Saturday, April 11, 2009

Oh BABY, here's the scoop!

Through the last number of months I've eluded to being particularly busy - and also having some personal matters to attend to - and also having an overly-active interest in developing dessert recipes. So, here's the scoop... I'm pregnant, and we will soon be welcoming a third child into our family!

As you know, I don't stray too far from cooking-themed posts, this is a vegan cooking blog afterall. But, I wanted to share this information because I've been evasive about certain matters in the last months. Also, I realize that many of you are interested in how I do this vegan thing with a young family, maybe because you have young children of your own or are about to enter this stage of life. So, it's important for me to bring this news to you for these reasons and also because once this babe arrives, I will be absent from my blog for quite a few weeks until we adjust to our new family with a small baby and two busy children.

You may remember that in early fall, I wasn't blogging about cooking for almost two months. Now I can explain it was because I was very (VERY) sick. Not just a little morning sickness, guys. Oh no. And that term irks me beyond belief, because most women with pregnancy nausea will tell you that it doesn't end in the morning. If only! Some might have this experience, but with all three of my pregnancies I have been sick all day long. Cooking was repulsive to me, and it was all I could do to get through the day. Thankfully, I'm past all of that now, and am feeling quite good and enjoying the movements of this little one inside me. I still am not cooking with garlic, however. Garlic was the enemy! I couldn't even bare the smell of garlic bulbs in storage in the garage - onions as well. I continue to cook everything without garlic and onions - much to our kids' pleasure!

And, once the nausea passed for good... it was dessert time! Bring 'em on! I had times that I was making a new dessert every day, barely able to record any recipe notes... just because I had an idea which quickly developed into a craving! So, that's why you've seen so many dessert posts (and really, there were many more creations that I didn't make it to photos).

What's kind of funny is how this pregnancy surprised us (in a very good way, but a surprise nonetheless)! It was only a month earlier that hubby and I sold our crib, toddler bed, and had been giving away other baby items like clothes, baby linen, and play things! I remember standing in our front porch ready to sell our crib to an expecting couple, and hubby saying "are you sure, Dreena?"! That poor couple, ready to buy our crib and hubby with the last-minute pitch to have another baby!!! We've been busy the last few months, starting from scratch somewhat, shopping for a crib/mattress, car seat, linen, diapers, stroller, etc once again. It's thrown us for a bit of a loop with recent financial happenings, but we couldn't be happier getting ready to embrace this new baby into our lives.

As for your questions about the new cookbook, I must put it on hold for this and other reasons. I am working on another project (not a cookbook) which is in the very early stages but will likely consume a lot of my non-parenting time. I am not sure when I will be able to share details with you. I am continuing to develop and catalogue new recipes, and will share some of these on my recipes blog page.

Before I sign off, there have been a few comments in recent months on my posts from others that are pregnant. If you preggo mamas are still reading, now we can fully relate! :)

I will continue to post until this baby arrives, and will let you know more after babe is born (once I'm up to it). I'll be back with a food post soon.

70 comments:

plaidshoes said...

Congratulations! I was very sick with my third, too. It lasted through the whole pg. I am glad you are feeling better.

nora said...

Oh wow, Dreena! That's so wonderful--congratulations! No wonder you developed that chocolate pudding cake! :)

shelby said...

CONGRATULATIONS!!!!

Kasey said...

Congratulations!

The Little Mama said...

Hooray! Congratulations! I had my suspicions, I must admit... ;)
I'm glad you are feeling better. Enjoy your family of (soon-to-be) 5!

Mrs. Soytastic said...

Congrats to you and your family!
We thought we would only have two children as well and then we both itched for a third. Best thing in the world that could have ever happened...can't imagine if we would have missed out on knowing our charming third. Enjoy your journey! :)

Penny said...

Many, many congratualtions! I remember all-day sickness so well! It was wholemeal bread I couldn't stand. Husband was so embarrassed going into shops and buying white, stodgy bread! Hope the rest of your pregnancy swims along beautifully! :o)

Joanna said...

this is so exciting!! i'm very happy for you. your new baby will be very lucky to have you as a mom and personal chef!

warbler said...

