Today was so fun! It felt like a field trip from my regular blog schedule! Thank you all again for all of your sweet words.
So here’s what was going on behind the scenes all day –
Cereal in da house!
A big base of greek yogurt topped with Morning O’s, grapes, blueberries, chia seeds, Cville Cluster crumbs and WF peanut butter.
And tea on the side. Did you notice all of my dessert teas disappeared? I didn’t run out – tea has just not been appealing. Or at least the kind I was so into before pregnancy. Now I’m into Earl Gray and Lipton and the occasional peppermint – like today. But that’s it. I don’t really have a taste for coffee either, but I’ve had a few (mostly decaf – except when I forgot to declare decaf to the barista!]
After breakfast I worked on post #2 and then headed to Pump Challenge.
Two exciting things happened there:
#1 my friend Lindsey, who happens to be 34 weeks pregnant, said she said me walking around the track before class started and noticed a pregnant belly and then looked at my face and saw it was me! Showing – bloat or not – indeed.
#2 I made a new friend. Hi Lara! She congratulated me on the news – had just read before class!
We did NOT get to hear Rihanna today, but I did do a killer set of chest flies that I imagine will have me sore tomorrow. I’ve been skipping out on abs since my 7.5 week cramping scare, so I left swiftly and came home.
Breakfast kept me full for hours (and I was so busy reading comments!) that I didn’t eat lunch until about 1:30.
It wasn’t until after I finished my No Bull burger that I realized they are lentil based and I liked it! I guess I just can’t have lentil soup right now.
I topped the burger with some leftover pimento cheese from the super bowl and greens – more for photography than for appetite, but I ate them all! Served on a Great Harvest Virginia Potato Bun : )
On the side – fruit! My latest lunch side item. Fruit is delicious.
Grapes + grapefruit. So different, yet so alike.
This afternoon Karen came over with a surprise – two maternity outfits!! She said she got excited after reading my post this morning 🙂 They are both stylish and cute – a tunic, leggings, a flowy shirt and some cropped khakis. For our San Diego trip in a few weeks! I don’t really need maternity clothes yet, but the pants are sure comfy and the shirts flattering.
I only did this because I can now 🙂 🙂 Ice cream for a snack!
In all seriousness, there are much worse snack options than Breyers All Natural. With a simple ingredient list, 120 calories per half cup, and protein, fat and sugar amounts that are not unreasonable, I can think of much worse things to eat. Of course I can think of much better too, but that’s not my point 😉 Mix this with some milk to up the protein and “dilute” the density of the sugar + cream, and you have yourself a delicious calcium + protein rich snack.
Dinner was both tasty and delicious!
I think I’ve mentioned before that I am just not a pasta person. I mean, it’s good, but I have much stronger emotions towards bread and oatmeal than I do pasta. But things have changed! Pasta almost always sounds good to me now – even with veggies involved. And of course with goat cheese!
I found this goat cheese pasta next to the goat cheese in Whole Foods. It had a big “local” tag on it and I found that it is from Silver Spring, Maryland. 6 minutes in a pot and dinner is served!
I added a cup of frozen edamame for more protein in the last 2 minutes of cooking, a nice side of herb salad for greenery (which I ate!) and of course a sprinkling of goat cheese, which melted nicely on top. Black pepper to taste!
The raviolis were great! Very pesto-y!
Note the giant bottle of sparkling water!! And the Izze-esque I had for cocktail hour.
I asked Matt to share his emotions of fatherhood with you all and this was the face he chose. I think there are elements of joy, pride and fear in there!
Or maybe he was just really excited to watch a few episodes of LOST after dinner!!
Because that’s where we’re headed now!
[email protected] says
Bahahaha love Matt’s facial expression. That seems to be the face he makes for the blog in every photo these days :). Ice cream for a snack is definitely the way to go.
I love that pasta…all the flavors are great!! When I lived in MD, I would make a special trip to the Annapolis Whole Foods just this!
Kinley @ Better Off Barefoot says
Too funny! I was so wrapped up in your news I didn’t even realize your meals were missing today!!
Maggie @ Say Yes to Salad says
I love the snack 😀 I think it’s perfectly fine – and probably better than sugar-sweetened regular yogurt even!
I’m not a pasta person either but your dinner does look good. And Matt’s expression is priceless.
