Some people clean walls. Others scrub baseboards. I, on the other hand, hoard.
With a scheduled C-section imminent, one might assume I'd be nesting. I'd be cleaning, scrubbing, laundering and doing other things to get ready for the baby. But you would be wrong. The closest I've come, though, was finally scrubbing off the pen drawings above the toilet when I was sitting in the steamy bathroom to clear my sinuses.
But, knowing that recovery from the birth will be less than fun, my concern has been eating. I know I won't be headed to the grocery days after getting home and cooking will not be a priority.
Hence Operation Buy All the Food and Fill the Freezer.
Week by week, I've been stocking up on the pantry basics – fruit snacks, granola bars, cereal bars, applesauce pouches and dry pasta. I've grabbed jarred pasta sauce and boxed shells and cheese for the particularly rough days, and I have the basics for tuna casserole when I'm feeling motivated.
I've also been working on stocking the chest freezer in the basement. I'm making breakfast burritos by the dozen so Mark has breakfast for the first month, and I tripled my pancake recipe and made banana chip muffins for me. I've still got a ton of soup to eat for lunch, too. I have several packages of Laura's Lean Beef and ground turkey, too, so that we can make burgers or tacos.
And for the night's that we really need something, I made a turkey sausage lasagna and green chile enchiladas. Of course, I have those penciled in for the first week home with the baby but still. Dinner will be served!
Getting everything ready has felt like cramming a month's worth of meal planning into a week – and I guess it has been. Except that I still have to cook before this whole birthing party takes place.
Here's how our week is shaking up:
Friday: Stuffed baked potatoes
Saturday: Turkey Pepperoni Pizza Bites
Sunday: Easter dinner – ham, red potatoes and green beans
Monday: Spinach, Tomato and Pesto Quesadillas
Tuesday: Ham and cheese sandwiches with potato soup
Wednesday: Sweet Chili Chicken with Coconut Rice