As I get ready to donate all my gear, I am reflecting back on the gobs of money spent on the products. There are so many baby items that turn out to be a waste of money, so here are six things that are totally worth it in my humble opinion:
Socks On – I really liked these, they actually kept the socks on and saved me a lot of time and frustration.
Milk Maids– This is a styrofoam type bottle holder that allows your baby to feed themselves a bottle – it rests on their belly so you don’t have to hold the bottle.
Bumbos with trays – These are really great and safe. It’s the perfect place to put a baby when you don’t want to leave them laying down all the time.
Vitamix 5200 – You knew I was going to put this here. It’s great for baby purees. See this older post. https://amkline.wordpress.com/2011/01/08/making-baby-food-is/
Dr. Brown Bottles – High end bottles with lots of parts, but they are supposed to prevent acid reflux and digestive issues. My babies spit up constantly until they were 11 months old, but I don’t think they were in pain.
CityMini Double Stroller – I am not giving this away for years. I love this stroller and it is worth every penny that we spent. I wasn’t sure I would like it, so I got it on Craig’s List slightly used so I could save money for the really super duper stroller. But I am happy to say, this one has not made me year for another (and I’m the kind of person who likes four strollers so I have the perfect one for each occasion). It is skinny so fits through a regular door. It is lightweight so with a flick of wrists you can fold it up and pop in the back of the van. And it is large enough for our four and a half year old who wishes she were one.
All of these items make wonderful gifts for friends having babies.
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.
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.
When my husband came home from Costco with Vitamix 5200, it sat in the middle of our kitchen in the box for three days. He was having buyers remorse and was nervous about the money spent on a blender. He loves a good sales presentation and got sold. I was skeptical and not supportive, but I finally said just take it out and let’s see what it can do.
We used it to make ice cream (it spins so fast it creates extreme cold or heat depending on the item in the machine), soups and smoothies. We used it a lot during the summer but use trailed off as the novelty wore off.
The Vitamix and Annabel Karmel’s 100 Baby Purees has helped relieve some of the guilt attributed to working outside the home and not seeing my children for long periods of time.
The Vitamix is an amazing machine and makes it super easy to make the purees. Maddie and Sammy eat homemade food. I make most of it and our nanny does the rest. The babies eat everything from beef to lentils, from broccoli to tofu, from berries to sweet potatoes. While I’m at work, I know they are heating healthy food without preservatives and very little salt or sugar.
I never considered doing this for our first child. The work involved seemed overwhelming
But now that I am in this I am finding it quite fun coming up with a new concoction. I have only had to throw out one batch. Barley and berries don’t mix that well.
I am going to milk it as long as I can, mixing up purees is much easier than figuring out what finger foods won’t choke them.