Christmas threw up in our house and other chubby vegan tales

I'm starting to think that I either need to blog every single day or I should just start every blog entry off like this.

No, Baby B has not made his appearance and yes, I am so "past" ready for him to be here.

Although I guess I'm not technically, 100% ready if I really, really think about it. I'm trying to take these last few weeks I have left and dedicate them to all things Pearyn. The guilt of spoiling our happy little threesome existence hasn't really gone away, if anything, it's multiplied because every time I utter "I'm sooooooooooo ready for him to be here," I feel like I'm unhinging my daughter's life and our happy, estrogen-filled bubble.

I mean, it'll pass, eventually, right?

That or I'll just be so sleep deprived I won't be able to remember what I'm feeling guilty about?

Now that we got it out of the way, let me extend an extreme amount of gratitude for all of the concern and stories you've shared with me whether in email or comments regarding our daughter's stomach issues.

I can't begin to explain how reassuring it is to know that first, I'm not crazy for getting worked up over poop (or the backing up of it) and second, to hear that of the children who have gone through this type of thing, many have grown out of it.

 Despite her healthy, fiber-filled diet, the doctor recommended we introduce either an "aid" to her morning juice daily (ie: a mild laxative) or we could give some probiotics a whirl. After reading ridiculously positive reviews about Good Belly (a dairy-free, vegan juice with an awesome probiotic strand in it), we decided to give it a shot, only, in a daily, four-ounce increment instead of the eight-ounce recommended for adults.

And so far, knock on wood, our little girl is crazy regular and hasn't complained of a cramp since. I don't know if it's the Good Belly or just her stomach and intestines having a good week, but I'll buy this juice for the rest of my life if it helps her not wake up screaming and writhing in pain.

In other news, Christmas has not only visited the Chubby Vegan household, it's throw up ALL over it. We've got these Christmas village taking over every flat surface our house has to offer (from television stands to DVD racks to side tables).

 There are stockings, lights and our Christmas tree could never, ever be mistaken for one of those fancy catalog ones. It's covered in big, bordering on gaudy strands of lights, glittery bulbs and kiddie-themed ornaments.

We've got snow globes of every size, playing music and an advent calendar filled with vegan treats and chocolates. And lest we forget the Minnie Mouse doorknocker, the Minnie and Mickey window clings and the festive Minnie and Mickey plush dolls that just sit around looking all sorts of Christmas.

Tonight we're going to tackle homemade Christmas ornaments to hand out as something little and personal that Pearyn was able to do (we plan on letting her paint them), they're made from corn starch and baking soda, so I'm really hoping they turn out.

We'll probably watch something holiday-themed too, which despite not having cable, ABC Family or Lifetime hasn't been as hard as we thought it would be! Between our Roku and Blu Ray player we've had no problem streaming our fair share of Christmas movies and cartoons for Pearyn.

Eventually, there will probably be Christmas cookies made and if I get the energy, muffins galore to prepare for the baby's arrival.

Because what is better that carbs, sugar and a little fruit for good measure?


  1. Kudos to you for even getting the decorations out this year! Im not even pregnant and havent had the energy!

  2. Hey Amanda, I don't know if your doc said anything about this, but if your little one is eating a lot of fiber she also needs a lot of water to go with it! Glad to hear she is doing better. Happy holidays!

  3. Thank you for reminding me as I didn't mention that anywhere. The ER doctors and our family doctor strongly pushed making sure there was enough water included in her diet. We've been instituting a no liquids except water rule after 6 p.m., so far that with the Good Belly we've seen some great results. Far more regular than she's ever been! Fingers crossed!