So we’re 8 1/2 days into this thing called parenthood and honestly, it’s going really well. Whenever I feel overwhelmed, all I have to do is look at her, hear a coo, or give that baby soft head a little rub to bring me back to this little sliver of paradise called motherhood. And yes, I know, my Instagram is baby overload. But hey, I don’t think I can have it any other way 😉 I know she’s changing before my eyes and I don’t want to miss a thing!
I know a lot of new moms are super sleep deprived. I’m certainly not bright-eyed and bushy tailed, but I’m surviving quite well. It reminds me of the days in college where I would survive on 4-5 hours of sleep and repeat…and it never seemed to catch up with me. And now, I should go knock on some wood…
What’s harder than expected? Breastfeeding. But I’m going to do a post all about that with a recipe for the lactation cookies I made yesterday. And even if you’re not looking to increase your milk supply, they are husband-approved. I think I need to hide them, in fact. Yeah, I should go do that now…
Another tough thing is not having about 6 more sets of arms and hands to do things. Have you ever put cream cheese on a bagel while holding a newborn? I have…as of this morning! Not easy. Or how about making a latte? Not even possible. But we’re venturing into the waters of baby wearing now that Miss Shea is above 8 pounds again (high five, self!). Yesterday, I was able to wear her while making cookies, chili, and unloading and reloading the dishwasher. The only real issue was that babies are little infernos and I have a feeling I’ll be walking around the house naked much of the winter.
I’m learning it can all be done with some learning, adaptations, and patience.
I’ve also learned why there’s so much demand and popularity surrounding freezer meals for new moms. As someone who is all about being prepared, I totally missed the boat on this one. I stock piled nothing at all in our freezer for baby’s arrival and the first few nights home were take out, sandwiches, and scrambled eggs. Since then, we’ve received some freezer meals (thank you!) and have taken inventory of options in our freezer and pantry (thank you MIL for cleaning and organizing my pantry!).
What I do have stock piled in the freezer, however, is applesauce. LOTS of applesauce. It’s not a meal, but I’m sure glad to have it to enjoy over the coming weeks and months. This version is super simple and comes together quickly. It can also be made in the crock pot, but stove top was quick and easy – enjoy!
- 15 apples, peeled, cored, and cut into large chunks
- ⅓ cup brown sugar
- 1½ tsp cinnamon
- ⅔ cup fresh apple cider
- Combine all ingredients in a large pot set over medium-low heat. Allow to simmer, stirring occasionally, until apples are very tender, about 20-30 minutes.
- Once softened, mash the apples with a potato masher or for a smooth applesauce, puree using an immersion blender or blender. Refrigerate 4+ hours before serving.
Off to give baby her first bath and to get ready for her newborn photo shoot 🙂 Here’s one image I took of her yesterday while I had her looking cute for our trip to work.
Congrats on your beautiful baby girl! She’s so adorable!! Question on the applesauce – what is the best way you freeze it?
Hi Melissa! Thank you! I freeze the applesauce in 1-2 serving portions in tupperware and just pull and thaw as needed/wanted 🙂
Hi Nicole. Love your blog! This applesauce looks great!
Just wanted to say, as a mom to a 16-month-old girl, breastfeeding is SUPER hard. We made it through and she was breastfed until around a year (a miracle!) but it was a really hard road to navigate. Hang in there though, it definitely gets easier (and more pain free) but it definitely takes some time. If you need any advice or anything feel free to reach out to me via e-mail.
Liz, thank you! REALLY appreciate your response. I’m already worried about going back to work and keeping up with her needs…and I’m off for another 10 1/2 weeks! I’m crazy, I know. It just seems like precious gold and when I think I’m getting a bit ahead (um, like 3 ounces!)…it seems like she wants a bit more. I’m doing all I know to do to keep my supply up, but it’s hard not to stress over, especially knowing I’m going back to work. Ah! So worth it, though 🙂
I know this doesn’t sound stress-relieving, but I was *constantly* worried about my supply (to the point of driving myself and my husband insane) and somehow it always just worked out. For example. I’d be at work during the day, and have only enough for her to have ‘x’ number of ounces during the day. And that day she would be satisfied with only what was in the fridge at daycare. Then I’d think, oh wow, great I built up my stash! and then she’d pound a ton of milk, or I’d be gone longer than expected and she’d drink it all. Honestly, breastfeeding has been the toughest part of being a parent for me! It requires so much commitment (as it’s always on you – whether you are feeding the babe directly or pumping) and no one can help with that – so make sure to get help with other areas (cleaning, cooking, etc.) Sorry if this is long and rambling, or too much info. Clearly I have a lot to say on the topic! Enjoy your time with Shea!