Do you remember those commercials where the ladies were all sitting on the bench saying what they had for dinner last night?
“A bag of chip crumbs and a half tub of frosting.”
“A bowl of cereal with no milk and gummy bears.”
“Frozen waffles and a spoonful of shredded cheese.”
Those ladies must have been moms.
I’m pretty good at making, serving and eating a real dinner, where I fall short is breakfast. Breakfast came back in full force during pregnancy because if I didn’t eat? I barfed. Breakfast also took a front seat during Vivi’s early days as I ate oatmeal every. single. morning. in an effort to boost my milk supply. My milk may have never come in, but my cholesterol has never been lower. However, with Vivi starting on solids there are some mornings I eat through her vicariously. I always seem to be feeding someone, a cat, a baby, a big kid, my husband…surely I fed myself somewhere along the way…
It’s 3:30 in the afternoon and thankfully I met a friend for lunch or I wouldn’t have eaten a single thing all day aside from the bottles of water I keep with me all the time, only I wouldn’t have noticed until just now…when I finally have a moment to sit and realize that I started the day at 6:30 am, fed two humans and two cats but not myself.
I really try to get breakfast in, but I’ve learned I’m not the only one who forgets about the most important meal of the day. Many moms of guilty of forgetting, it’s just so easy to skip as you fly out the door to work or in my case a meeting, so early in the morning. Even on mornings I don’t leave my house I can still forget breakfast as I move through the daily routine of having a baby. (And no, the leftover bites of your baby’s pear doesn’t count as breakfast.)
My husband has started making breakfast a priority too, he keeps a bowl full of hard boiled eggs in the fridge that I am ever so grateful. We always have cottage cheese (I love you curds and whey), cereal, granola bars, cheese, yogurt, fruit (this week it’s pears and bananas) and thanks to Hostess we have some Devil’s Food Donettes. Now I’m not saying you should go ahead and make your breakfast out of chocolaty Donettes, but a Donette chaser after a hard boiled egg and steel cut oats with frozen blueberries? That’s just common sense, or at least a reward for actually remembering to eat real food before 3 pm.
Are you guilty of forgetting, skipping or completely forgoing breakfast? Did it get worse once you became a mom?
Guess what else we can bond over besides skipping breakfast? Spilled breast milk. Still makes me weepy.
Disclosure: Many thanks to Hostess for sponsoring this post and for providing me and family with a supply of Donettes. Find out more about Hostess Donettes at their Facebook fan page.
Photo Credit: Asher Sears Photography