Anjali @ The Picky Eater says
Haha! Matt’s expression is priceless 🙂 And that breakfast bowl looks delicious!!
Kristilyn (Reading in Winter) says
Yum! That pasta looks delicious. I love the green stripe down the middle. 🙂
MUST FIND those raviolis!!!!
Michelle (Better with Berries) says
Congratulations!! I didn’t read this morning’s post until now 🙂 How exciting!
Congrats on the news – obviously you’ll be aiming to finish up on Lost in the next 30 weeks (whilst your brain is still functioning….) and am just wondering whether any of the character names might sneak in there for baby KERF?
Allison K says
We are having a boy and I REALLY want to name him Sawyer! My husband is vetoing it, but I still have 12 (aaaggghhh is that all??) weeks to work on him. I also like Jack.
Hurley…probably not so much. Love his charachter though.
Obviously I meant Kath, not Cath…. you see? You never completely recover from baby brain – even after 3 years!
Haha. I don’t think any have jumped out at me. The Hunger Games names however…I love Katniss and Fennick! But I probably wouldn’t choose them.
Susan H. @ The Food Allergy Chronicles says
Your pasta bowl looks and sounds delish! I love the striped ravioli! Goat’s cheese just makes everything over the top divine!
Gina @ Running to the Kitchen says
The ice cream explanation is exactly how I feel about the mug cake I ate. Definitely not the worst thing out there, but obviously it could be better. Oh, well 🙂
Christine @ BookishlyB says
An RD is telling me I can snack (in moderation of course) on ice cream? Sold.
And congrats. I had a feeling after you guys got the house and then when you were sick! I’m really excited to see your new blog too, especially since I’ve started feeling the first signs of baby fever myself. One of these days…
Good for you for going to Body Pump! 😀 I haven’t been able to go since we went together over the summer-we don’t belong to a gym at home. Good thing we have plans to come down to Charlottesville in a few weeks!
That pasta looks delicious. Next time I make pasta, I’ll try replacing the peas I usually use with edamame. Sounds like a good swap to me. (And anything with goat cheese is always good anyways!)
PS: When are you going to San Diego? Hope it’s not the same time we are going to be down in Cville!
Congrats on the baby! It’s funny…I was just thinking the other day how you had once said that you wouldn’t have a baby until the bakery was at least a year old, and I was wondering if it might happen soon since the anniversary is sort of approaching.
Someone should put together a list of the Healthy Living bloggers who are pregnant or recently had babies. I love Caitlin and Emily’s posts and just started reading Fitnessista’s old pregnancy posts. I’d like to read other pregnancy blogs.
Please, please post any conception tips or personal experiences. I’m trying to get pregnant right now and am always wanting to read about people’s experiences. This is my first month of BC so it’s all new. Who knows…maybe I’m preg now? Probably not but one can hope 🙂
And btw…after reading some of the other not as nice comments – I’d be perfectly happy if this became a mommy/healthy living blog. Like Peas and Thank You. Your readers are aging with you and most of us would be grateful. I want to see how people live healthy balanced lives with kids and someone with your experience is perfect to showcase that.
As a reader I agree with this 100%. As a mom of 2 young kids I agree with this even more!
I agree! I’m not pregnant or having kids probably any time soon, but I’ll be happy to read your blog (or blogs) in whatever form it (or they) take on! 🙂
Kath, I actually think it’s a great idea to separate your blogs. I’m also thinking of having kids soon, and I’m really interested to hear your perspective on pregnancy/conception nutrition as an R.D.
The new blog touches on conception tools I used and things. Coming soon!
Michelle @ A Healthy Mrs says
Haha, love Matt’s expression!
Your dinner (and snack!) look delicious!
Congrats again 🙂
Jules @ La Petite Maison Verte says
Delicious-looking day, especially the lentil burger and the pasta (cool coincidence: I grew up in Silver Spring until I was 10!). How lucky you are with ice cream snack-time! And honestly, 15 grams of sugar doesn’t seem that bad for a sweet treat considering the number of “breakfast cereals” and yogurts loaded with that much!
ooh, that pasta looks delicious! =)
congrats again on the big news!
Andrea @ The Skinny Chronicles says
Congrats! I had a feeling a couple weeks back but didn’t want to say anything in case I was wrong (that could be bad). So happy for you both. Can’t wait to (digitally) meet your new little person!
