Whenever I go to photograph a newborn in their home, I'm always amazed at the degree to which these little mamas have it together. Those sleepless days of adjusting to life revolving around diaper changes and feeding times are long and tiring and hard. But usually, some help is present in the form of a busy and doting mother or mother-in-law.
What would we do without them?
It takes me back to when I had my first baby. I was living in Kentucky and had the most amazing nurse midwife deliver Anna Grace- she was truly one of a kind. She encouraged me in so many ways before, during, and after my crazy long 24 hour labor, but one thing that really stuck with me was her visit on the day after birth. "Let people take care of you," she said. She went on to talk about Mosaic law in the Old Testament and how after giving birth, women were to rest and be cared for. It's a big time important word for us today since we don't live so communally and we try so hard to be self-reliant. But there is great strength in accepting help and care. We have to.
So if you have a new mama in your life, I thought I'd get real practical and share a little recipe that is one hundred percent awesome for postpartum women. It's jam packed with energy and it's easy to eat on the fly. I'm calling them post-partum peanut butter energy balls of greatness.
1/2 cup peanut butter
1/2 cup flaxseed meal
1 cup dry oats
1 teaspoon sea salt
1 tablespoon honey
1/2 package chocolate chips
Combine and form 1 inch balls. Refrigerate as needed.
So good! And speaking of GOOD things, we are so excited to congratulate the Buseick family on their newest addition. Baby Bear (SO cute name, right?) was adorable, Daddy Brad was so proud, Megan was absolutely glowing, and we even got some pics with her own sweet mama.
What joy, what a privilege to capture this kind of love.
And with a name like Bear, I think this little boy will grow up to appreciate a honey-laden energy ball some day, don't you think?
Congrats, Buseick family! Bear is adorable!!!