Navel Gazing

February 24, 2011

I used to be a sweetsaholic. I craved rich, chocolaty, don’t-insult me-with-your-flan kind of sweets. Then I had to cut that out. The sweets started keeping me up at night. And just making me feel gross.  So I just replaced the sugar with salt.

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When I was pregnant I found many foods to be bland. I started salting my food at the table. I indulged my love for crunchy Kettle brand potato chips. This need for salt never left me. Maybe because it just replaced the sugar.

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Today I found the equivalent of dried-up oatmeal in my post-baby belly button.  And by “post-baby” I mean three point three years ago.

To all you mothers out there whose tummies shrunk back with elasticity and youth?  Grrr…

I swear, it doesn’t matter how many miles I run.  How many planks and mountains I do.  My stomach just won’t budge. There is something seriously not cool about the skin around my belly button.

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There is this feeling that I love.  The feeling I get when someone plays with my hair.  It’s a sleepy feeling with chills and a Mona Lisa smile.  Rarely does anyone play with my hair, but lucky me!  I can get that same feeling from interesting sounds, too.

Like the rolling of a skateboarder moving down the sidewalk.  That “ka-chungk ka-chungk ka-chungk” as the wheels roll over the cracks in the pavement.

The sound of someone eating crunchy stuff, like hard candy or honey-roasted peanuts.

The crinkle of someone’s hand reaching into a little bag of chips.

And I am instantly sedated.

I want that feeling now.

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  2. pattypunker on February 24, 2011 at 6:30 pm

    this may be my favorite post of yours to date. especially for this:
    “There is this feeling that I love. The feeling I get when someone plays with my hair. It’s a sleepy feeling with chills and a Mona Lisa smile.”

    i get that from from standing in a summer rain. and from cheese fries.

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  3. StephanieinSuburbia on February 24, 2011 at 6:34 pm

    When I was pregnant, I had the opposite. I could taste EVERY spice! Like everything packaged tasted super salty, and anything with Splenda or fake sugar tasted overly sweet and…just odd. That was probably the healthiest I’ve ever been!

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  4. Elly Lou on February 24, 2011 at 8:16 pm

    I’m all about the salt. And the napping. And the puddles of drool. Oh uncle already.

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  5. Kimberly on February 24, 2011 at 10:23 pm

    Ahhh…the baby pooch. I’m convinced thata the women who get their preprego bodies back are super human.

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  6. Kimberly on February 24, 2011 at 10:23 pm

    Ahhh…the baby pooch. I’m convinced thata the women who get their preprego bodies back are super human.

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  7. Motpg on February 25, 2011 at 7:48 am

    I try to blame mine on middle aged pooch but it never actually went away! You gave me a little flashback. My mom used to say, “mess with my hair, it feels good” Gave me that feeling: ) I’m reaching into a bag of chips for you. Can you hear it ?

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  8. MamaRobinJ on February 25, 2011 at 9:01 pm

    What a cool post – there are so many things I like about it.

    I’m currently having a hate-on with my post-baby belly too. I lost the baby weight (though didn’t go back to the same shape) and then gained it all back…and then some. Speaking of grr…

    Love your description of your happy feeling too.

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