Monday, January 9, 2012

Announcement!

My husband Tim and I got up Saturday morning because we decided it would be a good day to buy a new car.  I've actually been trying to sell my car online since mid November, with no luck.  I've had several people call about the car and want to drive it, but it was hard for me to let it go.  I really loved that car.  Anyway, so today I traded it in for a 2008 Hyundai Sonata.   It's a normal car.  It has a back seat.  It has a trunk... and it's not charcoal like every car I have ever owned, it's dark, dark blue, almost black.  I love the car.  But I must admit I got teary eyed driving off the lot knowing I would never drive my little Smart again.  My first brand new car.  The car I pre-ordered and customized a year before it arrived.  I loved that thing.  Anyway I had to give it up, either now or later, but I figured the sooner the better with winter approaching.  If you know me well, you know I panic driving in winter weather.  So this is a positive change for me.  But, the real reason why I sold my car is because... 

I'm pregnant!  

I've known of the pregnancy since Nov. 9th, it's been hard keeping it in all of this time.  Tim and I decided to wait until we told some of our family members and also to wait until our first doctor's appt. which is generally at 10 weeks, but due to the holidays it was a little over 11 weeks for us.  I am now just short of 13 weeks.  We went to the doc and did a bunch of tests.  We got to hear the baby's heartbeat.  It was pretty amazing.  I knew I was pregnant, but hearing the heartbeat was a real confirmation that there is another life inside of me.  I am caring for someone else.  There is something bigger than just me.  My doctor is amazing, she is my family doctor who also happens to be an OB/GYN, so she will be delivering the baby also.  She is very supportive of my vegan diet, and thinks that the baby will thrive as well or better than any other.  If anyone reading this has been pregnant while on a vegan diet, or raised their children vegan, I would love some advice and suggestions.  I'm doing just fine right now as far as my health, but I'd love to hear anything you have to offer.  Did you breast feed?  If not, what formula did you use?  Anything really!  (thanks!)

I haven't had a lot of 'morning sickness' but some nausea at night here and there.  I've definitely been moody and emotional.  I cry about everything.  I cry at everything on TV.  I'm just so emotional and overjoyed at everything.  I feel like I feel everyone's joys and suffering.  It's an incredible feeling.  Besides that I have just been really tired, sore legs, and a little heartburn.  I tend to go to bed at 9 PM these days, wake up at 1:30 AM, watch a few shows on  Netflix in bed and then fall back asleep.  It's getting old, but I can't stay awake much later, and I can't sleep during the night.  I've been craving fruit like you wouldn't believe.  I've always been more of a veggie eater, because the acidity of fruit has always upset my stomach.  But I've been eating at least an apple and an orange daily.  The other day I sat down and ate almost an entire pineapple and an orange with plenty of room for more fruit.  It's delicious!  It no longer upsets my stomach, it's great.  That may be a normal amount of fruit for some people, but I pretty much at 0 fruit before.

Everyday I feel more and more pregnant.  I'll probably post a picture here and there, but I don't want to overdue it since this is a vegan blog, not a pregnancy blog.  
We go back to the doctor on February 7th to find out the gender.  I'm really excited to see the baby.

Anyway, thought I would share.  We are really excited!
Again, if you have any suggestions, advice, stories or whatever, I would love to hear them.  Thanks!


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18 comments:

VeganCraftastic said...

Congrats!!!

Lindsay said...

Congrats! I can totally relate to the fruit for the first 11 weeks I couldn't get enough citrus- I could easily eat 2 oranges, a grapefruit and drink a vat of lemon water daily when before I was pregnant I liked fruit but nothing so crazy.

As for the sleeping situation I am feeling the same thing- I am in bed between 8-9pm and then again around 1:30/2:30am and it's awful.

KellyC said...

Congratulations! How exciting! My son was born on July 17th (back in 2007). We weren't vegan back then but we all are now. He's been for just about a year and a half and is really thriving. He loves all his vegan food and tells others they should just eat our food because it's delicious. Baby food is easy to veganize since everything is mushy vegetables and fruit. I read a book called Complete Idiot's Guide to Raising Vegan Kids which I liked and found helpful. Again, congratulations! I know it seems like you will miss your SmartCar but you will totally forget about it once you see that little baby!

misslarissabree said...