YAY! congratulations dreena!

and i feel you: when pregnant with wren i was ill all day, and especially in the evening. i couldn't cook at all -- it was very demoralizing for me. sometimes i worry what will happen to poor wren when i'm pregnant with babe #2 and can't cook again. but then i joke she will be happy "all mama wants to cook is mac and 'cheese' and she naps with me now too!" hahahaha.

congrats again! when are you due?

aimee said...

Very exciting news, Dreena! Congratulations!

Sarah said...

Congratulations!!! :) I'm glad you're feeling better!

VeganWoman said...

Congratulations! A baby growing up in a food conscience home is a great thing!

Lauren said...

So exciting, Dreena! Congrats :)

Vicki's Vegan Vice said...

Congratulations, Dreena! I guess that's what eating, drinking, & being vegan will get ya! :)

Vegan_Noodle said...

Congratulations Dreena!! How exciting!! Glad to hear you are feeling better now and getting to enjoy your pregnancy.

veganmomma said...

Congratulations! I too had the horrible all day sickness with both my pregnancies AND it lasted into the third trimester! :( I remember not being able to cook, grocery shop, look in the cabinet, or my biggest enemy...the fridge!
Good luck with all the exciting changes!

Vegetation said...

Congratulations Dreena! That's wonderful news. I tend to lurk your blog but thought it would be nice to congratulate you and your family :)

And I can certainly relate to all day sickness. I had it with my first and with the twins it was all day, all pregnancy. I couldn't even look at bread and water without feeling awful. I'm glad you're feeling better!

aTxVegn said...

Congratulations, Dreena! I'm so glad the *day* sickness is over.

Michelle.S said...

Congratulations Dreena! I can understand the dessert cravings... my last pregnancy motivated me to improve my gluten-free baking... sometimes fruit just wasn't enough for my sweet tooth!

I am so excited for you and your family. :-)

Animal-Friendly said...

CONGRATULATIONS!!! It's also great to hear that you're now longer feeling sick all of the time.

Melomeals: Vegan for $3.33 a Day said...

Congratulations! I wish you an amazing, stress free birth and transition into being a mom of 3 young children!

Ricki said...

Congratulations, Dreena--such wonderful news! Glad you're feeling better, and looking forward to more news to come! :)

maybepigscanfly said...

CONGRATS! How exciting, even if this baby was a surprise. Good luck with the rest of the pregnancy and labor.

Too bad about all the baby stuff.

Colleen said...

Congratulations! I'm glad you're feeling better and that you'll be having your new little one in the beautiful spring time! All the best. :)

Kiersten said...

Congratulations!!! How exciting!

Danielle D. said...

Congratulations Dreena!

Demetrius said...

Great new/post - Congratulations Dreena!!

Cafe Cyan said...

How neat! Congrats. Although I don't have kids, I loved reading through your child section in Vive le Vegan - it was just fascinating to me. I look forward to hearing more about your cooking for the new baby as the months go by (once s/he arrives, that is).

Mrs. Carroll said...

Congrats! I am so excited for you and for your family. (And giving away the baby stuff prematurely is a HUGE fear of mine!)

I ♥ puggies said...

Congratulations!!!! I haven't offically announced it yet, but I'm pregnant too. I'm only 9 weeks and still in the midst of the all day sickness. I haven't cooked in a while either, it just makes me feel so sick. I'm glad you're feeling better. Again, congrats!

Don't Get Mad Get Vegan! said...

Congrats to you and yours, Dreena! you were such a support for me when I was pregnant and I will forever be grateful for that.

so exciting! much love to you all!

Xiaolu said...

Congratulations, Dreena!

veggievixen said...

many congratulations. hooray for hormones.

PurpleStick. said...

Congrats!!
Your baby is going to be very lucky to have you as a mom!

Alisa - Frugal Foodie said...

Congratulations Dreena!!!

julie hasson said...

Congrat's to you guys Dreena!

Laci said...

Congratulations Dreena! You are such an amazing inspiration to many young people (and couples) interested in veganism- I wish you only the best for bringing in a new little one to your family! :-)

Tricia said...

Wonderful news! Congratulations! Your cookbooks are among my very favourite in my vast collection. They are great resources in preparing nutritious meals for my vegan two year old!