So happy for you. I read you mom’s blog as well. I have been thinking this afternoon of how thrilled she must be. Her and Cliff seem like perfect grandparent material. How sweet of Karen to bring maternity wear. Happy times for your family.
Katie @ Peace Love & Oats says
That pasta looks absolutely delicious! That’s so cool that it has the stripe across it, I’ve never seen that before!
KATH i am so excited for you, I feel a lot of joy for your family just reading your posts. Congrats- you will be a great mom!
sarah k says
I moved to charlottesville just under a year ago and recently became obsessed with your blog. Before living here we lived in san Diego! I highly recommend Extraordinary Desserts if you have a sweet tooth!
Thanks for reading! I’m sure we’ll bump into each other someday
I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE Extraordinary Desserts!! My friend was visiting San Diego after I talked about this place and brought me back A WHOLE CAKE!!! It was soooo good. I have to go there everytime I visit SD.
Congrats on your pregnancy!
As someone who just had a baby…. I just want you to give yourself a break! It’s OK if you don’t eat a perfect diet while you’re pregnant. Pregnancy is uncomfortable, you’re allowed to find comfort in food. Eat ice cream and pasta if you want! With the way you exercise, it will all balance out.
I had the WORST acid reflux that began in week 19 and a lot of my comfort foods were taken away! (No acid so no fruits, anything with any spice was out, and large volumes of food or water just aggravated it). Nevermind my favorites like sushi, smoked salmon, etc were also off limits!
Oh and some will give you the side-eye about coffee. But I had a cup a day and everything was fine 🙂
Oh I know! I’m not feeling guilty about things – just trying to provide some commentary.
congratulations on the big news! Pregnancy and parenthood are a wonderful ride. I had trouble eating when first pregnant – just no appetite rather than extreme nausea. In fact the nurse practitioner told me that if I wasn’t already a RD, she would have sent me to see one. But once I decided that I needed to eat for a healthy baby, I was able to do so. One thing you may want to consider is limiting fluids with meals and consuming them in between meals or at the end of a meal. This is a common diet modification we used to do when we had pregnant patients hospitalized with extreme nausea.
I had read that recently – good tip
I can almost read your relief now that you’ve gotten the secret out, Kath. And it’s refreshing to see you giving in to those pregnancy cravings! Enjoy it : )
You will thank Karen once you get to San Diego. I took a trip to San Diego when I was 4 1/2 months pregnant. I didn’t realize it was going to be so warm, so I didn’t pack well. It was darn near impossible to find maternity clothes there at the huge mall downtown. I just ended up buying one of those bandeau dresses from a surf shop and a pair of capris in a bigger size that I still needed to leave unbuttoned.
I remember when I was pregnant all I wanted was strawberry milk and tacos. Weirdest things but I love them and ate quite frequently.
Congrats Kath – so excited for you – welcome to the mommy club!!! I recently became a mom in November and I have to tell you that reading blogs became a luxury. Yours is one of the few I read prior to having my son that I still read (switched over to a lot of mom blogs). Super happy for you guys!
This evening at dinner I told my husband you were pregnant. He said, “Bun in the oven” and then snickered.
I hope you don’t hear that one a lot. 😀
It’s not old yet!
wishful nals says
kath, so excited and happy for you! looking forward to following along on your newest adventure yet. xo
[email protected] for the Soul says
ommmmagghooooshhh!!! You are pregnant??!!! congratulations Kath!! I had no idea and at the beginning of the post I kept wondering what the special news was. 🙂 I’m so happy for you two~
Oh and, goat cheese ravioli is so amazing! I had it a few months ago and I can almost taste it right now…Mmmmm
Ashley @ My Food 'N' Fitness Diaries says
those ravioli sound amazing!!! goat cheese and pesto are two of my favorite things… so i’m sure they were delicious in a ravioli. and hey, i’m up for some light ice cream for a snack every so often pregnant or not. 😉 i love my ice cream!
The only thing I’ve noticed in the past few weeks to make me think, “Hmm… I wonder what’s up…” was all the TV! Not that Lost isn’t worth a good marathon here and there…
Haha actually totally unrelated!
