Lars had his two month appointment on Tuesday and I learned something very important about parenting.
For those of you who might not know, babies get their first round of immunization shots at their two month appointment. I knew it probably wasn't going to be a fun experience for Lars, but I had no idea how hard it was going to be on me.
So as the nurse gave Lars the three shots and his face went from peach colored to light pink to dark pink to red, and his eyes filled up with tears but he was in so much shock and pain that he couldn't even start crying because he was holding his breath, I was surprised to find my eyes immediately swelling up with tears.
And now I know. I know that the worst feeling ever is seeing my child suffering and in pain.
Before Tuesday I could only imagine how my dad felt when I tripped and fell on cement when I was one year old, knocking out my two front teeth. Or when my mom had to hold me down while I got stitches on my chin. Or when I came home from my first day at a new school crying because no one sat by me at lunch. Or when that stupid boy (thankfully!) broke my heart.
But now I know it probably hurt them more than it hurt me. Even now thinking about the look in Lars' eyes makes me choke up. Am I being dramatic? Maybe. But oh man, I know now I'm in for quite the ride with this whole parenting thing. Someone hold me.
Anyways! How about some pumpkin in our lives? Yes, please.
These Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Oats Bars are a hybrid dessert slash snack bar. They're yummy enough to be considered dessert but also somewhat healthy enough to snack on through out the day.
They can also be made into lactation bars.
Wait, what the heck is a lactation bar?
Before you go looking at me like I'm all crazy let me tell you this: they can definitely be made un-lactationified. The only things that make them lactation bars are the oats, flaxseed, and brewers yeast. Oats and flaxseed? Pretty typical ingredients. Brewers yeast? Not so much. So if you want to make these and you're not trying to increase your lactation output (sooooo like 98.5% of you), just omit the brewers yeast and replace it with additional flour). Easy peasy NON-lactation bars.
Regardless of being lactation or non-lactation bars, these are DELICIOUS. The bars are thick and chewy from the oats and whole wheat flour and I love the combination of pumpkin spices and chocolate.
And like I said, they are sweet enough to be considered dessert but healthy enough to eat all throughout the day! Which I did. For the sake of lactation.
I did the EXACT SAME THING when my baby girl got her shots. I had to turn away from everyone because I was embarrassed that I was crying. Luckily she stopped crying immediately when I nursed her. You're not being dramatic. I think most, if not all, moms feel this way. I'm making my husband go to all the appointments where she gets shots. It helps a little.
Ahhh so glad I'm not the only one! Thanks Michaela 🙂
Pour little guy! I would probably be a mess!
Looks like we both have pumpkin and chocolate on the brain today! These look great!
Haha yes! Great minds think alike 🙂
Poor guy. 🙁 These bars look awesome. I am so ready for pumpkin season it is ridiculous. I have to make these to kick it off!
I am too, Julia!! Thanks!
Watching those shots gets me every time!! Parenting is hard 🙂 I love the oats in these bars! They look lovely 🙂
These look amazing! Can't wait to try them!! And I have a little parenting tip for ya, you actually don't have to vaccinate your little guy!! Especially during the first year of life when you are nursing. He gets all that incredible immunity from you. Look into a delayed or spaced out schedule and you'll save you and Lars a lot of pain...maybe more than you even intend to ????
I can see myself making these over and over again this season!!
What a great way to use the pumpkin, really love this recipe. Is it possible to use a butternut squash too. I will make my own pumpkin puree, is it better to roast the pumpkin and then puree or boil in salted water?
I have had best experience roasting and pureeing. Good luck!