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A Bun in the Oven

March 18, 2011
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Though it may not be apparent from my posting, I’ve been cooking up a storm lately.

You see, I’m knocked up, which you’ve already figured out unless you made the honest mistake of confusing our unborn child with a tadpole. And we couldn’t be happier. Though by ‘we’ I’m excluding the dog who already feels his gold medal being taken away and polished for the new arrival. If I’ve taught him anything, it’s how to sulk.

But because this is a forum where we talk about food and not my emotions, excietment and new ability to cry whenever I see a balloon floating away, I will spare you all the drippy details. Suffice it to say: things are really, really good.

Before they were really, really good, though? They were queasy. You don’t even know the lengths I went to to keep your recipes coming. The “morning” sickness phase – which, in my case, lasted all day – made the writing of this post and this one to feel like epic marathons of yuck (I still gag a little whenever I think of rice pudding). The only thing that helped (besides napping, which is my new favorite activity after eating bread and watching sappy YouTube videos that inevitably make me cry), was, if you can believe it, cooking. But now, since about this post, it’s been nothing but smooth, blissful sailing. Only it feels like there’s no food on my boat.

Yes. I am hungry all the time. I wake up hungry, I’m hungry an hour after breakfast, an hour after midmorning snack, an hour after lunch and every hour on the hour until it starts all over again. Francesco halfheartedly jokes that we’ll have to take out a second mortgage just to finance my eating. My argument is that at least we’re supporting the local takeaway shop.

It’s hard to keep up with law readings, exams, classes, a falling apart house, the dog and the overwhelming need to nap while cooking enough to feed my husband, myself and this little tapeworm ball of joy. I usually come home from class so hungry there’s little I can do to keep myself from shoving bread haphazardly into my mouth and washing it down with the bottle of strawberry milk I had to have once I saw it on the walk home from school. (I wrote that knowing that Francesco doesn’t read this blog. And honey, if you are reading, I’m totally kidding about the strawberry milk thing.) I even snack in class, though my penchant to sit towards the front (to encourage participation aka keep myself from falling asleep) makes this kind of uncomfortable. Especially when the professor is constantly eyeing my homemade muffin.

Last week, just to give you an idea of the quantities we’re dealing with here, I made this ginormous lasagna, which I’ll write about soon, that I figured would be our lunch for the whole week. 10 lunches, I thought, no need to eat sandwich after sandwich! Only problem? I finished it less than 24 hours later. It’s not something I’m proud of, but it’s a warning: things might get a bit repetitive around here. But bear with me. I’m new at this constant cooking thing. But once I get the hang of it…oh the deliciousness we’ll make!

 

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13 Comments leave one →
  1. gcroft permalink
    March 18, 2011 5:52 pm

    Awwww, congratulations! The dog will come around – he’ll get all protective like a big brother when the baby arrives.
    Gcroft at Chronicles of a cookbookworm

  2. March 18, 2011 7:04 pm

    Congratulations Leanne!

  3. Sue Mullen permalink
    March 18, 2011 10:28 pm

    OMG, Leanne, this is surely your funniest to date!! and your “bun” is beautiful 🙂

  4. March 18, 2011 11:24 pm

    Congrats, Leanne!

  5. Tricia permalink
    March 18, 2011 11:44 pm

    From this day forward I will always think of he/she as Honey Bun ! And keep eating cause you have a great excuse !

  6. March 18, 2011 11:44 pm

    Congratulations, Leanne! I don’t know you, but I get excited about other people’s babies 🙂

  7. ANNIE permalink
    March 19, 2011 5:07 am

    Sooo… Wonderful! Congratulations life just gets better and better. MISSING YOU!

  8. March 19, 2011 5:08 am

    Congratulations Leanne!

  9. March 19, 2011 6:56 am

    So amazing! Your news is wonderful and your writing is delightful as always. And what could be better than a fantastic reason to eat. Love to you and your Honey Bun.

  10. Jacquelyn Claeys permalink
    March 20, 2011 6:39 am

    Soooo happy for you and Francesco! During my one and only pregnanacy with Jill, I found it was my license to eat everything in sight. My favorite was hot fudge sundaes, of which I had had only a few in my life before pregnancy. So have at it, Leanne, and enjoy every minute of it!! Love to all four of you (I have to include the dog, of course ).

  11. Dawn Piso permalink
    March 20, 2011 7:17 am

    Yeah! We are so excited for you!! When is your due date? Congratulations…we love you xoxo

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