We’re expecting!!!!

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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?? 😀

As of now, I leave you with this…

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

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  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/00361442891218676216 Emily Malloy


    That is so awesome. CONGRATULATIONS :)

    What a blessing!!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/03759707749479212480 Carla

    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

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/11615442742386911225 Keri – I Eat Trees

    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.

  • http://strawberrypepper.com/ Leila

    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:
    Moreover, cast iron skillets are pretty awesome to cook on, once they are seasoned!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/04808535651561822721 Debbie

    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.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/03426232168016601975 Nicole

    Congrats, Noelle! That is fantastic news.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/11980834318779501694 stapriddy

    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!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/05088206323257810187 Amy

    Many Congratulations!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/08873080530639686787 HiHoRosie

    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).

  • http://thewannabechef.net/ Evan Thomas


  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/01912320960118608950 Tanya

    Congratulations!!! How exciting :)

  • http://forevernowandthen.com/ lauren

    Oh wow….Congratulations.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/15100894231552703623 Tamara B.

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

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/10953934856050968428 Vegiegail

    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.

  • http://www.manifestvegan.com/ Allyson

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

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/07065251391407887924 Gayle Martin


    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.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/02078451711441757616 avoir_la_volonte

    That’s fantastic! Congratulations!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/07297768246663981574 Debbie B.

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

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/08232653705552184568 Laura Jill

    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. :)


  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/18099212260706635168 Jama Lenig

    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!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/04855568038873399319 All That’s Left Are The Crumbs

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

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/02170046453749508636 Gina


  • Jen Spencer


    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!!

  • http://www.theculturaldish.blogspot.com/ Elyse @The Cultural Dish

    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

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/15487324209908991395 Jennifer

    Congratulations! That is beautiful news!!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/16883570947306487103 Christina of Form V Artisan

    Congratulations and God bless!!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/11018438325119509873 moonsword

    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
    lots of info, advice, recipes, etc
    Many best wishes to you!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/12451380735785194100 Katie Mar

    the morning sickness will be sooo worth it :)

    i love your blog!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/11018438325119509873 moonsword

    p.s. Here’s a recipe for Veganized Oyster Crackers…bite-size, so no crumbs!
    Maybe use mini cookie cutters to make them cute & fun…?

  • http://www.spicytasty.com/indian-sweets/cashew-badam-burfi-cashew-nut-and-almond-cake/ Nithu

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

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/08927164838699702741 Brian

    congratulations 😉

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/11506367824992805317 Kris

    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. ♥

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/16492661388892873640 Simply Life

    CONGRATULATIONS!!! how exciting!!!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/03258699925063180509 Lizzy

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

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/06975218501433243628 Fresh Local and Best

    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!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/16932360983765353619 Kelly

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

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/11751332126011127621 Amber Shea @Almost Vegan

    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. :)

  • http://chowvegan.com/ chow vegan

    Congratulations! How exciting! :-)

  • http://anecdotesandapples.weebly.com/ Monet

    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


    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!


  • http://ellysaysopa.com/ elly

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

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/01024438780131741078 Joy

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

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/14931655252669657843 Kelsey

    aw, congratulations on your little singer 😉

  • http://natureinsider.com/ Nadia

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

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  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/02870761231817521212 The Friendly Veg

    So exciting! Congrats Noelle!

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