Congrats on the baby!!

Ohso Veggie said...

Congratulations!!

Jamie said...

Congratulations to the Bassetts! I have no personal experience with babies but didn't know if you knew of Alicia Simpson...author of Quick & Easy Vegan Celebrations...or twitter @veganguineapig she just recently had a baby! Ya'll should connect! And I vote for you including the baby in your blog...pretty sure he/she is goin' to lead to some serious eating!

Lauren said...

Congrats! That is super exciting news.

beth said...

congrats!! as a vegan that hopes to get pregnant this year, I would love to read more pregnancy posts from you!

Veronica said...

Congratulations, Kaycee! This is such wonderful news! I can't wait for the day when I get to experience this joy. For some resources/support, check out the pregnancy blog that Emily from Daily Garnish kept throughout her vegan pregnancy! Her little munchkin was born a few months ago! Also, your due it is the day after my nephew's first birthday and the day of my sister's/his mom's birthday! He was the most wonderful birthday present she could have ever asked for :)
All the best to you!

*~*Laura*~* said...

CONGRATS!!!! Post those prego pictures!! wed all love them!! I think its fantastic that you will be remaining vegan.. how could something be so good for us out of the womb but not when we are in it? At our Christmas dinner my mans grandmother looked at me and said "You know you have to start eating animal things when you have a baby, little babies and children need to eat animals." Thankfully his wonderful mother and aunt stopped her right there!! People can be so close minded.. they freak out when someone is vegan/vegetarian and pregnant but think nothing when all they eat is McDonalds or Burger King. I think you are setting your baby up for success!! CONGRATULATIONS!! we all look forward to your posts to come!!

seymourllama said...

Formula is really not healthy for babies, especially not when compared with the nutrient and antibodies-rich breastmilk. Breastfeeding is natural and should be done whenever the baby needs it (they will usually show signs that they want to be fed, don't trust people who tell you to put your baby on a feeding schedule, babies don't work like that). After birth, don't let the medical staff (if you're not birthing at home or something) take your baby away, they might feed him or her formula without asking you first and it's important for the baby to be held by the mom right after birth anyway, babies will have the natural tendency to reach for the boob and if they're denied this natural experience it can render difficult the breastfeeding relationship afterwards. Parents shouldn't wean their child, children will self-wean when their body is ready, which could take a few years (the longer, the better; for the immune system and also psychological health). I really recommend you read some articles on http://www.drmomma.org/ about attachment parenting, they always post great articles on a lot of subjects (babywearing, carseats, breastfeeding in all its forms, intactivism, the harms of punitions/vaccines, clothdiapering or EC, etc.) Here some videos about child behaviour "issues": http://www.youtube.com/user/NaomiAldort/videos
You can also join the "peaceful parenting" facebook page and ask them anything, they're extremely resourceful and kindhearted.

seymourllama said...

crap, I also wanted to give you this link http://newborns.stanford.edu/Breastfeeding/

Val said...

Congrats Kaycee, that's awesome!
I'm so happy for you.
I had a vegetarian pregnancy with my now 6 year old. (I've only been vegan since 2007) But other than that, our son has been vegan from birth. Totally healthy and growing. I just found a facebook group called Growing up Vegan. You might like it.
http://www.facebook.com/groups/253315631355186/

Creations and Inspirations said...

So exciting!!! As far as breast feeding it was the most amazing experience I have ever had period I highly recommend it! That is if you can truck it through the frustration and suffering the first little bit. I hope you found a good prenatal Vitamin and get lots of rest I promise you on won't be able to for long lol :) Babies are the best and I never thought I'd say that. Congrats Kaycee!

Anonymous said...

Hi - congrats - just wanted to add that Emily from Daily Garnish is not nor has never been a vegan! lol! She is a vegetarian though...

Mandy Marshall Wood said...

Oh cool your due on my birthday! Congrats to you and Tim.

Chelsey @ Chew with Your Mouth Open said...

Congrats! How exciting! The Kind Life just did a series on Vegan Pregnancy -- I would check that out!

Kat said...

Congrats!! If you are anything like I was nooge will be your best friend while breast feeding. :) It helps with production and I just craved it even though I wasn't vegan back then.