Baking a baby and some cookies

Baby G is still firmly planted in my womb (womb is such a weird word). His official due date is the 17th, but I had psyched myself up that he would come at 37 weeks. So the last 3 weeks have felt like I have this cloud of my head, like a late library book– but more so! My midwives warned me first babies like to come late (normally around the 41 week mark), but I had convinced myself that because one of the women in my birth class had her baby early, so would I! Needless to say I am still pregnant and still guessing if Baby G will have my eyes and a headful of hair.

I am a Masters degree student who deferred starting her first year teaching to pursue said masters degree, oh AND be a stay at home mom to Baby G. Financially it was a rough decision #studentloans #broke; however, to get the opportunity to spend the first year-ish of my kid’s life at home being with him= WORTH IT. Thankfully I have a supportive family and partner who did not give me heck about it. As this pregnancy wears on working a week ahead of my classwork (so that I don’t get too behind when baby shows up) is getting old. Heck school work in general is getting old. And yet I am bored. I stare at the TV, books, coursework and it all just BORES me. I blame the baby. I think the waiting game has officially driven me crazy. Everyday is just another potential Birth Day! So when labor doesn’t start I am left feeling let down.

All of that to say: I’m making some cookies! Isn’t it funny how you start thinking you have one thing to say and then you discover you really have a different message all together?

Baby Mamma’s cookies

Makes 3 dozen.

1/4 cup softened butter (aka 1/2 a stick)

3/4 cup sugar

1 cup brown sugar (lightly packed)

2 cups peanut butter (aka a whole jar– I use a natural creamy kind)

3 eggs

1 teaspoon vanilla

2 teaspoons cinnamon (I just guess at the amount)

1/4 teaspoon salt (aka a random shake or two)

4 cups rolled oats

1 cup chocolate chips

1 cups nuts

  1. Preheat over to 350.
  2. Mix butter with both sugars until smooth (use an electric mixer to save your hand some work)
  3. Mix in peanut butter, eggs, vanilla, salt, cinnamon till combined. Again use an electric mixer because stirring in peanut butter is no joke.
  4. Mix in oats, chocolate chips, and nuts. You’ll just use a spoon for this– or you hands if you’re that kind of girl/guy.
  5. Spoon 1/3 cup-ish servings of cookie dough on to an oiled down baking pan (I just smear some oil on the pan with a paper towel). Honestly I just use a spoon and guesstimate the cookie size. Try to get them about the same size and fit 12 on a standard pan.
  6. Bake cookies on a oiled down baking pan.

Note you can totally choose crunchy over creamy peanut butter, other candy/nuts for mix ins, etc.

Also, I ad-lib this so sometimes 1 jar of pb is more like ALMOST 1 jar of pb (because sometimes pregnant girls need a pb&j sandwich while they bake) and at least once I only had 1/2 the amount of rolled old fashioned oats– so I used what I had and used instant oats for the other 1/2 of oats. It worked. Moral of the story: if I can make these cookies, anyone can.

Hopefully I’ll update soon with the details of birthing a baby– otherwise, I’ll try and come up with some other fun thing to share.

Later on