If you haven’t read this morning’s post yet, go there first!
Thank you guys so much for all of your sweet comments. This is such an exciting time! Here are a few questions that I thought you might want to know to the answer to…with a surprise at the end!
How far along are you?
Nearly 11 weeks! I’m due at the very end of August. I’ve worried over when to break the news to the blog world for weeks. I knew from the beginning if the worst happened I would eventually share it with you all, so I’m comfortable sharing now even if things change tomorrow. I realize it’s still early, and really there is never a “safe” time to tell in the whole 9 months, so I told myself I’d spill the beans when I couldn’t keep the secret any longer. And I couldn’t keep the secret in a day more! We are hoping for the best.
Wait, what about all those Jamaican cocktails!? Saturday’s wine tasting? Friday’s beer?
The Jamaican cocktails were all virgin!!!! The staff there was great about making me fun virgin drinks. My favorite was a Lemon Drop Martini: lemon juice, simple syrup, a squeeze of lime and a sugar rim.
I have photographed some beers and wines like they were my own because KERF without craft beer just wouldn’t seem right. Friday’s beer was actually a bottle of ROOT BEER!
I really did take a tiny sip of this beer – so the photo would be truthful!
And at the chocolate wine tasting on Saturday, I stuck my tongue in each glass, but unfortunately didn’t really get to taste.
Have you really been eating what you’ve shown on KERF?
For the most part, yes. There haven’t been any fake meals shown. Even on my sickest days, I did my best to eat what I photographed. I have occasionally reduced the amount of vegetables that actually made it into my mouth (like took one bite of a salad and decided it was not palatable), and there have also been extra snacks. For a while I was nibbling on graham crackers and saltines between meals to help with the nausea. And those salt and vinegar chips I had with lunch one day? The serving size was actually much bigger 🙂
I’ve downed a few ginger ales too. It’s quite amazing how different my palate is, and I’ve been focusing on eating as much normal real food as I can and letting the cravings slide in on the side. Things have been improving the past 2 weeks – the salads you’ve seen I have actually gotten down!
I’ve also been drinking a small glass of OJ nearly every morning right when I get up. I wake up SO thirsty and OJ tastes like the most wonderful beverage in the world at 7am. Perhaps my body is demanding the folate!?
Oh, and one day I had another bagel with cream cheese but knowing it would be so obvious, I fudged a bakery sandwich instead. I apologize for the fib!! I haven’t had regular bagels in YEARS and knew they would be a dead giveaway.
I have felt like my food has been SO WEIRD that it’s been obvious, but hardly anyone has mentioned it. I suppose you were all being polite – and I thank you for that! I see now from the comments than many of you had guessed 🙂
Has your exercise been normal?
Yes – no fibbing there. Doctor says everything but skiing, horseback riding and hot yoga are fine. I’ve been lucky not to have too much fatigue – just a few days when I felt really lethargic in week 8. But maybe that’s a catch 22 because I’ve been pretty active! I took a few days off of Body Pump, but I am back and using lighter weights for squats. I’m running much less, but winter has been a good excuse for that. But if I said I ran 4 miles, I really did run 4 [very slow] miles. Walking has been my favorite activity though!
Have you had any morning sickness?
Oh boy yes. I was actually really, really sick for a few days. So nauseous I could barely stand up, much less think about food.
I finally called my doctor and asked if there was anything he could do to help (I had tried ginger, crackers, dry heaving – nothing worked). I started taking vitamin B6 and Unisom, a sleep aid that helps with nausea. Lifesavers! I’ve been taking 25 mg of B6 3x a day and half a Unisom 3x a day and the nausea was reduced by 80-90%. I don’t like the idea of taking drugs, but my doctor assured me that the combination had been tested on 1.7 million mothers and babies with no adverse effects.
While I haven’t been horribly sick since I started the medicines, I have had a million food aversions! Not surprisingly, vegetables are no longer a staple of my diet, but they have made appearances in meals and I’m sure they will make a return. In fact, salads are starting to become more appealing. But oddly – the only salads I could eat for a while were Caesar salads! I am craving all kinds of foods from my childhood (like the mac n cheese, bagels and rice krispie treats) and having weird childhood flashbacks all the time! I took a short break from oatmeal for cereal, but it made a comeback and I can eat it again.
Favorite foods: cereal, OJ, mac and cheese, lasagna, pasta, bagels with cream cheese, goat cheese, Caesar dressing, yogurt, ice cream, cookies. [Sweets really do make me feel better!]
Worst nightmares: My old favorite vegetables (like broccoli, Brussels sprouts, greens), pumpkin (!!), beans (although they are making a comeback) and lentils of any kind – the horror of lentils right now!
Have you seen a heartbeat?
We have! But only by chance. My doctor’s office doesn’t normally do ultrasounds until 13 weeks. But at 7.5 weeks I woke up to a really scary painful cramp in my lower abdomen. I really thought I was losing the baby. I was vomiting and shaking and nearly fainted on the bathroom floor. Karen rushed over to take me to the ER. But the cramping subsided about 20 minutes later, and so I called my doctor. He ordered an ultrasound that afternoon and everything looked fine. The heart was beating at a cute 166 bpm! My doctor suspected that the pain was caused by my uterus growing and stretching. I haven’t had any trouble since. I’m SO glad I got to see the baby and heartbeat then because waiting until 13 weeks would have been the longest wait of my life.
Are you showing yet?
Not technically, but my stomach is definitely rounding and my jeans no longer fit well. My whole abdomen is just thick. I bought a BeBand to help me out! Doctor says my abs and ligaments are relaxing, which is why it’s so comfortable to push my stomach out.
I actually bought a pair of maternity jeans with a low, elastic waistband and wore them for the first time yesterday. SO COMFORTABLE! (Especially when eating too much pimento cheese 🙂 )
How did you share the news?
We are both so excited! I’ve been a bit reserved because anything can happen in the first trimester – or any time during a pregnancy (sadly my mom had a miscarriage at 21 weeks). But as the weeks tick by, I get more and more excited.
Caitlin was the first person to know – when I suspected a test was positive I emailed her immediately. We’ve been chatting daily since. I called my grandmother second – it was her birthday and I couldn’t hold it in (I did warn her how early it was though).
I actually told Matt over dinner the night I found out, and beer was involved. Are you surprised!? Like Caitlin, I caught it on hidden camera, but I’m not planning to share the video. The stills are pretty funny though!
We told our families over Skype and the telephone over Christmas!
Are you going to do pregnancy updates on KERF?
I am starting a new blog! I’d like to keep the food on KERF and the baby talk separate, and a new blog sounded like fun. I am waiting a few more weeks for the debut, but I promise it will have all the details from Day One. I have tons of posts already written over the past few months, and I’ll share them all when the time is right. I have no idea what’s in KERF’s future, but I intend to keep it a food diary and lifestyle journal for ever and ever – even if the style and food content changes as our family does.
Coco @ Opera Girl Cooks says
Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat says
Aww I’m so excited for you Kath. You are quite the trickster! 😉 Can’t wait to read the new blog too. I hope the whole morning sickness thing isn’t too nasty to you!
Hope @ With A Side Of Hope says
I am so happy for you, Kath! Thank you for sharing all of the information. 🙂 I hope you are feeling better now from the morning sickness. I cannot wait to follow along with this blog and your new blog! So exciting 🙂
Kath! I’m so so excited for you and Matt. Having a baby is absolutely wonderful and I think you both will make the best parents. Enjoy your pregnancy and I’m so excited to be “along for the ride” through your blog!
P.S. My guess is girl 🙂
Michelle @ A Healthy Mrs says
I think it’s a great idea to start a new blog for the baby content — can’t wait to read all about it!
so so happy for you!
i couldnt stand veggies during my whole first trimester with both pregnancies; and with both pregnancies, it started to worry me.. you feel like you will never eat like a normal healthy person again! And it wasnt just veggies – i had aversions to just about EVERYTHING!
And i honestly couldnt imagine if i had documented my meals during that trimester – not surprised you had to do a little photo-fibbing! Mine would have been bean burritos, chips, and orange juice for breakfast, lunch, and dinner! I bet you are happy to have the news out so you can be more honest on the blog! haha!
Anyway, I am excited for you- such an exciting (and unbelieveably life-changing) adventure! Looking forward to being along for the ride! 🙂 CONGRATS AGAIN!
Congratulations!! How exciting!
Honestly, I didn’t think you were pregnant but I did keep wondering why you were all of a sudden eating caeser salad almost everyday! It was so weird to me, haha 🙂 And I did note the odd color of your wine versus Karen’s from that dinner photo but even then didn’t think about it deeply. I am so, so excited for the baby blog!
Melissa @ HerGreenLife says
Congrats, Kath! The food thing can be so weird. I shared your aversion to pumpkin, and any kind of winter squash. Tomatoes and pesto were also on my “no go” list for a good portion of the pregnancy, even after the normal nausea passed. Welcome to the crazy world of pregnancy!
JT @ The Faux Foodie Girl says
You are too cute!!!! Congrats again!!!
