It’s true what they say: Every pregnancy is different. Now that I’m 7 months into my second pregnancy, I’ve noticed plenty of differences. I’m much bigger and a lot more tired, which I totally expected. I also feel a lot more at ease than I did the first time. Having been down this road before has helped the time seem to pass faster. But boy oh boy, the morning sickness really threw me for a loop! Whew! I had no idea how lucky I was to have skipped that part the first time around.
One thing hasn’t changed much at all though, the cravings!
This being Durango, I’d like to paint myself as one of those people who only eats raw, healthy, organic foods that provide the purest nourishment possible to my growing baby. But I’m not. Don’t get me wrong, I work hard to eat a balanced and healthy diet. I most certainly do NOT give in to every craving
I have. If I did, my diet the last six months would have consisted of gummy bears, icees and those curly fries you get at the fair that come in a cinder-block-sized cube of greasy goodness.
That’s what I’m talkin’ about!
I indulge occasionally, but I understand that whatever I eat goes straight to baby, so I try to be careful. That means that I avoid the foods that pregnant women are warned away from, even though some of them are my favorites (sushi anyone?). So I was relieved when I talked to my doctor (as every expectant mom should!) and was informed that for normal women with low risk pregnancies, such as myself, a moderate amount of caffeine was perfectly acceptable. Hooray!! A craving I could indulge!
That’s why I love visiting the Durango Joe’s Town Plaza location. Not only
do I feel like I’m giving myself a little treat, the good people there are so patient with my crazy, craving induced orders! “Can you do a half-caf Mountain Mudslide Frappajoe?” No Problem! “I’d like an Italian soda, but about half as sweet as usual.” Absolutely! “How about a caramel…. wait, no, a vanilla latte….. ….. But could you put a squirt of caramel in
there too?” Why not!!
Believe it or not, it’s actually worse when I don’t have any cravings. I go in knowing I want something delicious from the menu, but I can’t quite put my finger on what. That’s when the team really steps up. Just last week one of the baristas made me an off-menu special when I couldn’t make up my addled mind.
Turns out, it was exactly what I never knew I wanted! It was the perfect blend of chocolate and not too sweet….
You know what? It’s just too awesome to try to describe. Just head in to the Town Plaza store and ask for the “Preggo Special”. Tell ‘em I sent you. And if you think it’s as great as I do, pop a request in the suggestion box to make it a regular feature. That’s where I put my other suggestion for Joe’s business diversification – a deep frier! Because sometimes a cube of curly fries is the perfect companion to your 8 am Harvest Spice Mocha.
Or is that just me?
By: Shelly Jones