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    Emily Malone

    culinary arts grad. nutrition facts lover. vegetarian chef. marathon runner. country music maniac. failed dog trainer. barre fanatic. loving mama.

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    A Look Back.



Week 20: My Pregnancy Journey.

We have officially reached the half-way mark, folks.  Or if the little man decides to come early, I guess we are past half-way by now!  You guys already heard about our 20-week ultrasound, so let’s get to the rest of it…

How Big is the Baby?

This week we’re back to talking about length instead of size, and Baby Garnish has grown as long as a BANANA!  Hard to believe!

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How I’m Changing

This belly just keeps on growing!  Last week I got on the bus to head downtown, and someone asked me if I needed a seat.  At first I was confused, and then I realized that this was the first official public acknowledgement from a stranger that I looked pregnant

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After writing last week about how I’ve struggled to embrace my new belly and larger size, many of you suggested that maybe I simply needed some better fitting maternity clothes.  I grabbed my wallet and headed to Target, where I picked up a few Liz Lange t-shirts and tank tops.  You guys were totally right!

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Having actual maternity shirts has done wonders for my self-esteem.  I’ve found that the only tops I like are the ones with the gathered sides – designed to actually show off the bump rather than hide it under ten layers of fabric.  The big billowy shirts make me feel like I’m in a tent, so I’m not buying any of those unless I find that I need them as I continue to get bigger.

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How I’m Feeling

I’m grossed out just telling you guys this story, but I promised to tell you the whole truth – the good, the bad, and the stinky.  This morning, now five months into my pregnancy I let my dogs out into the backyard just as I do every morning.  For some reason this particular morning, the lovely aroma of dog poo was too much for my pregnant nose, and I ended up throwing up all over the backyard while attempting doggie poop clean-up duty.

I promptly called Casey and told him he is on poo removal for the next 20 weeks.  Not a great start to the day!  But other than a few weird lingering bouts of nausea, I’m feeling back to my old self again. 

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This week has also marked my return to the gym!  After two weeks of unpacking and settling in, I joined a gym last Friday and went for my first workout there today.  I have definitely lost some fitness since I took a few weeks off for moving, but I still felt strong and it felt great to be back lifting weights and doing the elliptical. 

Now that I have a fitness routine going again, I’m hoping to also add some weekly yoga in once I narrow down a studio that seems like a good fit.  It’s hard when everything in this city is still all new to me!

Odds and Ends

This weekend we hit up several of the major baby stores in search of nursery furniture.  I am the most indecisive person in the world, and I think I drove Sarah and Casey crazy with my constant back and forth about what I liked, what seemed safe, etc.  I downloaded the book Baby Bargains to my Nook and poured through the furniture chapter on Friday night, so I was armed with research for our shopping expedition.

I DID finally end up choosing a crib and a dresser that I loved!  We are lucky enough to have one of the (only four!) Land of Nod stores here in Seattle, and seeing their furniture in person made a huge difference from just the tiny pictures available online.  Since I ordered it in store, there was NO delivery charge (huge), and they were also having a Memorial Day sale – score!

I’ll wait to show pictures until it arrives next weekend (!), but I am already so excited for it to get here so we can start decorating.  In the meantime I am still trying to decide between two adorable bedding options…

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Random Facts for the Week:

  • Ultrasounds I had: one
  • Ultrasounds I want: infinite
  • Total pounds gained: ~5-6lbs up from my starting weight
  • Favorite food this week:  corn on the cob
  • Number of watermelons consumed:  one, extra-large
  • Trips made to Pottery Barn Kids:  three
  • Minutes lasted in Babies R Us:  thirty

For previous weekly updates and other pregnancy-related posts, check out my new Pregnancy Page!



Seattle’s Chaco Canyon Organic Café.

Happy Memorial Day!  I hope you all are having a lovely weekend.  We have lucked out with gorgeous weather and sunny skies here in Seattle.  While some days are indeed grey and gloomy, on a sunny day nothing can compare with the sights and surroundings of Seattle.

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We spent most of Saturday out of the house running errands, shopping for various things, and taking in the mountains with every bridge and turn.  I love being so close to water everywhere we go.  Hopefully someday we can explore this water by BOAT!

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After a morning trip to Babies R Us to shop for nursery furniture (more on that to come), we worked up an appetite and headed over to the University area for lunch and more shopping.  Chaco Canyon has been recommended to me by several Seattle readers, so it was high time we get there ourselves to try it out.

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The signs on the windows advertise that they are “Washington’s First Certified Organic Vegetarian Café and Restaurant” – although the menu seemed entirely vegan to me!  There were also many raw and juice options, which you don’t see very often. 

I kicked off my lunch by treating myself to my very favorite of all pregnancy indulgences – root beer in an ice cold bottle.  Nothing better!

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When the food arrived, we knew we were in for something special.  Casey ordered the Raw Enchilada Plate – raw tomato tortillas filled with cashew cheese, spiced vegetables, avocado and cilantro, and topped with mango pico de gallo.

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His enchiladas reminded me of the delicious raw tacos I ate at Café Gratitude in San Francisco back in November.  Hands down one of my most memorable meals of all time!

Sarah’s meal did not disappoint either.  She ordered the Field Dog – Field Roast sausage on a rustic roll with vegenaise, sauerkraut, & cucumbers.  She opted to sub out the cucumbers for bread & butter pickles – a no brainer if you ask me. 

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Only in Seattle have I found that even street carts offer veggie dogs along with traditional meat options, and they are almost always Seattle’s own delicious Field Roast.  Field Roast is the only “fake meat” type of product that I ever buy, since I love the short and totally natural ingredient list. 

My lunch also hit the spot.  The Mighty Mofo – our take on a reuben sandwich with housemade seitan, sauerkraut, mustard, cucumbers, sprouts.  I got mine without the sprouts since they are generally not recommended during pregnancy, but it didn’t take anything away from the sandwich.  It was AMAZING!

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Definitely one of the best sandwiches I’ve had to date, and one I plan to order again in the future. 

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And can I just add how nice and refreshing it is to be able to eat greens and salads again?  I feel so much better!

Casey and Sarah both also got sides of the delicious quinoa tabouli. 

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While we ate, we talked about – what else? – food, and how much we have enjoyed living here in Seattle these past few weeks.  There are many things I have loved about all of the places I’ve lived, but local food has never really been a highlight.

Of the top ten meals I’ve had in my life, I’d have to say over half of them have occurred here in Seattle.  I have never seen a city so vegetarian-friendly, and also so focused on local and natural ingredients – it is so refreshing!  San Francisco’s Millennium still holds the title of “best meal of my life,” but Seattle is definitely giving San Fran some strong competition.

Even though Sarah is not a vegetarian herself, she has agreed that all of the food here is amazing!  There is definitely something for everyone to be found wherever you go.

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Today’s holiday involves a trip to IKEA (scary) and to the new gym I just joined so I can get back into my weight lifting routine!  Hope you are all having a wonderful holiday weekend. 

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