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3.18.2011

We're expecting!!!!

Ryan and Noelle
Noelle and Ryan as Kiddies

Remember I shared with you a few days back that there were reasons why I had not been posting recipes or that I had taken a bit of a break? This girl has been sick as a dog the last couple of weeks, more like 3 to 4 weeks.


Ryan and I are expecting! We are going to have a little musician in the family!!! I am 9 weeks pregnant and I finally get to share it with you!! I know that there have many that have share their wonderful news over the internet, but I almost felt jealous. We wanted to wait for blood tests and doctor's visits started before telling.


I have been enjoying reading Emily's posts over at Daily Garnish because she is also 9 weeks pregnant. Pretty much everything she has shared over the past few weeks I have also be going through.


I have had really no desire to cook, most of all vegan foods have made be nauseous, lots of smells make me nauseous and I am nauseous 24 hours a day!! I read that it is helpful to keep crackers by the side of my bed, but who wants crumbs in bed??


I have been doing everything by the book and more when it comes to making my nausea better. I have been downing natural ginger ale, seltzer with fresh ginger, ginger teas, Vitamin B6, peppermint tea, and more! My poor Ryan has not been able to know what exactly to do for me except bring me a glass of water when I get sick. Thank God though that in the last few days the bathroom has not been my friend.


It is very strange to know what my body wants. My hormones are pretty wacky and I feel so much more emotional. Sometimes I feel like eating and when I do, I get sick. Sometimes I do not feel like eating but I force myself and feel better.


All my blood work looks pretty normal except for the iron. It is barely low but it was something that was mentioned to me. I was told to eat more greens and beans. Yes, folks, apparently I have not been eating enough spinach. Sheesh! Truth be told I have not felt like any vegetables or beans in the last 3 weeks.


Confession: I have had NO desire for any of the foods I have been eating. It has been so depressing, but it is something that as my hormones normalize, I was told the eating would be better.


Either way, we are super happy God is amazing and we thank him for this gift of pregnancy! I will be having an ultrasound in the next few weeks so I am even more excited about that! It looks now that I will be due sometime around October 22nd. I get to be pregnant during the summer and wear sundresses! Woohoo!

Any tips for this new mommy?? :D


As of now, I leave you with this...


The baby is the size of a grape now! Smiles......

46 comments:

Emily Malloy said...

AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!


That is so awesome. CONGRATULATIONS :)

What a blessing!!

Carla said...

congrats!!!! most of my friends said that things like pasta and cheese were their favorite... really homestyle comfort type food

also the ginger people candies that you find at trader joes

Keri - I Eat Trees said...

AWWWW!
Congratulations, Noelle and Ryan!!!!

I can empathize! I was so sick I couldn't even stand up to shower before leaving for the office. And I could barely sit through an entire meeting without getting sick.

Leila said...

Congratulations!! So exciting!

Regarding iron deficiency: try switching to cast iron skillets for your cooking (if you don't already use them), and make sure you get your vitamin C to aid iron absorption. You likely already know this, but just in case... The iron skillets actually have been shown to increase the iron in your diet:
http://www.goaskalice.columbia.edu/2378.html
Moreover, cast iron skillets are pretty awesome to cook on, once they are seasoned!

Debbie said...

Congratulations! And hang in there, the morning sickness really does pass. Eventually :-)

Way too early for this, but I read it yesterday and thought it was a wonderful expression on raising vegan children: http://girliegirlarmy.com/blog/20110317/raising-a-child-according-to-your-values/

Leila's suggestion about the cast iron skillet is an excellent one. I recently read that until the 60s or so, cast iron was the predominant source of iron in our diets.

Nicole said...

Congrats, Noelle! That is fantastic news.

stapriddy said...

I feel your pain! I remember only being able to eat apples with Daniel and I would give the core to the dog for her teeth. We both ended up with tummy discomfort from too much fruit. Haha! I also would chug Emetrol at work. I lost a lot of weight in the first trimester and John brought me the most disgusting, yet calorie-loaded smoothie he could find. The strawberry, peanut butter smoothie was NOT what my body wanted. With Megan, I carried baby carrots in my pocket and just made myself munch. With Meredith, I didn't have any one thing that worked. I just gagged day and night. Once I could finally eat, all I wanted was Chick-fil-A. For over a year I went there 4 or 5 times a week. Lol! In each case, my sickness passed at about 13 weeks. After that, I felt soooo much better and started feeling so sexy! You will love that! It's amazing how your blood sugar is your best friend or worst enemy. If you don't eat, it falls and you feel horrible, pregnant or not. Try to keep something in and keep that level up. This soon shall pass and be a distant memory. I'm so excited for this new journey for the two of you. I know you are already singing to the baby. Much love to you!

Amy said...

Many Congratulations!

HiHoRosie said...

CONGRATS!!!!!!! I'm so happy for you! What an exciting time (even though you're sick). I didn't get sick in the classic sense but food wasn't appealing very much in the first tri. I ate a lot of bland food because spices and raw foods for that matter were not appealing. I had low iron and had to supplement (there's liquid and pills and you can find ones that are gentle). Your friend Leila has good advice about iron (we used iron skillets too).

Evan Thomas said...

Congratulations!

Tanya said...

Congratulations!!! How exciting :)

lauren said...

Oh wow....Congratulations.

