mix it, mash it, smash it – SAVE IT!

I’ve been falling behind in a lot of different areas of my life lately.  Almost a month ago Peanut had surgery, and as you may or may not remember, I got a nasty cold.  Well that bad boy never went away.  In fact, I’m pretty positive it turned into Bronchitis because I’ve had a mild fever and a rampant cough ever since then.  I’m coughing so hard I’m gagging and gasping for air.  It sucks.  For awhile the fever was worse and I had next to no energy to speak of.  This left me totally drawn out and barely able to keep up with the kids.  For awhile our house was an absolute pigsty.  I just didn’t have the energy to pick up after everyone and cook and clean up to my usual standard.

Not only that, but I just didn’t have the incentive to continue moving forward with the girls spoon-feeding.  Doing all of the usual “moving forward” things with one baby is enough to wipe you out, but with twins… pfffff.  After a lot of careful thought and consideration, (NOT!) I gave the baby spoons the middle finger.  That, and unknowingly, my memory.  I have forgotten to schedule follow-up appointments more than once for Peanut’s casts, I’ve forgotten to write down thing on the grocery list, I’ve forgotten to brush buddies teeth or put him in his overnight diaper more than once.  Thankfully we had our little potty training expedition so his bladder control is greatly improved overnight.

I’ve also forgotten, up until recently, to tell husband (aka: errand boy) that we need to go up a diaper size with the girls.  A jumbo size box of 96 diapers is gone in a little over a week.  They’ve probably needed to go up a size for like 3 weeks now.  I finally recently remembered to tell husband that we need to go up a size… after multiple boxes. *sigh*

The diapers thing reminds me of another point.  You know what else doesn’t sit well with me?  The cost of twins.  It’s insane!  I’m beginning to understand why Jon and Kate Gosselin sold their lives to the public.  (Ew… I can’t believe I just said that, but there it is.)

As you can imagine, with twins, you go through things pretty fast.  Like I said before, a jumbo sized box of 96 diapers is gone in a little over a week.  A 16 oz. (1 lb.) box of rice cereal goes in about 3-4 days.  A 40 oz. (2 lb. 8 oz.) container of formula is gone in a little under a week.  You get the picture.  Twins are a time and money vacuum.

This brings me to my next point.

Baby food.

I can’t avoid the spoon feeding forever.  It’s about a dollar to buy a container of pre-measured, pre-mixed baby food.  It’s a little over a dollar to buy the organic kind without so many additives.  They’re basically supposed to be good for one meal each.  That can get pretty expensive.

Since there’s seemingly no end in sight for this sickness, and the girls are falling farther behind I figure I should be kicking it in gear now and starting the girls on baby food.  This, unfortunately, means I have to take the baby spoons back out.  I know it’s not a huge deal if I don’t start the spoon-feeding even for another couple of months, but the longer I wait, the more the girls can fight back.  It’s just easier if I get them used to it now while they’re defenseless and only have their voices to fight me with.

This morning I woke up feeling pretty good so I decided today was the day I’d attack the baby food project.  I decided this week that I want to try to make their baby food to try to save some money and give them something a little more nutritious.

OMG!  It was so easy I don’t understand why I didn’t do it with Buddy!  Let me put it this way.  If you can push a button, you can make your own baby food.  Seriously.  You don’t need a fancy baby food mixer or any of that crap you always see.  I just got out my blender/food processor and went to town.  I peeled and sliced (ok, so you do have to do more than push a button…) a couple of fruits and veggies, threw them in the food processor for about 15-30 seconds, dumped that in the blender added some pedialyte and blended until it was smooth.  Done.

I did that with 3 golden delicious apples and I have probably 10 servings or more.  The same for the pears, squash, zucchini, bananas and so on.  I can’t believe how much money we just saved.  Now I’m just going to label and date them and store them until I’ll use them.

I was feeling so good I even made pumpkin seeds for a snack for Buddy!  Overall it probably took me a total of 1 1/2 hours.  It’s a little time-consuming, but so so worth the save!  Hopefully this little boost in energy today is a sign of good things to come and I’ll be on my way to recovery!

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