What a barfy night and a ? about chicken-style seitan

What a barfy night. Not for me (well, inadvertantly it was since I was on the receiving end of the barf), but for Ava.

Poor Ava was up off and on barfing from 2:30 to 7 a.m. It made for a very long night, especially since I went to bed already having a headache last night. Jody got up with us the first few times and helped clean up (which was good because those times were the messiest), but I let him sleep through the later dry heaves in the early morning. I wanted him to get *some* sleep before having to go to work this morning and I figured Ava and I would sleep in (which we did, til about 10:30).

It was so sad when she woke up a few times saying “no more throw up” because she knew it was coming again and then she’d heave some more. :(

I made a stirfry last night trying out “chicken” seitan for the first time and now I wonder if something was wrong with it. You may recall a similar situation happened to us with tempeh before.

So does anyone know what the White Wave Chicken-Style Seitan is supposed to look like out of the package? Should it resemble a block of tofu? That’s what I was expecting it to look like, but mine was all broken up into chunks. The expiration date was in May and I just bought it yesterday so I figured it’d be fine, but I just didn’t know what to expect. And I have to say that it tasted just fine too. Maybe her system just didn’t like it because, other than my having a headache, Jody and I didn’t have any reaction to it.

Thankfully she’s been fine since about 7 this morning. No more puking and she woke up to her happy, energetic self. I asked her how her tummy was this morning and she replied, “pretty good.” And she never ran a fever or had any other symptoms which is why I’m thinking she just had a bad reaction to dinner. Poor lil chickadee.

Of course this happens the day before we have plans to leave Ava with friends while Jody and I venture out to celebrate our anniversary which was last week. We have reservations at The Melting Pot and I am really looking forward to it. Hopefully Ava will continue to do well and we’ll be ok to leave her tomorrow evening. Keep your fingers crossed. :)

Ava wants to share some news with you…

Yep, we are expecting baby #2!! :)

I have to admit that we’ve known for a while now, but I wasn’t feeling ready to share the news publicly until now. I’m actually 10 1/2 weeks pregnant and my “guess date” is Nov. 16. It’s been incredibly hard keeping my mouth shut on my blog because so many things in my life lately have revolved around being pregnant! So I’m relieved to have finally told my secret so I can start blabbing about baby stuff and all the things that have been running through my mind lately.

I never wrote about our experience getting pregnant with Ava (or her labor and birth, but I will save that for another day), but it was a long road for us. I charted religiously for months before starting on fertility testing. It was determined that Jody had a low-ish sperm count and we opted to try intrauterine insemination in hopes of getting pregnant since it wasn’t happening the “old fashioned way.” Our second month of IUI worked (though we still have our suspicions she was conceived naturally since we followed up our IUI with intercourse), and Ava was born 9 months later. :)

So while we had sort of started “trying” to get pregnant with baby #2, we weren’t expecting anything to happen for several months at the very least. But, we were PLEASANTLY SURPRISED when my period didn’t show and I tested positive (a few times even – just to be sure).

Case in point:
Can’t argue with that!

Apparently, when you aren’t stressing over it and charting and you already have one wonderful child, it can help things just happen on their own. :)

That’s all for today. I will, undoubtedly, be writing a lot more about this pregnancy and all the decisions I’ve been trying to make lately (doctor? midwife? hospital birth? homebirth?! and other things regarding vegetarianism, how much protein do I need due to my history of complications w/ Ava’s birth?, etc… – all requiring lots of thought and research and none of which would be made lightly) in the near future.

Thanks for reading. :)

Much-needed revisions considered

Good news for parents of breast-fed babies who are concerned their little ones aren’t gaining enough weight. “The World Health Organization is to issue new guidelines on measuring the growth rates of babies.

“Current charts are based on calculations using the growth patterns of babies fed largely on formula milk from 20 years ago.

But bottle-fed babies put on weight more quickly than those that are breast-fed, meaning breast-fed children could be shown as underweight.

The new recommended charts are based on data from breast-fed babies.”

Here’s the whole story: Baby growth charts to be revised

I know several of my friends will be excited about this because it seemed like their breast-fed babies weren’t measuring up on the growth charts. I was lucky in that it wasn’t an issue with Ava as she was always at the top of the charts, though I am sure I would’ve obsessed about it if she’d been on the opposite end of the spectrum.

It’s good to see this revision is being considered. I’m sure it will help put many parents’ minds at ease that their babies are growing just fine on mama’s milk. :)

Happy Earth Day!


Here’s a great site called Go Organic for Earth Day. It’s chock full of information such as reasons to go organic, recipes, stuff for kids, lists of organic retailers in your area, and organic manufacturers.

Whether you check it out on Earth Day or anyday, making the switch to organic foods and product (even in small amounts) can help make a positive difference for our Earth. :)

Happy Earth Day!

Five years ago today…

Five years ago today, our family and friends came from Michigan and Oklahoma here to Colorado to celebrate our happiness and witness our joy as Jody and I proclaimed our love for each other.

Mom and me:

My sis, Carrie and me:

Jody, getting ready (and Look! He had hair!):

Hugging my dad after my parents walked me down the aisle:

Introducing the new Mr. and Mrs.:

The wedding party:

Getting into the limo for the drive up to the ranch in the mountains where our reception was held:

Me and my friends:

The outlaws:

Our wedding cake (the best damn cake I’ve EVER had – seriously):

Outside at the ranch:

Our first dance together – “From This Moment On”:

From This Moment On – Shania Twain

From this moment, life has begun
From this moment, you are the one
Right beside you is where I belong
From this moment on…

Happy fifth anniversary, Jody. I love you.

No rest for the wicked

I woke up this morning with a migraine and proceeded to throw up. Poor Ava was so sweet. She was very concerned about me hugging the toilet and making the barfy noises I was. :( So I managed to blurt out, “Mommy’s very sick.” She kept saying, “very sick.” Then I told her that “Mommy had to throw up.” And she kept saying, “Ava throw up too.” She’s such an empathic little girl.

I did start feeling better later in the day, only to come down with the cold Ava’s had the last few days. Ugh.

Why don’t mommies get “sick days?” :(