We keep getting asked what the biggest surprise has been after having a baby. Sure, we could say we are surprised at how crazy in love we are or how our lives have completely changed, but that’d be a lie. We always knew that this baby would make us incredibly happy.
What we didn’t expect is for our little guy to be such a piece of cake. Yes, there have been moments (hours) of fussy crying, we’ve each been peed on WAY more than once, and everything around the house has to be done in small bursts during naps, but that’s the easy part. The tricky part is figuring out how to properly care for yourself in the midst of it all. Without a clear, calm head and plenty of stamina for baby bouncing, you could easily lose your mind.
Keeping yourself in tip-top shape for newborn life is a must. Not only do you need to be able to drop everything you are doing to change a diaper or sing another round of baby beluga, you’ve also got to be a sole source of nutrition for a teeny, tiny, hungry tiger.
A good amount of protein, frequent snacks, and lots of hydration keeps the milk supply up and the number on the scale going down. It’s a tricky, tricky game, but it can be played. I’ve probably been eating better than ever, even more so than when I was pregnant since there aren’t the monster sugar cravings and any kind of processed food has become totally repulsive.
Smoothies like this are helpful when I know I will only have one arm free for consuming my calories. It’s got healthy fats, protein, fruit and vegetables all in one. It also doesn’t require a bunch of prep time that might have be be abandoned halfway through and it keeps my energy level high and my guilt level low.
Reaching for healthier convenience foods (smoothies, green juice, fruit, yogurt, luna bars) has helped to fill in the gaps between salads, whole grains, and the insane amount of chicken I’ve been eating and, so far, I think it’s working. I’ve been getting smaller, Henry’s getting bigger, and we’ve both been healthy since delivery day.
If any other moms/humans/readers/health geniuses out there have any other suggestions, I’d love to hear it. In the meantime, I’ll be sippin’ on one of these.
Recipe for Peanut Butter + Banana + Kale Smoothie
1 tbsp peanut butter
1 handful kale
1 ripe banana
1/2 cup almond milk (or more if you don’t like it thick)
Blend peanut butter, kale, and banana in blender or food processor until smooth. Slowly add almond milk until desired consistency is reached.