Baked Apples

For me, pregnancy means hunger!  Tonight, I was craving something sweet.  However- I’m at my ski condo, which means there are very few ingredients here to work with.  Fortunately, I was able to put this simple treat together with the few things on hand…

INGREDIENTS

1 T coconut oil
2 peeled, thin-sliced organic apples (I used Pink Lady apples)
1 T coconut milk (full fat)
1 T maple syrup
1 T ground walnuts
Large dash cinnamon

ASSEMBLY

1.  Grease a glass pie pan or square pan with the coconut oil.

2.  Toss the apple slices with the coconut milk, maple syrup, walnuts and cinnamon in a large bowl until well coated.

3.  Bake uncovered at 375 degrees for 25 minutes.  Stir and return to the oven for another 10 minutes.

4.  Serves 2 adults and 1 #minivegan.  This would be really good with a scoop of vegan ice cream!

Friday, January 17, 2014…

Early Abdominal Ultrasound – Week 10, Day 4

VIDEO CLIPS…

#1  Kicks & Punches

#2  The Outstretched Leg

#3

#4

IMAGES…

Biometry & Growth and Clinical Summary

Biometry & Growth and Clinical Summary

1st Image

1st Image

Arms

Arms

Legs

Legs

Face

Face

Profile

Profile

Gestational Sac

Gestational Sac

Yolk Sac

Yolk Sac

Length Measurement

Length Measurement

Length Measurement

Length Measurement

Length Measurement

Length Measurement

Chorion Frondosum, Located Posterior

Chorion Frondosum, Located Posterior

This link defines the Chorion Frondosum.

Fetal Heart Rate

Fetal Heart Rate

Left Ovary

Left Ovary

Blood Supply Left Ovary

Blood Supply Left Ovary

Blood Supply Right Ovary

Blood Supply Right Ovary

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January 17, 2014 – 10 Weeks + 4 Days Pregnant

January 17, 2014 – 10 Weeks + 4 Days Pregnant

Here, I will recap my 1st trimester with #minivegan.  Every pregnancy is a different experience!  Here’s mine…

First of all, I didn’t take a pregnancy test until day 45.  Up until the test I really did NOT think I could be pregnant!  I just couldn’t see how it was possible based on my “data.”

Over the past year, I’d had some really long menstrual cycles…i.e. a 37 day cycle in June, 36 days in July, and 38 days in September.  My longest cycle ever in my life was 39 days.  But that was a long time ago.

I attributed the increasingly long cycles to peri-menopause.  I am 42!  Needless to say, at some point it seemed wise to take “the test.”

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 6, 2013

I did my volunteering at New Moon Farm Goat Rescue & Sanctuary in the afternoon.  I bought a pregnancy test at Safeway in Arlington, WA, and met Eric for dinner at the Shire Cafe Vegetarian Restaurant & Bar.  Eric had a delivery to do for work before he went home, so I beat him home by about 45 minutes.

I took the test right when I got home.  The double lines showed up instantly.  I didn’t have to wait 3 minutes like the instructions said.  My reaction was complete disbelief, shock, and denial.  No way could it be real!  I paced the house until Eric got home.  It seemed like it took him forever!

Once he got home, I brought him back to the bathroom where the positive test was sitting on the counter.  I said, “There’s something going on.”  I can’t speak for him, but needless to say he was shocked, too.  Our birth control method– though not foolproof (obviously!!)– had worked well for 20+ years.  Now this!

January 17, 2014 - 10 Weeks + 4 Days Pregnant

January 17, 2014 – 10 Weeks + 4 Days Pregnant

The next day, Eric described my pregnancy announcement to a friend on Facebook, like this:

“I got home from work and she said there is something going on as she led me back to the bathroom. I was thinking maybe we had a pipe burst or something like that. Fortunately it was just an unplanned pregnancy…”

Hahaha!

I didn’t sleep well Friday night.  On Saturday morning, December 7, I was still in denial and so I took the second pee test.  After the second positive test, I decided it had to be true.  Then, I informed my parents, sister and all of my Facebook friends.

