Monday, June 11, 2012

....More Lessons from Motherhood

This last week has been trying.... Gabriella's been more aware of her surroundings and is a ton of fun, but with lots of fun also comes lots of entertaining, major meltdowns, and one REALLY tired mommy! 

When you're a stay at home mom, it's so taboo to say that you've had a rough day.... "Well, you don't have to stay home! You can get a job!" But, just because I've had a rough day doesn't mean I don't love my job. Even someone who works outside the home has good and bad days.... so does a stay at home mom, just because I've had a rough day and need a break doesn't mean I want to find another job! 

So last week, I got to blog about some of the big lessons I've learned from motherhood---now I'm going to share some {more comical} lessons I've learned this week. I've decided to make this a frequent topic, as there are always things I'm learning {and messing up!!}

Here goes......

Just in case you're half asleep when you throw the diapers in the washer, a prefold manages to still get washed in the wet bag....

...Oh yeah, don't forget the wet bag when you go out!!

If you don't have the time to make the lactation cookies, just put all the good stuff in your oatmeal in the morning. A touch of cocoa powder, some agave nectar, two heaping spoonfuls of flaxseed meal, and a big spoonful of Brewer's yeast.... add extra water and make sure you mix well. Seriously, extra water and mix well. A big spoonful of dry Brewer's yeast is not so yummy...

Cell phone shutter speeds just aren't as fast... therefore, you just can't catch those awesome moments quick enough!

When the baby is really fussy and can't put the baby down, wear the baby....
.....while wearing the fussy baby, it's okay to use the potty while wearing the baby.

Don't worry about spending all the extra money on a fancy baby swing, with your luck, your baby will like the most low tech {inexpensive!!} option for entertainment.

In the case you need to sit your droopy baby in a baby seat, extra cloth diapers are great for stuffing in the empty space to prop baby up.

Can't figure out what's wrong with baby? Check the diaper.... {stupid, silent poos! Why can't you be like you used to? I enjoyed the loud announcement of your arrival!}

Walks are kind of a miracle for calming/wearing a baby out.

Don't ever refer to your child as "cheese pits" when talking to your husband, even as a joke, inevitably, the name will stink stick.

If your baby's really driving you wild, just go ahead and give her a baby-ccino.... {totally kidding! She's just sucking on the side of Daddy's cup... the part WITHOUT the hole!}

And last, but not least, maybe Daddy is more amazing than you give him credit for... maybe the baby doesn't always need to be nursed to sleep. :) {Happy Early 1st Father's Day, sweetie!}


  1. I just found your blog. You see I am 34 weeks and am dealing with gestational diabetes. nice to find a " normal" person willing to talk about there experience! all that aside i was looking at your post and wondered do you have a recipe for your lactation cookies?

    1. Also, good luck on the upcoming big day!! :) I'll keep you in my prayers!

  2. Hey Jess! I'm so sorry to hear you've been dealing with GD too... I'm so glad I've been able to help! Let me know if you ever have any questions. :) The lactation cookie recipe I have is from a local store I frequent (that is sadly closing their doors at the end of the month...) I'm not sure where they got theirs from, but credit is due to someone somewhere!! They're delish!

    Lactation Cookie Recipe

    1 c butter
    1 c sugar
    1 c brown sugar
    4 T water
    2 T flaxseed meal*
    2 large eggs
    1 tsp vanilla
    2 c flour (half whole wheat is best)
    1 tsp baking soda
    1/2 tsp salt
    3 cups oats (old fashioned oats are best)
    1 1/2 c semi-sweet chocolate chips
    2 T Brewer's yeast*

    Directions: Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Mix together 2 tablespoons of flaxseed meal and water, set aside for 3-5 minutes. Cream butter and sugars. Add eggs one at a time, mix well. Stir flaxseed mixture and add with the vanilla to the butter mix. Beat until blended. Mix in dry ingredients, then oats, and chocolate chips. Scoop or drop onto lightly greased baking sheet. Bake 8-12 minutes.

    Makes: 6 dozen cookies

    *can be found at any local health food store

  3. I went to the doctor this week and they are saying I am measuring 3 weeks ahead so a little nervous about that might mean. I will find out on the 16th. On a better note I had read about lactation cookies and thought - what a great idea! So I was more than thrilled to find you!! I will go stock up on ingredients. By the way have you ever froze them? I was thinking if I made a HUGE batch now that would last me a good long while if I froze them. What do you think? Thanks again for the help!!

  4. Did they say you were measuring 3 weeks ahead based off an ultrasound or fundal height? Both can be inaccurate... as well as your due date being inaccurate, therefore, rendering the previous two inaccurate. Make sure to ask your doctor about that when you meet with him/her next. I'll be praying for good news on the 16th! You absolutely can freeze the lactation cookies! One of my best friends did that and she said it was amazing to come home from the hospital and have chocolate chip cookies waiting for her. :) Also, make sure you get some Earth Mama Angel Baby Nipple Butter for those first few weeks of nursing. My nipples were just shredded from nursing and it was the only thing that gave me relief. It actually has some calendula in it which helps with the healing process. And, I've heard that lanolin can give babies gas. Gas + newborn = BIG headache!! Mother's milk tea is also great. I used the cookies and tea a lot to get my milk supply back up when we had to supplement.

  5. That was based on fundal height. I have an ultrasound on the 16th. Thanks for the thoughts and prayers. So on the cookies - how often do you have one? At each feeding? :-) I could hope- right?!? Thanks for the tip on the nipple butter. I looked at the website of the place that is closing. Looks like you live about an hour from my Grandmother. She is in Somerset. I hope all is going well with you and your new little one! Thanks again for the help!