The Little Bean Who Stole My Appetite

I haven’t posted in a while and there is actually a pretty decent reason for it. Right before Thanksgiving we found out that I’m pregnant! We are excited beyond words! Here’s a quick recap of what has happened since my last post.

On November 15, 2010, we found out we’re going to be parents.

We took my first belly shot before it grows (and grows, and grows)!

We got to see our little bean for the first time at 8 weeks pregnant. So cute, huh?

We got a lot of tiny burnt orange clothes at Christmas!

We welcomed the snow down south (and enjoyed staying in our pajamas all day)!

We survived the first trimester (yes, Jared survived it, too) and a teeny tiny bump started to show at 12 weeks.

This joyous occasion put a little kink in my food blogging experience. For starters, the little energy the baby left for me had to be carefully reserved for my clients, my part-time job, a trip to Denver for Thanksgiving, seven or so Christmas celebrations, and a week with my mom and step-dad at our house. I think I’m still recovering from the all the activity during that time.

Secondly, food and I have had a crazy love/hate relationship lately. The little bean has not only taken up inhabitance in my body, it has also taken over my appetite. Some days, the thought of looking at food, much less writing about it was revolting. Other days, my idea of a fabulous meal was crackers topped with peanut butter and jelly. Seriously, I thought this was a beautiful creation worthy of a photo that day! It is obvious my appetite has been stolen and held captive by a tiny person. Who else but a child would find this delectable?

I’ve eaten too many packages of Oriental Ramon to admit. I kept a food journal and I think I went a full two weeks without eating a vegetable. I did my best to eat really nutritious on the days I felt better, and on the days I felt nauseous, I was mostly thankful for prenatals and fortified cereals and juices that kept my baby nourished with the essentials while I couldn’t look at a carrot.

Around 11 weeks I turned a corner and my appetite for a variety of foods returned. Hallelujah! I’m going to try to get over here more often now that I’m preparing food beyond noodles and crackers again.

Here are a few snowy day food pictures that show I haven’t lost my love for good nutritious food (or that the baby’s pallete is becoming more sophisticated.) :)

The baby must love So Delicious Yogurt made with coconut milk because I can’t get enough these days.

Okay, so maybe the baby’s pallete isn’t completely sophisticated…but hey, every pregnant woman and child deserves a cookie! Besides cookies CAN be nutritious (at least moderately) when you’re following Mama Pea’s recipe. I hope to be like Momma Pea when I grow up and have a child. Oh snap, I just realized I have to grow up in like 6 months!

More to come now that I have my energy and appetite back. Eating has taken on a whole new meaning for me since it is the life support for my precious little baby, too. Every bite matters! I’m looking forward to posting on my decision to stay vegan while pregnant, the food I’m eating and the supplements I’m taking in order to give me and the baby optimum health, the decisions we will be making from childbirth options to highchairs and strollers, and just life in general now that baby is on the way.

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About Rachel Randolph

Rachel Randolph is co-author of the book and blog We Laugh, We Cry, We Cook with her mom Becky Johnson. She lives near Dallas with her husband Jared and their toddler. Shocking their meat-lovin’ families, the couple decided to give up meat, dairy, and eggs in 2010. Rachel’s passion for cooking ignited as she set out to make vegan food taste delicious. She and Becky share a food blog (www.welaughwecrywecook.com), where vegans and omnivores are both welcome at the table, and laughter and love are the key ingredients to every dish.
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5 Responses to The Little Bean Who Stole My Appetite

  1. Therese says:

    I want to be like Mama Pea, too! It looks like you’re already headed that direction though. Congratulations again!

  2. Great to see you back in the cookin’ and eatin’ good wholesome food saddle again. Nice pictures, too!! However, even looking with my microscopic eye…. I can’t yet see the baby bump:) Thank goodness for the sonogram pics… Amazing! Can’t wait to hold and cuddle and spoil this little one alongside Rhonda and Nana:)

  3. Pingback: Overview of My Vegan Pregnancy | My Life in Bites

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