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Well it actually happened there, earlier today baby and I went to the store to pick up a few things. Like always I am bombarded with customers who want to see him ( because I worker there throughout my pregnancy). This really nice lady came over to check him out and she started speaking Spanish baby talk to him ( well I think that’s what she was saying). He started busting up laughing the whole time she talked to him! So apparently my baby thinks Spanish is hilarious hahahah!

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I was eating some blue chips and I gave him the bag to touch so he could check out the texture of an open bag of chips. He really enjoyed grabbing the bag and then kinda smashing it down, and then he tried to eat the bag. :)

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I was just at the natural foods co-op and while I was looking at which type of citrus I wanted to buy this week an old lady appeared. Of course she spotted my baby who was schlepped over my shoulder; checking out all the new things to look at. She walks around me to get a better look at his face and tells me how cute he is. She then tries to reach out to touch his dangling arm and before she can touch him I take a non-chalet step to the side so he is longer I’m her reach. Ha! Stopped another old lady from touching my baby without asking. I did this about a month ago with another lady but that time I blocked her hand with mine lol.

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His favorite thing to do right now is to hold his feet when he’s laying on his back :) @

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My little potato bug is a bit over 3 months old and it’s so amazing to see him grow. Lately he’s been using his fingers ( well trying the best he can) to grab and hold things instead of just using his fists. Teething has also picked up a bit so there are some days I can’t put him down even for a second without him crying. And we have officially started sleeping in bed with daddy. It’s nice not being on the couch anymore after 3 months of it. Some nights baby sleeps for a 3 or 4 hour stretch and then other nights he’s on the every 2 hour schedule, there’s really no way to predict it. My poor boyfriend is getting used to all the little noises baby makes during the night, but he still wakes up periodically throughout the night to check on him.
In a nutshell things are getting easier; doing things with baby wise. But for myself personally I have been feeling bummed about how I look. I wish I could comfortably wear my jeans and most of my shirts again. I look on the mirror and feel like I look so haggard sometimes, I really don’t want to become a frumpy mom. I’m really starting to understand the concept of mom jeans. On top of that I’m still pretty lonely, it’s hard being social when you have a baby who needs your attention as well.
I have an app for Babycenter that is some online community of parents. I thought it might be a good resource but it’s just a bunch of bitchy moms on there who think they are the shit and are really mean to people who aren’t in the category of what they think a good mom is. That’s something I don’t want to or don’t need to be around. I wish there was a place for alternative thinking, vegan, natural moms that is positive and a good way to connect with like minded people.
So on top of taking pictures of my baby I decided to start a journal about him. I got the idea from my dr. Sears baby book and when he’s grown up I can give it to him as a gift. I love the idea of journaling his life because in this digital age I get so afraid of losing all his pictures and I fear forgetting the memories of him. Kinda like when I was pregnant, I have this blog chronicling my journey, but I also have an actual pregnancy journal filled with thoughts, ideas, fears, and little Polaroid pictures of my growing tummy. I’m glad I have that, being pregnant seems like a distant memory even though it wasn’t that long ago.
Well I think that’s good for today, I hope everyone has a beautiful week and you get some spring sunshine :). Take care.

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It’s the simple things I get to enjoy now that my son is here.

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Right now I am in the middle of prepping the veggies for dinner, cooking rice, making kale chips all while my son is taking a nap. I have a little bit of down time so I figured I’d blog real quick. :)

Lately it has been so beautiful here in Northern California (sorry East coast)! The nice thing about not working is I get to actually enjoy these beautiful days instead of being in a building all day under florescent lights. I used to feel some envy for people who didn’t have to be inside all day and could sit on their porch, or go for a walk, or just sit somewhere and do nothing except enjoy the moment. Well I think I have officially reached that status. I mean it’s not all peace and flowers everyday, but I do get to spend some much needed chill time on our porch in my new cedar rocking chair my boyfriend got me as a Valentines Day gift. The kiddo loves the chair too, I can just schlep him over my shoulder and rock back and forth while he stares at everything behind me.

I was telling my poor boyfriend; who works so much he barely gets to enjoy the beautiful days; about how nice it’s been here. He expressed a little bit of envy towards me and I felt a little bad that he can’t be here to enjoy it with me. Then today I was thinking, “I have had to give up so much since our baby was born that I shouldn’t feel bad that I get to enjoy beautiful days.” And then I thought about it some more, if I could pick between being able to drink coffee or be able to be outside in the fresh air I would pick being outside. So I feel a little better now about all the things I can’t do, because the things I can are really wonderful and shouldn’t be taken for granted.

