Thursday, September 21, 2006


First of all,

Welcome to the world, Arwen Guinevere!! You made your appearance at 6:55am today, covered in vernix

,so it is obvious that you were not "OVERDUE" !!!.. even though you were 10 lbs, 4 oz!! woohoo!

The mainstream medical establishment isn't always right. Her first "due" date was Sept. 18th, but then they did an ultrasound and changed it. It sickens me to think of how many babies are forced into this world before they're ready..

by the way, my SIL did not tear or rip, even though her baby was so big! Midwives and gentle birth and water birth can prevent so much!

I haven't seen her yet. I will probably see her on Sunday... my son's 15th birthday is tomorrow and we have a ton of band stuff this weekend... so Sunday will be the first day we can make it.. plus, I think they will want to rest. They were up all night! I can't wait to hold her and see her and smell her.. and of course, I will post pics.
*note to self*
"Self, buy more memory for the camera."

It is anticlimactic to blog about food.. but I will.

I made a marinara with veggies and tvp and served it over whole wheat pasta with a dollop of basil tofu "ricotta" from VwaV.. but I also used some leftover Kale from the day...
I also steamed cauliflower and broccoli to go along with the dish. For dessert, I made a smoothie with soymilk, frozen banana, cocoa powder, stevia and coconut extract. Very good. No pic of the smoothie though.

I can't wait to hold my neice!!


  1. Hooray! Welcome tot he world little bebe Arwen! (what a beautiful name.)
    It's really creepy what the mainstream western medical establishment gets us to believe is "normal" isn't it? Ugh. How wonderful that your SIL got to have a more natural and less traumatic experience with a midwife. Nice. :)

    I haven't had lunch yet and that pasta dish looks amazing. Mmmmmm...pasta...
    I gotta stop drooling on the keyboard.

  2. Yaaay! Congrats to you and your extended family, Melody. Funny about due dates - that 'date' is really such an approximation - it is very typical/normal to go anywhere two weeks before or after that date. We are so fixed on exact times and measurements and dates and figures, yadda yadda in our day and age that we get so caught up on one particular day that we 'should' be having that baby!!!

    Anyhow, many congrats to you all and enjoy those early wrinkly, scrunchy baby days. :)

  3. Congratulations! Love the name Arwen. How wonderful.

    The spaghetti looks delish...

  4. What a great idea to put the ricotta on top of the spaghetti. Looks terrific.

    Congrats to you and your family. New babies are always so much fun for Aunties! I hope you are able to find lots of time to enjoy her.

  5. YAAY! Welcome Arwen! Congrats to you, your brother and his family.

    I had to smile at your "can't wait to smell her" line -- it seems like all babies have a distinct little baby smell.

  6. Congratulations! I'm glad the birth went well for your SIL... and I'm glad you get to see your new niece soon!

    I love ricotta on top of spaghetti with marinara... yum yum.

  7. Congrats auntie!
    I love hearing about the natural birth experience. I didn't have my kids that way, but if I had any today I would seriously consider a midwife and home birth.

    I'd like to come over and try your pesto. I am probably the only vegan in the world who has never eaten pesto.

  8. Congrats to you and yours? Now you're officially 'My Cool Aunt Melody With The Really Yummy Food' to one very special little Arwen!

    How cool is that?! :)

  9. Congrats to your SIL! Welcome to the lil one! Glad they are both doing well!

    Your pasta dish looks FAB!

  10. babies are great! yippy!

  11. Yay! I'm glad to hear that. If I ever decide to have children (or if it happens), I'll have to look into the midwife option.

    Can't wait to see the pics :)


  12. Congratulations! We are all holding our breaths for Arwen pics!
    I'm so glad that your SIL had such a successful birth, and agree with you about the problems of the American medical system, especially when it comes to pregnancy and birth.
    Also, happy b-day to your son! Sounds like you are going to have a fantastic weekend.

  13. Oh what joy!!! Happy new baby news is such great news!

    Congratulations to your very pretty SIL, lucky ducky brother, and most importantly: welcome to our planet baby Arwen!

    Enjoy smelling Arwen's magical baby smell when you are holding her in your arms.

  14. Congrats!!

    Babies are so great - and I'm glad your SIL is doing so well.

    Also, how is the VwaV ricotta? I made one version, from vegweb, that I used in a manicotti, but I've been eyeing that VwaV version.

    Great pic...I can't wait until you get some more memory for your camera ;)

  15. Congratulations to you auntie, and your brother ant s-i-l as well! OMG, that's a big baby. Can't wait for the pictures.

    Thanks for the link on vernix, I had no idea. I bet there's all kind of things I don't know about little people pushing their way into the word, I probably don't wanna. But it's wonderful that other people do it because babies are the cutest thing ever, right up there with puppies.

    That pasta looks yummy, I've been meaning to make that basil tofu ricotta for some stuffed shells or manicotti. Looks so good and green!

  16. Melody--For the cheesecake, it's one cup of sugar. Egad--who on earth did I forget THAT?! Sorry. (The recipe is corrected on my blog, now, too)

  17. Happy Birthday Arwen Guinevere!! Very exciting. I am glad the birth went well!

    I hope your son has a fun 15th birthday!!!

    Oooh, the pasta looks good, and I LOVE the smoothie idea! I may try that tomorrow!!

  18. Congrats on the birth of Arwen! This has been a long time comin' (9 months, 'eh) and i am so happy for you and your entire family!