Congrats. Cant wait for the new blog. Love pregnancy/baby updates
Kathy W. says
morning sickness is the absolute worst. And it’s a misnomer, because it can go on all. day. long. Mine ended magically at 12 weeks, though–hope yours goes away soon!
Sara R. says
I had very similar cravings and aversions. Salads and veggies made me gag, all I wanted were carbs, dairy and sweets. I loved those frozen hash browns and yogurt covered raisins for some reason. It’s so tough to keep eating the way you know you should when you simply can’t stomach some of the healthy stuff! . I’m glad to hear the B6 and unisom helped, morning sickness is the worst. Congrats again, and I hope the next 7 months remain happy and healthy!
Your blog helped inspire me while I was on my weight loss journey (over 100 lbs down). I’m now 28 weeks pregnant, and can’t wait to add your baby blog to my daily reading!!! Congratulations!! 🙂
congrats congrats congrats!!
Brittany (healthy slice of life) says
We are first trimester twins! Well, almost. I never had nausea that badly (glad you are over that :)) but I lived on bagels and cream cheese, the thought of vegetables or hummus made me gag, I loved gingerale and only could eat salads with Caesar dressing. Too funny. And I know that they are all old wivestales, but I had a girl, so maybe you will too?! It’s so fun to guess.
I can’t wait to follow the new blog! I love all things pregnancy and baby related. You’re going to LOVE being a mom 🙂
Haha that is funny. I love reading your mom updates – you do make it look like a joy 🙂
HRCK the Herald says
Love love reading about this! So exciting 🙂
Cait @ Cait Hates Cake says
Johanna B says
Glad to hear KERF will still be a part of my life but am looking forward to the little KERFlet and a new blog to enjoy.
I know you are so not going to believe this but I totally had a dream that you were eating a ton of sardines for the Omega 3 because you were preggers! I am SOOO happy for you Kath. This is great news. I have given birth Naturally to all 3 of my children (I actually gave birth to Gabrielle at 17 years old) and have so much insight and wisdom-if you want it. Totally up to you. Breastfeeding, cloth diapering, pregnancy workouts, nutrition, natural (we still vaccinate) parenting. This is fantastic news. You are going to be an excellent mother. Congratulations!
Haha. Salmon was my fish of choice last week 🙂
Can’t wait for the new blog! Congrats again!!
So you’re to blame for my new bagel aversion. During the first few weeks of this pregnancy, that’s all I wanted. Now I can’t even think of eating a bagel. The craving headed your way I see. That’s alright, I’ve moved on to frosted mini wheats and lemonade. 🙂
I’m excited to see how you will incorporate cooking for a baby then toddler into your routine. My little one is due about a week before yours so when I’m stumped for toddler food ideas, I might have a place to go for inspiration!
I really appreciate you posting your fears of a miscarriage. Right after posting to you that I just found out I was pregnant, I went to the bathroom and had some spotting and had a major freak out. Just made a doctor appt for tomorrow and hoping everything is OK! I can’t wait for you new blog to come out b/c I am really interested in keeping fit during the pregnancy if everything stays OK!
Oh no, hoping things are OK.
I had spotting my first tri and it ended up being fine. As long as it isn’t a lot or includes clots, you’re probably okay. My doctor said 30% of women bleed in the first tri without issues. GL!
I had spotting with both of my pregnancies and everything turned out fine. I even went to the ER several times.
It is unnerving though … I hope everything turns out well for you. 🙂
Thank you guys so much, that makes me feel a lot better! 🙂 You are right Susan, It is definitely unnerving! You get yourself all excited then something like that happens to just really bring you down. I am only 5 weeks along so it’s really early, I know things like this can happen so I am just hoping for the best…
I had a little bit of [brown] spotting at 5.5 weeks and things were OK.
Did you have to get any bloodwork done or anything Kath when you had it? Sorry if this is getting into too much detail, I am just curious b/c I don’t know what to expect! But it sounds like I’m having the same thing so that’s giving me some peace of mind.
I didn’t. It was light and brown, so I didn’t call my doctor. I knew this was normal. If it had been bright red and/or heavy I would have called for sure.
OK. I guess I should do some more research 🙂 I panicked and thought for sure something was wrong. Again, thank you guys so much! I’ll keep you posted after I see my Dr. tomorrow.
Emily Malone says
Jennifer I had spotting at 5 weeks too, and I went in for blood work. They measured hormone levels two days in a row to see if the numbers had doubled (like they should), since it was too early to hear a heartbeat. Hopefully you get an answer soon! Stay positive and hang in there. 🙂
I didn’t have blood work, they just gave me an ultrasound and checked my cervix. They offered blood work but since everything else looked okay I decided to pass. GL!
I miscarried last night 🙁 The doctor’s confirmed it today. I am just trying to tell myself it wasn’t meant to be this time and that the next one will be OK. I really do appreciate you all sharing your experiences with me, it made me feel better for the time being! And congrats again Kath, I am still so excited for you.
So sorry. 🙁 Check out some message boards like babyandbump.com – they have awesome miscarriage support.
Thank you Caitlin, I’ll do that.
I’m so sorry Jennifer. Hugs to you.
I also miscarried two months ago…hardest time of my life. I hate to know that others feel my pain, but it’s also comforting to know I’m not alone.
So sorry you had to go through that Whitney… xo
I’m so sorry Whitney, it is definitely a difficult time. I find it helps me to talk about it with my family and close friends. I’ve had a few friends that have had miscarriages and have gone on to have multiple healthy kids, so they’ve given me hope. I have to go back to the doctor next week b/c my hormone levels are still not <5 so they have to track me weekly until they are. I kind of have mixed emotions about that. Part of me is ready for them to be <5 to move on and try again, but the other part of me is sad to have to slowly watch them come back down… Sigh.
Emily @ the doodlebug says
Awww, so excited for you Kath and Matt! Congrats! I look forward to the details. I agree about being nervous, I waited until 12 weeks to tell anyone 🙂
Congrats! I’m very excited for you and Matt. I’m sure y’all will be awesome parents. I can’t believe Caitlin was able to keep that news to herself all this time!! She’s a good secret keeper! Can’t wait for the new site launch. 🙂
Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga says
Wow, great post, Kath, and thanks for being so upfront with everyone!
After I read your post this morning, while I was running, I was actually thinking about the timeline and wondering if maybe you were having lots of fun down in Jamaica and that’s where things started 🙂 but sounds like you were already preggers by the time you were there and good to know the staff was super accommodating. And I remember the pics of you in your bikini…you were already pregnant. Well I’ll be darned. You looked awesome then and now.
Christine @ Oatmeal in my Bowl says
I was wondering becuz on one post you mentioned your ‘illness’ or something to that effect… sounded odd. Hmmm… guess I should always listen to my womanly intuition. Congrats to you and your family again and to the exciting new journey your are embarking on. 😀
Amy Kaye says
yeah yeah yeah!!!! congratulations! I really didn’t even notice that your food got kinda random and weird… but looking back I can see the signs! I had been thinking it’s about time you guys started a family 🙂
Laura P says
I commented on your dots post, too. But since this was was mostly about food cravings or lack there of, I thought I’d share a funny tidbit from my first pregnancy. I used to love, love, love dill pickles. Ate them all the time, even w/o a meal. But once I was pregnant w/ him, I couldn’t eat them at all and still can’t and he’s 10! I was a vegertarian, too but a bad one, and I ate cereal and corn I think for most of the pregnancy, poor kid but about two months after I had him I had a craving for fish! That was the end of my vegetarian days!!
Enjoy yourself. Best pre-baby arrival advice is sleep and rest a lot. That is one thing that never really comes back, is the ability to get lots of rest!
B-6 saved my life as well!! I took it three times a day for the duration of my nausea and the relief, while not 100% was INCREDIBLE. I took Unisom too, but only at night. I am a huge lightweight with sleeping pills and it made me way too sleepy during the day 🙂
This post reminds me of my wedding! I had sparkling apple cider in a champagne flute and felt like I had to explain to everybody that it wasn’t alcohol.
Leslie H says
Congratulations! Such an exciting time. I am guessing you’re having a boy. I have three boys and I craved orange juice every morning and the thought of veggies that I normally loved turned my stomach. Enjoy this special time!!
Anne P says
Yay!! Love the extra details. 🙂
Maria @ Sinfully Nutritious says
How exciting. I love the new blog idea. Can’t wait to see the baby’s food diary!!! 😉
I was sick and tired, and I swear the moment week 12 hit, it all magically disappeared. Coffee is my favorite beverage in the whole world, I could not even think about it until week 12. Then, I indulged in 1/2 to 1 cup per day.
Hope you feel better.
OMG!! I’m so excited! I have been a long time blog reader, but rarely comment. I have 4 little ones of my own, so I am beyond excited to follow you on your journey into motherhood. You will be a great mom, I can tell! Your new blog sounds great and I know there are a ton of moms who will read it.
I forgot to mention – I could NOT look at pumpkin when I was pregnant!!
Brittnie (A Joy Renewed) says
So fun… love all the details. Seems that pregnancy is in the water these days! 🙂 Thankful that you are feeling good for the most part. Excited to follow your other blog.
