In other food related news, my New Year’s resolution is kicking me in the ass… In the New Year, Georgia and I decided that we were going to make every effort to cook dinner on weekdays and eat at home as often as possible. Now that Grace is eating what we eat, we both agreed that now more than ever, it’s important that we know what our little babe is consuming and what better way to do this than cook the food ourselves. We also agreed that starting now, we’re setting the eating habits she will carry with her for the rest of her life, so preparing healthy meals as a family and eating at home together needs to be the norm.
So far we are keeping up our end of the deal. Georgia and I have only had weekday take-out twice since January first. With that being said – cooking dinner at home every.single.night is HARD WORK! While it can be fun, it is also time consuming and often a tiring process. Here’s what our typical evening looks like…
5:30pm - 6:00pm: Georgia or I will pick up baby, depending on the day.
*Bring in the doggies and feed them dinner.*
6:30pm - 7:00pm: While one of us changes Grace and puts her in PJ’s, the other starts dinner.
*Throw in a load of laundry.*
7:00pm: Grace has an “appetizer” while we finish cooking. If the babe doesn’t get something in her tummy by 7pm she is not a happy camper… this means we usually have to keep her busy with a little fruit, black olives or peas and carrots (these are her favorite pre-dinner snacks) while we finish cooking.
7:15pm - 7:30pm: This is the time we typically sit to eat dinner together. Grace will eat with us for 15 minutes or so before she is ready to get out of her highchair and play!
7:30pm - 8:00pm: The mamas finish their food while Grace plays across the way in the living room or RUNS laps like a maniac in her walker around the kitchen.
8:00pm - 8:30pm: Georgia clears the table while making Gracie’s bottles for bedtime/breakfast, while I mop up the area where Grace ate; cleaning her highchair, the wall and whatever else is covered in food. I LOVE the theory behind Baby Led Weaning but it is M-E-S-S-Y!
*Pop laundry in dryer and change Gracie’s diaper for bed.*
8:30pm - 9:00pm: While I pick baby girl’s outfit for the next day and finish cleaning up, Georgia gives Grace her bedtime bottle and puts her to bed.
9:15pm: Me and the wife reunite in the living room (exhausted) and watch television while checking emails and voicemails preparing for the day ahead. This is usually the only time I have to blog at home, which is probably the reason I do most of my posting at work during lunch...
10:30pm: We then climb into bed, watch 1-2 episodes of Friends and pass out ready to wake the next morning and do it all again… :)
It’s amazing all that you can do in just 4 hours time
and as hectic as our new life with the babe is, we wouldn’t change it for the world.
This new little life of ours often reminds me of one of my favorite quotes…
"A baby will make love stronger, days shorter, nights longer, bankroll smaller, home happier, clothes shabbier, the past forgotten, and the future worth living for."