Twinfant Tuesday: Moms Need Food, too!

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A mother expecting twins recently asked on the San Antonio Mother’s of Multiples FB page how the moms fed themselves after the babies were born. What a great question because we are often more concerned with how they will be fed and we forget that we need to eat, too. But, a mom (and dad) can get very run-down if he or she is not sleeping AND not eating well. Sure, we can make do for a while, but being the best parent you can be (even in those crazy first weeks and months) means taking care of your needs, too

Feeding the MomWhen my twins Marc and Maddie were born, we were living far away from our families and we didn’t know our neighbors every well. I think we had two meals brought over by acquaintances from our church. I remember being hungry, tired and cranky a lot of the time. I was trying to lose the baby weight, but I would go for what was quick and available rather than what was the best choice nutritiously.

We were blessed that my mom and my mother-in-law stayed four weeks each, but honestly, I don’t remember them cooking too much because we were all consumed with our premie babies ( I was pumping and everyone else was taking turns feeding them). I do remember that mom made me some excellent salmon patties and individually froze them so that I could take one out of the freezer for lunch after she left. I also remember my 12 year old “mothers helper” learning how to put together lasagna while I shouted out instructions while walking a cranky baby. (Don’t ask me why I decided that I would make lasagna with newborn twins!)

But, leave it to the mother’s of multiples to have some ideas to help new moms and moms-to-be feed themselves AND their families, especially during those weeks (months!) of sleep deprivation and crazy schedules.

Here are five ideas to get YOU fed after you’ve had the babies:

  1. If you are nursing and/or pumping you’ll be HUNGRY. I remember making myself a fried egg almost every night sometime after the midnight feed. You’re burning an extra 600 calories (which is great for losing the baby weight) but you’ll get HUNGRY. Don’t try to diet during this time to get into those pre-pregnancy jeans. EAT MAMA EAT. But, eat the right things: lots of protein, fruits and veggies.
  2. Make freezer meals or better yet, when someone wants to give you a shower suggest a freezer meal shower. Babies don’t need as much stuff as advertisers want you to think they need. BUT you need to EAT! When someone wants to know what you need, don’t be embarrassed to say, FOOD!
  3. Buy fruit and veggies trays. These are already cut up—saving you precious time—and you can munch on them throughout the day/week. This way you aren’t tempted to go for the unhealthy items beckoning from the pantry–especially when you are hungry but you are trying to soothe two (or more) upset babies.
  4. Make double batches of everything and freeze the extra servings. If you are making spaghetti sauce, stew, soup. . .whatever, make double the amount. Start doing this now while you are pregnant.
  5. Buy an electric pressure cooker. Meals can go from frozen to DONE in about 30 minutes. Soups take about 15 minutes. Really this is my go-to appliance when I need dinner on the table FAST. (And you can make extras and freeze another meal for later on.) Here’s a recipe for Beef Green Chili Stew that literally went from freezer to table in 12 minutes.

 

 

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An Ode to Parchment Paper

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Oh, who am I kidding?  I’m a busy twin mama.  I have no time to compose odes!

But I do want to share something I’ve discovered over the past year or so that’s made my life as a busy twin mama infinitely easier…parchment paper!

Admittedly, I feel a little silly, having just discovered parchment paper.  I grew up with a mama who loved to cook and bake, AND I worked in a bakery during high school.  But…I had never bought any parchment paper until last holiday season.

It only took a time or two, and I am a complete convert.

Using parchment paper makes baking -- even with two eager "helpers" -- so much easier!
Using parchment paper makes baking — even with two eager “helpers” — so much easier!

For any cookies…biscuits…breads…rolls I bake, I line my baking sheet with parchment paper.  (It is found by the aluminum foil in the grocery store.)  I used to have an almost superstitious attachment to my favorite cookie sheet, one that is nearing 20 years old, one for which I have not been able to find a duplicate ANYWHERE.  Now, though, any of my baking sheets work perfectly ever single time.  AND my clean-up time has been reduced exponentially.  Now most of my pans just get a “courtesy wash”.  I haven’t had to soak a baking pan in over a year!

Over the weekend, I made meatballs for the first time in over a year.  (We all love meatballs, but this busy twin mama doesn’t much love the squish of ground beef between her fingers…shudder!)  I broke out my trusty parchment paper to line my baking pans.

Suffice it to say, I may be making meatballs more often.  I still had the squish of ground beef to deal with (shudder!), but with my parchment paper in place, I wasn’t left to soak my pans for hours, then to still have to scrub them clean.

Dear parchment paper,

Where have you been all my life?

I am deep in love.

OK…I couldn’t pull off an ode, but I think this qualifies for a really bad haiku.

What’s your easiest time-saving trick in the kitchen?

MandyE is mom to five-year old fraternal twin girls.  She blogs about their adventures, and her journey through motherhood, at Twin Trials and Triumphs.

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