Baby Update Thursday

Vegan Goodness:
While leftovers dominated lunch today, our dinner was focused all on some delicious CSA veggies!

Today we ate:

  • Trader Joe’s “cheerios” with sliced strawberries (CSA) and soymilk, followed by a soy hot chocolate (gotta get my morning calories to get my pregnant self through the day!
  • Smoothies for LP and his dad. 
  • Leftover Three-bean loaf  (cold for mom, heated with gravy for the G-man and LP)
  • Almonds, vanilla soy yogurt with chocolate chips (snack for mom) and applesauce as a snack for LP
  • Sauteed Spinach and Tomatoes (with garlic and ginger) from Veganomicon on top of grilled polenta from Vegan Table.  It was amazing!  And LP couldn’t get enough spinach (or “gee” as he called it for “green”)
  • Maybe some popcorn topped with non-dairy butter and nutritional yeast after this post is done 🙂

Money Matters:
During the month of June we have a bigger budget than we will in July.  This is partially because I am still working, and there are costs that come with that (transportation, classroom materials, meeting co-workers for weekly Friday breakfast, etc.)  So, rather than be completely limited by our “Year of Family” budget, we are simply trying to be more aware of our spending this month, and trying to cut down on “extras.”

Today we spent the following:

  • $4.44 on soymilk hot chocolate at a local coffee shop.  I usually make this at home, but LP was up early, and I was trying to sneak out quietly so he would go back sleep.  This meant no microwave use for me!
  • $62.96 on groceries (probably for at least a week)  This involved the G-man and LP going to both Trader Joe’s and Whole Foods.  We find we can still get good quality organic foods on a budget, but it often means trips to multiple stores.
  • 32.97 on sunscreen.  We use Badger sunscreen for LP since it doesn’t have chemicals and other fake stuff.  It can be pricy, but today it was on super sale at Whole Foods!  The G-man stocked up (as we always do on non-perishable items on sale) and we should be set for a couple years! 
  • $6.00 on an ice cream outing at FoMu with co-workers to celebrate a successful year of literacy PD.
  • $25.06 on a new wallet from Bugalow360, a vegan accessories company.  I tried to find a cheaper wallet that I like at our local consignment stores or thrift stores, but there was nothing I liked (or that wasn’t leather).  Considering my last wallet lasted me six years until it broke last week, I figure it is worth getting me one I like!

Baby Update Thursday:

In a month or so this section will be all about our new baby!  As mentioned before, I am due with our second child on July 4th.  As we get closer and closer to my due date, I’m starting to get even more questions about names.  This is always further complicated by the fact that we chose not to find out the sex of our baby (and, by the way, I mean the sex, not the gender.  The gender is something that our child will figure out for themselves, and it might change over their lifetime!  Just want to be clear).

When I think naming our children, it seems like an awesome responsibility (even still for LP).  That might sound silly.  Surely the awesome responsibility part is the part where we have to both keep a tiny human being alive and parent them as best we can to help them grow and thrive.  But somehow I think the name has become a symbol of that responsibility, at least for me.  The G-man and I often joke about names to give our children (LP was very close to being named Buckminster, and both of are semi-serious about giving our second child the middle name “Baldrick” which is super funny if you are a Black Adder fan).  I think these jokes are our way of using humor to alleviate the pressure we feel when we think of being parents.  However, just like parenting, it can’t all be about what entertains the adults, and we had to buckle down and give LP a name that really worked.

However, one of my favorite things about LP’s name is the story behind it.  We came up with it when were talking about how awesome it would be to have a kid named Luke so that the G-man could say “Luke . . .  I am your father.”  Now I love the fact “Lucas” just seems to fit LP so well,  but at the same time the G-man and I have passed down a little of our nerdiness to him through this name-story.  Maybe that is really what the naming – and parenting – is about.  Giving your kid enough of yourself to get them started, but then letting them make their name, and their identity, their own.

With all that said, I still think it would be awesome for LP to have a sister named Leiana (nickname Leia.  Get it!!??)

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2 thoughts on “Baby Update Thursday

  1. #1 I am now aware that I am eating a much larger breakfast than my pregnant friend. This morning I had lentil soup, a hard boiled egg, cheese toast with 1/2 an avocado. It sure filled me up, and the good part is that I was able to avoid eating the cake I brought to my ESL 1 classes.
    #2 I made my husband (who provides therapy for trans folks) read your section on your child choosing his/her/other pronoun gender. His high esteem for you has increased even further.

    Enjoy the last few days of school!
    love,
    Cristie

    1. That breakfast sounds fantastic and much healthier than mine – you did read the part about a soy hot chocolate, right 🙂

      So happy to hear your husband appreciated the “gender” section. It is one of the MANY reasons I find it so problematic when people want to know what the “baby” is while I’m pregnant. It will be a baby – the rest is just details.

      Thanks so much for the great comment. Only a few more days to go!!!

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