Congratulations!!! So excited and happy for you 🙂 I come from a place that I don’t have a lot of healthy examples of pregnancy so I really appreciate bloggers sharing their stories – added bonus when I know them and really feel like it’s coming from a friend <3
Congrats on your awesome news! I have never posted on a blog before, but I wanted yours to be the first considering your announcement this morning. Unfortunately, I miscarried last week at 8 weeks and had a D&C Friday. I’m going through a lot emotionally right now but I look forward to being happy about your new bundle-of-joy. Best wishes!
I’m so sorry to hear that Amy.
Mary Frances says
Amy, sorry you are experiencing this. You are strong. Best wishes to you, and for a happy future.
Mary Frances says
Amy, sorry you are experiencing this. You are strong. Best wishes to you and for a happy future.
Congratulations Kath! On the new baby, the new blog… everything. 🙂
Jen on the Edge says
I actually saw you out walking a few days ago and my first thought was “Oh, look at that cute woman with the tiny baby bump.” But then I recognized you and figured I’d made a mistake.
Also, I’m predicting that it’s a girl.
Hahah really!? You’re the second person to really notice!! (Although I do walk with my stomach pushed out 🙂 )
My twin boys will turn two on August 23 — great time of the year to be born! When I was pregnant I absolutely craved fresh fruit. I’d have an apple, orange, banana and kiwi for lunch followed by a huge bowl of berries for dinner. And now my boys LOVE fruit. If they had it their way, they’d live off of fruit, especially blackberries and mango. They say what you eat during pregnancy can shape your child’s food preferences, so watch out! I have a couple of fruitarians now. Good luck!!!
Antonia @ healthinspirations says
I’m so excited you’re starting a baby blog. I truly believe that you were born a natural blogging-talent so sharing this amazing journey on a separate site is an amazing idea. I can’t wait to read all about it!
Heather @ Side of Sneakers says
Ahh yay I can’t wait to read all the baby updates! Ugh I never would’ve survived the 1st 7 months without B6 & unisom…lifesavers!
Oh so glad to know you took them too! But you really had to take them the whole time? I’ve lightened my dose a bit and felt the sickness coming back, but I wouldn’t expect it to all be gone already
I took mine the whole time and it was a life-saver. I had a toddler at home so I really had to figure out how to function. Just like you and your jobs! My baby boy was perfect after all the Unisom. Take best care and enjoy this wonderful time in life!
Heather @ Side of Sneakers says
Ugh I was so sick for most of it! I was able to lighten up and just take the B6 by the end and saved the Unisom for when I was too nauseous to fall asleep. Hopefully your morning sickness will wear off on it’s own soon. 🙂 Sour patch kids were pretty crucial too. 😉
🙂 I have sour lemon drops, which did help a ton!
Very exciting – congrats. For my first pregnancy I could not get enough Boston Markets Meatloaf ( I hate meatloaf) and vanilla shakes. 2nd pregnancy steamed dumplings and vanilla shakes. It is so strange what happens to us when we a pregnant.
Vanilla shake you say…
Congrats!! I’ve been waiting anxiously to see the news posted on the blog! Such and exciting time for you and Matt 🙂
Hayley. (@healthyhayley) says
CONGRADULATIONS!! I read your Connecting the Dots post earlier today and well to say I did not put two and two together… I honestly thought you had a new bread for the shop… Wow I am silly at times!
But Congratulations to you and Matt!
Lindsay @ Salt, Sun & Sanity says
How exciting for you both! I think you’ve set yourself up well to manage work and a baby with the work that you do at the bakery- I can’t wait to see how you progress! Congratulations and healthy thoughts 🙂
Anna @ On Anna's Plate says
I was the same way– couldn’t even LOOK at a big plate of salad greens without feeling queasy!! I never got sick, but there were some days when I felt totally queasy and would almost have rather gotten sick!
I know you’re a big walker– I am too (even more so pregnant)– and I would highly recommend the Pregtastic podcast if you haven’t already found it. There are HUNDREDS of episodes, and they’re all really informative– I love downloading one (or three) to my i-pod and heading out for a long walk. I’ve listened to almost every single one over the past eight months, ha. My husband actually really digs listening to them, too.
Good luck with everything!!
Oh awesome!! I will totally download that for car trips and long walks!
Angie All The Way says
I LOVED this podcast! I spent my entire pregnancy listening to them during my morning commute to work. Soooooooo informative!
Lisa (bakebikeblog) says
Oh Kath – I am so very happy for you and Matt! I am currently 36 weeks pregnant and the joy this gift has brought my life already is overhwhelming!
Annette @ EnjoyYourHealthyLife says
YAH!! Exciting!! That is all SO happy 🙂 Good job hiding it all–I had some thoughts of it, but none for SURE for sure, so this is so FUN!
Again, so so excited for you! I had debilitating nausea with my 1st and 3rd pregnancies, but none with my 2nd! And my 1st and 3rd gave me girls. I did acupuncture with my 3rd and really, it was the only thing that helped. I was so nauseous that I actually LOST weight while pregnant, as in the day I delivered I weighed less than I did when I became pregnant. It was that bad. But so worth it and now that my last baby is one I’m ready to try for a fourth. Acupuncture can also help with pregnancy related headaches, etc. I also found that massages helped a tiny bit.
Natasha, was your second pregnancy a boy? I have heard the old wives tale that girls make you sicker, too. I know they are never 100% true, but maybe I am having a boy since I was only sick for about 4-5 weeks 😀
Jessica, Yes my second was a boy and it was my easiest pregnancy by FAR! No nausea, plenty of energy, slept well, ate well and gained 30 or 35 pounds that I easily lost after delivery. With my girls I was so sick, as in couldn’t even function.
I’ve heard the same thing about sickness and girls, but two bloggers I know who were really sick were Emily Daily Garnish and Side of Sneakers Heather and both had boys!
But a nurse friend of mine told me that nearly all of the women who have Hyperemesis gravidarum have girls..
That’s interesting to know! I have a friend who had hyperemesis and she had a boy- sounds like she’s in the minority. Now she’s pregnant with her 2nd-perhaps this will prove to be a girl!
yes my sissy was sick for 6 months and had a boy 🙂 So i guess I just have to wait a 3-4 more weeks to find out 😀
Sally Mae says
The high heart rate is evidence it is a girl, but you never know;)
I’ve had hyperemesis twice now…the first time with a girl, the second time with a boy. And the second time around was BY FAR the worst! Who knows…I have also heard that hyperemesis tends to be slightly more common with girls though.
My baby’s heart rate on the our first ultrasound (8-10 weeks) was 167 and I am having a boy so that is an old wives tale too 🙂
Michelle @ Turning Over a New Leaf says
Interesting. I know someone who had hyperemesis with all three of her kids, but two of them are boys.
I had HG with both pregnancies, but with my daughter it was SO much worse – I was on strong anti-nausea medication until the day she was born. With my son (2 wks old!), I was only sick for about 22 weeks… So maybe there’s some truth to it? All the best!!
Katie @ Peace Love & Oats says
Congratulations!!!! This is such an exciting time! And I totally would not have noticed, although I did notice the new love for lots of oats and bagels and more bread in general. But I thought that was more due to winter and having an amazing bakery to eat from!
Med School Odyssey says
Congratulations to both of you!
Also, tell Matt that I approve of his beer choice – Dogfish Head 120 Minute IPA is an awesome brew. Too bad you couldn’t sample any of it…
We’re due date twinsies! Very excited for the new blog!
Me, too! I’m eleven weeks tomorrow and due August 28! So exciting… Congrats to you both!
Me too – due August 25th with baby #4 (this one was an unexpected surprise!) Three girls so far and sick as a dog every time…
I was so excited when reading your blog this morning! I didn’t guess at all, but looking back now it does all make sense. Congrats!!
Allison K says
I didn’t say congrats this morning…so I will say it now. CONGRATULATIONS!
I am 27 weeks pregnant and find pregnancy mostg interesting. I could not eat any veggies until about week 10 and I couldn’t stomach spinach until week 15. Which was odd, because I have a spinach salad everyday for lunch! I also could not stand to cook anything until week 16. I did a lot of microwaving. 🙂
Enjoy the journey. I feel like 11 weeks is so long ago now. Just wait till you feel the baby moving around and you can see your belly jump around too. It is phenomenal.
I thought maybe!! Congrats!
Have you tried Sea-Bands? http://www.sea-band.com/
They’re wristbands that push on an acupressure point in your wrists. TOTAL lifesaver for me when I was pregnant! I wore them 24/7 (except for showers) for the first 15+ weeks of my pregnancy.
Actually yes – I wore them weeks 7-9. I have no idea if they helped or not (because of the meds too) but I like to think they did
Silvia @skinny jeans food says
if all fails and you faked us out with drink and veggies photos, Matt’s deliriously happy grin lately was a give-away 🙂
When I saw the ultrasound, I thought to myself “there is little Matt!”
Susan H. @ The Food Allergy Chronicles says
What a coincidence…I was thirty with my first son and he was born late August (22). I too remember well, being at work with daily nausea and trying to keep it under wraps. I never snacked and all of a sudden I needed to start sneaking crackers! The nausea stage soon passed…thank goodness !I loved every moment of being pregnant! I was on cloud nine for 9 months! Having children has changed my life for the better…I am certainly much more health conscious!
