Monday, February 4, 2008

Trite, But True

Okay, so the past two weeks, I have had some cravings. Strike that, I have had one craving, an insatiable need that has to be fed. I have had cravings in my previous pregnancies, such as oranges the last time around. I couldn't get enough juicy goodness.

This pregnancy, I have loved sour things, as they seem to settle my stomach a bit, which seems counterintuitive. My husband is always bringing home some sort of sour treat, hoping that it will ease my nausea. Some things work, some things don't.

Yesterday, my husband started laughing as he caught me indulging in my latest cravings. I was standing at the kitchen sink, methodically eating my way through a jar of . . . pickles. He said that I looked like a druggy getting a fix, as the green juice dribbled down my chin. Yes, that's right, cliche as it sounds, I am craving the pregnancy food known world-wide. Pickles.

And not just any pickles. A certain kind of small dills, marinated in dill and lots of garlic. Just typing about them is making my mouth water.

It all started one morning when I swore that I could smell pickles. I was in my car, so I am pretty sure that was an olafactory manifestation. I was suddenly very hungry for the little devils, but I laughed it off.

The next day, while in the grocery store, I saw a display of pickles. They looked delicious. I bought a jar.

I thought about those pickles the whole way home. I unloaded the groceries and fantasized about those pickles. Finally, I gave in. I opened the jar and. . . oh, heavens above, those crunchy green beauties were the best thing I had ever had.

The jar was gone by Thursday. But it was a tiny jar.

My husband surprised with the the economy sized jar of the exact same variety (he learned his lesson by getting me the wrong lemonade one day, but that's another story) on Friday night. The jar is a quarter of the way gone.

I asked my doctor if it was okay to eat a lot of pickles. He said that luckily, the calorie and fat contact is negligent, but I have to be careful of the sodium. He recommended that I switch my cravings to watermelon by summertime, or the water retention will kill me! I told him that if I could control my cravings, pickles would not be what I stuffed into my mouth.

At least I am not craving ice cream.

18 comments:

Adriane said...

Too funny that you are actually craving pickles!!! I am having strong food aversions these days, too, but not to items as healthy as oranges and pickles! :-)

Maria said...

LOL, I'm not pregnant, but now I want a pickle. At least you're not craving pickles and ice cream together.

Optimistic said...

I have never wanted a pickle so bad as I do right now from reading your post! haha.

Chris said...

I'm totally laughing picturing you standing over the sink with pickle juice running down your chin. Enjoy!

K @ ourboxofrain said...

I've been craving pizza. Constantly. Though now I really want pickles :)

peesticksandstones said...

I love this post! So sweet and funny... yet I know it means so much, too.

As weird as it sounds, my random out-of-the-blue food aversions from my last (short-lived) pregnancy are a memory I really cherish. I wonder if I'll feel that same way about butternut squash and mushrooms if I get pregnant again? And if this next one sticks -- will I eventually want pickles, too? I hate pickles!

Melissa said...

seriously haven't wanted a pickle in ages but you just sent my pickle buds on high alert! Love it!!

Ally said...

Katie, at least you didn't bust into the jar of pickles in the car. That juice would've run everywhere and your car would stink from now until the day you turned it in! Now that's restraint!

Pregnancy said...

Its true to believe that cravings are common for womens who are pregnant. Its better to consult a doctor at the time of cravings in women and go for medications and avoid oily food and pickles.

Gibson Twins said...

I used to order pizza almost every day on my way home from work when I was pregnant and I ate more Breyers Mint Choc Chip ice cream than I had in all my 21 years combined! I used to dream all day about dinner (most nights stuffed crust pizza from pizza hut). I ate it day after day and I used to always have leftovers for my husband when he got home from work too. One day I actually ate the whole pizza in a few hours towards the end of my pregnancy. I remember being so angry when I was stuck in the hospital (the night before I delivered the twins) that I had JUST ordered pizza for dinner and only got to eat 2 pieces and forgot to bring the rest with me. How silly.

I used to eat Sour Patch kids too, those do help with the nausea I found.

Good luck and Have a great day!

Waiting Amy said...

So funny! I'd had a deep desire for ribs one night. And after having turkey and stuffing the other week, I'm dying for stuffing all the time.

I'm sure the pickles will change to something else!

Tracy said...

There are worse things you could crave, surely!

I have to tell you, there are only a few foods (so far) that have turned my stomach. One of them is pickles. The smell of them makes me sick. So does the THOUGHT of maple syrup. Weird. At least last week...as I typed maple syrup, my stomach didn't turn, so maybe I'm past that. As a matter of fact, now I'm hungry.

Gotta run. The twins need food.

Fertilize Me said...

Katie- hilarious - I haven't had any real cravings - just power of persuation foods

alison said...

That is fantastic! Hey your grocery buying should be a bit better than your track record if you only have to hit the pickle aisle when you're there though, right?

Kim said...

I've been craving sour, too! But mine is in the form of Sour Patch Kids candy. I had to buy a bag of small bags just to control myself, because I was going through non-individual bags like there's no tomorrow.

Just don't go dipping the pickles in ice cream or anything.

Jen said...

That is just too funny. Now if I start craving pickles that would be a little too crazy since I can't stand them!

My Reality said...

Yum. Pickles.

One of my favourite sandwiches from when I was a kid is cheez wiz and sweet pickles. It is amazing even though it sounds disgusting.

Amy said...

Pickles rule!! I still crave them today! LOL!! ALso, got your text, sooo happy to hear baby is doing so good!! YAY!! Love you