14 July 2012

spilling the beans

i've got some fessing up to do.

i'm usually pretty open here on cupcakes and kale but it's time to come clean.  i've been keeping a little something from you.  excitement got the best of me a while back and i made reference on facebook to being beyond excited about things to come but i've kept my lips sealed ever since. 

and well, now i'm ready to spill the beans and i'm giddy to share this little bit of news with you...


we're expecting a wee little vegan! 

i'm 20 weeks already which is all kinds of crazy since i'm already halfway there.  {and holy moly, that means only 20 weeks to go!}  i've been super lucky to be feeling amazing the entire time too, and i can't help but wonder if it has anything to do with my vegan diet...  can any vegan mamas out there offer any perspective on this?  anyways, if any of you are interested i'll throw an update up on the blog every little while.  but who's kidding who -- as a really excited first time mama-to-be i'll probably share an update {or twenty} either way.

phew, feels good to get that off my belly chest. let's never keep secrets again.

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aside from that i hope you have a super weekend!  here are some link to make you think & pretty things i'm coveting this week.

in case you missed it making its rounds, mark bittman shared an informative (& entertaining) piece on milk this week.  definitely worth the quick read.

do you have any edible flowers in your garden this year?  i planted some nasturtiums in a big pot for the first time this summer and i love how much they brighten up my deck.  if i can bear to part with the brightly coloured flowers i think i'll have to make a big salad soon.

i might just have to treat myself to something from white feather designs.... breanne is so talented and there is so much prettiness happening here!  i think this fringe necklace is on my hit list but also i'm swooning for the chevrons the model is sporting here too.

and this cake is so pretty but it's filled with butter & eggs & honey which just won't cut it for me.  with the gorgeous lavender in my garden blooming, i think i need to veganize it pronto and put it in my big round belly.

happy weekend!

xo

44 comments:

  1. Congratulations! Good luck with that lavender cake recipe, it is loaded with non-vegan "goodness"/"badness". I have a delicious lavender shortbread recipe I need to find a way to veganize too.
    Be careful with the edible flowers, I know some edible flowers that are normally safe to eat, aren't safe during pregnancy, especially during certain stages. I have no idea about the nasturtiums though. Best wishes!

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    1. thank you & thanks for the tip on flowers - never thought to check that out, but i'll certainly run it past my midwives first!

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  2. Yay! Congratulations! I wish I had gone vegan before my pregnancies. My vegetarian pregnancy was much healthier and enjoyable than my pregnancy when I ate meat. Looking forward to more updates!

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  3. Congrats! Honestly being a vegan during my pregnancy didn't seem to stop me from feeling awful my entire first trimester. I felt great around week 14-39 and now 5 days postpartum I feel great! Staying fit and doing yoga throughout my pregnancy really helped me feel good and was so essential for preparing my body for birthing my baby.

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    1. thanks lindsay! i'm sorry to hear your first trimester wasn't a breeze but happy that the rest was - and love to hear that you're feeling so wonderful only 5 days postpartum too! looking foward to more peeks at your gorgeous girl soon :)

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  4. hooray! i remember that status update a while back. congratulations!!!! you look ADORABLE and i'm so excited for your wee vegan <3

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    1. tee hee, thanks miss caitlin! we're pretty over the moon with love & excitement!

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  5. Congrats Jess!! You look great- so glad it's gone smoothly for you so far!

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    1. and here's hoping to smooth from here on out too ;) thanks mariah!

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  6. Congratulations! That's great that you're feeling amazing! I'm sure the vegan diet plays some role in that.

    And yes - please veganize the lavender cake! I just bought a lavender plant for my porch. :)

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    1. stay tuned, i think i'm going to tackle it tomorrow!

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  7. Congratulations!!! So excited for you and can't wait to read more about it as you progress!

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  8. Jess, I'm so thrilled for you! I'm happy to hear the first half of your pregnancy has been healthy and enjoyable. If you ever need advice about natural birth or breastfeeding - my Mom (Teresa Pitman) has written about 11 books on the topic. She's vegan and knows all the vegan-friendly answers. xoxo

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    1. thank you lisa! i just looked up your mom's bio - wow, she is one incredible woman. i will certainly scour the lending library at our midwives' clinic for some of her books!

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  9. RAD!!
    get a doula...so worth it :)

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    1. i'd love to hear more about your experience(s) with doulas kirsten. we hadn't been planning on seeking one out as we'll have 2 wonderful midwives attending our birth, but i'm open to the thought...

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  10. omg.. congratulations Jess!! Have a good and easy pregnancy and delivery! do keep writing about your vegan preg journey..:) have a good weekend!

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  11. Congratulations Jess! So excited for you and m. xox

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  12. Congratulations! What marvelous news! You look gorgeous! I'm glad to hear that the pregnancy has been smooth sailing so far. I hope you continue to savor every second until your little one is in the world.

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    1. aww, thank you cadry. i certainly plan to savour every moment :)

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  13. Yaaaaaaaaaay! What a delightful surprise! Congratulations :-) We look forward to seeing your updates. You look marvellous and it's wonderful to hear that you're feeling great. I hope you continue to feel like the rockstar that you are, and I wish you all the best.

    I'm also looking forward to the veganization of that cake... ;-)

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    1. thanks kris, that's so sweet of you. wish me luck on the cake - that's on my list tomorrow...

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  14. oh my gosh!!!!!!!!!!! congratulations! how exciting! you are absolutely glowing in that pic:)

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    1. very exciting times over here! and thank you caralyn for saying i'm glowing, although i think it was likely just me bustin' a sweat in the heat ;)

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  15. A BUN IN THE OVEN!?!?!? Yay! Congratulations to you and your man. :)

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    1. not just ANY bun, a VEGAN bun! thanks pretty lady.

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  16. JESS CONGRATULATIONS! THATS FANTASTIC!!
    so happy for you!

    xoxo
    esen

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    1. thank you for your wishes esen! :)

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  17. Congratulations times a million! Such good news, and I can't believe you're already halfway there. In my experience it goes by so quickly. I eat an almost entirely vegan diet and have had it pretty easy so far as well, but am not sure if there's a connection or not.

    Anyway, congratulations again, you look incredible and so happy. :)

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    1. thanks sara - feels wondeful to finally share my news that i've been glowing over for the past 20 weeks! nice to know other mamas-to-be out there too :)

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  18. I'm so excited for you, Jess! Such wonderful news- and it's great to hear that you're doing well (and looking amazing!)! I can't wait to hear more about your journey through a vegan pregnancy. Congrats! :-)

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    1. many gracious thanks kristy - and i'm looking forward to sharing more as well!

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  19. Congratulations!! You look so cute! How exciting to be already 20 weeks through - here's to another 20 healthy, happy weeks!

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    1. aw, sweet of you to say so jesse :) here's hoping the next 20 are just as wonderful!

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  20. Congratulations! You look great and I love hearing more vegan children are coming into the world. I miss being pregnant (have three vegan kiddos after three lovely vegan pregnancies and births), such an awesome feeling. I hope the next 20 are just as magical!

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    1. thank you so much linda. i'd love to hear more about your pregnancies & experiences with raising 3 little vegans!

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  21. Congratulations, Jess! You look absolutely radiant! Perhaps some pregnancy cravings will lead to some new innovative recipes for us too :) Good luck into your second half of the journey, or really.. only just the beginning!

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  22. Ah, so cute Jess!!! Love the little bump! Bet you and Mark are sooo excited! Just think... homemade baby food blend posts! ;) Glad to hear you're feeling so well too!

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  23. Congratulations! I'd love updates!!

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  24. Congrats! Yay for growing vegan families.

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