huh? why you ask? i’m fine. bwahahahahaha
these 2.5 hr stretches of sleep though!! WHEW. then i look at my 2 and 5 year olds and remember how fast these weeks and months will continue to whiz on by. 12 days in and changing her diaper is not the huge challenge i made it out to be while in the hospital. i know she and i have the same equipment and all, but it took me forever to clean her properly (as she screamed her little face off) and i was terrified of hurting her. all is well now! livin’ and learnin’.
so, about these cookies. 1st off, there is no actual breast milk in these cookies. lol. Sonny left the house to run an errand and while en route, he called to confirm this fact. #truefunnystory
and look, i don’t know if it’s cause i haven’t baked with actual butter in years or what, but i cannot. stop.eating.them. they are slightly crunchy, but still moist on the inside when you sink your teeth into them. SO GOOD and good for you! from the research i’ve done, the active ingredients with those wonderful milk boosting properties nursing mamas need are:
oats: iron, energy, fiber
milled flaxseed: omega fatty acids, fiber
brewers yeast: no substitutions here! iron, protein, B vitamins, selenium, chromium, balances immune system, combats fatigue, fights against baby blues… who knew!?
chocolate chips: happiness 🙂
on day 3 there was one cookie left and the texture was still on point. make these, mamas!!
my postpartum journey so far:posting my progress pics is always a double-edged sword! when women put themselves down before giving someone else a compliment (actually i do this WAY too often) it doesn’t give the person receiving the compliment a very good feeling. in fact, it’s really awkward, especially in person. it’s important to remember that we are all on our own timeline. comparison is the thief of joy, and falling into that emotional trap can make you feel like a failure or minimize any progress you’ve made. you cannot compare your progress to any other mama. they are not on your journey and you aren’t on theirs! do not be tempted to add unnecessary pressure or beat yourself up over someone else’s progress. this was my 3rd pregnancy, i worked out the entire time (4-6 days a week) with all three, i have been a group fitness instructor (HIIT & strength training) for 7+ years now and i’m a Pre/Postnatal fitness trainer. i live a very active lifestyle. as a fitness professional, my transformation is my reality, and i will never be ashamed to share my story or progress. couple things you will also never see me say or do: gloat, body-shame myself or any other mama, or put my or my baby’s health in jeopardy in an effort to ‘snap back’ in record time. my aim has always been (and will continue to be) to magnify how living a fit lifestyle before, during, and after pregnancy is best for baby and mama vs. a sedentary journey. what about those women who are unable to workout? this is why i continue to say, “focus on what you can control.”! you have complete control over your nutrition, and committing to making healthier choices along your pregnancy journey makes a world of difference. i’ve worked with mamas who desire a meal plan only and they are still able to feel great and minimize some of the pregnancy aches and pains that come along with excess weight gain. although getting back into your pre-pregnancy clothes is a very big deal to some women, others couldn’t care any less. and that’s OK. to each her own! as a certified Pre/postnatal Fitness Specialist and Nutrition Consultant though, i can attest that a quick postpartum recovery (i.e., snap back) is often the number one area of concern discussed when i’m approached by expecting moms seeking to have a fit pregnancy. of course, snapping back is not the end all be all, but clearly it’s important and not selfish by any means.
although i receive positivity and encouragement during my fit pregnancy journey more than anything, the negative comments can be disheartening. some have even suggested i sit down somewhere and actually enjoy my pregnancies. i’m not sure what made her/him think i don’t, lol! leading a healthy lifestyle IS clearly something i enjoy and take pride in. my IG and blog would not be filled with real life moments of this lifestyle that i love sincerely if i didn’t. honestly, being pregnant only makes me want to be that much more healthy (ok, after the 1st trimester, haha). i do understand that my results aren’t typical… but neither is my lifestyle. i work with pre & postnatal mothers of all trades and they can testify that consistency & committing to making fitness work with their busy lifestyles and schedules breeds the best results. this is my “secret”, and has proved to offer the best postpartum results mentally, physically, emotionally, inside and out. because i moved almost my entire pregnancy, i am taking my postpartum rest and recovery period so serious! sitting down somewhere is not as difficult as i expected it to be, lol. i definitely don’t want to relapse, so healing completely before exercising again is my priority. i am focusing on what i can control which is keeping my calories up (and my diet gas/bloat-free) so my milk supply can thrive, nursing Kosi on demand, and resting as much as she lets me. i planned on putting my best postpartum tips in this post but got a lil’ long winded up there; look out for them next!