2 week post partum update and recipe for grain-free, egg-free healthy lactation cookies.
My days seem to be rolling together. I never really know what day it is. I am a walking zombie it feels like.
These first 2 weeks of post partum flew by. For the most part I am surviving. I am doing well. Madison is doing well.
Jax joins me for most nursings but not the nighttime ones, he likes his sleep.
We had a fun girls weekend as Gary was out of town. We captured some of the moments from the weekend plus I share my recipe for grain-free, egg-free lactation cookies that I eat every night during my nighttime nursings.
2 week post partum update
Weight: I am about 2-3 lbs away from my prepregnancy weight. I never really weighed myself much before getting pregnant as my weight tends to fluctuate. I am not a fan of the scale anyways, I prefer to go by how I feel and how my clothes fit. I gained about 18lbs during my pregnancy and lost most of it at labor.
I am happy with my weight and not stressing over those last few pounds. I know once I can really workout again my body will naturally adjust to the weight I need to be. For now, I am focusing on Madison and staying strong and healthy for her.
Eats: I have been eating very similar to how I did during my pregnancy just added in a few more snacks. I only track my macros a few days a week to keep me on track. I like doing it as I feel it helps me learn and understand my body better. I know it’s not for everyone and that is fine. I don’t stress over it. I generally know what to eat as I tend to know what works for my individual body.
Emotions: All over the place. Taking my placenta capsules has helped with my postpartum recovery, especially with my emotions. I tend to be happier on the days I remember to take them. These damn hormones are crazy.
One minute I am happy and feel I got this… followed by crying hysterically thinking I am doing everything wrong. Michelle and Gary have been great at supporting me during this emotional roller coaster.
Sleep: Average is probably 2-3 hours. Some nights I can get 4 hours. I try to take cat naps when Madison is sleeping but something always pops up that I forget to lay down for a little bit. Some days I do take a 20-30 minute nap.
Exercise: I have done nothing besides a few walks during the day. Each walk is around my neighborhood and they last about 10 minutes. Sometimes 15. This week I hope to walk a bit longer.
No other form of exercise as I normally rest or help Michelle with work which keeps me busy.
Skin: My skin is doing well. No pimples which I am SO happy about 🙂 I mentioned a few times during my pregnancy how nervous I was about my skin post pregnancy.
So far my skin is handling everything well, so I am very pleased.
Digestion: Good. No major issues. I do take Natural Calm once or twice a day to help keep my bowel movements normal. No gas or upset tummy. I am hungry for my meals and feel good when I eat.
In the video above you saw some of my eats.
Madison’s 2 week update
Weight: She lost some of her birth weight but has now surpassed her birth weight. The last time she got weighed she was 7lbs 1oz and that was earlier this month. Her 1 month check-up is at the end of the month so we can then know for sure if she is gaining the proper weight. I feel she is nursing well and getting bigger. Madison is wearing mostly 3 month clothing (even though big on her) with a few newborn shirts.
Breastfeeding: Going well. 95% of the time she latches on good. I focus on her finishing one breast before offering her the second one. She sometimes takes the second breast. She varies from being a fast eater to a slow one. Guess she gets that from her parents. I am struggling during the nighttime feedings to keep her awake. It is frustrating to me because I finally get her asleep (as she struggles falling asleep, she fights it) then about 30 minutes later it is time to nurse again. These late night early morning nursings are much shorter than the ones during the day.
Digestion: Madison was a little constipated two days last week. I rubbed highly diluted jojoba oil with 1 drop of lavender and 1 drop roman chamomile on her belly and feet. And it helped get things back to normal. I was a worried mom that she might have my stomach issues, but so far seems that was a little bump.
Sometimes she does fuss a little when she is trying to pass some gas, but overall she does great.
Sleep: She doesn’t like to fall asleep. She usually cries when she has to go down for a nap or nighttime. She hasn’t learned yet to soothe herself. I haven’t given her a pacifier yet. I am waiting another week or so. She does love being held to fall asleep. And I admit right now I don’t mind doing that. I know once she gets a little bit older we will be able to figure out better sleeping habits.
Her fussy periods tend to vary. Some nights her witching hour is from 12am-2am and other times it is from 7-9pm. This little girl sure keeps me on my toes.
Now to the cookie that keeps me happy and awake during the night.
The best grain-free, egg-free lactation cookies
A simple healthy cookie recipe for breastfeeding moms. I find these cookies to be a little sweet but mostly savory. They are very addicting, which is great as I need fuel during the night to stay awake while nursing, burping and changing Madison.
Hope you enjoy my recipe! (In the video above I show how to make them.)
These lactation cookies are moist on the inside with a nice outside crunch. The brewers yeast helps boost and/or maintain milk supply. Coconut oil contains lauric acid which is also great for breastfeeding. Lauric acid is a powerful anti-microbial fatty acid that protects the immune system of the fetus and newborn.
Coconut oil is a medium chain fatty acid which helps improve the absorption of nutrients already existing in the mother’s diet.
And Michelle has had a few too 😉
In the recipe I provided two options. The one with more maple syrup provides a more sweet and moist cookie. The second version with more coconut oil provides more of a dry and crunchy cookie. Both are delicious!
To all my moms out there hats off to you!!! Every one of you inspire me everyday and thank you for the sweet comments and support!