Everyone is busy these days and it can be hard to find healthy options when you’re on the go. It’s been a struggle but I’ve found some healthy alternatives that I love to make and they’re filling too!!
Fruit and yogurt parfaits
- Yogurt of your choice (I like Dannon Light and Fit Greek yogurt but choose whichever you like best)
- Fruit of your choice (my favorite combo is bananas, strawberries and blueberries)
- Granola (my favorite is Mason St. Bakehouse granola or you can make your own)
- I layer the yogurt then fruit add a little honey and granola on top then continue to layer as much or as little as you want. The best part is you can change your toppings to fit your mood!
I posted previously about my overnight oats but just as a reminder if you didn’t read my last post here’s how I make them. They’re easy to make ahead and it’s great for breastfeeding mothers. Plus it tastes great too!
- 1/2 cup of rolled oats (Bob’s Red Mill is my go to)
- 1/2 cup of milk of your choice (I like almond milk)
- Fruit or nut topping of your choice
This is another recipe where you can be creative and put whatever toppings and fruit you like in it. Below is a great chart to help get you started from the producemom.com:
I love to add just the basics: bananas, peanut butter and honey is my usual overnight oat of choice mix.
Hope these recipes help you make some good choices for future snacking!
Before I was pregnant I had never tried overnight oatmeal. The thought of cold oatmeal in the morning didn’t really sound appealing but I couldn’t have been more wrong.
When I was breastfeeding with my first baby, I had a hard time producing milk in the beginning, so I looked up ways to increase my production. Hence the previous posts on lactation cookies. I also discovered oatmeal was a great source of iron and perfect for breastfeeding moms and women in general.
The best part is that it’s easy to make. You can make batches ahead of time (I like to store them in mason jars in the refrigerator) and it’s a great way to get a healthy breakfast in when you’re a new and/or busy mom.
Below are some recipes that I’ve tried and loved but feel free to put any toppings you choose once you have the base.
Refrigerate in a jar and the next day add your toppings
Banana, peanut butter or other nut butter and honey
Apple, chia seeds or flax seeds, maple syrup, cinnamon and nutmeg
Nutella and banana
Berries, yogurt, nuts and honey
Skies the limit with this simple yet filling recipe.
Give it a try and add anything healthy you like! It’s perfect for morning, noon or night!
The 21st of July was my due date and the day has come and gone. Instead of going in on my scheduled induction date, I’ve spent these past days with my new two week old daughter and navigating life with a newborn and almost 3 year old. I may not have had any pre-eclampsia symptoms like I did the first time around but I still delivered 2 weeks early. It may seem surprising, and believe me no one was more surprised than me when I woke up one morning to use the bathroom and my water broke, but it ended up being a much less stressful situation this time around and even though she was early, she was full term and already 8lbs!
Going back to my water breaking, everything about this second delivery was different from the first. From my new doctor and my trust in her, to the attending doctor and staff once I got to the hospital, everything was completely different than when I had my son just 3 short years ago. That being said, I was lucky enough to have people around me telling me to put aside all the anxiety and all the preconceived notions from the first delivery and focus on this delivery. And that’s what I would tell anyone today who is having fears and doubts about having more children after a rough first time.
Every. Pregnancy. Is. Different.
I heard it before but until you experience it, you won’t believe it. I had faith. And I hoped and I prayed that this time would be different and it was. I didn’t have pneumonia. I didn’t have preeclampsia. My newborn didn’t have jaundice where I had to go back to the hospital once we were discharged. I did have some ankle and feet swelling but after 2 weeks I’m back to feeling and looking like myself again instead of months later still feeling sick and while trying to take care of a newborn. I couldn’t ask for a better situation this time around. Believe me, I had doubts. I googled all kinds of things: “second pregnancies after preeclampsia”, “will I have preeclampsia a second time if I’ve had it once”, “what to expect after having preeclampsia”. Too much googling can make you crazy. Trust in your body. Trust yourself and make sure you surround yourself with people you trust as well.
My little Zoe ❤️
After all my nervousness not only surrounding my health but whether I could deliver vaginally or if I was going to have a c-section, I delivered my healthy 8lb girl naturally and she is perfect.
Now comes the easy part…raising two kids under the age of 3! 😉
One of my favorite pieces of work out equipment is the Bosu Ball. I love when you can do a million exercises on 1 thing. It’s easy to use and transport, while still being tough on you!
For these exercises shown below, I usually do this as part of a complete hour workout. Which means if I’m doing a circuit workout, I may run for 5 mins, then do strength exercises for 10mins, run for 5 then do something else. This Bosu workout below is the something else. Each exercise is done at my own pace, as many reps as possible for 30-45secs and I do it twice.
Have you tried the Bosu lately? You’ll be glad you did once you start.
In this “struggle series” I wanted to discuss my anxiety about having more children. I’m not sure if anyone else has ever felt this way after having kids, but now that it’s time for us to start trying for another baby, I can’t help but be nervous that my pregnancy will be difficult or I’ll have preeclampsia again. I guess it’s like any new endeavor: going to a new school, moving to a new city, starting a new job. All of those things bring that same uncertainty of the unknown, but somehow you rise to the challenge and come out ok, sometimes better than before.
Not to mention I’m 35 now and according to modern medicine once you’re over 35 you’re too old to have kids. My doctor is wonderful, however and relays the basics but doesn’t dwell on it. She cuts to the chase, yes I’m 35 and it might be harder but it also depends on each individual and each pregnancy is different, so bottom line is I shouldn’t worry. I can’t help it though, I’m a natural worrier.