Love it! Congratulations again!!
Lauren B. says
Congrats Kath! I found out on Christmas day that I am pregnant, am 11 weeks and 2 days today, and due on August 25th! So it looks like we’ll be experiencing this “together!” So exciting. My love for salads was detoured for a few weeks, but now it’s back, so have no fear. In fact, I am now eating very vegan-like, as my aversions are meat and dairy! All of these changes are so funny!
Lauren B says
Oh, and I agree with you about sharing the news “early.”It’s such an exciting time, we couldn’t keep it in either! And our friends and family will be there for us through all of the joy and (God-forbid) any sorrows. Glad you shared!
Wow -I can’t believe you’re going to start a new blog! That’s incredible…will that be your new “baby” then in terms of growing that in to a business? Or do you intend to keep it more for “fun” and KERF as the business side? It seems like a lot of work to maintain both!
You are sneaky by the way! Although I must admit I’m disappointed you “fudged” some meals. It makes me wonder how much of what we really see on blogs is true or not. I understand it looks good for the photography, but it is I “what I ate” type blog. However, don’t take that to be mean please! – I completely understand you didn’t want people to guess you were pregnant! 🙂
Laura @ She Eats Well says
Though I am no where near ready in my life to have a baby, I absolutely love reading these updates. It’s all so fascinating, what our bodies can do. Congrats a million times!
Rock on! I rode my bicycle right up until 39 weeks – no reason not to! My friends thought I was crazy, but I swear, I had the easiest labors/deliveries of all my friends and I contribute it completely to being in shape before getting pregnant, continuing to exercise throughout, and eating well (but not over-eating!). Have fun with the whole experience… once the nausea calms down, that is. 🙂
Congrats momma! Fellow RD here and just had a baby in October. I also had many veggie aversions in the first trimester. It didn’t last too long for me, and I also found that frozen veggies seemed more tolerable, especially frozen broccoli vs. fresh roasted broccoli. Enjoy this special time!
Congrats Kath and Matt and everyone! All the best with this!
kath, thank you SO much for including all of us on this exciting and fulfilling journey! im truly so happy for you + matt and i hope that everything keeps going so smoothly, as im sure it will 🙂
Ashley @ Coffee Cake and Cardio says
So exciting!! What a fun time!
Liz @ Tip Top Shape says
This post has me all sorts of excited!! Congratulations again to you and Matt!! You’re starting a new (and exciting!!) part of your lives and I’m so happy that we get to be along for the ride 😀 Also, I think it’s too cute that you told Caitlin first!! Just goes to show that blog friends can be true friends, too!
Stephanie B. says
Great post 🙂 The mocktails are so hilarious – very sneaky! That’s really scary about the intense pain you had, I’m so glad everything is okay. Can’t wait to read the new blog!
Michelle W. says
Congratulations! I am 17 weeks pregnant with our first as well! I have to agree with you- I’ve had many aversions to things I usually love, have been craving childhood food, and have to run much slower now. I’m excited to be able to “share” this time with you!
As soon as I saw the loaf of bread I knew the secret was out. Congrats. You and Matt have the perfect home for baby. Can’t wait to see pics of the nursery. Love yur blog.
[email protected] says
I took b6, unisom and zofran while pregnant because I couldn’t keep anything down. Our baby girl was born on Jan 11th and she is perfectly healthy. I too was afraid of taking mere during pregnancy, but they were the only way I could function.
Congrats again! I can’t wait for the Baby Blog!
Michelle W. says
Oh, and I wore my first pair of maternity jeans yesterday, too. 🙂 Love them! Why doesn’t everyone wear them all the time?!
Congrats guys! Totally none of my business (ha! I’m sure a lot of people will be using this phrase in comments now!) but we are also from mixed last name family and chose to not hyphenate the kiddo’s last name and I was wondering how you and Matt are going to handle that. Take care!
We are hyphenating! It’s the easiest, simplest thing to do that pleases us both. I like hyphenated names, so doesn’t bother me a bit.
lynn @ the actor's diet says
congrats, kath! it will be fun to see you transition into a mommy blogger…
This was a fun, fun post to read. I have heard of so many pregnant ladies taking that combo of pills. Thankfully mine wasn’t so terrible that I needed drugs. My biggest craving was vanilla milkshakes! Nothing weird though. To help with nausea I had a container of graham crackers on my nightstand and I absolutely had to eat one before I even got out of bed. I absolutely look forward to reading your new blog. Congrats!
BAGELS!!! YES! I’m due a just few days after you and bagels are the ONLY thing I want to eat. And strawberries which, of course, aren’t in season at all. Definitely looking forward to the triumphant return of my appetite.
Congrats and a happy and healthy 8 more months to you!
Congratulations, Kath (and Matt). What a wonderful, wonderful time of life!!
Congratulations both of you, I look forward to hearing about your new journey.
So I’ve been reading your blog for no less than 3 years- watching your life change in amazing ways as my own was changing too. While you completed your degree, moved cities and opened up your own bakery I was getting married, changing careers (I went from an arts background to running a cookery school) and also becoming pregnant. I am now weeks (possibly days- fingers crossed!) away from meeting my first daughter and all I can say is through out all the events and changes and successes over the past 3 years or so I’ve been following your blog this feeling already has far surpassed any other happiness I’ve come to know. It is one amazing ride and the pregnancy part is only the very beginning! Best of luck with it all Kath- I look forward to seeing you and your baby bump progress!
Congratulations! Will your new blog be named BERF – Baby Eats Real Food?
That’s what I’m calling it informally 🙂
Ahhh no I totally read that wrong as BARF!
Which actually, considering babies wouldn’t be that far off!
This is wonderful news. I am quite jealous of you, to be truthful. I’ve dreamed of becoming a mother, but I still have a few more years before that is feasible. From the moment I met you in Great Harvest, I could tell you would be such a wonderful mother. So much confidence and fun you have in your personality. I am sending my best thoughts and wishes!
Congrats! This is such exciting news. Can’t wait to read the new blog!
I was wondering what happened to all the kale… Now I know.
Congratulations to you both and your families. First babies are always so exciting and fun.
A VERY proud Auntie to 2 yr old Aidan 🙂
Kelli H (Made in Sonoma) says
I’m so excited for the baby blog. I LOVE reading about pregnancies!
Thank you so much for the details. Have you started buying nursery items yet? I love Emily’s blog and think she does a great job at Daily Garnish of combining healthy living with the baby scene but I also think 2 blogs is a great idea.
Again…so happy for both of you!
Not yet.. 🙂
Ann Marion says
I had a feeling a couple weeks ago that something was up, nothing I could have definitely put my finger on but just one of those feelings. So happy it turned out to be right, and I can’t wait to add your new blog to Google Reader (which is near explosion levels already… Thank you last semester of university) and follow along with this new adventure in your life! You and Matt are going to be wonderful parents, congrats again! 🙂
Yay so happy for you! I am preggers with my 2nd, due in early may and have been enjoying reading Caitlin’s posts on her baby and now cant wait to read yours!
Thanks Kristin 🙂
A little trick for your jeans. If you fold a rubber band in half (like a hair tie) and stick one end through your button hole (while pants are zipped but unbuttoned) then you can loop both ends of the rubber band around the button. It works pretty well to give you a little flexibility before you’re really ready for maternity jeans.
Ashley @ Thefitacademic says
so excited about the new bloggy!! Can’t wait! Jealous about the early sonogram (or ultrasound? I always get confused!) I’m at 12 weeks and my doc waits until EIGHTEEN!!! Oh, the pain/sorrow of waiting so long!!! But I have been able to hear the heartbeat…not quite as good as a picture, but I’ll take it for now : ) Congrats, again! Very exciting start on a new journey!
18!!!!!!!!!!!!! So long!
Maria @ Maria Makes Muffins says
Congratulations, again! I love the idea of a second blog. I, too, have had very similar cravings and aversions! Orange juice right away in the morning while I make breakfast has been amazing! And cheese… oh cheese. YUM! I am due just a few weeks after you (mid-Sept) and can’t wait to follow your journey.
Congrats Kath!!! I’m so happy for the both of you:)
This is to funny: I’ve been reading your blog for a very long time now and the last few weeks I just knew you were about to be or already were pregnant! But when I saw the wines and beers, I thought: no, this can’t be;) Smart!!
Isn’t it strange, I’m all the way in Holland and have never met you or talked to you, but somehow I sometimes feel like a know you a bit.
Wishing you all the best of luck and much health in your pregnancy!
Estela @ Weekly Bite says
This is fantastic news!! Congrats Kath!!
my first child was born in august and like you, i craved no veggies and tons of orange juice. he’s 4 1/2 now and you writing those emotions brings it all back. seriously, congrats to you all.
Andrea @FrSeed2Stomach says
Baby Eats Real Food ?! 😛
Sea bands helped in my first trimester:
You and Matt are going to be fabulous parents!