I noticed that breakfast was missing this morning, but was too completely interested in baby news to notice food was gone at lunch!
Was is just a coincidence, or did you intend to tell us the exciting and wonderful news on this particular the day (2/6) ? 🙂
Everything looks absolutely delicious Kath 🙂 Congrats again!
Maria @ Sinfully Nutritious says
I wish we had a No Bull around here. I love fresh made veggies burgers. I make a holy disaster in my kitchen when I make them.
All your meals today looked so good. Especially the pasta.
Sarena (The Non-Dairy Queen) says
Does Matt’s shirt say save a cow, eat a carb? If so, that is awesome! I’m glad you had such a great day. I loved baked potatoes with ranch dressing and pasta through both of my pregnancies. That was a bulk of what I ate. I’m not much of a pasta girl anymore, but I do love my breads. I’m glad you’re feeling better and enjoying the adventure you are one. Sleep well Kath and again, congratulations to you both!
Kristen @ Change of Pace says
Y’all are so cute and going to have such a cute baby! I see a little fear in Matt’s face 😉
Lauren @ What Lauren Likes says
The last picture is to cute!! The meals all look great 🙂
Anna @ On Anna's Plate says
I love the stripes on that pasta!! I’ve been drinking Izzes throughout my pregnancy…something about that sweetness and carbonation is so appealing!!
Congrats, Kath! I hope you have a wonderful pregnancy! I have been reading you for about a year now, but have never commented. I have always enjoyed reading your blog, but it is especially interesting because I am a student at UVA! I will be interested to see what baby/pregnancy things you do in C’ville! Stay healthy and I hope to run into you sometime!
Casey @ Pocket Full of Sunshine says
I didn’t get to say it earlier so….CONGRATS!!! Such exciting news, Kath. Very happy for you!!
Mary Frances says
Be sure to pass the word around your neighborhood that Karen is looking for a house, who knows maybe someone is already planning to sell their house soon and just has not put it on the market yet.
Mary Frances says
Congratulations to all of the grandparents to be. Enjoy!!!
What does Matt’s shirt say? Something about carbs, but I couldn’t figure out the whole thing. Random, I know. Those raviolis look so tasty. I love the idea of putting pesto sauce on pasta things instead of always using a tomato based sauce. I just bought a big package of some of those babies at Costco today and now I finally know what to put on top of them. Thanks for the great idea. Congratulations on little baby KERF, by the way! That’s so fun. Bring on the ice cream. Now’s the time to indulge 🙂
Cait's Plate says
Oooh you just gave me a huge craving for ice cream! Can ice cream be a snack even when you’re not pregnant?? 😉
Cait's Plate says
Haha PERFECT answer! 😉
jenna k says
wow. your whole day of meals looks AMAZING!
Stephanie @ Legally Blinde says
I love that bowl you used for your cereal; it’s gorgeous! And that is the prettiest ravioli I’ve ever seen, haha – I love the stripe of basil.
Laura Jane @ Recovering Chocoholic says
Congrats!!! That burger looks wonderful! I haven’t had a burger in quite a while. I’m not pregnant, but I could totally ice cream for a snack a few times a day!
Candy @ Healthy in Candy Land says
I didn’t have a chance to comment yet, but wanted to send you a huge CONGRATULATIONS! on your exciting news and new life adventure. Parenthood is the best journey and gift you’ll ever receive and I look forward to following along with yours.
Emily @LivingLongfellow says
That’s the look my husband will give the day we have our first child. No matter how ready you can be, there’s bound to be some fear. Whats in San Diego?
Great Harvest Convention
Simply Life says
I’m so excited for you and Matt and to hear about this fun new journey! Congrats!
Allison K says
my husband and I have a classic picture of me showing him the positive pregnancy test, and his reaction. It’s classic. I am smiling and he looks petrified. 🙂
Liz @ Tip Top Shape says
I can’t believe you weren’t a huge pasta person before! It’s difficult for a pasta-lover like myself to understand! lol
You are too funny! I can hear the !!!! in your voice. It’s awesome you little mommy to be 🙂
Congratulations! It must be such a relief to have the big news out there! Enjoy the comfy pants.
Congratulations to you and Matt. Best wishes. I’m sure it’s an exciting time for you. Like some others, I’m moving on. I had become disinterested of late in the blog content, but have benefited from many healthy recipes over the years that I have tried and enjoyed. I’m just not wanting to follow a pregnancy.