I’m also stuck on trying to lose the last 15lbs of post-baby weight so that I don’t start off heavier the second time around. That means more consistent exercising, healthier meals and staying more active. Fall is slowly approaching us here in the south so that means hopefully we can do more things outside, take more walks and enjoy the outdoors. It’s a constant battle between wanting to sleep and wanting to workout. It never used to be this hard but I’m not giving up.
So what else is there to do? Well if I can’t worry I’m going to focus on the positive. I’m going to continue to work out, try to eat healthy and let things happen naturally. If I’m meant to have another baby, I will. Meanwhile I have the most amazing son and husband and family and I’ll continue to try and be the best mother and wife I can be. I guess that all any of us can do!
My cute little family at Disneyworld 👆🏽
I’ve been struggling with how to start this post and how I was going to explain what exactly I mean by this statement. I never thought much about my search for a doctor, mainly because I was rarely sick and just went to whoever: urgent care, a recommendation from a friend. Until I got pregnant, and saw how important it is to have the right doctor. I saw firsthand how incredibly important it is to have someone you trust, someone who is on the same page as you in terms of what you will and won’t do, someone you are entrusting your life with to have your best interest at heart. That’s hard to do. Doctors see so many patients and deal with so much. They can be amazing. Or they can be the worst. How can you be sure they actually care about you? This isn’t important only for expecting mothers but for anyone who may be feeling out of sorts or might need a basic check-up.
Healthcare is something we know is important but that we all take for granted until it’s absolutely necessary. We as a society don’t focus on health enough. My mom used to tell me that without your health, what do you have? And she’s right. How can you work and enjoy the things you work for, enjoy your family, your friends without being healthy and feeling your best? You can’t. And I mean overall health too. Your mental as well as the physical. I could write for hours debating the benefit of each but I just wanted to give my opinion using my past pregnancy.
I’ve written before about my troubles with pre-eclampsia before. I was fortunate enough to have gotten it late in my pregnancy so I only had to deliver about 9 days earlier than my due date. What I didn’t realize was how I didn’t know anything about pre-eclampsia other than what you find on google. I was always pretty healthy and had low to normal blood pressure so I wasn’t a high risk pregnancy and no one thought anything of it. I also didn’t factor in that my doctor would send me to be admitted and then go on vacation with her family and not deliver my baby. Or that they would discharge me only to have me go back in days later because my baby developed jaundice. Or that I would get pneumonia and still be severely swollen a week after delivering. None of these factors could have been predicted. What I did have a choice in was how it was handled and who my doctor was. I went through a couple of doctors after that, trying to find one that I felt comfortable with and finally settling on the actual doctor who delivered my baby. I tried to complain about how I was treated but it fell on deaf ears and I didn’t try hard enough. I was too exhausted with having a new baby and feeling so bad, I gave up on pursuing the lack of care I received. It was traumatic to say the least, but the one good thing that resulted from this medical disaster (other than my healthy baby) was I found a renewed sense of power. Over my body, over my life. I was a mom now. And I was responsible for someone other than myself. I wasn’t going to let anyone tell me or force me to do something I wasn’t comfortable with from now on. Not my husband, not a family member, no one.
Not everyone has that luxury or is that lucky. And I’m thankful for every lesson I’ve learned and continue to learn. I’ve met and talked to so many young women who had similar or worse experiences than me and it’s unsettling. We have to demand more from our community, our doctors, from our government when it comes to healthcare because as a society if one is sick then we all are. We’re all here living on this planet together.
And we deserve better when it comes to how we view our health and others. So please, do your research and take your health seriously no matter what.
So it’s only been 15 months as a mom and it seems much longer! I’m just now starting to get the hang of things. How am I going to make it the next 17 years?! Forget that, the next 40! Because let’s face it, it’s not going to end when he turns 18. I still count on my mom and I’m 34. I don’t know if I can make it that long.
This leads me to the next mommy struggle: prioritizing your life and getting on a schedule. Otherwise known as the “I don’t have enough time” phase. I feel like most complaints I hear are about how moms can’t get anything done. I have to admit that even though a 15 month old can get into much more mischief now that he’s walking and older and more curious, it is a bit easier to get things done around the house. I allow him to play and explore (within reason of course) so that I can do the dishes, wash clothes, make the bed.
One thing moms kick ass at is multitasking, but don’t let it take over your life. I almost had a meltdown trying to do too much that I had to take a step back and calm down. Whenever you take on too much is when something suffers and usually that’s your child.
Instead of being stressed out about nap times and meal times, I let things happen naturally. That doesn’t mean I forget about nap time all together. I just don’t stress about it too much. Now when I want to get some things done, I put him in his high chair, let him feed himself some snacks and keep my eye on him while I get some things done.
Instead of worrying about working out during nap time, I work out while he plays next to me in his pack and play or on the floor. Sometimes I use him as added weight too 😉 And if worse comes to worse, I drop him off at his grandma’s house and do what I have to do!
Motherhood is a learning experience and no one has all the answers. Being a perfectionist like myself doesn’t help either, because no matter how much you plan, or prepare, nothing will ever be perfect when it comes to kids. And no two experiences are the same. You do the best you can and ask for help when you need to.
How do you keep your sanity when trying to get things done with a baby or toddler? Tips and suggestions welcome!