Congratulations again! It sounds like you and I have experienced similar food aversions/cravings. Caesar salad was also the ONLY salad I could even think about eating. And childhood favorites like chocolate milk have been front and center! It’s amazing how much our hormones affect our palate. I’m impressed you were even able to get some greens down during the 1st trimester! 🙂
NAME THE BABY IF A GIRL “THEA” means gift of God
Awwwwwwwwwww <3 that name!!!
Thea Grace Younger/Monson
thats SUPER CUTE!!! LOVE
Cute name! (That is IF they aren’t naming her Barbara after me…)
Thanks for the deets Kath! I’m so happy for you both that I’ve come out of my lurking hidey hole twice today. 🙂 I’m beyond excited for your baby blog too and wishing you all the best on your new journey.
Macaroni and Cheesecake says
Congratulations!! That is super exciting!!
Kath!!!!!!!!!! Congratulations on your joyful news! Here’s to a happy and healthy pregnancy!
Oh man, I remember not being able to stomach greens AT ALL til the second trimester, but then it got easier. I still say, give in to your cravings and keep up being active. It definitely helps!!! So excited for you — that makes four of my fave bloggers pregnant now!
Cait's Plate says
Love it! I was somehow completely clueless and I’ve read every post word for word for years! I’m so beyond happy for you guys!!!
I’ve been reading the blog for what seems like forever and never commented but just had to stop by and say congrats, so happy for you!
Also – with my first (a boy) I was all about cheese, cheese cheese! This time around (due right before all of you, August 20th!) it’s SWEETS. Not so good for my waistline, but maybe that means it’s a girl? 🙂
Congrats again and good luck to all the preggie mamas!
I’m laughing to myself wondering whether the new blog will be called BERF! Baby might Eat Real Foods, but it sounds icky! Thanks for sharing so much with us. I love your writing.
And that’ll teach me to read the comments before I get so enthusiastic I skip to the end to comment! 🙂
Kinley @ Better Off Barefoot says
Too funny… I have most of these food aversions all the time 😉
And thinking back, I should have realized something was amiss when you made cookies for no reason 😉 It was so unlike you! Haha!! Congrats again!
[email protected] Flying ONION says
Congrats again! And I think another blog is such a fabulous idea. 😀
Excited to see if there will be “Home Sweet Nursery” posts in the future. =) Congrats Kath!
Omygoshcongratulations!!!!! hehe lol sorry about that XD I’ve been reading your blog since the very beginning but have never commented before! Your recipes and beautiful pictures have been a great inspiration! Keep up the good work and again congratulations! I know you’ll make a great mom ;~D
Lesley Zinn says
So exciting Kath! You and Caitlin, 2 of my daily blogs, are both pregnant, and i am too 🙂 Its been so fun to follow Caitlin’s journey – i cant wait until you unveil your pregnancy blog. Congratulations to you and Matt!!
Thanks Lesley 🙂
teary eyed, very happy for you guys, cant wait to read the new blog.
Congratulations! I hope you have a happy, healthy pregnancy!
Notes from a BTDT on cravings, aversions and exercise:
1st kid: Horrible aversions to salmon and water, but no actual morning sickness. Craved meat. Didn’t run even a step, but walked a lot. BOY.
2nd kid: Minor morning sickness. Can’t remember my aversions, but I craved blueberry muffins and decaf iced vanilla lattes. Mostly walked, but ran a tiny bit … a mile here or there. GIRL.
3rd kid: Ran three miles at least four days a week, because it was the ONLY thing that got rid of my incessant nausea. Water aversion came back, meat craving came back … BOY!
It was great every time. Best of luck to you!
I know that you and Matt will make fantastic parents. By the way, your baby will be born in the year of the Dragon, specifically the Water Dragon, per the Chinese zodiac calendar. Water dragons are known for being calm, open-minded, passionate, successful, brave, and reliable. Being born in the year of the dragon is very special because it only occurs every 60 years. I can’t wait for your new baby blog. I wish you a safe and wonderful pregnancy. =)
Love it. My mom paints dragons. I’ll see if I can get her to do one for the baby!
Wow kath and matt! Congratulations!!
I have been reading your blog for everyday for 3+ years and I have always thought to myself- I will definitely notice when you are pregnant because I will see no more posts with beer and cocktails! You fooled me! It’s amazing how happy I am for someone I have never met! I just exclaimed “Kath is pregnant!!!” And my whole family responded, “who is kath?”
Congratulations again- I am so excited to read about this amazing time!
Amanda @ Once Upon a Recipe says
Congratulations Kath and Matt! That is SUCH exciting news!
Congrats!!! So exciting!!
Congratulations! I am so excited for you and your family. I am also looking forward to the new blog! I love following pregnancies – I find it so incredibly fascinating and I’m grateful for the people who are so willing to document their adventures and experiences. Even though I’m a few years away, I’ve learned so much from reading people’s blogs in the last year or so. (Fitnessista, Daily Garnish, Healthy Slice of Life and HTP being soem of my favs!) I’ll definitely see you over there when it launches 🙂 All the best to you and your growing family!
Just to reassure you – you’ll go back to craving veggies right away. The day I came home from the hospital I said, “I need a salad!!”. I was really worried while I was pregnant I would never want to eat the same again. No worries…you’ll be back to “normal” soon after you have the little munchkin.
I am exactly one week behind you! I just got back from the OB from my second visit. The heartbeat is hard to see–it’s just a little flicker at this point. I got a piece of pizza afterwards as a snack. I’m really looking forward to the days when I want to eat veggies again.
I really want to tell more people at this point but my husband’s parents live out of town and we’re visiting them in March and aren’t telling them until then, so I can’t blog or Facebook about it which is hard since I have a gigantic mouth. I told my dry cleaning lady like the second I found out.
Shayla @ The Good Life says
Congrats again Kath!! I love this post and I’m so very excited for your new blog – eek!! Can’t wait to read all the posts as I’m baby and pregnancy obsessed right now since we’ve been trying for awhile. So happy and excited to follow your journey Kath 🙂
congrats, kath!! soooo exciting!! i hope that you feel perkier soon. my mom has always said that not letting her stomach go empty helped with the nausea. shrug. i’m just a dog mom so i know nothing, but i’ll be sending good thoughts your way. 🙂
(i also hope that the mean commenters apologize! seriously?! i cannot fathom why people would be so judgemental and mean when they choose to read a personal blog…?!)
Robyn @ Blueberries and Oats says
Congratulations Kath! You and Matt are going to make fantastic parents!
Hi Kath & congrats to you and Matt! We met at BlogHer in 2010 and I found out I was pregnant just after I returned home from that trip. We now have a healthy and happy 8 month old girl. I’m an RD too and I have had SO much fun making food for our little girl. I can already picture you creating all sorts of wonderful baby-friendly recipes and I’ll be reading your new blog to find out what you create!
Late congratulations to you and Matt! There are so many reasons you will be wonderful parents. Have fun while the little one is “easy” to take care of!
I’m so happy for you and Matt! And I’m SO impressed by you. I had similar aversions and constant nausea and survived on bagels with cream cheese and coke. Go you for eating so well!
Just wait until you meet your baby. Being a mom is the most incredible thing in the world <3
I don’t think I ever would have put two and two together, but admittedly I was surprised when you ate a bagel and cream cheese for lunch the other day!! hehe. Congrats and look forward to the new blog!! 🙂
Congratulations to you both…grandparents and great-grandmother as well.
I know you all will be wonderful parents.
I also feel certain that this baby will have a fabulously decorated nursery. You are so good
at putting things together and it look wonderful.
Good luck in the weeks/months to come.
I have read your blog for a long time, and just wanted to say congrats on the baby! You have created a beautiful blog with some awesome recipes. You are going to love momma-hood…and this really is an exciting time! I think I had the same cravings at the beginning – loved the bagels! Best of luck to you during the journey! 🙂
Huge congratulations Kath and Matt! It is certainly a very exciting time. I am currently 24 weeks pregnant and can certainly back you up on the orange juice too! We go thru Litres each week! hehe. Although I wasn’t sick in my first trimester I did have a real loss of appetite, but that has pretty much returned with some aversion to certain foods lentils? (yuck) and unfortunately tea and coffee (Boo). Hoping you continue to feel heaps better as the weeks progress.
I craved kid food in the beginning too, especially combos of bread and cheese. (grilled cheese, bagels and cream cheese, mac and cheese, etc.
Are you finding out the sex? We are not and I highly recommend it! I’m almost 35 weeks and still glad I don’t know.
I have been nervous but excited the whole time. There’s never a relaxing moment where I’m not so scared of pregnancy things but enjoy what you can! I have been very lucky with feeling good the whole time.
We will be – I’m dying to know right now!! I really want to be able to imagine the baby – girl or boy – and use the name. I know you can do that with either if you don’t know, but I just really want to know.
Congrats Kath!!! I thought you might be prego after reading your NYC posts. I’m not sure why, I just had a feeling 🙂 then i noticed you were commenting on all of the baby blogs I read, and I was hoping there would be an announcement soon! I’m 26 weeks along with our first baby and I just have to recommend getting a snoogle body pillow. I’m sure aren’t having trouble sleeping yet, but when you do, the pillow will be a lifesaver. It’s funny, I also got a belly band really early on, but then the first trimester bloat went away and I was back in my regular jeans until about 16 weeks. I’m so excited to follow your journey!
