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The Essentials Guide to Meals for New Parents

 | November 27, 2018 | Posted by:

I don’t know about you, but it seems like most of the women I know are either pregnant or have just had a baby. Along with diapers and wipes, I don’t know of a more meaningful show of love than to bring a meal to those new parents.

There are a few guidelines that I try to follow, though, especially for nursing moms. I try to be mindful because that sweet babe has never had to digest his mama’s milk before. Whatever mom eats, baby eats.

Winter is a fabulous time to take food to new parents because it’s soup season. One-pot meals are my fave, and are especially wonderful when taking to another family. Plus, you can load up on veggies and broth that add much-needed nutrients.

Don’t forget to add instructions for baking or heating. Those postpartum hormones are no joke, and every little bit of brain cells we can save our sleep-deprived friends is a help.

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7 Tips for Returning to Work After Baby

 | July 5, 2017 | Posted by:

If you are joining millions of other new moms who are heading back to work after their maternity leave, read on for some helpful tips.

 

Don’t be too hard on yourself. Your body and brain have undergone huge changes in the past year. Don’t expect to figure everything out in a week. Give yourself permission to find systems that work for you; even if that means failing along the way.

Meal planning. Whether it’s for a week, two weeks, or month at a time it’s worth it to sit down and make a plan. You don’t have to assign meals to certain nights. Just having a list of meals that you have ingredients for takes the pressure off. You can find some helpful tips here.

Have a stocked freezer for backup meals. There will be nights when you have frozen pizza for dinner. That’s okay. Keep easy meals stocked in your freezer for the nights when something unexpected happens (…..like colic) or you’re running low on energy.

Shop online for groceries. All the major grocery stores have curbside pickup. Take advantage! You don’t even have to get out of your car. And they have flexible hours so you can stop by on your way home from work if you have to!

The crockpot/instant pot is your friend. Take advantage of these wonderful appliances. Have a frozen already-cooked rotisserie chicken in your freezer? Throw it in the instant pot for 30 minutes to and hour and you have dinner! In the mood for some soup? Throw your ingredients in the crockpot before you leave for work and voila! You have dinner!

Meal prep for lunches. If you have a day that is slower paced, why not use an hour to put together lunches for the week? Store them in bento boxes so they’ll be easy to grab as you run out the door. It’s one less thing you have to worry about in your already-rushed morning.

Find time for yourself. Whether it’s a bath at the end of the day, getting a mani/pedi, reading a good book, or working out – find time for yourself.

What are your tips for new moms returning to work?

 


Motherhood, Superwoman, and God’s Glory

 | November 29, 2016 | Posted by:

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You don’t have to look far today to find pictures of gloriously fit women boasting their 3 weeks postpartum six pack abs. Heck! They never even lost the six pack to begin with! They were there all the time, wrapping their unborn babe in a cocoon of toned muscle.

Meanwhile, back on planet earth and smack dab in the middle of what normal people call reality…..you find women plodding through Mommy exhaustion with less than toned abdominal muscles and less than optimal brain function.

Culturally today, the average woman is encouraged to get her body back as quickly as possible after birth. Instead of taking the time to rest and heal, she is told to get back to the gym. Instead of being helped with cooking, housework, and taking care of her other children, she is told to be superwoman and jump right back into life. Alone…and she’s gonna do it.

Why?

I propose 2 big reasons.

  1. We are driven by pride

We want to handle the much celebrated busyness of life, look hot doing it, and make it all look effortless. We count calories to shrink our waists so we can look like the girl our husbands married, even though we just had a baby. We buy into the propaganda that tells us a successful woman must resemble the latest trend. We might even go so far as to say we want to do it all by ourselves. Without help or support. Because we can handle it.

But when that is the goal of our lives, who are we really glorifying ?

2. We are focused on outward appearances

If we can look like we have it all together, then people won’t see the real person underneath the “self-sustained” mask who is scared to death that she is going to crack one day. Nobody needs to know we are one doughnut away from eating ourselves into a sugar coma. We think if we can just fake it ’til we make it, one day we’ll get “there”.

What, or where, is “there” for you? What does having it all together look like? Making enough money for a big impressive house? Fitting comfortably in size 4 ultra skinny jeans? Landing that promotion? Having the perfect number of kids? Having a blog that everyone wants to read?

(…Uh….I don’t know where that one came from…..)

Why are we trying to impress? Do obtaining these things satisfy us in the deepest way?

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These are real issues that we face today. Who are we glorifying? Who are we trying to impress? Here are two thoughts to consider as we take a hard look at the condition of our hearts.

1. Loving Christ more than ourselves

If our hearts are chasing after the mask of self-reliance, hungering for “acceptance” that comes with a showcase life that is promised (in vain) by the world we live in, we are not truly loving Christ.

These things are so heavy. Too heavy to bear. We fall under the load, in our shame and our inadequacy. Our pride and stubbornness (our sin!) keep us from the only thing that can free us from our burdens.

Motherhood is meant to show us our need for Christ! It’s meant to shine a light on all those dark areas where we cling to our own strength.

2. We can’t get there on our own

“Take my yoke upon you. Let me teach you, because I am humble and gentle at heart, and you will find rest for your souls.”  Matthew 11:29 (New Living Translation)

We don’t instinctually know how to lay down the heavy burdens we cling to. We must be taught by the One who is perfectly humble; perfectly gentle; perfectly able to give us the rest in Him that we so desperately need.

He teaches us through His Word; lovingly ministering to us in truth and grace.

“For from his fullness we have all received, grace upon grace” Jonh 1:16 (ESV)

I pray today that we would draw, from HIS fullness, the grace that we need. Grace in our exhaustion. Grace in our inadequacies. Grace in our failings. Grace in our prideful pursuits.

 

 

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