I often talk to my mom about how I could have never been a mom in the olden days. My grandma had 12 children, lived on a farm where she was an equal partner and had to clean and make supper from scratch and there was no microwave! Thankfully she had a good husband, but still, how do you milk the cows when you have 5 kids under 4 years old with you all the time! I have trouble enough being sane with my 2 adorable girls! I would have probably became a nun. Maybe that’s why so many did.
But this is not a post about how awesome my grandma one (even if she was pretty amazing!). This post is about how the online era has allowed us to connect with other mom from everywhere and share our experience and see that we’re not alone going through the ups and downs of mommyhood.
When I started planning my wedding, I found this great forum called Canadian Bride. There I met great women and shared ideas from which song to pick for our first dance, to the font for the invitations. Once the wedding planning was done and the first house was bought, came the Family Planning section. It’s in this thread that I learned about cervical mucus and what the best tricks are when BD (baby dancing). Since I didn’t have any real life friends who had gone through pregnancy before, this became my go-to place.
Once the pregnancy was confirmed, me and other moms that were due around the same time made our own group and shared lots…sometimes too much. But that’s what groups like this are for. Since it’s somewhat anonymous, you feel more comfortable telling everything on your mind – your worries, your thoughts – and no one judges you (in most cases). Through our pregnancy we became close friends and even Facebook friends. Then we had our babies and with that came different worries. How do I get my baby to sleep through the night? She has a rash, is that normal? Look how cute my baby is (always lots and lots of pictures)!
In this group, there were some moms that were very health conscious and always put great idea of food to feed our new eaters. I probably have these to thank for my discovered interest in nutrition. Now these babies are four years old and I love seeing them grow up. For my mommy friends, thanks for always being there, you know who you are.
The following recipe is inspired from a Website that one of my mommy friends always used: Weelicious
These are so delicious, you’ll have a hard time eating just one!
- 1 1/4 cup old fashioned oats
- 1/2 cup peanut butter (you can also use almond, cashew or sunflower butter)
- 1/2 cup honey
- 1/2 cup coconut flakes
- Optional - replace 1/4 cup of oats with:
- Wheat Germ
- Ground flax seeds
- 1. Mix all ingredients together until thoroughly combined.
- 2. Put in big freezer bag and thin out with a rolling pin.
- 3. With a butter knife, make gridlines.
- 4. Put in freezer.
- 5. Once frozen, snap off a square and eat.