My Little Burrito

April 28, 2008: Week 16


I'm so happy to have my appetite back. The other day I had the best "Baja fish burrito" for lunch at a local tex-mex cafe that I sometimes visit when I want to write. The whole experience was delightful. I set up my laptop along one of the counter tables facing to the outside. I grabbed my burrito, pomegranate juice, and decadent chocolate brownie and nestled into my spot to enjoy the kid-free time to get some work done. I savored every bit of that burrito. The crispy fish and zesty rice topped with shredded cheese, veggies, and spicy sauce was so good. I've been thinking about it ever since. I do realize that there's a chance I've become a little too enthusiastic about that burrito. When you think about the same dish for days and days and then you decide to write about one single lunch experience, you have to accept that you're either borderline compulsive about food or you're pregnant.

Luckily, I'm pregnant! And when you're pregnant, food can turn obsessive. Take for instance my desire to have ice tea a few weeks ago. I brewed a pitcher of decaf and after one glass I felt so refreshed and pleased with the taste, that I've been going through a pitcher a day ever since. I'm starting to wonder if the trace amount of caffeine found in the decaf will exceed the amount I should be consuming. I'm going to check with my doctor about that. In the meantime, I'll try hard to keep my ice tea compulsion in check.

When I was pregnant with Elise, my food obsession was cereal and fruit. I especially craved it at night. My favorite was organic chocolate crispies with raspberries. I ate boxes and boxes. Nelson threatened to ban cereal from the house (which, by the way, is a bad idea, for all you husbands out there).

When I was pregnant with Julia, I drank gallons of lemonade every week. I continued that tradition with Elise. I started to enjoy lemonade during this pregnancy, but the ice tea has replaced it as a favorite. I'm also eating a lot of yogurt, which for me is strange. I'm not a big fan in general. But something about the sweet nourishing texture has me stocking up. I bought 12 containers yesterday (including some of that new variety with DHA for pregnant moms).

But it's the burrito that has me swooning right now. I'm trying to figure out a way to get to the cafe for lunch again this week. I have considered making my own. I have a great recipe for fish tacos, yet the burrito is what I really want. Too bad they didn't deliver. Then again, maybe it's a good thing. There's a chance I would be eating those burritos until labor day. And judging by the size of my tummy, I definitely need to keep things in check. For some reason, I'm showing very early this time. I swear I look 6 months pregnant already. I guess I have my very own burrito nested inside. Now if only I had some spicy sauce to go with it!