Keen observation about baby blogs 😉
I bought a snoogle!! I hate having it in the bed, but it is sooo comfy. I like curling it up around my backside and tucking the tail between my legs. Makes me feel like a kid again!
Molly @ RDexposed says
Wait, so how’d you involve the beer with Matt’s announcement? Handing over all beer for the next 9 months? ha
I’m going to explain the whole story on the new blog, but I pretty much crossed out 120 Minute IPA and wrote “9 Month IPA” 🙂
[email protected] says
Ooooh tha was good-like jealous as in I didnt think of that myself! Hahaa
Hope he saves that beer! (foe baby’s 21st?!)
[email protected] says
Oooph. Hope you can decipher that iPhone madness text of a reply!
I am looking forward to reading your new blog! I’ve been reading kerf for years-3? 4? And enjoy checking in with you daily! Super congrats again!!
Sally Mae says
Kath! How exciting!!!! I hadn’t checked your blog in a few weeks because I’ve been busy with my new baby and right before I clicked on it I thought….what if she announced she’s pregnant while I’ve been away and I missed it, but my timing was perfect. I am so excited for you and Matt. It is such an awesome journey. 🙂
Congrats! I’m following your blog for a while (and simply looove what you are doing) and me too, I’m pregnant of almost 11 weeks. It is pretty fun to me to read that your food cravings and aversions are nearly the same as mine 🙂
Wish you the best!
I KNEW IT!!! I even guessed your Jamaica drinks were mocktails. Congrats!
Congratulations Kath! Ive been reading your blog for awhile and whenever Im in a slump I catch up on posts.. and always feel better! Cant wait to see how you pass on your passion for healthy living and eating to your child 🙂 Hiking with a kid carrier and awesome strollers for running. So exciting!
Congratulations, Kath! What exciting news! Looking forward to reading about your adventures in pregnancy and parenthood!
Katie D. says
Congrats, Kath!! As a longtime reader (since 2008), I am so excited to follow you on this next amazing chapter.
By the way, I just happened to notice that you made this big announcement on 2/6! Any coincidence? 😉
My guess is GIRL. I was really sick during my first trimester while pregnant with my daughter, but not so much with my son.
I didn’t choose 2/6 on purpose, but I”m so glad I did!
Lauren @ What Lauren Likes says
SO exciting 😀
this is all so exciting and while I am far behind you in the family stages, getting married this june,I look forward to seeing how things go for you guys. all the best wishes!
Just went back to that picture from Friday of the beer that you mentioned and saw that it has what looks like a nutrition facts label – which would have only been on root beer! Mad that I missed it! I feel like I’ve been reading a detective story with clues scattered all around and was missing everything 🙂 Congratulations!
And I noticed that label when I photographed it and thought “Someone will catch this!”
jenna k says
congratulations to you two and your families! the bread baby pictures are so adorable, and that tiny little ultrasound peanut is just amazing. but i hope the bears won’t be too jealous… 😉
just my two cents, but i enjoy reading your blog, and i especially like short posts on weekdays so that i don’t have to spend an hour reading blogs after work. however, i wouldn’t take issue if you started posting three six-page posts a day, because i enjoy all your posts!
Lauri (RedHeadRecipes.com) says
I have to admit, I thought your meals were starting to look a bit more ‘carby’ for awhile, but I was thrown off by the ‘beer and cocktails’. During my first trimester, ALL I wanted to eat was high carb meals! I remember walking around the farmers market and I bought NOTHING! NONE of the veggies looked appealing, crazy! I thought it was all in my head and I was ‘giving in to cravings’ and using pregnancy as an excuse, but then the 2nd trimester hit and I wanted my salads and other veggies again. Now that we are into the 3rd trimester, the sweet tooth has kicked in! I still enjoy my salads and veggies though!
I’ve also noticed the fatigue coming back again. I’ve maintained a few walks per week, but I definitely haven’t worked out as much as I thought I would throughout this pregnancy…
We had our 30 week check-up today and the Doc said everything was fine and my wt gain is right on track! its been such an exciting adventure so far and (overall) I am very pleased at how my body has handled pregnancy. I’m sure you will be amazed with all the changes and how much your body can handle over the next several months!!!
I’m so happy for you and Matt!! Can’t wait to read your baby blog!
🙂 I can’t believe you are so far along!
Duhhhhh I read your post this morning and never even thought twice about it! Congrats!!!! I’m a little slow….
Are you going to find out the gender of the baby?
Do you and Matt have any names picked out yet?
Yes to the gender.
We have name ideas, but nothing jumping to the table
Congrats! It’s so lovely. And I think that the aversions are totally natural. Brain development needs folate, fat and sugar. And there’s really no stopping those cravings from happening, I think, no matter how good the kale/spinich/greens are as well. A friend who had been a lacto/ovo-veggie for a good 18 years suddenly chased down a hot dog vendor while pregnant with her second. She wolfed down two of them in about 5 minutes. She said at that moment, nothing had ever tasted that good. She called me in and told me that in a hushed whisper as though she was confessing to a priest that she’d done something horrible.
Haha. I’ve thought in my life that I could perhaps be a pescatarian, but in those first few weeks I definitely would have caved for meat.
Gloria Schiralli says
CONGRATULATIONS from Toronto, Canada!!! I am sooo happy for you and Matt!! Cant wait to read along on this amazing journey!
I wish you guys nothing but the best! 🙂
Congratulations Kath!! I am so happy for you! Wishing you lots of love and happiness!! 🙂
Angie All The Way says
Warmest congratulations to you both 🙂 I noticed you weren’t feeling the best a little while ago when I checked in on you and it’s the first thing I thought of, but that’s just the Mommy in me 🙂
I was JUST like you with the unusual OJ craving in the morning, insane nausea and big time aversion to any leafy greens. It was carbs all the way for at least the 1st trimester. Soooo thankful the nausea didn’t last throughout!
Congratulations again Kath & Matt!!
YAY!! I’m so happy for you both! You are truely blessed and I wish you the best of luck. 🙂
Congrats Kath! I’m actually 19 weeks along and was wondering at some of your food choices of late.
The sickness should get better – mine cleared up around 16 weeks, but I still have some of the food aversions.
Congratulations! I had noticed your meals looked very familiar. I am 26 weeks pregnant and for the first 12-14 weeks all I wanted was peanut butter and jelly sandwiches or cereal. It was the only thing that sounded good. I LOVE pumpkin but I could not even smell it around Thanksgiving and Christmas…bummer. I am now starting to eat more veggies and am obsessed with fruit. I eat it as all my snacks now. I do indulge in a few more “treats” now but I find the calories are about the same since I eat smaller more frequent meals now.
It is amazing that one day you will wake up and something you hated the day before, now sounds like the best thing ever. Enjoy all of the fun new “firsts”. I can’t wait to read your new baby blog.
Congratulations Kath and Matt! so happy and excited for you two.. i also remember my 2 pregnancies after reading your blog, i was always not feeling well then, nauseous most of the time. But hey, now I have 2 cute boys seven and two years old. It was all worth it! Have a safe pregnancy.. take care!
Congrats! Just one word of advice from someone who’s had a lot of complications (I lost a child at 15 weeks, and my son was born via induction at 37 weeks and I’m a type 2 diabetic), just enjoy the process. If you start worrying now, then the worst will follow. If you just go with the flow, then things will go a lot better for all three of you.
I’m sorry to hear of your complications. But that is good advice. After many weeks of worrying I finally told myself I would be excited and worry if I needed to worry.
No worries now! Keigan turned 4 last month! Everything was worth it in the end! And all I wanted when I was preggers was salads. Mind you, I had to (and still do) count carbs. So eating anything big was out of the question, anyways. I couldn’t even smell fast food or I’d be running. That was about the worst morning sickness I got. Thankfully. So thankfully. ‘Cause I wasn’t allowed much medication. I was on quite enough insulin.
Hi Kath! I’ve been reading your blog for years, but I think I’ve only commented once or twice. Just wanted to say congrats to you and Matt! I had a sneaking suspicion you had a little bun in the oven when I saw your vacation photos, you looked positively radiant! <3 Best of luck and I can't wait to read more about your pregnancy, birth, and your journey as a new mommy!
i know you probably won’t see my comment amongst all the well wishers, but just wanted to say congrats! you know, like everyone else, i suspected too — actually i was kinda going to comment (perhaps quite rudely) — boy, you seem to be eating more/differently lately, are you trying to gain some weight before you get pregnant? (i didn’t think you actually WERE because of the alcohol shots — but i thought maybe you were preparing your body to gain a few lbs…)…so i guess i can now join the club of those who suspected! funny, this is the second time this week i guessed right — someone else just told me they were in their first trimester this week! Feel well!!!
I read all the comments!!
And thank you for not saying that – I would have been offended!!