Tamara B. said...

Congratulations and wishing you a very happy pregnancy :) Sorry about the sickness and hope it goes away real soon!

Vegiegail said...

Congratulations Noelle! I am so excited for you! Sorry to hear you're having a tough time of it right now. Hopefully, it will quickly pass.

Allyson said...

Feel better soon, Noelle! So happy for you! <3 <3

Gayle Martin said...

Congratulations!

Preganancy is a funny thing. I had one sister-in-law who never felt better in her life than when she was expecting, and my other sister-in-law was like you. She had morning sickness that lasted morning, noon and night. I guess it just effects different people differently, but in the end both had happy, healthy babies.

I had medical issues that prevented me from having children, but I'm sure it must be a wonderful experience. And remember, it only lasts a few months.

avoir_la_volonte said...

That's fantastic! Congratulations!

Debbie B. said...

Congrats!!! :) :) My sis is about to have a baby and I can't wait!!

Laura Jill said...

OMG! Congratulations! SOOO happy for you! Make sure that as soon as you're feeling up for it to get into a prenatal yoga class. :)

xoxo,
LJ

Jama Lenig said...

I actually make a white bean hummus with spinach, it is super yum wiht pita chips, and it was a staple during both my pregnancies!

All That's Left Are The Crumbs said...

Congratulations! Morning sickness is no fun but it will be over soon and you will get your energy and appetite back with a vengeance.

Gina said...

Congrats!!

Jen Spencer said...

Congrats!

I have to agree with the previous comment about pasta and cheese (and I'll add pizza to the list). That's all I wanted. I actually didn't get very sick, just nausea whenever I got hungry (the smell of coffee overwhelmed me once, and I got sick at work once) but that was it. However, I will say that lemon water helped curb my nausea ALOT! It's true, when you're sick the last thing you want is crackers!!

Elyse @The Cultural Dish said...

CONGRATULATIONS! That is amazing! I wish you all the best! I am also passing along an award to you that you can enjoy along with the great news! You can view it here: http://theculturaldish.blogspot.com/2011/03/st-josephs-day-and-award.html

Jennifer said...

Congratulations! That is beautiful news!!

Christina of Form V Artisan said...

Congratulations and God bless!!

moonsword said...

yippee!! congratulations on your little singer-to-be!
When my mom got pregnant with my little brother, the only thing she could eat for weeks was dry-roasted chick peas from the Italian grocery store. We all sort of got hooked on them!
Alicia Silverstone, actress and author of the awesome vegan cookbook is pregnant too and blogs about it at
http://www.thekindlife.com/
lots of info, advice, recipes, etc
Many best wishes to you!

Katie Mar said...

congratulations!!!!!
the morning sickness will be sooo worth it :)

i love your blog!

moonsword said...

p.s. Here's a recipe for Veganized Oyster Crackers...bite-size, so no crumbs!
http://kathrynlovett.com/tag/homemade-oyster-crackers/
Maybe use mini cookie cutters to make them cute & fun...?
http://www.wilton.com/store/site/department.cfm?id=3E304EEF-475A-BAC0-5B45C55AE87FBA4E
Cheers!

Nithu said...

Congratulations!! Take care of your health and eat healthy food.

Brian said...

congratulations ;)

Kris said...

Waaaaahoooo! That's amazing news Congratulations :) I hope you get over this nausea very soon and start to enjoy your favourite foods again. Bless you, Noelle, and good luck with this pregnancy. ♥

Simply Life said...

CONGRATULATIONS!!! how exciting!!!

Lizzy said...

Such exciting news!!! Congratulations! You will soon feel like eating for two~

Fresh Local and Best said...

Congratulations! There's so much to look forward to over the next few months. I would recommend getting a few books on pregnancy, like The Girlfriend's guide and What to Expect. Other than that, carbs are really really easy on the stomach. Also bring your prenatal vitamins to your doctor on the first visit to see if it is complete, I went through a couple before my doctor approved of one. E-mail me if you have questions!

Kelly said...

Oh my goodness, congrats to you both! I am SO happy for you!

Amber Shea @Almost Vegan said...

I know I already said it on FB, but...CONGRATS CONGRATS CONGRATS again! I can't wait to read along through your journey. Hopefully I'll be there someday myself. :)

chow vegan said...

Congratulations! How exciting! :-)

Monet said...

When I saw this news last week...I was so happy for you. And now today, after the loss of life in my family, I rejoice even more in the new child you will bring into this world. Many blessings, sweet woman. We are fearfully and wonderfully made.

Anonymous said...

Noelle,

I just had to write you at your blog (since it is food-centric) and ask if you've heard the old expression, "She's got a bun in the oven?" :-) It definitely applies to you - as a vegan bun, of course! ;-)

Can't wait to meet the little "bun"dle of joy one day!

Kayla

elly said...

Congratulations, Noelle! So happy for you and I hope you start liking food more and the rest of your pregnancy goes well. :)

Joy said...

Many congrats! Just take it easy, it is all worth it in the end.

Kelsey said...

aw, congratulations on your little singer ;)

Nadia said...

Great, great news!!! I'm so happy for you! :)))

The Mistress of Spices said...

Congratulations!!!

The Friendly Veg said...

So exciting! Congrats Noelle!

I've heard Preggie Pops help with the nausea! :)

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