Saturday, September 4, 2010

9 Weeks and Food is on My Mind!

Hey everyone! So my little olive has graduated to a prune (for this upcoming week), not exactly the cutest name for the week, but glad it's getting bigger! Brandon likes to call it Pruno, as in Bruno, So here's what's been going on this week:

-Clothes. On to the topic of clothes, let me just say thank you to those of you who suggested the rubber band-button trick (Erica!) because it has been a life-saver this week! I did also purchase a Bella Band, but this rubber band trick has been working pretty good, so I'm going to see how long I can make it last. Here I am with my favorite pair of jean capris that I'm determined to make last for at least a few more weeks, maybe I should try to find a cute color rubber band? Oh well, usually my shirts are long enough to cover it. By the way, this week I was able to start feeling a hard feeling above my pubic bone up to my bikini line (sorry for the weird description, this is hard to describe!) anyways, this is my growing uterus! So excited to feel the beginning of the baby! With this growing tummy, it's time to go shopping! Today my mom and I are going to hit up the mall for some "comfortable" clothes, as I like to call it. I feel like it's too early to say "maternity" clothes, but clearly I do need some new, more comfortable clothes because right now all my shirts seem way too tight!

-Fighting off a cold. So around Wednesday I started to have feel a lot of allergy symptoms, runny nose, sneezing 10 times in a row, a sore throat, and a good dose of exhaustion. After taking some natural, pregnancy approved supplements, I was still battling some pretty heavy congestion on Thursday. So, I went to my chiropractor and she saved the day! She did some type of electro-acupuncture stimulation on my sinuses and about 2 hours later I could actually breathe! After that I started to feel much, much better. Also, I have been trying to get lots of sleep and naps lately, so I think this helped too, because as of now, I have no more cold symptoms- yeah!
-Craving NEW foods. So this baby must have quite a curious appetite, because the only thing it craves are new foods, not the same old gluten-free, vegan regular treats and meals I usually had, those must be old and wants something new. Luckily it seems to be okay with minor changes to the usual foods I eat, like a different flavor or brand. Here's a pic of some of my favorite foods at the moment (knowing my body and this baby...this will probably change by the end of this week- lol!) Starting at the left: Sticks and Twigs by Mary's Crackers, any type of spaghetti sauce, new flavor of Costco organic salsa, my orange-flavored CalMag supplement (strange right? But it's so good!), Tropicana Orange Juice (thanks to my hubby), Larabars (Cashew Cookie is my fav), Food Should Taste Good Sweet Potato Chips, and Agave-Sweetened Fruit Snacks. So that's a pretty random assortment of items, but that's what baby likes right now, so I'm sticking with it!
My current cravings...

One thing I have noticed is that I crave a lot of the foods I had growing up, primarily spaghetti (the first thing I learned to cook on my own), biscuits (another childhood fav), and gummy things just to name a few. Here's what I found to curb my gummy craving without gelatin, sugar, and food colorings...Agave Fruit Slices from my local health food store. Here's a pic of the ingredients and price (ouch!) for those of you that are interested, granted not all the ingredients are super healthy, it's much better than the ones I would have found at Wal-Mart.
Agave fruit slices.

Going along with this whole "I love NEW foods" theme, I've been really excited to find some amazing bread recipes on this awesome blog called The Spunky Coconut. For those of you who don't know, I can't have milk, eggs, gluten, or yeast because of food sensitives, so I'm left with not much choices in the area of bread. Usually I do just fine with my Brown Rice tortilla shell, but little prune is getting bored with them. So, when I saw that she posted this recipe for gluten-free, egg-free, dairy-free biscuits one day, I knew I had to try them. The verdict...delicious! I even made them again this morning! With some vegan butter and organic strawberry jam, yummy (see the pic below)! I, or should I say little prune, wants to try out her recipes for: cinnamon rolls, sandwich buns, and chocolate brownies...all of which are gluten-free, dairy-free, egg-free, and yeast-free! Can you tell that pregnancy has made me quite a fan of food, it seems like all I talk about anymore. ( :
Gluten-free vegan biscuits...yum!

Anyone remember what things were like when you were 9 weeks pregnant? I'd love to hear... ( :


  1. Woo-hoo for the rubber band trick! I'm glad it worked for you!

  2. Yes Erica, it has been a success...except now the pants are getting a little too uncomfortable, time to go shopping! ( : By the way, looks like we'll be seeing you in Oct. for the birthday party! ( :

  3. I love your blog! And I am so happy for you and your little prune:) I have 2 little prunes of my own ... age 5 and almost 2. I am currently trying to go vegan ... but baby steps (no pun intended). I felt rather ill at 9 weeks I remember. But it gets better!! Just wait till the prune starts kicking - it's so cool.

    I used to be pretty out of touch with my body, but pregnancy and babies changed that quickly. Being a mom has changed my whole world and has brought me really close to my own heart. I practice yoga a few times a week now and am really conscious of what I eat - or I try to be.

    You may want to check out Ina May Gaskin's books. She writes amazing books about natural childbirth. I think you would like them. They are beautiful.

    Enjoy this magical experience of growing a person. So amazing and miraculous. You are never alone now and have twin souls inside you. Enjoy!


  4. Hi Pamela!
    Glad you like my blog! Yes, I can't wait until the baby is kicking that will be amazing! It's great to hear that having children brought you closer in touch with your body. I feel like I'm pretty in touch with my body physically because of my interest in diet and exercise. But I have a feeling this baby will bring me much more in touch with my body in a spirtual and emotional sense, which until recently has been on the back burner.

    I am a big fan of yoga as well. I feel like it calms me down and keeps me flexible! I've tried to do some prenatal yoga dvds, but they are all kind of hokey and boring, so I'm sticking with my favorite (Namaste Yoga) until I can't do it anymore!

    Funny you should mention Ina May Gaskin, because her book on natural childbirth really changed my view on the kind of birth I wanted to have. I especially saw truth in her idea of "spinchter law". This and a number of other reasons make me want to have the most natural childbirth I can, luckily I've found an awesome midwife to help me with this! I can't wait to read Ina May's book on Breastfeeding.

    I look forward to hearing more of your great "mama" advice as I travel on this amazing journey! ( :


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