So, I did what anyone would undoubtedly do in my position. Two things actually. First, I pumped like the very dickens and truly stocked up. The last time around, we had to start supplementing with formula right around 7 months for a couple of reasons, not the least of which is that I didn't pump as much as I could have when the going was good. Lesson learned. Today, in my chest freezer, I have somewhere between 150-200 frozen bags of milk, all between 4-6 ounces give or take 1/2 an ounce. My kid was still going to get her goods even if I was going back to work. And I wasn't really planning on pumping religiously at work. I know some women who have, and bless them tenfold. They are the very foundation upon which society should be built. Second, I stocked up on quality baby food having no idealistic imaginings that I would magically be able to not only come home from working all day, make supper, make delicious baby food, and take care of two children, often by myself as track season starts mid-February and continues until early June. I don't mind making baby food when the circumstance calls for it, but seriously...wasn't going to happen much. This time around, I was stocked upon the milk but lacking in baby food. So I bought some. A lot. Cases. (Those buy-one-get-one-free sales will get
I'm pretty sure that going into December, I had 12 (t-w-e-l-v-e) boxes, which hold 12 (t-w-e-l-v-e) pouches each of various mushed up foods. That's 144. Plus, I had an additional 10-15 containers (with 2 containers/pack). That's another 20-30 servings. Plus, I had an additional 10-15 jars. That's another 10-15 servings. Add it up. 144+30+15=189 or so. I guess I was intending to feed triplets or else bring the snacks for an entire day care each day.
We've been working our way dilligently through this excess for about 4 months now. Each time I get rid of a box out of my pantry is like a little hallelujah moment. Thankfully, I have a kid who doesn't mind baby food. She also gets quite a bit of "real" food cause that's the way we roll. We did this with Abby as well and it worked okay. Baby food = quick nutrition some meals. Others, I have the time and attention to put her meal together differently.
In the meantime, I have scads of baby food that would be expiring and would be a monstrously huge waste of money if I let it happen. So...brainstorming time. I know that applesauce substitutes well for oil in baked goods, so it stands to reason in my mind that pureed pears would as well, right? Yes and no. The consistency is off, but the flavor is legit. We have thoroughly enjoyed
*carrot, mango, & apple muffins
*green bean & pea pancakes (kind of)
*blueberry & applesauce pancakes
*apricot & pear pancakes
*apricot & pear brownies
*butternut squash macaroni & cheese
Someday soon, I'm also going to make
*split pea soup with extra pea-ness
*roasted banana and brown rice banana bread
I haven't come up with other ideas. Anyone have a good one to share?