I am so excited for you guys!! Do you already have the 2nd blog up and running? I am always looking for pregnancy advice for when I’m ready to try!
Were you guys trying? How long did it take? So happy!
Still working on it! I have 11,000 words of posts written though
I have commented on all of your posts today. I am just so happy for you both. It is such an exciting time. Savor every moment! And wear maternity clothes now – you can’t beat the comfort! I started a new job at about 16 weeks pregnant and it was such a relief once I told my boss a month later. I swear as soon as you tell people and also break out the elastic waists your belly just POPS!
I have never commented before due to the fact that I don’t have a blog. However, I was running late on reading your posts and was just catching up. I just found out about the big news!!!!!!!! I am so excited for you!!!!! I swear I’m sitting in front of the computer right now and just want to jump up and dance. I can’t describe how so so so so happy I am for you both! I can’t wait to follow your journey. I just want you to know that you have all of our support and hope the most best for you!!!!!
You don’t need a blog to comment!! Thanks for doing so 🙂
Kath, so I hadn’t read the blog yet today, or even last night I guess, but my friend and fellow KERF reader wrote (in excitement) on my wall today with the news. This may sound weird, but in the middle of writing a lab report, the news totally cheered me up! So many congratulations!
Yay! Yay! Yay!
Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga says
Why does your blog seem different this post? Like the layout or center table width or something…it seems really white and clean and bright…I dig it. You probably didn’t change anything but it looks really nice 🙂 Could be all the green and white combos.
Tea. The only thing I wanted when I was pregnant was white carbs, Saltines, bread, noodles, toast. And Constant Comment tea from Bigelow/grocery store tea. And some occasional Earl Gray. Other than that, everything else was a choke-it-down. Glad to see you actually wanting fruits/vegs. I was soooo sick, nothing ever appealed to me.
I think it’s just all the vertical photos
congrats!!!!! so exciting for you guys. cool idea to start a new blog too
Hillary [Nutrition Nut on the Run] says
today’s KERF posts were definitely fun. dinner looks delicious. love green PEAS 🙂
Lexi @ Cura Personalis Foodie says
Hahah I feel like that’s Matt’s signature face 😉
Annette @ EnjoyYourHealthyLife says
Ice cream as a snack sounds good to me!! That ravioli looks AWESOME!
Congrats Kath!! So happy for you and Matt!! I am a longtime lurker and didn’t realize you’ve been having such a rough go in the comments section. I miss hearing more about your personal life but can completely understand why you’ve scaled back! Glad you’re staying true to your blog format/self. Looking forward to your new blog!!
Mackenzie @ Eat. Exercise. Evolve says
I live in San Diego! Hope you have fun! 🙂
I am cracking up with all of these pics of Preggo food. I’m 12.5 weeks and only want carbs and veggies are pretty gross to me now- and no joke my husband and I just started watching Lost to keep us busy when I’m really knocked out with exhaustion some days. I need to break down and get some pane pants though! Congrats!
Matt’s face is priceless- u guys are going to make great parents!
Congratulations on the news! I was at work all day and just saw this! That ravioli looks amazing by the way. I’ll need to try some very soon.
Congrats to you guys! I just found your blog yesterday while looking for things to cook for dinner this week and I am completely jealous of your oatmeal. It looks amazing. I need to find some delicious toppings to spice up my morning bowl of goodness!
careful with goat cheese- it must be pasteurized to be safe in pregnancy! all soft cheeses are generally a good idea to skip while pregnant.
I know 🙂 It was pasteurized.
I would be a sad pregnant lady if I adhered to the “no soft cheeses” rule. All it takes is looking at the label. I’ve enjoyed a lot of brie (I’m pregnant as well). It wasn’t hard at all finding pasteurized brie at the grocery store.
Ash Bear says
That dinner looks delicious! I may have to recreate it this week!!
Congratulations! What exciting and wonderful news for you guys.
