Daily Life….

Life in Huanchaco is simple and easy. We feel incredibly fortunate to be here during the pregnancy. We really can’t imagine a better place to await our child. 

We’ve started to do morning beach walks with the dogs. I consider this part of Stevie’s “pregnancy training“. Keep the pace, swing the arms, hut two three four…  it’s a miricle she puts up with me.

In addition to the exercise, we’re also trying to eat a whole foods plant based diet with only small potions of dairy and meat. Really good for the baby. Tons of fruits and veggies. Tons of superfoods.

Below a local fisherman gets his kayak ready to launch. They call theses boats caballitos de totorro, meaning little horses of totorro. Totorro is the type of reed that’s used to make them.

Fisherman have been using these boats for thousands of years here in Peru.

I was just getting relaxed in Huanchaco when I realized that it was time to drive back up to Ecuador to renew our vehicle permit. 20 hours round trip. 4th time now! Getting really old.

At least I had company this time. My new friend Nicholas joined me for some wave hunting on the way.

Sunset photo on the border of Peru and Ecuador. Pretty nice hang…

And so that’s the quick update. We’ve got 90 days on a renewed permit and we’re just hangin tough waiting for our daughter to be born. We’re both getting ridiculously excited!




  1. Suzanne says:

    You look great Stevie! Keep up with the good diet. As much as you can stand them, eggs are great for you – like a prenatal vitamin in a shell. I was told to eat two a day even with the yolk – I got SO sick of scrambled eggs – so deviled eggs, egg salad, frittata. Baked potatoes (skins on – eat them too). As per the Bradley courses I took, in the first and second trimester I was told to eat about 60g protein a day, in the third it got upped to between 80-100g. I didn’t have any issues with high blood pressure, and was told that diet was super important to that…so, maybe? Anyhow, hope you are well! A bientot chere compatriote du lycee. 🙂

    • Thanks Suzanne! Fortunately, I love eggs!! We’ve cut back a little just because we were eating so many of them a week, but I may ramp up my intake again, just for the sake of getting enough protein. I think I’m getting around 50-60g of protein a day, no problem, but 80-100 may be kind of difficult unless I throw some meat in there (which won’t be hard for me to do….I love meat too. Truth is, I love all food!) As for blood pressure, mine has always been remarkably low. At my last visit, it was 100/70, so I’m looking good, even though I eat a ton of eggs! I have another prenatal next week so I’ll get it checked again soon. By the way, I’m going to start reading the Bradley Method book real soon….thanks again for the recommendation! xoxo.

  2. Good Job Tree! The more walking the better! Stretching too! Stevie looks fabulous 🙂 Can’t wait to see you guys!

    • It’s not just walking. It’s EXTREME PREGNANCY TRAINING. I go on two 20 minute walks and one 45 minute power walk a day, rain or shine, as per Coach Trujillo’s orders. I drink fresh juiced carrots, beets, apples, ginger and garlic, 4x a week. I have a green shake daily. I eat a whole foods, plant-based diet with some lean animal proteins. I drink 8 glasses of water and take a prenatal, a pregnancy safe Omega, Folic Acid, and Calcium. When I tell him that I’m not hungry, he gently sighs and says, “It’s not about you, now go eat some super foods.” He’s really, really into ‘growing the baby.’

  3. mamatuyas says:

    Carrying her all in front! Send me the list of what to bring, I want to start shopping!!!

  4. You’re the cutest pregnant gal I think I’ve ever seen!

    • isn’t she! Getting bigger every day too!

    • Thanks Val!!! It’s been super fun so far. OH! Guess what! I got a Baby Brezza from my Aunty Christy and a Food Mill from lovely Corrine, which means homemade baby food recipes! If I ever have a free minute, I’ll have to compile some for The Nomadic Kitchen 🙂

  5. Mauro & Naty says:

    Me gusta…

  6. Madena Bennett says:

    Holy Cow…now that is a baby bump! I thought it was adorable how you were calling it a bump while you were in town…but yeah…you got it now!! you got a couple other bumps as well I might add!!

  7. Julie Angelone Williams says:

    You look great girl!

  8. Jose Oscar Acevedo says:


  9. Lynn Hamann says:

    beautiful…I recently found out I’m going to be a Grandma in November…when are you guys due?

