Archive | January, 2011

Power of 10

15 Jan

My 10 month olds are sick.  My daughter fell asleep in her car seat as we were doing errands this morning.  I know that when I try to make the transfer from car to house – she wakes up and doesn’t go back to sleep.  Because she is sick I want her to sleep as much as possible.  My son is asleep in his crib – he follows my rules well.

So I am setting the microwave clock for ten minute increments and running out to the car to check on her.  I should mention that it is 20 degrees out.  BUT she is bundled up and as a blanket wrapped around her. So I’m confident she is warm enough, but I am still nervous.

As I ran around during these ten minute bursts I realized how productive I have been.  I noticed that I can pretty much break up whatever I do into blocks of ten minutes.

Grocery Store:
In/Out of the car with stroller and two ten month olds – 10 minutes
Shop and Checkout – 10 minutes (I have a small grocery store)

Going out with babies:
10 minutes to don snowsuits and arrange in seats

Cooking Babyfood:
10 minutes of Prep (cutting veggies)
10 minutes of assembly
10 minutes of cleaning
10 minutes of puree, storage, etc
30 minutes of cooking (that’s three 10s)

Writing this entry:
10 minutes (so I’m almost out of time.)

Try milking the power of 10.  See what you can accomplish.  Set a timer.

Making baby food is…

8 Jan

Fun

Rewarding

Time Consuming

Nutritious

Therapeutic

Affordable

Saturday’s two creations consisted of 7 vegetable bolognese with tiny star pasta AND strawberries, apple, kale and rice puree.  I did the bolognese during the morning nap and the fruit puree during afternoon nap.  Since my children don’t power nap, they spent a little time in their cribs “talking” so I could actually finnish the prep for the freezer.

I am thankful to Annabel Karmel for her recipes.  I have made a lot of them so now I am into inventing my own and using her’s as a basic guide.

I know I could appear to be a spokesperson for the Vitamix 5200 but I promise I’m not.  But that is my savior in this baby food making adventure.  It’s really easy and efficient.  So it makes the time spent much shorter than doing it by hand or by a traditional food processor.

The first photo shows the strawberries, apples and kale cooking.  Second photo is the brown rice added to the puree (after the Vitamix) and the last photo is the storage/freezing process.

Wonderful Vacation

4 Jan

I have had a 17 day “break” but why do I feel like I am starting a vacation?
We had a wonderful time with family. I already miss my children. I feel terrible that we won’t be starting the day together.
But on this first day back to the office I feel like a different person. I have jewelry on. I put on purple eyeshadow, not sure if this is ever ok, but it seemed like a special occasion as I was getting ready this morning.

We ferberized my daughter last night – again. She went through a 14 day stint of waking up exactly 45 minutes after being put to bed for the night. She wouldn’t go back to sleep until we wrestled her into submission and let her sleep on our shoulders and then in our bed. It was not good hearing her scream at the top of her lungs knowing she was standing in her crib shaking the side and at any moment about to wake up her twin brother in the crib next to hers. But she resigned and went to sleep.

My other daughter had been trying to sleep in our bed off and on as she said it was more comfortable; so I brought up a down comforter from the basement and made a special deal about it. Miraculously she didn’t have to get a drink of water, go to the bathroom, tell us a secret, read one more book or tell us about a nightmare.

After the bedtime rituals we got to watch two shows (Parenthood and Grey’s.) In full disclosure my husband didn’t watch Grey’s with me. He made our daughter’s lunch, made his coffee grounds in the Vitamix and then retired to our bedroom to watch the Celtics.

I am all for milking long vacations, if for no other reason but to find comfort in the routine and order of the everyday life.