life lately: postpartum foods, a big event, and homeschooling

Can you believe the baby will be four weeks old tomorrow?! I can't!

Life is starting to get back to normal for us in September, despite my best efforts to keep everything at a slower pace. :) We only had a few things to do last week, but the exhaustion of waking up several times a night seemed to catch up with me like it always does on week three, and I was a bit of a zombie {having a conversation with me was both nearly impossible and slightly hilarious at the same time}.

To make up for the lack of energy and brain cells, I've decided ice cream {or any sugary thing} is now my new diet staple of choice. I'm nursing so calories don't count right? ;) 

I still love Braum's, but I definitely believe Chick-fil-a has the very best vanilla soft serve, hands down. 


Another postpartum diet staple for the past 4 weeks? Graham crackers. Good thing they sell them at Sam's, because I can't get enough of these babies:


I figured out why I'm starving for carbs last week when we took this little boy in for his check-up. At 3 weeks and 1 day, the child weighed 12 lbs. 4 ounces. He gained 25% of his birthweight in 3 weeks! I think he's serious about eating. :D

"give me the milk and no one gets hurt."
We also made it to church for the first time since he was born. This is the only photographic evidence we managed to get of this big event. For some reason getting 5 kids and ourselves clean and out the door to somewhere on time made me forget to take a real picture. ;)


Of course, we didn't actually make it on time, but I was happy with 10 minutes late on our first try. 10 a.m comes early these days. :)


With more early mornings and places to be this month {like the gym to teach my classes}, I really wish that coffee was my friend again, but sadly enough I haven't regained a love for it yet. It's still way too strong and bitter for me. I'm just going to have to figure out a way to bring it back. 


I might even have to mix it in my ice cream, because I'm definitely going to need some kind of caffeine to get through this :


Homeschooling starts back this week, and we went with a whole new curriculum this year. It's getting a post all of its own, but for now I'll just say it looks... challenging

It might not matter if I don't like coffee. It might be on our school supplies list anyway. ;) That and lots of prayer. :)

Mamas, what were your favorite postpartum foods? Did you feel an insatiable desire for processed carbs like me?

What's your favorite soft-serve ice cream?
Braum's of course, and then Wendy's chocolate frosties are right behind CFA for me.

What's your favorite way to feel energized on days when you're tired and things still have to be done? 
Jumping jacks every hour or do you have another secret? Please tell! :D

34 comments

Meg S. said...

With my second baby my postpartum food was Nutter Butters! I just couldn't get enough of those!

Lauren Butts said...

Coffee and ice cream is an Italian dessert called Affogato! And its delicious :) Would be worth a try ;)

Farmer's Wife said...

Have you heard of Advocare? We have the best energy and mental focus drink available called spark. I would be happy to send you a sample. it is totally safe for nursing mamas to have one a day!! Love, love, love your blog!! Molly

https://www.advocare.com/130313357/Store/ItemDetail.aspx?itemCode=A2093&id=ALL&flavor=E&size=C

Anonymous said...

We also use BJU curriculum and L.O.V.E it,we use as many older versions as we can just do to cost, but buying the teachers manuals and then enough workbooks for all your kiddos plus 1 extra will allow you to resell the entire kit with an unused workbook later on, essentially getting the majority of your money back. I also am due with baby girl #5 on Friday, so glad my hubby kindly encouraged me to wait until October to start schooling. Looking forward to you post on BJ curriculum...:)

Anonymous said...

my coffee is no longer bitter since I began adding a little Dandy Blend to it. Dandy Blend replaces Postum, which was taken off the market.

Veronica Sampson said...

You should try Starbuck's blond roast coffees if Pike's is too dark/bitter for you. The blond are light roasts so not as bitter and they actually have a bit more caffeine than the dark roasts! Or, you could do a cafe ole (cafe misto at Starbucks) which is half coffee and half steamed/hot milk and that way you get your calcium in with the caffeine! ;)

Christa @ BrownSugarToast said...