  10. Cynthia Rouzee Franken says:

    How’s the Name Game going?

  11. Louisa Baxter says:

    oh lord mama, we had best boil some water. this girl is coming soon xxxxx

  12. woohoo look at that! There’s a baby in there 🙂 Can’t wait to hug her and kiss her!

  13. Candy Eritano says:

    So beautiful.

  14. Teri Hogan says:

    You look fab Stevie!

  15. Tanya Diaz says:

    que hermosa!

  16. Liz Ancona Libman says:

    Beautiful mama ♥

  17. Monique Saul says:

    Your one of the cutest preggos ever!

  18. Gina Marie Camp says:

    your life is amazing!!!!

  19. Corrin Crone Phillips says:

    Oh I love this. You are so lovely.

  20. Heather Villano Heyert says:

    Congratulations! You look fabulous!

  21. Mick Evans says:

    Beautiful photo, your daughter is in for one amazing life I suspect *smiles*

  22. Cathy Fanandakis Alexander says:

    Beautiful Lovely picture:-)

  23. You guys are so blessed !! Your love glows in your eyes!!
    You have so many people that truly love and care about you. Be safe and you will continue to have an awesome love filled life.
    I feel so stoked to be a small part of this.. It warms my heart in a time of turmoil in my life
    Thank You,

    • Thanks Willy. sending you good energy!

      • Thanks tree,
        Got your reply this morning and at least for today I see through new glasses. powerful stuff ….One’s thinking. Got in the water today always helps. Thanks again. GIVE US A NAME!!!!!

  24. Hey Tree and Stevie…
    I’m really glad that I’ve been pointed to your Blog. I just want to let you know that I think you two are really amazing…living the kind of life I can only dream of. I enjoy your photos and being kept up to date with your life in South America. It will be so cool to see your daughter when she decides to make herself known to the world! She has amazing parents!

    From North Dakota….we send our very best!
    Lori and Dan Lang

    • Thanks so much Dan! It’s great to have you along on the adventure.

      We’re getting really excited for our daughter to arrive. We’re not really sure what to expect, but I’m sure it’s gonna be a trip!

      You guys take care up there in ND.
      Cheers – TREE

  25. Stevie you look so beautiful!

    • Thank you Liv!! I recently went Maternity shopping, and you know what, it wasn’t as bad as I thought it would be. I wouldn’t necessarily say that I bought anything that is A Beautiful Life blog worthy, but who knows, I bet you could find some amazing pieces and do a post on hot mama wear! xoxo.

      • I’m sure you could wear some beautiful maxi dresses right now! and babydoll sundresses! Let me see what I can find.

  26. hi Stevie this is bills neice i saw the pics of the dolphins that is so sad for them to do such a thing and i love your dogs they so cute i also have a little sister named natalee and my name is sarah i am twelve years old and my sister is 6 i hopethey stop killing the dolphins i love dolphins they are sooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo cute.

    from sarah and natalee

    • Hi Sarah!! Hi Natalee!! Welcome to Sprinter Life!! I am so happy that you are participating in our blog. I know our post about the dolphins was very sad, but remember, there is hope. Together, we can teach all of our friends and family about what is happening, and, most importantly, why it is happening. Then, we can make changes in our own lifestyle by using less oil and products made from oil (ask Uncle Bill to talk with you about this) and stand up against the big oil companies and our government to demand that they make changes too to protect the dolphins and all life on this planet. Believe it or not, you and Natalee are very powerful!! You two are the next generation that is growing up much wiser than we did so you can make much better decisions. I am soooooo excited about the world that you and your sister and our own daughter are going to help create!! Keep it up girls!! Also, I’d like to suggest a REALLY GOOD BOOK. It’s called The Ancient Realm by Sarah Leith Bahn. It’s about girls your age (both you and Natalee) who become princess warriors to protect our rivers and oceans!! I loved it!! Keep leaving us comments please. It’s great to hear from you!

      • Anonymous says:

        aww thats sweet to say my uncle told me that u are having a baby girl i love baby girls to they are so cute

      • Anonymous says:

        aww thats sweet to say my uncle told me that u are having a baby girl i love baby girls to they are so cute

      • Anonymous says:

        aww thats sweet to say my uncle told me that u are having a baby girl i love baby girls to they are so cute

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