Over the course of my pregnancies I've had a few different food cravings. With Hot Wheels I wanted Subway turkey sandwiches with extra, extra, extra southwest sauce. I think what I really wanted was some bread soaked in southwest sauce, with a little turkey, lettuce, tomatoes and pickles on the side. With Superman I craved french fries for a while (probably why I weighed 222 pounds when I delivered him!) but don't remember any really strong cravings other than that. This time around I've had a few things I wanted for a day or two but nothing too strong. Until Monday. It was about 2:45pm and I was working at my lab bench when all of a sudden I wanted blueberries. Now. What I really wanted was a blueberry walnut coffee cake with cinnamon crumb topping, but blueberries were the overwhelming craving. I went home and ate some frozen blueberries we had in the back of the freezer and that helped. Yesterday morning I had my bowl of Kashi Oat Flakes with Blueberries cereal (okay, so I had 2 bowls) and was good until about 2:45pm again. On the way home I couldn't fit it anymore and I stopped at Dunkin Donuts and bought myself a blueberry muffin and a blueberry bagel for the boys to eat in the car while we were driving to our friends' house to play. Oh, now that muffin was so worth it- a far cry from the blueberry muffin I bought in the cafeteria a few weeks ago that had 2 blueberries in it. This morning I had another double serving of my blueberry cereal but I'm already day dreaming of hitting the grocery store on my way home to buy everything to make up a batch of blueberry muffins myself. I'll double the blueberries, of course, so the muffin barely stays together around all those mushy, warm delicious blueberries. Oh, and maybe I'll eat it with some strawberries on the side. What could be better than that?
And listen: "Snip, snip"-that's the sound of me cutting myself some slack for the past 2 days of poor workouts- or none. Yesterday was none, this morning was a half hearted treadmill incline walk for 10 minutes followed by about 25 minutes on a spin bike, chatting with the woman next to me about all sorts of stuff. I don't even think I started sweating. I had intended to get up and swim but when I woke up I was all congested again, and I had that awful waking-up-with-a-cold feeling as though someone had used my tongue as a treadmill while wearing sweaty socks. As excited as I am to try out my new swim paddles (I really am) and wear my new maternity swimsuit (not really), I just couldn't breathe well enough. I've read that some women get very stuffy during pregnancy and while I didn't have that the first 2 times around, maybe that's just one more way in which this time around is different. I hope I'm feeling back to normal tomorrow, it's my favorite cardio class at 6am.
We had so much fun playing in the snow the other day, although we never did get to go sledding because it started melting by the time I got home. There was enough left for building some snowmen, pushing the runner sled around the house with the boys riding and then playing some hide-and-seek. The hide-and-seek didn't require snow, I realize, but that's a current favorite with the boys and it was nice to play outside for a change. We could hear Superman yelling "3, 4, 5, 6, Ready! Here comes me!" as only an adorable 2-year-old can. Obviously we have to hide quickly when he's counting by himself.
And thanks for the positive thoughts after my last post. I am happy enough with my current balance and it works for all of us. Triathlons aren't going anywhere- I'll get there when I get there.
Pregnancy status: 16 weeks, 3 days; 165 days to go.