Pregnancy Potatoes

The man and I have enjoyed married life so much, we decided to up the ante. Next February, our family will be expanding with a little baby nugget. We’re having a baby! We’re so excited, and the husband is winning all sorts of awards for how nice he is to me.

So there’s the good news . . . Now onto the melodramatic story:

I thought pregnancy was going to be a blissful, glowy time, where my hair would be shiny, and my skin would be dewey. Unfortunately, I feel like I have been to hell and back over the last 3 months. Nobody talks about how terrible the first trimester is.

The only thing I can compare it to would be a 3-month hangover. I felt so bad, I would beg to get sick just for a little relief. One pitiful night, I asked my husband (through tears) to take me in the backyard and shoot me. (really?)

The only food I could tolerate was crackers and gatorade for weeks on end. This quickly transitioned to even more legit hangover food: Pizza, quesadillas, mac and cheese. Usually in one sitting.

I remember the far gone days of organic groceries from Whole Foods. I confess that in recent weeks, I’ve demanded we drive to a McDonalds immediately. I NEED chicken nuggets and french fries. And I may or may not have insisted on a Double Decker Taco from Taco Bell. Yes, I have reached new levels of culinary shame.

And then there were the mashed potatoes. Heavenly. The man decided we could easily make some at home. By “we” I mean “he” because I could no longer look in the kitchen without getting sick. These potatoes were made with love, for a very emotional pregnant lady.

PS. I’m now in the second trimester, and despite having the energy of a sloth, I’m feeling much better.

Pregnancy Mashed Potatoes

(as dictated to me by my husband)

“Russet Potatoes, as many as you want, no measurements. You need to peel ‘em. You need to chop them in quarters, then put them in water. Just regular water. Then bring the water to a boil. Cook until potatoes are soft.

Drain ‘em. Then mash them up with a fork. Put in as much butter as you want. Then about ½ cup of cream. Then lots of salt and white pepper.”

If you are pregnant (or hungover), then you can add bacon and cheese to the top.

11 comments:

  1. congratulations, catherine!!! the 2nd trimester really does get better. i promise!!! i think i hit my stride around 20 weeks. now the 3rd trimester is no picnic, so hopefully you'll feel good for a while and can actually enjoy pregnancy.

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  2. Oh thank you Terri. and congrats to you too!

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  3. Yummy! Congratulations! Hope you feel better soon.

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  4. So happy for you and can't wait to see the little one in future posts! I already see organic homemade baby food (in fact a food mill may be the perfect baby shower gift - kidding). Love you lady = big smiles on my side!

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  5. Congratulations! SO happy for you both. I was wondering why I hadn't seen a new post in a while... ;) -- I'm so sorry for your rough first trimester, I can't say I know anything about that right now in my life, but when I send a hug, it's still sincere! Best of luck to you both!

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  6. Hooray! So glad you're starting to feel better! Do you think you have an appetite for a fresh truffle? (It's not too pungent - very subtle.) Let me know - my mom brought a few back from Italy and I'd be happy to share now that you're on the up and up!

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  7. Catherine,
    I follow your blog through my friend Lindsay Schardt and have often thought we might make good friends. I too have a fabulous foodie husband and live in Dallas. But I think this may be fate... we are also expecting our first bundle in Feb. I can totally empathize with your junk food sins, as I've often worried during the last few months that I may never love simple, homey, nutrious food again.
    I wish you well and a little energy as you embark on this new chapter. Congrats.

    Katie Lynn

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  8. This might be my favorite post yet!!! Because it is sooo funny but also made me want to give you lots of hugs. I am sure you are glowy and dewy even if you don't think you are. I love you and can't stop thinking about you, girl!!! xoxo - Mir

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  9. Thanks everyone!!!

    Katie Lynn, So happy to "meet" you. Shoot me an email. We should become real friends :)

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  10. Congrats Catherine! This is huong from high school... I don't know if u remember me or not, but I'd love to get back in touch since we are in the same city. I think of u often and love reading your blog!

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  11. Catherine,
    Hope you and your belly are doing well! I set out to email you this morning and could not locate an address? Do you have a profile with it listed somewhere? Would love to chat bites and babes.
    Katie Lynn

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