I sort of suspected when you were in Jamaica — not that you could see any kind of pooch in your rockin’ bod’, but it just seemed like a nice trip to take before you start nesting 🙂 Enjoy the process — and try not to worry because doing so will only make you crazy and uptight. Can’t wait to see how things progress, food-, craving- and life-wise! (I had twins and craved orange foods and cold drinks in those early months… I lived on clementines and carrots and ice water in those early months! Fortunately, the sickest I felt my whole pregnancy was the first few days after we found out it was twins… ack!) The fun part is that it all works out in the end — you learn to adapt to everything that parenthood sends your way!
I was thibking about it when you posted the picture with the”baby bread” and atarted to wonder when thia would finally happen 🙂 hihi!
This is so exciting! But please dont stop KERF 😀
yeah, sorry — i definitely WOULD NOT have meant in an offensive manner — i just meant it in a “she’s doing things differently lately — i wonder if they’re getting mentally/physically prepared to have a baby?” way! but so exciting! i’m not a mom (and no plans to become one soon) but i’m interested to see how the blog will develop as you go through this new phase — congrats to you and your husband!
Sarah @Blonde Bostonian says
CONGRATULATIONS! SO EXCITING! Can’t wait to read the new blog!
I’m almost 10 weeks and due August 30th, too! AND I’m also a RD – hurray! Great to know about the B6 and Unisom – I’ll keep it in mind as weeks 10-11 are supposedly when the nausea is the worst. So far I’ve avoided throwing up at work, but I’ve had some pretty darn close calls.
twins! if you aren’t having nausea now, I bet you lucked out. Mine was worst at 8 weeks
You know that feeling when you’re really excited for someone else and you’re just sort of flailing around? (Or is that only something I do? Wait, don’t tell me if it is.) Well, that’s how I feel for you and Matt right now! Ohh, how exciting. Can’t wait to see the baby blog unveiled! Again, I’m wishing you guys all the best.
(I, too, definitely noticed a change in your eating – the bagels and mac and cheese especially! – and despite reading so many new mom blogs, I totally failed to put two and two together. I guess I’ve still got quite a bit of naivete mom-wise. I’ve got a few years to go before I reach that stage of my life! :P)
I just started reading last week and really enjoy your blog. Am even more excited because I’m due August 25th!
BTW, been having the same “morning” sickness and figured out that it’s the prenatal vits, so I’m taking fish oil, folic acid and vit d separately and it’s helped a ton.
Good luck on your journey!
I’m so happy for you guys!! This is going to be so exciting. As a mom of three, feel free to bounce any questions you may have. 🙂 I’d love to help. I can’t wait to see your new blog and share this wonderful journey with you. BTW, I meant to comment on your other post that I love how you used a loaf of bread to break the news. So clever. 🙂
Are you going to find out what you are having or wait for a surprise? I couldn’t wait with any of my three but the surprise seems like so much fun. 🙂
Congratulations, Kath and Matt! Looking forward to all of the baby posts! I totally had a feeling but you fooled me with the wine tasting the other day. Best wishes to you over the months to come!
Kate S. says
OH MY GOSH!!! I have been checking in every day for WEEKS waiting for this announcement! I think Caitlin subtly said something awhile back about finding out one of her good friends was pregnant and I was SURE it was you…so very very happy for you. Have been reading since 2008! This is so exciting! Congrats!
Kate S. says
Hey, also, if you don’t know about it already, check out the Pregnant Chicken blog. Hilarious!!!
Agreed! A must read!
Just catching up on the day’s posts…congratulations! Baby fever has hit the blog world! Best of luck on this new adventure…looking forward to hearing about Baby KERF!
So happy for you two!!!!!!!!!
Awww! That’s great news! My husband and I have been on an adoption wait list for about a year and a half and are hoping (keeping fingers and toes crossed) that it will happen this summer/fall. I’m looking forward to the baby blog! Yay!!
Congratulations!!! I’m so glad you discovered the Unisom combo…It saved my life!! I didn’t know about it with my first pregnancy so I just suffered until 22 weeks when I finally got a horrible stomach bug and then never threw up again. I just had a baby (he’s 12 weeks old and today was my first day back at work) and this pregnancy I took Unisom EVERY night religiously. It was truly miraculous. It actually worked better than the Zofran the doctor prescribed. Pregnancy is so much more fun when when you don’t feel you have a parasite inside of you sucking the life out of you. 😉
I’m also a dietitian and can’t stomach veggies or fish the first half of my pregnancies. I ate a lot of bagels, beef and the occasional fruit. Hopefully you’ll be one of the lucky ones who only have to deal with nausea and food aversions for the first trimester!
Josie @ Skinny Way Of Life says
I am so excited for you two!!! I’m a mommy of two and I know how nerve racking and exciting this time can be! you, matt and the little butter bean will be in my hearts and prayers <3
[email protected] Nutrition with Sydney says
Such fun posts today to announce such exciting news!!! Congratulations to you and Matt 🙂
I swear there is something in the blogger water. It makes me a bit nervous actually, ha! Congrats again, I can’t wait to follow along with baby KERF!
Lexi @ Cura Personalis Foodie says
I thought the bagel the day was odd, but I definitely didn’t put two and two together! Besides, nothing wrong with a good bagel (or two!) once in awhile 🙂
Can’t wait for the debut of the new blog! 🙂
Time to get your juicer out! That was the only way I got veggies in during my two pregnancies. Congrats to you guys!
Chetney (Czesia Lives) says
SO fun!!! This is actually cracking me up right now, but I sooo bought whole wheat bagels and neufchatel cheese because you had one LOL! I’m like if KERF can have one, so can I! HAHAHA! I’m so so so SO happy for you! I can’t wait to read the new blog too!
Thanks for sharing the details! Looking forward to the new blog!
I am so happy for you, momma!! Congratulations to you and your family! Oh, and I somehow ended up reading your January 10th-ish post with all the critical comments. All I know is, you must have some brass balls after that. Poor honey. Being sick and then greeted with all those comments. I’m sure it’s ‘just part of the job’. But I would like to go and give Jan 10th you a big ole hug. I love your blog and I wouldn’t change anything. Happy baby baking!!
Congratulations Kath and Matt!!!! I have been reading your blog everyday for years and I am beyond excited for you guys. When my husband came home today I blurted out, “Kath is pregnant!.” 🙂
I have been suspecting that you may be pregnant for a little while now, but like other readers, the beer, wine and Jamaica cocktails threw me off. Don’t know why I suspected – just “connecting the dots” I guess!
Again, a million congratulations and I can’t wait to follow your new blog, too! Also, my birthday is at the end of August. It’s a good month and you do love the warm weather. 🙂
Oh, you cannot imagine how excited I am too! Reading your blog everyday for nearly a year made me feel like you are my close friend, and I’m so happy for you! Congrats again!
Congratulations, again, on the baby! I’m not pregnant (or planning to be anytime soon), but I can’t wait to read a new baby blog 🙂
Jill Hughes says
Congrats Kath! I logged on for my daily catch up from Australia and look at all the news waiting for me, very exciting! You are going to be a wonderful mum. I can’t wait to go on this journey with you. Xxx
How exciting for you! You will be a great mother-Congratulations!
Just started reading your blog I LOVE IT! I have a very similar story as you. I was just thinking of starting my own blog and stumbled on yours.While reading last week I was thought to my self this is exactly what I want to do but you were missing one thing … KIDS. I have two amazing children who now eat real food and understand what a simple carb is. (my youngest is 3) after I took a nutrition course and starting running after 3 knee surgery’s. Now 30lbs lighter and full of knowledge I can’t wait to start inspiring others. Good luck on the pregnancy!
Thanks for the open and honest post Kath! I knew I was pregnant with both my kids even before taking the test when I was craving a diet A&W root beer and had to stop at the closest gas station on the way home from work because I wouldn’t survive any longer. I craved things like cantaloupe, watermelon, grapes, raisins, TGIFriday’s Jack Daniel’s salmon, nachos, cookies and cream ice cream, broccoli. Listen to your body and eat what sounds good at the time, your body will thank you and you will be much happier. You are so healthy overall that you shouldn’t need to worry. Ice cream is certainly recommended as a snack. I exercised almost everyday up until the day my kids were born and ate healthy and gained the very minimum recommended amount so my doctors were giving me permission to eat ice cream or a Dairy Queen blizzard each day. Have fun and enjoy your pregnancy because it is amazing to be a woman and have a tiny life growing inside you that you develop a special relationship with before he or she is even born. I better go get my two kiddos up and serve them a KERF inspired breakfast – they love hot oatmeal in a jar!
Congrats! I HIGHLY recommend the book “Real Food for Mother and Baby” by Nina Planck. I read it before I got pregnant, while I was pregnant, and after my son was born (he’s now two). It’s very readable and well-researched.
I hadn’t been reading your blog regularly since the holidays and decided to check in and see what was up and part of me thought “Wonder if Kath is pregnant…” what are the odds????
Congrats to both of you – so exciting! Looking forward to all the updates and new blog! Enjoy your pregnancy because it will fly by!
A big heartfelt congratulations to you and your family! I remember in the Summer you briefly discussing that you and Matt wanted to have a baby sometime soon and being excited for you both then.
