyssa, tell me more about your weekend with Erik's boss. I don't really know him yet.

Hilary Battes said...

Ooooh, Erik is filling me in on some Motorino/BLT connections. We still have to get over there!

Alyssa said...

I can't lie - he's TOUGH. Mathieu has been working for him on and off for eight years, though, and considers him a mentor and good friend. It's a good company to work for, too (at least it was when I was there).

You won't have to come all the way out to Brooklyn for Motorino's pizza, because the East Village location is opening in about two weeks.

We've got all sorts of barely-used baby gear that you're welcome to borrow/have, so be sure to email me before you start buying stuff!

Chelsea Rogers said...

Big congrats, Hilary. That is so exciting -- quite the new chapter in your lives..!

eat me outta here! said...

Thank you for sharing such exciting news with us! Congratulations!

psa ri said...

Congratulations Hilary! And look out - Mine went positive in 2 seconds, too, & I got twins (extra hormones maybe...?)! All the best to you & Erik!

Rebecca said...

I'm so happy for you! Congratulations and keep us posted!

am,rdh said...

congratulations! i'm so excited for the two of you :)