I'm still in awe that you're already teaching gym classes again!!!!!!!!!!! You go, momma!!!

Marisha said...

My "newborn" (9 month old) is teething right now so we are back to sleepless nights...yawn....But something different I do with her that I haven't with my other 3 is nurse her while lying down, alone if at all possible, usually in my bed. Most days a long nap won't happen for me so nursing her this way gives me a few short cat naps. Oh, and if you can stand the taste, Liquid Chlorophyll is my energy go-to. I usually chase it down with OJ...but...its still kinda gross! :)

Melissa Evans said...

My absolute favorite breakfast while nursing...2 Jalapeno Mozzarella sticks wrapped in Honey Smoked Turkey Breast, 1/2 c. Italian Rose Salsa(Sam's Club), Food Should Taste Good Multigrain Tortilla chips, and a glass of apple juice...Not too bad nutrition-wise, and it just TASTES indulgent! It always fills me up and doesn't leave me feeling sluggish while I'm teaching my kiddos. Coffee is also a must, although I'm definitely with you on the "not loving it" part!

Mandy said...

mmm! I think those would be awesome too! Probably better for you than the oreos I've been enjoying too! ;)

Mandy said...

I have to look that one up! yum! thanks for sharing!!!

Mandy said...

Oh thank you Molly! I tried it a long time ago, but if it's safe I might need to try it again! I have friends that love it!!

Mandy said...

oh that's a fantastic idea!! congratulations on baby #5!! I hope you have a wonderful and safe delivery!! so exciting for y'all!! :D

Mandy said...

I'm going to look that up- I've never heard of it!

Mandy said...

oh that's a fabulous idea too- I've never tried the steamed milk like that! and the blonde roast might just do the trick! thank you for sharing, girlie!!

Mandy said...

hahaha- it kind of just worked out better for me to teach my classes than try to go the gym for fun- it's just a couple each week until the baby is old enough to go in the nursery for an hour. :D I'm amazed at how much better I feel after I go- it's good for me mentally to get out of the house for a little bit sometimes! :)

Mandy said...

oh cat naps would be good!! and liquid chlorophyll sounds interesting- I've seen it at the store and wondered when you take it! :D thanks for sharing!!

Mandy said...

mmmm now that sounds good!! you're making me hungry LOL! :D I like the protein and fruit sources you included! it's a very balanced snack!!

Adrienne Reina said...

Awee..thanks for sharing. I can't remember any postpartum food, but I can share my cravings, salsa on everything and sweets after every meal. Just when I got used to not eating them the cravings came back with a fierce force. LOL. I did however after the first trimester, after I could finally eat, craved processed carby foods. Again something I thought I was over. I am just getting back to eating how I want, need and like and starting to workout again. Btw, do you have any good workouts you can recommend I am at week 22, so second trimester?

My favorite soft serve ice-cream is frozen yogurt. josies yogurt ice-cream is pretty good and healthy for you! Other than that Costco ice-cream at the snack bar is good too. :)

So one of my favorite thing when i need extra energy is to drink coffee or tea. It's on occassion right now.

Thanks for sharing your life with us!
Blessings,
adrienne reina

a bostic said...

We use about half BJU stuff with our four school-aged kids...No Distant Learning tho, b/c we have one computer to split between them (& me). Also have 18mo old toddler & baby #6 due in Jan. I usually take 2 weeks off from school for "maternity leave", but thankfully, my older girls are great about staying motivated to get work done & are independent learners for the most part. It's gonna be TRICKY once little one gets here & I'm still chasing toddler around & 2nd grader needs help with EVERYTHING... Pray for me! HAHAHA

Cheryl Z said...

The chlorophyll was great for me, too. 1 tsp a day in ice water. The chlorophyll has peppermint, too, so it doesn't taste like grass - but it needs to be cold :)

When I had baby #3 my midwife did a class on how to do a 10-minute "nap". Basically just totally relax, the slowly wake back up. I thought it would not work or make me feel worse. But it's just long enough to give me enough of a boost to finish the day and it's not hard to get back up. Now that we have cell phones (that was in 1993) every few weeks or months I decide I need another one of those naps, so I set my phone timer for 10 minutes. That's about all the time I can get away from the kids before #8 finds me. He is 5!