I didn’t have any pregnancy symptoms for another week.  Starting in mid-December, my appetite started picking up.  Hunger has definitely been my #1 symptom, and it hasn’t let up.  Sometimes it is a *desperate* hunger!

January 17, 2014 - 10 Weeks + 4 Days Pregnant

January 17, 2014 – 10 Weeks + 4 Days Pregnant

If you have followed this blog, then you know that– prior to this pregnancy– I was eating a vegan diet that was largely NSNG (No Sugar No Grains).  Well, pregnancy changed all of that.  “Desperate Hunger” has meant that I’ve had no choice but to increase my consumption of grains and starches.

For one, I became turned off by some major “players” in my NSNG diet:  nuts and nut butters.  For two, I started craving things like toast, homemade muffins, rice, oatmeal, cold cereal, and baked potato.  For a time, I wanted hummus but I was turned off by tofu.  My food preferences seem to change by the day.  For now, I still can’t eat the lentil soup that I’d been eating for lunch for the past several years.

Remember my post about going 35 Days Without Coffee?  I loved my daily lattes!  Once I found out I was pregnant, I cut them out to avoid the caffeine.  I had one or two decaf soy lattes at first.  But now coffee is “meh.”  Pregnancy is goofy!

My nights should be sponsored by the PROBAR Superfood Slam.  This is what I’ve been eating when I wake up hungry every night between midnight and 3 a.m.  Yes, it contains more sugar than I’d like, but it does give me a substantial 380 calories, 20 grams of needed fat, and 10 grams of protein.

PROBAR Superfood Slam

PROBAR Superfood Slam

The PROBAR delivers nuts to me in a palatable form.  I’ve found that I can tolerate nuts and nut butters as long as I don’t try to eat them “plain.”  I can eat peanut butter and almond butter IF I put them on toast or bake them into muffins.  I also blend them into banana smoothies.

The very worst of my 1st trimester symptoms was the PROFOUND lethargy I experienced, lasting about 3 weeks.  This phase covered the week before Christmas through New Years.  It was awful!  I never felt so tired in my life.  It was downright depressing because I’ve always been a super active person.  I felt so weak and inadequate.

Other symptoms:  bloating, heartburn, headaches.  Some days are better than others.  I’m VERY fortunate that I haven’t experienced any nausea or vomiting!!

My favorite symptom?  Bigger boobs!  I’ve never really had boobs, and now I have a little bit of fullness there.  Yippee!  It’s definitely worth the minor soreness.  They started growing around Christmas.  Thanks, Santa!  The soreness started out near my armpits and worked its way medially.

Christmas gift from my sister's thoughtful mother-in-law.

Christmas gift from my sister’s thoughtful mother-in-law.

Sunday, January 5, 2014 was the turning point for my lethargy.  It finally abated.  What a great relief that was!  I can’t say I feel completely “back to normal,” but the improvement was significant.  I can now function during the day.  Just as important, I’m starting to get back into an exercise schedule.  I do want to be a fit pregnant lady!

TUESDAY, JANUARY 14, 2014

I had my first midwife appointment at Cascade Birth Center.  We heard the heartbeat for the first time on Doppler.  It took a few minutes of probing my belly to locate our little person, but once the signal was picked up, the sound was UNmistakable!  Whoosh, whoosh, whoosh, whoosh, whoosh!  That made it REAL.  So special.  I should have taken an audio recording with my phone.

FRIDAY, JANUARY 17, 2014

First ultrasound!  We went into the appointment thinking that I was about 12 weeks along (based on my last menstrual period).  My due date would have been July 30, 2014.  But, based on the ultrasound, my due date was adjusted to August 11, 2014.

Eric was able to join me for the appointment.  I was expecting to have a transvaginal ultrasound, but the technician was able to get all the views she needed via abdominal ultrasound.  Right when she put the transducer on my belly, the obvious image of a baby emerged on the screen.  “There’s a baby there,” she said!

The best part was seeing the little person start squirming around.  The little bug appeared to be turning over, doing ab crunches and making boxing moves with his or her arms.  TOO CUTE!!