I DEFINITELY noticed a difference in your eating patterns. I kept thinking to myself “when is Kath going to have a huge jass salad again?”. As a loyal reader, I was wondering where your daily salad with olive oil and honey went. I almost commented one day on this fact (“why the lack of veggies?”) but you were right that we readers are “too polite”. I didn’t want my comment to seem like criticism; we all go through eating phases so I thought you were just in a carb-y and cheesy funk 😛
Lastly, I love that you told your grandmother first. How sweet!
I AM SO excited to follow along!
The Many Thoughts of a Reader says
Congratulations. I definitely went through a heavy carb and oj phase in 1st tri. I also loved sour candy. (I don’t normally) I loooved salads in 2nd and 3rd tri. It is sooo weird how your body changes.
I just stumbled across your blog looking for a good foodie/recipe website for my pregnancy. I can’t believe my luck. My husband and I are expecting our first baby as well. I am early in my first trimester and due in Sept. I’ve been trying to incorperate more balanced nutrition into my diet (I work full time and am physically active but I tended to skip meals alot before the pregnancy. Not anymore!) I”m really looking forward to your new blog! Congrats on your pregnancy!
Jessica @ The Process of Healing says
Congratulations!!!! SO cool that you and Caitlin are both expecting together!!
mrs. span says
Thank you for creating a second blog – while I love the belly updates, I also like keeping my healthy living blogs baby free for the most part!!!!
SOooooo exciting, Mazel Tov!!!! Cville is such an amazing town to raise a fam. As much as I hated it at first I now–GASP–love it. I can’t think of a better place to raise kids 🙂
Congratulations Kath!! I’m 11 weeks too!!…and unfortunately, I totally hear you on the morning sickness.
I just started reading your blog a few weeks ago and I’m super stoked to keep up with the new baby blog you’re about to start. All the best to you, hubby and the baby bump!
congrats!! excited for the new blog!
Congratulations!! I’m due at the beginning of August – doesn’t it feel good to let the secret out? We just did this weekend.
Brooke Cordray says
Congrats! I had the same food aversions when I was pregnant (we lost our baby @10 weeks). It was so weird but totally normal from what I hear. I hope all the best for you abd your husband.
I’m sorry to hear of your loss Brooke
Congratulations you guys!!! Enjoy! This is so exciting.
Ooooh, I see your ACAC card…BEST GYM EVER!!! I belonged to the ACAC in West Chester, PA, until we moved a farther enough away that I couldn’t justify the membership fee AND the gas to get there. I miss it every time I walk into my new gym. *sigh*
More importantly, congrats!! 🙂
Congratulations! What an exciting new journey this will be. Wishing you all the best 🙂
Natalie from MD says
Congratulations! I used to read you blog religious about a year or so ago, switched jobs and just couldn’t remember the url. I searched you today to help give me some food ideas, and I love your ‘real’ focus on foods.
Also – I am expecting end of august (August 23!) and can totally relate to no veggies. I went from veggie heavy – to almost completely veggie less… I really try, but the result wasn’t simply not worth it!
Glad to have reconnected to your blog, and will definitely be staying tuned in! best of luck!
Congrats to you and Matt! I am expecting my first July 17th and am loving the posts from Emily, Gena, Caitlin, and now you. Cheers to us all!!!
Blessing @ Working Mom Journal says
Totally down for a new baby blog!!!!
Congrats!!! I don’t even know you but I am so excited for you! I hope everything with the pregnancy goes smoothly!
The Healthy Apple says
So excited that you finally broke the news! Yeaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa. xoxo love you and so happy for you.
Congrats! I hadn’t read your blog in awhile so I just read the post “Connecting the Dots!” So exciting!! Let me tell you – your cravings and aversions are sooooo similar to when I was pregnant! I wanted to vomit wherever I thought about vegetables, salads, and most of all GRILLED CHICKEN! It was carbs, comfort foods, and subs!!!
Congratulations! This is such wonderful news and you look so happy and healthy! Late August is a WONDERFUL time to be born……I’ve heard the 26th is particularly nice 😉
so happy for you Kath! I found out I was pregnancy too few weeks ago so I’m week 7 now. 🙂 looking forward to follow your journey! 🙂
So happy for you both! Cute way to let us know your good news! Thinking good thoughts for all of you!
Kath, I just saw this. I can’t believe I was too swamped to check in on your blog for a few days and THIS is what I miss!! Many congrats. I just had my first baby 9 months ago and it has been life-changing. And exhausting. And wonderful. I think I emailed you about my trip to Bald Head Island in Sept. 2010 when I was something like 10 weeks pregnant, actually. 🙂
I wanted to tell you that I experienced the same change in appetite that you have during 1st tri. I had such an aversion to vegetables – they smelled way too “planty” to me. Even fruits were a challenge for a few weeks. I ate a lot of vegetable soup (overcooked the veggies to reduce the planty taste). It is definitely a weird sensation, though, when you’re used to eating lots of veggies and other healthy foods.
I also had horrible heartburn for most of my pregnancy and found that ice cream was literally the only thing that helped. While I did my best to keep my overall sugar consumption down, I did eat enough ice cream to feed a small country. 🙂
Enjoy this time!!
Amanda Perry @ Sistas of Strength says
How super exciting! I am looking forward to reading about your journey on your new blog. I liked all the same things in my first trimester. Mac and cheese, lots of bagels and very few veggies! So weird… I never believed the aversion to veggies would happen to me, but it sure did!
Chloe Chow says
I’m SO Excited for you!! 🙂 How tall are you though? I would imagine it would be an incredible change for you to have a baby when you’re so small!
Anyways, we’re all rootin’ for you two!! I love that you’re keeping up with exercise and
ann dunaway teh says
Congrats!! I’m a little behind I guess. Wonderful news though as I sit holding my baby girl after another marathon nursing session. It is a wild ride but worth all the sacrifices, sleep deprivation and wacky eating. I’m fortunate that I never had morning sickness in either of my pregnancies, though I was on bedrest for both. But it is breastfeeding that kills my diet as my little ones have reflux. This time around I’m dairy and soy free to see if it helps before going down the medicine route. I miss cheese!!! Enjoy this special time!
Bianca @A Healthy Gourmet Lifestyle says
What’s the link for the new blog? I’m so happy for you, congratulations!!
I haven’t announced it yet – 2 more weeks.
Amy-Nutrition by Nature says
Congrats to you! It is such an exciting time.
I know this is late, but I started a new job that is taking up all of my blog reading time! I did want to say congratulations to you and Matt! I know this may sound weird but I would also love to hear about how long you tried for and did you modify your diet in any way during the time that you were trying? I can’t wait to read about your journey to becoming a mommy.
Kelsey K says
Kath, I started reading your blog mid June of this past summer and I have completely fallen in love with your lifestyle! Thank you so much for allowing your readers to enter your home and share a part of your life with you. I was actually discussing your blog with one of my friends the other day and I was telling her how adorable you and Matt are and that I’m just waiting for your pregnancy announcement! I am so happy for you and Matt, y’all truly do seem to have a solid marriage together, a baby will fit beautifully into your lives. Now I’m even more excited to read your blog everyday!! Baby Kerf!!!
carri z. says
so SooOOO happy for you both.
ps. your blog is so beautiful.
and i can’t wait to
read the new one too.
keep up the amazeballs WORK!
Diana @ frontyardfoodie says
haha you sly dog;)
so glad you found something to help with the nausea. I am 25 weeks along and still have nausea. Super lame. I had it all the way through with my last pregnancy too….so I guess it’s my lot. haha
Congratulations!!! I have five kiddos and they are so worth it 🙂
The very best to you both !!!! You will make great parents !
Congratulations!! I am due at the end of August as well with our first baby & it’s so fun for me to read & relate. And, I am in love with the fact that you bought maternity jeans. Now I feel like I have permission to do the same (ok, i must confess that i did order some fuscia skinny maternity jeans from the gap last week… how could i not?!). Best wishes for a smooth pregnancy!
o, one more thing! i have been making green smoothies for breakfast every morning and I highly recommend it. It feels so good to eat so many things that are good for me and the baby (despite any indiscretions as the day goes on)! and, they’re completely delish. recommended: healthy (a lot!) handful of spinach, 1/2 a banana, cup or so of frozen berries (lots of blueberries!), 1/4 c. plain greek yogurt, 1/3 c. milk, 1 or 2 T. wheat germ, lime juice. It just tastes like a perfect fruit smoothie. Hope this helps!
Strangely enough I’ve been checking your blog the last few weeks with the strange gut instinct you may be pregnant (and without Internet at our old apartment, I wasn’t regularly keeping track of your blog). CONGRATULATIONS! I’m actually 12 weeks pregnant, due August 29th, with our first child. It’s been a crazy ride in just the past 3 months. What they say is true though. The nausea DOES eventually subside and your appetite comes back in full force. Can’t wait to follow you through this journey especially since you seem to be due right around the same time as me 🙂
I’m just catching up with the blog world but we are due at the same exact time!! My due date is August 25th!! I’m looking forward to following your adventure! Congrats to you and Matt.
April B says
Congrats Kath! So happy for you – have been reading your blog forever and got behind so am just now catching up. Not sure if you’ve started the baby blog yet, but would love to follow it when you go. Hope the rest of your pregnancy is joyous!