Pregnancy made me slowed down. It’s not a bad thing, it’s just something I am not used to. I love my routine. I am the sort of person who fill my days and nights with activities- baking, cooking, meeting with friends, cleaning, catching up on whatsapp/skype, gym (and lots of gym!), researching for recipes, watching selected few of my favourite TV series, flipping through food or living magazines….. Yes, I’m the sort of person who believes in making use of every second.
So the hormones hit, and I have not spent as much time in the loo, the couch or my bed that I have EVER known for that matter. I regretfully admit that I was one of those people who said… “Sleep is over rated”. Now? Sleep is my best friend. Oh how I love sleep.
They say that once our little miracle arrives, sleep will never exist. ever again. So perhaps it is not a bad thing that I’m sleeping like nothing these days.
I cancelled commitments, reduced my gym time, increased my screen time and just rested. Then the whinging begins… why am I feeling this way, I was so active before, how come other women can do it but I can’t? Why is it that work has started to feel tedious rather than enjoyable? And my weight! Argh, I’m feeling unattractive and clumsy.
My poor husband.
On the other hand, I cannot, simply cannot describe the joy I feel each time I feel the stronger kick/nudge, boxing stance that our little one has begin to move. Baby A (yes we think we have a name but it’s not 100% sure yet so baby A shall be for the time being), seems to be a gymnast of some sort or perhaps just a healthy active little boy. Already he appears to responds to his daddy’s “high 5s”, and dislikes me bending forward… does that mean his little personality is developing? Or maybe just instincts.
To thank my dearest husband for the ever patience, I got up from my couch one Sunday and actually baked a batch of cookies for him. The first sentence he said when he got home was “you moved!” It’s a recipe that I spotted when we were at New York- at a bakery/dessert shop that we loved… It’s called Spot Dessert Bar. This recipe features his favourite coconut and chocolate. I love the texture that the coconut provided and the crisp cookie bite that it gave.
Chocolate Chip Coconut Cookies (makes around 80 cookies)
1 cup butter
1 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 tsp salt
2 cups flour
1 1/4 tsp baking powder
1.5 cup desiccated coconut (toasted)
1/2 tbsp vanilla extract
1.5 cups of dark choc chips
Preheat Oven 180C. Line 4 baking trays with baking paper.
Beat butter, sugars and salt together till fluffy. Then add eggs.
Sift flour and baking powder in another bowl. Gradually flow the butter egg mixture to flour mixture till combined. Spoon tablespoon on baking tray, bake for 20-25 minutes till brown.