Tuesday, May 31, 2011

To All a Goodnight…

5/29 14 months old

Defy Aster

Astral Defiance

14 months old

Whew…This month has flown by. I struggled all month to get a post up, but I REFUSE to let a month go by without updating this blog at least once. There are so many reasons I strive to keep the blog going, but the most important reason for this blog is to combat all the misinformation out there about veganism. Vegans can easily have healthy pregnancies, healthy children and healthy lives. Astral and Defy are proof of this. They are the best examples, times two!

There are a lot of people who read this blog from all over the world and every time I check the stats I feel an ever-growing responsibility, even with limited time. Almost every time I find a new vegan parenting, family or pregnancy blog I am disappointed with what I read and see. I just want to find consistent vegan, no-compromise messages out there, but there are few and far in between when it comes to children, pregnancy and families.

As I write my eyes are red and itchy from being outside in the 100 degree, pollen filled air at lunch. As I have said before, I hope Astral and Defy DO NOT inherit mommy’s allergies. Maybe this can be my excuse for ranting a bit. I never usually use this blog as a platform for complaints, but sometimes you just have to let it out.

Breathe out…

Our little guys are now 14 months old, though they will be turning 15 months in 3 days. Astral and Defy continue to learn new things at record speeds. The amount of objects, animals, people, etc they can identify is amazing. In addition to constantly pointing out things and explaining what is going on around them, we use flash cards and books to teach them new items. I think there is a lot to say for the no television rule. These kids are always engaged and never pacified by the magical branding machine. For 14 month olds they have a great amount of patience and are very observant. The boys are still a little shy at first with new people, but they are warming up faster and faster as time goes by.

With the scorching temperatures comes pool season! The boys have been thoroughly enjoying outdoor water play. They love playing outside, going on long stroller adventures and walking around the neighborhood with daddy. Recently walking indoors and out has morphed into very fast, reckless running which has led to various minor injuries. In one week we had a busted lip and chin. For the lip debacle I totally panicked and almost drove to the ER, but Lucas always the voice of reason calmed me down and everything turned out fine. I don’t think I’ll ever get used to the bumps, bruises or scrapes…

DnA continue to eat an amazing vegan diet and have added even more new foods. I’m sure I’m forgetting something on the yummy new foods list, but here goes:
Swiss Chard
Sugar Snap Peas
Black Strap Molasses
Canola Oil
Romaine Lettuce

We are gearing up for the second plane trip with the boys in the next couple of weeks. NOT EXCITED. This time we don’t have business class seats with the extra room. The boys were just learning to walk the last plane trip so obviously now they are way more mobile. We will be bringing lots of snacks and distractions. Wish us luck!!!

Astral and Defy are obsessed with the children’s book we read to them before bed. We both read the book out loud to them in unison in silly singsong voices. The very last page reads “Goodnight!” so now of course every time we get to the last page the boys say, "GUH-NIE". They are so adorable greeting the mornings with "hehwo wohd" and ending the nights with "guh-nie". Little things like this make all the bathroom totally drenched after bath-time, oatmeal in your hair and on your clothes right before you walk out the door to the office, random cry fest in the middle of the store moments of parenting so worth it…


  1. I always look forward to seeing your most recent pictures of the boys. They're growing so fast! And all of the good vegan foods they eat are so exciting to read. I can't wait until Lu can start eating solids and I can make a healthy list like that.

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  3. Thanks Leigh! I thought feeding was fun before, but now comes the real excitement with them being able to eat such a wide variety of textures with their shiny new molars. We need to start taking more photos of what they eat, but as you’ll soon learn feeding times can get a little hectic and a lot messy! Every time I read your blog and see your adorable little Luka I reminisce about when our guys were that little...

  4. What books do your kids enjoy most? I'm always trying to be careful to avoid ones promoting "happy farms" and animal objectification... sometimes it's a bit tricky! Vegbooks.org helps a bit. :)

  5. Hi Renee!

    Yes, that can be very tricky. We have found a few that are somewhat suitable for parents concerned about this.

    DnA's favorite seems to be "Time for Bed" - http://vegan.fm/2mp (as mentioned above).

    They also like In the Garden - http://vegan.fm/2mo It's a great book although at the end of the book they have a couple recipes and there is one with honey in it >:(

    Another is Mamas and Babies - http://vegan.fm/2mq DnA really seem to enjoy the idea that they are part of a baby community.

    There is another "heavy duty" board book with pictures of nonhumans, vehicles, clothes, food (one pic of cheese which we just say is soy or nut cheese), etc, but the boys have ripped the cover so badly I can't make out the name at this time : ) They still like to look at and point to their favorite pictures.