Yummy Mummy

Can you resist freshly-baked chocolate chip cookies? I didn't think so.

Did you know the nine months on, nine months off rule does not apply to a c-section Mommy? It’s not wishful shrinking; a Mommy maven informed me today that I legitimately get three extra months to regain my pre-pregnancy frame.

How come no one passed me that note in Mommy-and-Me class? Three more months changes everything.

Personally, I believe I earned it. I endured butchery by an incompetent IV nurse, a failed epidural, 45-hours of labor, and nearly 3-hours of pushing before I was wheeled in for my c-section. I was given 2.2 seconds to recuperate from major abdominal surgery before caring for my son 24/7. Yeah, I deserve a few more months.

My method for reclaiming my Yummy Mummy status? Reverse psychology. I satisfy my cravings by baking for my husband. For example, he  had no idea he wanted homemade miniature chocolate chip cookies tonight (if you spent a good portion of your day imitating Cookie Monster singing “C is for cookie, that’s good enough for me” you might want one, too), but he happily ate a plate-full. My dieting method makes him feel loved, and allows me to reward myself with one cookie that will taste yummy (there is nothing worse than wasting cheat calories on a crappy cookie). How bad can one cookie be, really? Especially now that I have three more months?

Chocolate Chip Cookies


  • 2 cups of semi-sweet chocolate chips (use a quality brand; it makes a difference)
  • 2 1/4 cups unsifted flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 3/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla (again, invest in good quality vanilla; it is worth it)


    Stir flour with baking soda and salt; set aside. In large mixer bowl, cream butter with sugar, brown sugar, eggs, and vanilla. Gradually blend dry mixture into creamed mixture. Stir in chocolate chips by hand. Drop 1 teaspoon of dough per cookie onto ungreased cookie sheets. Bake at 375ºF for 9 to 11 minutes or until golden brown.



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