Christmas is over, I am getting fat!

Ok, I know you’re going to say I’m pregnant, blah blah blah… but really, Christmas makes me fat every year. I thought that due to my aversion to chocolate I would be saved from the Christmas munchies and wouldn’t gain a bunch of extra weight and be perfectly on track for my next check up. I was wrong.

At Christmas I like to bake a bunch of cookies and put together cookie “baskets” for my friends. Except the baskets are actually plastic tubs. And since I am giving these cookies out to friends, I obviously have to taste-test them to make sure they are edible, right? So here is a list of what I made: chocolate mint delights, soft molasses cookies, chocolate brownie cookies, chocolate chip cookie mini-muffins (they are just chocolate chip cookies made in a mini muffin tin), thumbprint cookies, lemon cookies, mini cheesecakes and mini-loaf-pan sized carrot cakes. Everything came out really good and the carrot cakes looked and tasted wonderful. In addition to all these things, I also made a carrot cake for the husband’s work holiday part and for our niece (since she has been asking for one since last year).

I had great ambitions of taking pictures of all my baked creations but never seemed to manage to get it done. In fact, I only managed to take pictures of my tree and most of the decorations on Christmas Day itself.  I’ll post those eventually. I really am lacking in motivation this year.

As for Christmas itself, I had a good day. The husband, kitties, and I slept in a little and got up lazily. I made fake pinch cake for breakfast (which was super tasty, even if it was the bootleg kind) and then we opened presents. The kitties got a stocking and have had a blast playing with all the wonderful toys in it. I got most of the things I asked for and was very happy with my presents. The husband was surprised with his big gift from me and was happy with the rest of his presents too. The only thing missing was my family. I had a little meltdown after presents got opened as I was missing my family and feeling left out. But my sweet husband understood and held me until I pulled myself together. Then we were off across town to have dinner and open presents with my in-law family. Dinner was turkey, mashed potatoes, green bean casserole, macaroni and cheese, corn, and rolls. And we got the leftovers. Whoo hoo! That’s the good thing about having a sister-in-law who doesn’t eat leftovers. After we digested a little we opened presents and then had a slice of carrot cake *drool.* It was as good as it looked. The downside to the day was the horrible coughing fit I ended up having that really wore me out.

My current craving is citrus. Specifically oranges, tangerines, and clementines. I have eaten a ridiculous amount of them over the past week and see no end in sight. I’m addicted. But I figure, as a craving, oranges are probably not such a bad one to have. It’s better than ice cream, cookies, or other sugary or salty things one could crave.

Needless to say, the weight gain I mentioned in one of my last posts might not be totally accurate at this point. But I shall not enlighten you on the current total. I don’t think it’s horrible, but we’ll see next week at my appointment.

As far as the baby, he is a jumpy bumpy baby. He does most of his acrobatics while I’m sitting still or trying to sleep. I’m still sleeping on my belly but I’m pretty sure I’m not far away from needing some kind of pillow. Maybe it will help me sleep better as I’m currently having a lot of trouble falling asleep and staying asleep. I feel tired all the time again and can never seem to sleep enough. I’m not as tired as the first trimester but seem to get worn out a lot easier than I had been over the past two months. My belly has also “popped” and I definitely look pregnant. One day when I regain some motivation I will have the husband take new pictures to post. I can’t promise that will happen before the baby is born though.

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