Well… I’m still here!

January 14, 2009 at 12:13 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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I apologize to anyone who has been checking my blog in the last six months– I’ve definitely been on a hiatus from blogging! The last six months or so have seen a lot of huge changes in my life, and I figured that rather than deleting my blog, I might as well try to start posting again. I had fun when I was blogging regularly, and I want to get back into it and try to improve my blog.

So: what have I been up to? The biggest change in my life is that my husband and I are expecting a baby! This is the most incredible, exciting, wonderful experience of my life; we are so excited and can’t wait to meet our little boy (yes, it’s a boy!!). I am thoroughly enjoying being pregnant– I feel wonderful, and I’m enjoying every minute of it. It’s so exciting to be able to feel the baby kicking inside me– it makes me laugh every time I feel him move! I’m nearing the end of my second trimester right now; the baby is due approximately around May 1st.

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One really unexpected result of being pregnant (and the main reason that I stopped keeping this blog) is that I am no longer vegan, or even vegetarian. Before I got pregnant, I fully expected and planned to stay on a vegan diet the rest of my life, including during pregnancy. I had read everything I could find about being vegan while pregnant, I participated regularly in an online forum for pregnant vegans/vegetarians, and I felt like I had really done my homework as to how to be a healthy pregnant vegan.

What I didn’t anticipate was the strength and unpredictability of my pregnancy cravings. I was able to stay vegan for about a month at the beginning of the pregnancy, but then the uncontrollable cravings kicked in. My first real craving was for fish and cheesecake (in the same meal)! Since then, I’ve been eating fish (and shrimp) about twice a week. One other really strong craving that I had in my first trimester was for fried chicken; I resisted it for about two weeks, and then I had to give in. (After one meal of fried chicken, I had no more cravings for meat.) I decided that this was my body’s way of telling me that I needed more protein.

So, I added eggs back into my diet, and then gradually added dairy products (which I’d resisted other than the cheesecake episode). Adding fish and eggs into my diet went smoothly, but the dairy took a month or two to get used to. I probably could have avoided dairy, but somehow I just felt like it was something I needed, or wanted. When I added eggs/dairy/fish back into my diet, I stopped having strong food cravings; this seems like it’s my body’s way of telling me that I’m getting all the nutrients I need. And, to be honest, I have eaten meat a few times (probably three or four times) throughout my pregnancy also, mainly when I was traveling or visiting relatives and didn’t have access to high-quality non-meat protein such as tofu or beans.

I had a really difficult time at first, accepting the new reality of my food choices. I felt like a traitor, a hypocrite, since I had been so strongly in favor of veganism up until now. I felt very guilty and upset with myself. Finally, though, I made my peace with it– pregnancy simply is unpredictable, and I can’t control what my cravings are going to be. Even though I know it is possible to have a healthy vegan pregnancy, for me in this pregnancy my body was telling me that I needed to eat differently. I finally made my peace with it; my main priority right now is making a healthy baby, and if I eat eggs, dairy products, and fish, that doesn’t mean that I’m a bad person. It’s simply what my body feels like it needs at this stage in my life.

Another change in my life: sadly, in September, our cat Mirabella passed away. She was just over a year old when she suddenly and unexpectedly became really ill. The vet determined that she had FIP, a type of cat virus for which there is no treatment or cure. (She most likely got it from her mother or from another cat when she was in the animal shelter.) It was the most heart-breaking decision of our lives to have her put to sleep, but considering the state of her suffering, and the rapid, violent progression of the virus, we felt it was the only compassionate thing we could do. We miss her so much; we still feel like we are grieving for her. She was only in our lives for about nine months, but she was such a special part of our family. She was an incredibly happy, loving, trusting little cat and we will always miss her.

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Another new thing for me is that I’m going back to school. I’m starting to work on a second master’s degree (my first was in music, this one is in library science). I’m very excited about this, and am really looking forward to it! Classes officially start next week. I will be taking all the courses online, which will be a new type of experience for me. I’m really excited about it!

Anyway, that’s what I’ve been up to over the last six months! I want to start using this blog to write about food again, but, since I am not currently vegan, I will understand completely if any of you vegan bloggers out there remove me from your blogrolls, etc. I still read many of your wonderful blogs; you all are such great inspirations for making healthy yummy food!

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