I can’t believe it’s that time already! So much has gone on during this pregnancy, as aposed to my first one, that it all seems like a blur, but now here I am suddenly approaching the finish line. Not going to lie, the thought of actually having to give birth soon has been keeping me up at night. The first time I went into labor it was so by the book. My water broke, we rushed to the hospital, my husband didn’t speak the whole car ride (getting his game face on I suppose) and yet there I sat totally psyched for what was about to happen. This was it! The moment we had been reading about and anticipating! I was excited!
Twenty-one hours later, even though I was exhausted and could hardly keep my eyes open, I remember being so happy and satisfied. I had did it! I had conquered fear and anxiety and had successfully created and delivered a human being! I felt like a goddess! It was a great feeling and I was fully prepared to do it again.
So where was that goddess feeling now?
Haha well, let’s be honest, with your first child you get to pamper yourself during pregnancy. You get to read books and go into that delivery room with a plan, although I would like to say my plan was shot straight to hell, however you still feel foolishly prepped and ready.
Baby number two is a whole different story. This time around you’re chasing after a child. You’re already cooking extra meals, and folding more laundry, (and if your crazy like me and have your kids close together) then you’re probably still changing diapers too. For some strange reason the little growing baby inside you doesn’t show any sympathy and adds to that already busy schedule nausea, hunger, tiredness, laziness, and emotional upheaval. “Catch up on those chores while your child sleeps” they say. Yeah right! When my child is sleeping you better believe I’m sleeping that’s how you keep from going insane (that and diffusing some lavender oil).
So here I am, multitasking the best I can and catching naps when my kiddo sleeps, and I thought to myself “How do I grasp that goddess feeling?” That braught me to a list. Anytime I try to grasp or accomplish anything it always succumbs to a list. Like I said earlier, it makes you feel foolishly prepped and ready. My list consisted of:
- Setting up the nursery
- Ordering items needed for new baby like: new changing pad, newborn diapers, baby book, etc.
- Listening to my Labor Story and Hospital Bag HomeBase podcast episode which you can find Here. (This gave me my hospital bag list)
- Meal Planning
Since my husband will be taking the lead on meals during my recovery, I wanted to make sure he was fully equipped with everything he needs to assemble some tasty and nutritious meals for both my recovering body and my toddlers growing body. That brings me to today’s topic (I know I took my time getting there).
I wanted to share some recipes that I researched and found, and then actually tried and approved. I’m going to just give you all links to the original posts because all of these women are awesome and I wouldn’t want to rob you of the pleasure of reading their posts. HOWEVER, I have included some of my own notes with each link, so be sure to read those!
First up we have Laboraid. This is an electrolyte drink that many women are consuming while pregnant, during their at home laboring, and during recovery. It has many health benefits that Eva very sweetly shares in the post which can be found Here. I found this recipe to be a tad pungent so to it I added 12 oz of brewed Raspberry Leaf tea and some ice and that made it perfect!! If you don’t know the health benefits of raspberry leaf tea, specifically for pregnant women, then please read about them Here. I will be making a tub of this mix and freezing it ahead of time, then thawing it when we get home from the hospital and pouring it into a pitcher to keep in the fridge.
Next up we have Protien Balls! I know what you’re thinking, you’ve seen a million of these. You have probably even tried some just to find that they are typically not that great. I was in the same boat, until my mom braught me some of these to try and they are super good!! Better yet my toddler loves them and they are just a few simple ingredients.
- 1 cup Oats
- 3 Tbs Honey
- 1/2 cup Nut Butter*
- 1/2 tsp Vanilla
- 1 Tbs Chia Seeds
- 2 Tbs Flaked Coconut
That’s it! Mix and roll into balls (get your little helpers to do this part) and store in an air tight container in your fridge. Super healthy and they taste just like a chewy granola bar! *The ones in the picture are made with peanut butter. I have also made them with almond butter, cashew butter and sunflower butter. The sunflower butter was my favorite.
Here we have Groaning Cake. This recipe is also from our friend Eva, who actually got this recipe and the Laboraid recipe from her midwife. I liked Eva’s idea of doing muffins instead of a cake (muffins are easier to freeze and then pull one out when you want one) but I had so much batter that I ran out of muffin cups and had to make a loaf too! The loaf was great as well so go with what your family prefers. Now the only problem with this recipe for me is I’m Gluten Free and it calls for 3 cups of wheat flour 😱. I went out on a limb and tried just straight up subbing 3 cups of Pillsbury Gluten Free flour mix and they came out perfect!! Light and fluffy, seriously deliscious, and these little guys pack a flavor punch! They have gratted carrot, apple, zucchini, coconut, walnuts, spices, and molasses! Hands down best muffin of my life! Oh yeah I went there! Nothing else has ever been so moist, packed full of nutrition, sweetened only with honey, and can be Gluten Free!! This is a world altering muffin and really wish I could send each of you one right now so you could try it and know that I’m not lying!! I’m just going to hope that you all go grab the recipe which you can find Here and make your own.
Lastly we have Quinoa and Bean Burritos! These are another one of my mothers great recipes. They are so easy to make, tasty to eat, and pop right from the freezer to the microwave for the fastest meal ever! They are a freezer staple at my house. What’s really great about these is there is no real recipe. Simply cook up a large batch of Quinoa and add as much or as little of the following:
- Black Beans
- Diced Tomatoes
- Lime Juice
- Chicken (I normally make mine vegetarian)
Simply mix it all together, plop some in the middle of a large flour tortilla, top it with shredded cheese, roll it up, wrap it in foil, and put them all in a massive ziplock bag for the freezer. You can take them out of the freezer and heat them in the oven 400 degrees for 10-20 mins or unwrap them from the foil and pop them in the microwave for 2-3 mins.
Besides these great recipes, I’m also making sure I’ve got the fridge stocked with lots of fresh fruits and veggies all washed and chopped and ready for the munching. There will also be individually wrapped cheeses for snacking, yogurt and granola for easy breakfasts, hard boiled eggs for a quick protein boost, lots of squeezy apple sauce for my toddler and a box of chocolates for my sanity’s sake.
I think I’m pretty close to ready! Not that you are ever really ready for the phenomenon of giving birth but you try your best to be. Hope this list of recipes helps some of you prep for your post labor recover too!