E said...

My mom used to eat ice cream a lot while nursing because she said I slept better :). I will have to post my post partum list in February when my little miracle is born :)

Karen S said...

When I NEEDED the caffeine, but struggled with the coffee taste, I started making my own lattes & mochas at home, by adding a flavored creamer and a shot of whipped cream. It's downright indulgent and you get a little moment of luxury in your day thats consumed by the needs of others : )
Have you browsed the refrigerated creamer section lately?? There's salted caramel mocha and pumpkin spice latte and peppermint mocha and sweet cream and almond joy! I highly recommend : )

Farmer's Wife said...

it tastes lots better now too!!!

Rachel said...

We have a mom & pop ice cream joint open during the summers within walking distance of our house. Definitely my favorite soft serve. And for energy, I rely on iced tea and power naps. Although, all things lemon seem to help me, too: lemon water, lemonade, lemon Popsicles, lemon essential oil (I take a whiff). Congrats on the young man :)

katrina said...

I love liquid chlorophyll. You can buy it in a mint taste and its very light in flavor, but it tastes good and is very refreshing in your water.

Seaweed and Raine said...

SOOOOO Cute! He's growing like crazy! No wonder you are hungry. Carbs might be on any new mama's list. :) I loved my MIL's lemon muffins with my first bubba. Peanut butter and honey sandwiches with #2 (and chocolate might have snuck in there somewhere too - and it showed!!!), and with #3 It was more like roasted cashews, brown rice and cottage cheese patties, and fruit - possibly with a side of home made banana cake. (He was a winter baby). I also loved Symington's Dandelion herbal tea on cold days - and it gave me some pep as well.

I was reading somewhere a while back that some research institution (which for the life of me I can't remember the name of) was looking at foods that give boosts of energy, and they had found that orange juice (fresh squeezed) gave a very simmilar amount of energy to coffee - so if you still can't stand the taste, and need a hit, give it a go. What have you got to loose right? :) Enjoy the indulgent stage.
Sheree

Glan Deas said...

My morning starts with the juice diet. Juice is very healthy and good for everyone's health. As the desert I prefer coffee.

Regards,
Kopi Luwak

Sophie from France said...

My favorite postpartum food: almonds and dark chocolate! Tons of almonds and dark chocolate!After my number 5, I almost ate it for 2 months!!
And to energize, sport, coffee, magnesium and coffe. And coffee, coffee, coffee... And after all that coffee I can not sleep, so I am even more tired ...So I stopped coffee...And I sleep...

Starla said...

I started drinking Dandee Blend this summer and have learned to really like it. I loved coffee and drank it in moderation, but because of some health issues, I went off of it altogether. I like the Dandee Blend with a bit of sweetner (I use Xylitol) and creamer.

Heather @ It's A Long Story said...

ooooh, gotta be Culver's frozen custard! They're doing salted caramel pumpkin concretes right now (like a blizzard), and this 30 week preggo mama is DYING for one!

Carla said...

My favorite postpartum food was Peanut Butter and Jelly Uncrustables. I was so hungry when I nursed in the middle of the night that I would eat one every night while I nursed! And I think it helped keep me awake while nursing in the middle of the night.

Cynthia S. said...

Hello Amanda,
It has been a while, since I checked-in. Oh, and I love the photo of our beautiful baby! My favorite postpartum food was ice cream. And guess what? My youngest is a senior and my favorite food is still ice cream. Just have to exercise like crazy and eat what calms you. Smiles!

Alexis said...

I love this Mandy! My baby is just about 3 weeks old so I came back to read your post-partum blogs for a bit of encouragement :)

Question: How early do you start working out again? I'm feeling like I could start soon but am worried about burning myself out. I did squats and standing pushups at the park yesterday and am so sore! lol.... gotta start building back my muscle!!