Menu planning-it just makes life so much easier! I do mine every Saturday for the upcoming week. I stress enough throughout the day and so having all our meals planned is just perfect 👌🏼 so let’s dive in!!
I try my best to make our meals all organic and something that Lila would like to eat as well! Maury doesn’t really care what I make, but he does asks for only one thing-plant based meals. I do my best to only have a few meals with meat throughout the week. We buy most of our food from either Trader Joe’s, Costco,or Bakers Grocery. They all have good selections if your shopping organic.
Here is a lay out of the weeks dinners (if you can’t understand my writing 😄)
Roasted Tomato Soup
Roasted Veggies and Rice (like a casserole)
Annie’s MAC n’ Cheese with Chicken
Chili and bread
Homemade chicken Noddle Soup
If you would like the recipe to any one of these I’ll gladly write it up!!!
They’re are many items missing from the picture up above! That would include Annie’s Mac n’ Cheese, the 4 different types of beans I use in our chili, the chili mix, etc. Meal planning can be overwhelming and difficult, but I make it easy by scrolling through Pinterest!!! I have numerous recipes under my pinned!! This is also where I got my free menu planner printable! Go check out my Pinterest page and hit that follow button to see the other recipes and free printables I pin in the future!!!
Here is the link for the free Menu Planner printable!!!
When it comes to your life who should be first?
Well, for starters God should be first. He should be your first and top priority of everyday, but who’s next? You always hear people say God, others, you-but is that necessarily healthy? The hubby and I were talking today and he pointed out that I always put the girls before myself and that’s not particularly good. Which made me stop and think, why shouldn’t I put the girls above myself?? He then explained what he meant. His words exactly,”Angela, sometimes your first meal of he day is dinner because you don’t sit down and eat.” Ohh wow, that’s true. So then I proceeded to think about others things I don’t do for myself. I’ll brush Lila’s hair and forget about mine, I’ll change her bedsheets before mine, I’ll get her dressed for the day and not myself, I get her to bed at a decent time and I stay up past midnight. Obviously something has to change. The hubby then continued to say that if I want to take good care of the girls and be less stressful, I need to take care of myself. So who is first?? (Again, besides God) I guess I’ll say me. Yes, you need serve others, but you don’t need to neglect yourself either 👍🏼
Ahhhh the bliss. The calm after the storm. The first time I breastfed Adeline was simple, easy, and enjoyable. Just like Lila I didn’t have to try-breastfeeding should come naturally right?? Fast forward 2 months and I’m not breast feeding, but I am desperately pumping so she can still have some of the liquid gold.
What the hospital doesn’t tell you…. your baby may not like breastfeeding or it may not come so easy to them, your babies latch will not always be perfect, you WILL be crying, you WILL feel ashamed when your not producing enough, you WILL always feel like it’s your fault even if it’s not. You will also hear everyone say “FED is best,” but you will also see everyone applauding those that can breastfeed. You’ll see pictures of women breastfeeding as well as bottles full of milk while you’re getting a lousy 2 oz (if that) when you pump. You will want to try everything known to man that will supposedly boost your supply. This includes consuming a billion calories, drinking an entire ocean (daily), teas, pills, Lactation cookies and smoothies, anything and everything! But your still left disappointed. Your still feeling guilty that your feeding your little precious angel formula👎🏼 (because for some reason you were programmed to think that formula is Satan’s spawn or something like that)
I say all this because this is EXACTLY how I felt and still feel sometimes. Don’t forget that formula cost an arm and a leg! Like why does the industry want to charge so much just to feed your baby?!! Ridiculous. If your feeling all this or more here’s a few tips….
1. Do drink water but probably not to the point where you feel so sick and all you want to do is run to the bathroom and puke (yes, saying from experience 🙈)
2. If your little one is still hungry just supplement-don’t let others make you feel bad about it
3. Wear your baby and love on them because if your not getting that skin-to-skin from breastfeeding get it another way!
4. Don’t forget to love yourself. I tend to not eat until dinner (I know sooo bad) so I really do need to take time out of the day to take care of myself.
5. If you feel like crying then give yourself 5 minutes to cry and then move on. You don’t want to dwell in the sadness-no one wants to have postpartum depression, so cry and move on
So mama’s, let’s encourage one another and be strong! I mean we are raising little ones and I for one think it’s one of the hardest yet most important job out there!!! So be proud, your doing great!!
Happy New Years everyone!! A lot is going to change this year for us. Maury will be graduating nursing school this coming May and then he’ll take his NCLEX test (super scary nurse test 😬) He’ll then look for his first RN job! We will be talking the girls to Disneyland this summer and hopefully all our family will be able to go!
Thinking back on 2017 all I can say are good things. We welcomed Adeline Reuel into this world in late October and all our family and friends were able to meet Lila for her first bday in the summer!!! So here is a look at our 2017-
1 second from everyday!