I guess I’m a bit of a lurker, though a long-time reader. I grew up in Cville and my parents still live there– I went into GH on my last visit home and you made me a sandwich! I was too starstruck to say anything, but it was awesome. And so was the sandwich 🙂
Your post yesterday brought up a question about the business side of blogging that I’ve had for a while. I read (and love) a ton of blogs, and I mostly do it through Google Reader. I came here to check out the comments yesterday, which made me wonder– does it “count” for ad purposes if your posts are read through RSS feeds? I really value the blogs that I read, and I want to support the bloggers. I would happily click over if the RSS posts don’t “count.”
Too star struck – pshaw! Fun!
You are correct – bloggers don’t get paid when people read through an RSS reader. Most people, however, would rather have more readers in general than lose readers by forcing a click-through with a snippet, and because I read via Google Reader most of the time, I’m fine with it. But if you’d like to click through more, I would appreciate it!
Fran@ Broken Cookies Don't Count says
The pasta looks delicious! So green and natural. Yum.
Hope @ With A Side Of Hope says
Congrats again! 🙂 So excited for you and Matt! His expression in the picture is priceless! That pasta really does look great. I love the addition of edamamae. 🙂
I grew up 10 minutes from Silver Spring, MD. I’m going to try to find that ravioli!
Sylvia @ La Grande Assiette says
I’m late to the party and de-lurking here, but congrats on your pregnancy! That is so exciting. I love reading about baby things, so I’m excited for your baby blog as well.
I’ve always admired the aesthetics and consistency of your blog 🙂
I feel like I need to go to whole foods now and get that ravioli! Love the mix in with the edamame!
Just wanted to say that I craved pasta pasta pasta with all three pregnancies and I have three girls!!!! :)) Will you find out the gender??
That pasta looks amazing.
Jasper @ crunchylittlebites says
really great and creative shots with all of the food! pretty colors with the dinner and first shot of burger lunch is/was BOMB
beth grossman says
Congrats; looking forward to following you on your journey!! I was deathly sick for first trimester both times, could hardly keep anything down and could not get off couch; had to stop work. Lost 10 lbs. Then I felt better at 13 weeks; so hope you do too! You look wonderful and I am so happy for you both!! My son is 23 and my twin girls are 19, so it will be fun to re-live pregnancy and infancy w you!!
healthy ashley says
Somehow I missed the post announcing that you are pregnant! I am so happy for you guys! Congratulations!!
I work in Silver Spring, MD and had no idea about this local pasta! I’ll have to give it a try.
Hmm..protein rich ice cream with 2g a protein…even mixed with a little bit of milk that’s questionable to be calling the snack protein rich!
Well it isn’t protein rich until it’s mixed with the milk!
Congrats! I read your blog every morning and my best friend just announced her pregnancy as well. I will tell her to check out your new blog.
question?? She said she had to stay away from soft cheese, ie goat, is that something you don’t see as an issue?
The risk is with unpasteurized cheeses – they may harbor listeria. Most cheeses in the US are pasteurized, but women are told to stay away because it’s better to be safe than sorry. But if you can confirm a cheese is pasteurized, either by reading the package or by confirming the package with a restaurant staff or hostess, then it’s fine.
SO happy for you guys! I love your blog and think you are inspirational whether you are talking about oatmeal, your pregnancy, or rocks 🙂 It makes me so sad on days when I see commenters writing judgmental, nasty things. Remember that for every nasty comment, there are hundreds of us that think you are awesome. Congrats and can’t wait for the new blog!
Not that you intended it, I know today was sorta a special day but I like the format of reading your meal diary in one post for the whole day (like this post). When you went on vacation, it was really fun reading about your whole day at once. Just thought I’d pass that along if you’re interested in the feedback when dealing with two blogs! 🙂
It was fun to write too 🙂 This may be what happens in September..
BEST. SNACK. EVAH. 😉 Congratulations, by the way! Can’t remember if I commented yesterday or not! There was an audible gasp when I read your post… I know, I know, so cheesy 🙂
Zesty Cook says
Belated congratulations, Kath!
That burger looks SO good (and so does the ice cream!)!!
The blueberries I have seen in your pics. made me hungry for them. I finally purchased some today.
This was the perfect time to read this post…as I am enjoying a delicious mug of ice cream!! I feel better about it now although I don’t think mine is quite as healthy.. 🙂
Love the look! 🙂 If there wasn’t a little fear mixed in, I’d say he was lying 😉 The pasta looks awesome…and they look like they’re put together well…sometimes I get them where they break open and get water logged 🙁