Laura’s Blog Update No. 1

January 12th, 2010

Happy “July Flame” release day!

For those of you who don’t know, Tucker and I are expecting a baby in mid-April. I’m beginning my third trimester and will be posting blogs from time to time about how the tour is going. I’m doing it so I can have a record of my experience, and also to share my thoughts with other women who are touring pregnant or who are considering doing it.

I’ve already toured for two months of this pregnancy: once in the first trimester with The Decemberists (where we toured in a star-shape, criss-crossing the eastern and southern US, when I was dog-tired and slept for hours per day on a bench in our 15-passenger van), and once in the second trimester with Blind Pilot (when I was feeling more energetic but had fewer opportunities to eat well since we didn’t have the lavish backstage riders). So, fingers crossed for two more months of healthy touring up until the middle of week 35. First babies are usually born at week 41, so i’ll hopefully have some nesting time at home before all hell/heaven breaks loose!

On Friday I was diagnosed with gestational diabetes. This was a shock since I’ve always been healthy and didn’t know anything about it. It’s a fairly common yet unexplained condition that — if watched closely with diet and exercise — usually doesn’t affect the mother or the fetus after birth. So, I’ve been pricking myself 4 times daily and taking my blood sugar levels and everything seems stable, but what a pain! It’s a reminder that I need to take EXTRA special care to eat well and exercise on this tour, even if I am jostling around from one country to the next every day.

On Sunday I was a teary mess saying goodbye to Tucker. I’ve done long tours like this before, but there was certainly something hormonal telling me: stay home with your man and nest! But now that I’m in Paris on a promo trip before the tour dates start, I feel excited to be here sharing this new album with people.

Today I fought off jet lag by walking around this freezing city. Sacre Coeur looked like a fairyland in the distance. Even in winter the women are incredibly fashionable. People here are friendly but they don’t pick up their dog poop and they drive their motorcycles on the sidewalk. The architecture is humbling. I couldn’t find peanut butter in the grocery store and didn’t know how to ask for it. I left with peanuts, carrots, celery, cheese, greek yogurt, oranges, a banana and cashews (the stuff of my new diet). Tonight I’m going to have dinner at a Thai place with a dear old friend Jean Philippe. Tomorrow I do interviews on big French radio and TV stations. I feel lucky to be here.

  • Todd S.

    January 12, 2010 at 10:18 am

    Congratulations! I would offer a few suggestions for names, but everyone who knows me insists this is a bad idea (I named my cat “Megaweapon”).

  • ContestVideo

    January 12, 2010 at 11:57 am

    When are the video contest winners going to be announced!!!!!! =DDDD

  • Suzanne L.

    January 12, 2010 at 1:44 pm

    You can buy peanut butter at a shop in the 7th arr. They sell all American food products for the homesick kids at the nearby American University in Paris. It’s called “The Real McCoy.” expect to pay a lot!
    At 194 Rue de Grenelle 75007 (Metro: École Militaire) * Tel: 01 45 56 98 82
    Keep eating heathfully for the little one!

  • nicole

    January 12, 2010 at 2:16 pm

    Congratulations on your pregnancy. A very exciting, if not a little petrifying time. I have to tell you what a beautiful, down right ethereal sound your new album has. I’ve been grooving to it with my two year old son who comes running into the room when July Flame comes on. Funny especially because that’s practically all I ate my first trimester from the Portland Farmers Market. Those peaches were all I could stomach. Best of luck to you with the tour and your little one. Nighttime lullabies with Laura = lucky baby.

  • Heather S.

    January 12, 2010 at 8:06 pm

    Congratulations, Laura!!! This is such exciting news (and on your record release day!). I am very, very happy for you and Tucker, and I know a few others who are as well.

    I just bought tickets today for your Feb. 17 show in Philadelphia. I can’t wait to see your belly! Will it be difficult to play guitar?

    Enjoy Europe and take care of yourself. I look forward to seeing you in the States!

  • Danny

    January 12, 2010 at 8:41 pm

    You’re gonna be HUGE in Philadelphia! Congrats!

  • Dennis

    January 12, 2010 at 10:28 pm

    Take care of yourself and your…..! You may be homesick, but know that July Flame is bringing mer joy in January. I have tickets to see you in LA.

