People have asked me before whether I've had any cravings. Up to this point, I've just shrugged my shoulders. I mean, I've wanted to eat certain foods at certain times, but I don't know that it was ever a strong enough urge to consider it a Pregnancy Craving.
It's true that Keith and I went to the grocery store once and bought pickles and ice cream. But they were BOTH for him. I swear! I enjoy pickles and ice cream, but I haven't had a need for either one of them that is so fierce as to overcome my complete lack of interest in ever leaving our house.
My sister Erin suggested that a craving would be when you NEED the food even after a certain amount of time passes. Say, it's been 15 minutes and you still can taste that food in your mouth. She thinks that would be a craving.
The subject of cravings came up last night when we were on the phone, and there was a commercial for cream cheese. People were eating smoothly spread mounds of cream cheese on lightly toasted, plain bagels. Immediately upon seeing the commercial, I wanted one. I think my mouth might actually have started watering. I interrupted our conversation to tell my sister just how badly I wanted a bagel with cream cheese at that moment.
I think it's also important to note that we don't typically stock bagels or cream cheese at our house. I can't remember the last time I've had a bagel with cream cheese. It's been a while, and it's a treat that, while tasty, I don't typically feel bereft without.
But last night, it was all I could think about. For a few minutes, anyway. Then Keith served his delicious pulled pork barbecue that had been roasting all day long, and I forgot about the bagel and cream cheese.
Until this morning. When I read the word "bagel" on a blog and it all came flooding back to me. I could feel the crunch of the bagel, and taste the sweet, cool cream cheese. I now want the bagel and cream cheese more than ever. I'm finding it a bit hard to concentrate, especially as I expound on how delicious such a culinary treat would be.
So I think this counts as a craving. Even if I forgot about it temporarily, it was still waiting to pounce on me again this morning. This evening, I WILL have a bagel and cream cheese, and I hope it's as fantastic as I'm imagining it.