I attempted to do the weekly grocery shopping for the first time this week. It ended up being a 3 day mission where the last trip I was at the store for 2 hours! Thank goodness it was at my work (the local co-op) where everyone knows me and I had people who offered to lend a hand with some harder to reach items (like the bulk sections). And when I had to leave my cart in the store so I could go outside and feed him they knew exactly what was going on and grabbed my cart for me so I could rush my crying baby outside. By the the time I was done with everything I was so sweaty and beat, but hey I did it! I think I will have to avoid big shopping trips for now, there are so many things that go into it. Like, where to put the baby’s car seat carrier, where do I put my bags, shit where do I put the groceries? And then getting it all into my Jeep plus my baby was a challenge too. I am starting to break a sweat just thinking about it. Like I said, I did do it and it was fine. I changed him in the bathroom when he needed it and feed him in my Jeep in the parking lot.

I now have a lot more empathy for moms and I will NEVER get annoyed by a crying baby in a store ever again! Having a baby really puts things into perspective and makes you have a different understanding of the world. I was such a mom/kid hater before, now I am one of those moms and shit aint easy. lol.

Ok, I gotta tend to my rice. Everyone have a beautiful rest of your Sunday! Stay positive! :)

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My reward for the week for being a good mommy :) Decaf coconut milk vanilla latte #momlife #vegan #blackoakcoffeeroasters #newbornbabylife

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Daily nap sessions #veganmom #newmom #newbornbabylife.

Daily nap sessions #veganmom #newmom #newbornbabylife.

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So this is about food. Earlier I mentioned how I can’t eat a lot of certain foods due to the fact it upsets my baby (because it gets in the breast milk and makes him either gassy or he doesn’t like the taste).Being a vegan what I eat is limited anyways, so now it’s even more limited and I was starting to panic. Some of those foods include: Beans, onions, broccoli, cauliflower,soy (I don’t eat soy anyways because it makes me bloated really bad), coffee, anything caffeinated, anything spicy,anything too sugary, too much garlic,any basically anything bitter that may make my milk taste bitter. I searched all over to try and find some solutions. My biggest concerns are not eating beans and onions. We put onions in everything and beans are a  staple in a vegan pantry ( I really miss tacos right now.) And I couldn’t really find anything or anyone who could help, so I have had to rack my brain to try and figure out how to maintain a filling and nutritious diet while avoiding a lot of common foods. I am not a nutritionist and I actually don’t have a cheat sheet of what proteins, fats, etc I can eat. I am just making it up as I go along and seeing what works and what doesn’t. I want to share this with you because maybe someone is going through the same thing and  it’s nice to know you are not alone. :)

I have been eating a ton of quinoa! I love the stuff but it’s getting really old. So I have been turning to squash, sweet potatoes and yams as my hearty fillers for meals. I made some mashed sweet potatoes for dinner a few weeks ago which were amazing! I just bakes the sweet potatoes in the over and when they were done I removed the skins and then mashed them up. No need to for vegan butter or anything.

There are so many different winter squashed out there. So each week I grab a different kind and see what I can create. My attempts taste wise have been hit or miss, but at least I am trying. I have recently cooked an carnival squash, a kabocha squash, butternut squash, and this week I have some delicatas (which are my favorite!) You can just slice them open, scoop the seeds out, coat them in a thin layer or olive or coconut oil or butter, sprinkle some cinnamon on them and then bake them. And they are soooooo good! Very sweet, almost like a dessert.

My next discovery is polenta. I am not a stranger to polenta I just have a hard time cooking it. The other night I made polenta spaghetti. I took a tube of pre-made polenta (I don’t have time to make my own), and I crumbled it up in a pan with olive oil and I added some spaghetti-ish spices and tried to “brown” it like meat. Long story short, it turned out great! The polenta adds that texture, thickness, and heartiness that meatless spaghetti is missing. I think it’s going to be a new dinner staple in our house.

That’s what I have so far for major discoveries. Besides that I am eating a lot of salads with hemp seeds and nutritional yeast. I actually put nutritional yeast on most things I eat lol. Hopefully I can cook up some more goodness and take show you some pictures too (now that I have a new phone.) :)

Happy Eating Vegan mamas! Keep it  up, your baby, your body, and the planet thanks you!