Clare said...

Congratulations! Best of luck with it all. :)

VeganLinda said...

Congratulations!!! We have three and it is wonderful!! Hope all goes great for the rest of your pregnancy.

Virginia said...

CONGRATULATIONS! what a blessing!

Emmanuelle said...

Congratulations!!

Anonymous said...

Congrats! As a fellow preggo due over the summer (yuk!) I had the garlic thing in the first trimester, too.

Hello Veggie said...

Congrats! I'll be looking forward to your upcoming posts =)

Thomasin said...

Congratulations, Dreena & family! Very very exciting. :-)

allularpunk said...

congratulations!!

Selmada said...

Congrats!!!
Sorry about the nausea etc. I was lucky in that way and am in my 7th month of a twin pregnancy without it. However, I havent been able to enjoy any of your wonderful posts lately because despite a healthy vegan diet, I ended up with insulin dependent GD. No sweets here until the boys arive.
I look forward to reading what you post when you have the time and watching for advice to see when you start feeding this new little one.

Sanja said...

O, congratulations! Glad you are feeling better.

Just ate your quinoa chickpea confetti casserole and it was delicious! :-)

CakeJunkie said...

Congrats!!! I just had my third 2 1/2 months ago. It's a whole new world!

TammyLee said...

OH! Congratulations to you, your husband and your little veganette-to-be! :)

Marianne said...

Congrats :)

Lauren said...

Congratulations!! Can't wait to here all about vegan motherhood (with a newborn that is)..(since I myself am looking to get pregnant soon).

Lebkuchen said...

Congratulations, Dreena! Best wishes for a healthy pregnancy!

Cindy said...

Congrats! I hated the term "morning sickness" too! I was sick all day long for four months with my daughter. And, I still look back and say that I loved being pregnant! Are you thinking maybe a boy??

Neta said...

Congratulations!

Carrie™ said...

Yay! Baby! CONGRATULATIONS Dreena!

jenny said...

Congratulations!!!

Lisa said...

Let me echo the congratulations! A vegan pregnancy sounds so exciting; it gives you all the more reason to experiment with new tasty recipes, as well as prove that a vegan pregnancy can be just as nutritious and satisfying.
I definitely plan to use your baby food guide in Vive le Vegan, as well as your amazing recipes, which show up in almost all of my meals, to help me along when I get pregnant.

Rebekah said...

Congratulations!!! I can completely relate because we are also expecting our 3rd baby and I have only gotten over the dreadful morning (a.k.a. all-day) sickness during the past couple of weeks. I have a vegan food blog which I completely abandoned for 3 months because I couldn't even stand to be in the kitchen, let alone cook anything! I am glad you are feeling better and hungry again, and again congratulations to you and your family!

Katy said...

CONGRATULATIONS!!! That's so exciting!

Judy said...

Congrats!

Joi said...

Congratulations!! I got pregnant with my third child about 4 months after I sold everything but one crib.

myrtle said...

Wonderful news! Congratulations!

natala said...

Congratulations!!! How exciting!

Vegan Nutritionista said...

YAY! Congratulations! I can't even imagine if I had to stop using garlic and onions in cooking. I wouldn't have anything to cook.

Vegan Nutritionista said...

I just thought of another thing... I read a book called, "You're Not Sick, You're Thirsty," recently, and the author talked about how dehydrated women get during pregnancy. He said dehydration is a huge cause of morning sickness. I've never been pregnant, so I can't vouch for it, but it might be worth a try to drink a HUGE amount of water to get rid of the yuckiness.

talula_fairie said...

Congratulations!!!!

I'm 22 weeks pregnant and I get a mild case of hyperemesis in pregnancy (in that I have to be on meds and only occasionally need to be on fluids at the hospital). I'm just starting to get over the hump, now I only vomit maybe once a week or less (so much better than 3-5x a day every day with round the clock nausea!).

I bought one of your cookbooks awhile back and now that I am feeling better I am so excited to be digging into the recipes! I am so thankful another vegan mom with small kids like you exists out there, you're so helpful to me!

Anonymous said...

This is wonderful news. Congratulations!!! I'm very happy for you.

Flavia said...

Congratulations Dreena! :-)

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