Chocolate Ice Cubes and 22 Weeks
It’s freezing cold and raining this morning. The Federal Government is operating on a two hour delay and some schools in the area are canceled due to icy roads.
I however still waddled on to the Metro and then waddled many blocks to work struggling to carry my umbrella and Starbucks with the high wind blowing my hair in my face and my fingers frozen.
I also realized the minute I stepped on the train I forgot to grab these really important papers that I was suppose to sign and fax at work today. I forget everything lately.
The scary thing is that I’m only 5 months and about 3 weeks preggers right now. I mean … I’m going to get a lot bigger and a lot more uncoordinated and maybe even more forgetful. Sigh.
It’s funny though, I never forget to eat. (My round face and chubby arms are proof) Especially when it comes to chocolate. (See easy recipe for chocolate ice cubes for chocolate milk or hot chocolate below my 22 weeks update)
Week 22: Baby is the size of a Papaya
Baby’s on a sleep cycle — about 12 to 14 hours a day
Total weight gain: I’m guessing 20lbs right now. We will see next week though at my 6 month appointment.
How I’m feeling: I feel okay most of the time. Saturday was tough. We went to a christening for Nick’s little cousin and I felt great then. We had a big breakfast with the family after and it was really nice. Then we went to run some errands and it went downhill fast. I was walking around Target and I almost started crying I was so uncomfortable. I just needed to sit down. My feet, back and ribs were killing me. I tried to relax in bed the rest of the day but I was just overall uncomfortable and there wasn’t much I could do about it.
Last night I threw up which is weird because I haven’t in a long time. I think honestly my TERRIBLE heartburn was the cause of that.
Sleep: Sleep is on and off. My back really hurts when I sleep on my side so I find myself laying on my back for a few minutes here and there at night just to let my back straighten up a bit.
Exercise: Still walking a lot through out the week for my commute to work. I keep saying Im going to do some yoga but it hasn’t happened. I really want to work on my arms a little bit. They are just gross right now. When baby comes it will be almost summer and I will have to wear tank tops. All I can say is I’m thankful to be preggo in the season where sleeves are necessary.
Best moment this week: At Target when I was feeling like an 80 year old woman I went to use the bathroom before we left (anytime we go anywhere I use the bathroom as soon as we get there and right before we leave, ridiculous) and when I got back to the register where Nick was checking out I saw that he ran back and got the Snugamonkey Deluxe Bouncer that I’ve wanted for the baby so badly. It was so sweet of him I just wanted to squeeze him. Im really obsessed with anything Snugamonkey. They are so soft and cute!
Miss Anything? Still missing raw tuna. A friend keeps posting pictures of their sushi specials at the restaurant they work at and it’s killing me!
Movement: Tons. He moves a lot at night. It’s a strange feeling but I am starting to get used to it. Not looking forward to those blunt kicks to my ribs though. I really love knowing that he is in there though, we talk to him all the time now and play music for him and he always kicks when we do.
Food cravings: Um chocolate. And I can’t wait for my Ravens to play in the Super Bowl this weekend. (Nick promised to buy me a new jersey if they made it. Look for a picture of my big purple baby bump enjoying WINGS this weekend.) Still craving wings. Buffalo ranch wings.
Chocolate Ice Cubes (from Food Network Magazine)
Chocolate chips (I like milk chocolate)
1 cup milk
1/4 cup water
1 tablespoon unsweetened cocoa powder
1 teaspoon sugar
Ice cube tray or silicon molds
1. Bring 1 cup whole milk, 1 tablespoon unsweetened cocoa powder and 1 teaspoon sugar to a simmer in a sauce pan, whisking until the lumps dissolve.
2. Remove from the heat. Add 3/4 cup chocolate chips and stir until the chocolate melts (this takes about 5 minutes for it to be completely smooth).
3. Let cool for 5 minutes and then pour into an ice cube tray or silicon mold.