  • Guillaum

    January 13, 2010 at 1:13 am

    In french peanut butter is called “beurre de cacahuète”. It is not a common product in france and people (like me) don’t unterstand why it is so popular in america. :D

  • kliger

    January 13, 2010 at 2:59 am

    Working, listening to the new songs for the first time, searched “Laura Veirs Paris” (to make sure I noted your Paris show dates correctly) and stumbled upon this post. Cool. Like the image you posted looking down the narrow rue Laffite toward the portico of the church Notre Dame de Lorette. We all “…feel lucky to be (in Paris)”… Looking forward to your show on the 29th.

  • Andy

    January 13, 2010 at 5:55 am

    Hi Laura – congratulations! Wishing you every strength – think of the stories you’ll be able to tell your son/daughter about what you were up to when you were pregnant!

    Here’s a little “July Flame” video good luck card:

  • Ewart

    January 13, 2010 at 8:18 am

    Laura, that is such delightful news. Your days will fill of love and a fresh belief in how incredible it all is. Side note; Movie pregnancy scenes are so fake and crazy, it really is the most amazingly beautiful thing I have ever seen. My wife was so strong through it all, but she still tells me a kidney stone is more painful. Well no beers for Veirs. (For now).

  • Jessica Poundstone

    January 13, 2010 at 11:15 pm

    I did a whole lot of listening to Carbon Glacier during my last, magical, wintertime trip to Paris (during which I had this view which went perfectly with “Chimney Sweeping Man”). So I will forever associate that trip in particular – and Paris in winter in general – with that album. I am glad you are there.

    P.S. I hope you are having an awesome pregnancy. Have you read Ina May’s Guide to Childbirth, by any chance? I have a feeling you would connect with her folksy, practical mysticism about pregnancy and birthing.

    Very best wishes to you and Tiny Flame : )


  • Jenny

    January 14, 2010 at 9:37 am

    Take care of yourself, Laura! Your new album is gorgeous, and your fans will be ready to give you big energy-boosts at your shows. And just think, your baby will already have been around the world, a lil’ nascent rock star.

  • funoka

    January 14, 2010 at 2:53 pm

    Congrats! I hope to see you all at Iota in VA .

    Crawdaddy review for July Flame — in case you are interested.

  • Crystal

    January 14, 2010 at 3:55 pm

    Hey Laura, congrats on the good news. I’m expecting my first babe in a few weeks and was hit with the gestational diabetes diagnosis at the mid point of the pregnancy. Hang in there with the diet changes and all that jazz. It’s so confusing at first and gets easier as time goes on. Needless to say I will be getting a beautiful cake to celebrate her birth and enjoying the first sugar to pass my lips for months:) Thank you for all the lovely music you’ve gifted us. Safe travels and we can’t wait to have you back home in Portland!!!

  • Yusef

    January 14, 2010 at 7:04 pm

    laura i love your new album. i cannot wait to see you at iota in dc!

  • Charles

    January 14, 2010 at 9:31 pm

    Laura, I just bought your new album July Flame!! I cannot stop listening to it! This is my favorite album!

  • Matt N Johnson

    January 14, 2010 at 11:44 pm

    Congratulations! Great news on your pregnancy! I love the new album. I hope to see you in Seattle in March.

  • Bryan Tucker

    January 16, 2010 at 4:52 pm

    Congratulation to Tucker and Yourself. Got July Flame via Amazon bt mp3 to here prior to cd coming out here in the UK. The usual wonderful sounds and lyrics.

    Got tickets to see you at The Thekla in Bristol on 25th. So looking forward to see you again.

    Been looking forward to this tour for months now. You captivated me after seeing you in Cardiff 2 years ago. The night your car broke down.

    I hope the tour goes well and the word gets out about you.

  • Aleksandar

    January 16, 2010 at 5:20 pm

    Hello Laura! Congratulations (for the baby and for the album)!!
    I am listening to the amazing sounds of July Flame right now!
    Lots of love from Croatia!

  • Kai

    January 25, 2010 at 9:40 am

    Hello and congratulations on your beautiful work. Looking forward to catching your show in Denver. Our family has listened to your album a number of times that my 6 year old daughter, Addison, knows most of the words. She also finds herself dancing when she hears your voice. Open invitation for you and your crew to have dinner at my house if you would like some home cooking. Be well!


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