I intended to include our ultrasound pics in this post, but the radiology clinic’s CD burner was not working.  We have to wait until next week to get a copy.  I’m going to do a separate post with all the pics.  Stay tuned!

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STATS…

Last Menstrual Period:  October 23, 2013
Probable Date of Conception:  November 17, 2013
Due Date:  August 11, 2014

1st Trimester Weight Gain:

November 11, 2013 = 99.0 lb (pre-pregnancy weight)
December 16, 2013 = 99.8 lb
December 26, 2013 = 102.8 lb
December 31, 2013 = 104.8 lb
January 7, 2014 = 106.6 lb
January 14, 2014 = 108.0 lb

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“Before” Pics:

(My best “before” pics were taken almost exactly 1 year before #minivegan’s due date.)

Pre-Pregnancy Body- August 3, 2013

Pre-Pregnancy Body- August 3, 2013

Pre-Pregnancy Body - August 3, 2013

Pre-Pregnancy Body – August 3, 2013

Pre-Pregnancy Body - August 3, 2013

Pre-Pregnancy Body – August 3, 2013

Pregnancy Test - December 6, 2013.

Pregnancy Test – Day 45 – December 6, 2013.

Hello, my blog followers!  It’s time for the official announcement!

We’ve got a “mini vegan” on the way!  I’m almost to the end of my first trimester.  What a crazy development for Freeheel Vegan!

I’m 42 and Eric is 47 and this was definitely not planned!  We had loooong ago decided that we didn’t necessarily want to have kids.  But– we’d also discussed that if “it” ever happened unexpectedly, we would keep and love our child.

When I was a kid, of course I always figured I would get married and have my own kids.  It’s what people do, right?  But– I also knew that I didn’t want to rush into having kids.  I wanted to make sure I had certain “conditions” in place before I took on such a great responsibility…i.e. get my career established, achieve some financial stability, and have some time to enjoy ourselves in our marriage.

Well– when I became “the age” (30) that I always figured I’d start a family, I had to come to the realization that I wasn’t really wanting that.  Maybe I thought a switch would suddenly go on that said, “Yes, this is the time.”  That didn’t happen for me.  I had to really examine whether I really wanted to have kids.

It was quite a decision to decide not to have kids.  But it felt right to me.  To us.  Honestly, I never felt capable of taking on the great responsibility.  I also realized that I would never reach the point where I felt all my “conditions” for parenthood would come into place.

And so, my life up until now has been abundantly filled- quite simply- with a whole lot of FUN…hiking, skiing, and mountain biking.  I’ve always wanted to enjoy my life to the very, very fullest while I still have a healthy, capable, active body.

Maybe that’s because I’ve been working in nursing homes since my teens.  I’ve seen all too clearly what disability and unhealthy aging does to people.  I never, ever wanted to “waste” my youth and my health.

Although I’m over 40, and although this pregnancy was unplanned, I do feel that this time is the right time for me, personally, and for us, to have a baby.  At 42, I definitely know that I’ve lived my life exactly the way I wanted to.  I’ve enjoyed so many different adventures.  I’ve had time to achieve some financial goals.  And, my age means I really, really know myself well.

I am thankful that I became vegan long before I became pregnant.  After 5 1/2 years, I am perfectly comfortable with the vegan diet and the vegan lifestyle.  I can’t imagine raising a child any other way.  It makes me happy to know that our child will grow up knowing that animals are individuals who should be treated with respect.  They are our friends and not ours to exploit.

After getting over the initial shock of this major life change, I can honestly say that I’m quite excited to take on this next adventure, and to share my good life- our good lives- with another little human being.  Surely, it won’t be all fun and games, but I know it will be infinitely rewarding.  I feel like I am in a very good place right now.

People think that going vegan is all about giving things up (i.e. deprivation).  No!  We gain far, far more than we give up, by going vegan.  Well– for the first time in my life, I’m beginning to think about parenthood in the same way.  I’m about to gain a whole lot more than I’m about to lose…

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2013 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 32,000 times in 2013. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 12 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

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