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Permission to Rest - {Post-Partum Care}

Can you believe it wasn't till our fourth baby that I was given permission to take some down time post-partum?!?

Our culture expects moms to be right back to "normal" after labor. After my our first daughter was born at the hospital, I was encouraged to get up and walk around as much as I could right away. After our second, I didn't really have a choice about not slowing down - though each time I was blessed to have my mom come and help with the big kids.

After my third birth (our fourth child) in a birthing center I was made to promise to rest for three days. I cannot explain the relief I felt being given the permission to rest.



Permission.

That made all the difference. To not feel like I was being lazy by resting, by napping when baby was sleeping, by "taking it easy".

By taking care of myself I am setting myself up to be a better mom.

How patient are you when you are worn out? I know I'm not. I get overwhelmed by the chaos that is children. Every little noise that is just slightly too loud grates me down. But when I'm at my best, those roll right over me.

So take those extra moments to make sure your bucket is filled so you can pour into those little joys.




Even if you are a seasoned parent, having a new baby can throw you for some loops. Remember to question the advice given to you and follow your gut! Here are a few nuggets to keep in mind in those first months of new baby land.

Join me as I guest post over at Smithspirations in celebration of Kristen's new baby!




Loaded Oatmeal Bowl Cookies

We cannot keep bananas in the house. It seems like we buy them every other day. Then all the sudden we have a pile of brown bananas. Yes, they love them for months then out of no where loose interest and I am left trying to figure out what to do with all the bananas.

Quite often I do Banana Bread or I will peel them and put them in the freezer for smoothies. But those options were getting old. And, I'll be honest, I really have to be in the mood to eat a banana. I do LOVE banana bread, but any other banana flavored things are not for me!

But the boys in our house love them! When we have oatmeal they load their bowls with honey, banana and peanut butter - and Papa adds a fried egg to the top. So when I came across this Easy Oatmeal Breakfast Cookie, it seemed the perfect recipe to tweak!



My oldest boy rarely eats eggs, so I love adding them (and extras) to recipes. So I just switched this around a bit and still have a cookie that stays together. Best part is these are really easy to make a huge batch of and freezer most of them so you can "grab and go".

My three-year-old and a little boy I have been watching once a week have devoured our stash over the last month, so it was time for another batch. I paid a little closer attention this time so I could share with you - and the friend's mama ;)

Ingredients:

  • 3-4 overly ripe Bananas
  • 1 cup Peanut Butter (or other nut butter)
  • 1 cup Honey (or equivalent of other sweetener)
  • 1 Tablespoon Vanilla Extract
  • 1/2 cup Whole Wheat Flour
  • 1/2 cup fresh ground Flax Seed
  • 1 Tablespoon ground Cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon Baking Soda
  • 2 Eggs
  • 2 1/2 cups oats (quick or rolled will work fine)
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Add the ingredients to your mixer in the order listed, I definitely use the stand mixer for this recipe. Portion and bake for 14-18 minutes. Then cool and freeze most of them :) They defrost very quickly.

I love making my cookies and breads on Pampered Chef baking stones and use the scoops for cookies, pancakes, muffins and more! Using the small scoop this recipe made about 45 cookies and I usually give the kiddos 2 each.



The best part about these - other than them being on hand pretty easily, is how guilt free I feel letting the kids have them whenever they ask . . . Seriously, they are like a bowl of oatmeal in you hand!

You can also cut back on the sweetener and add some dried fruit. AND if you have nut lovers, pecans or walnuts would be so yummy in these. Hemp seeds also add a nice pop and a protein punch.

Try these other delicious and nutritious snackies:

What guilt free grab and go foods do you have on hand?

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Soothing Bug Bite, Anti-Itch Oil

There are pockets of sitting water all around now after the rain - which means bugs!

Yuck!

Well, we have some great homemade Bug Spray, but inevitably we forget or it wears off or we forget and we end up with some bites.

And of course my poor kiddos are the first to get them! Long gone are the days of using "after-bite" and there's no calamine in our house either.

I, of course, turned to lavender when they first informed me of the itching, but then I thought we should whip up "Itch" in a roller bottle for them.



Lavender is soothing.
Melaleuca helps with the poison.
Peppermint gives a cooling effect.
Then add the coconut oil, which is anti-bacterial. Calendula infused is even better!

I found this great deal on the roller bottles, which means I can make up specialized bottles as needed.

Itch Oil

Add the following to a 10ml Roller Bottle
10 drops Lavender Essential Oil
10 drops Melaleuca Essential Oil
10 drops Peppermint Essential Oil
Top off with a Carrier Oil

My go to carrier oil is Sweet Almond, but for this I used coconut because of it's properties. You can adjust the EOs for the age of your kids. For under 2-year-old I'd leave out the peppermint and cut the Melaleuca in half, so you have less EO to carrier oil.



I hope you don't have to use it too much, but you'll be glad to have it in your bag when you need it!

If you need something a little more "sticky", Intoxicated on Life just share an Itch-Be-Gone Paste.

What do you usually use for bug bites?

This post may contain affiliate links. I sometimes receive compensation from advertisers, sponsors and affiliates. All opinions are mine. Purchasing through my site is of no additional cost to you, but helps support this blog and my family. All health advice is from personal experience, I am not a healthcare professional, please seek medical advice for any healthcare concerns.
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