We are doing our once a month shopping a little early this month because the day I would normally do it is my due date. While I love my husband dearly I don't trust him to be able to pull off an OAMS trip without me. When I send him for a handful of items I get numerous phone calls asking which brand to buy, this price vs. that price, and informed of other goodies he finds that we might "need". When I told him this he suggested we forgo the big trip this month and instead he would do weekly trips. I considered this for all of 10 seconds before saying no thanks.
Is that harsh?
Ok, I'll admit I'm a little controlling when it comes to my grocery shopping/list making/couponing/grocery budget. I know what we need, what we go through, the amount of money we have to work with and how to make it work for us. To someone who hasn't done a day of grocery shopping by themselves for a family in their life, it's not easy. With a new baby coming and already having a very active 3 year old I want as few things to worry about as possible. One of the things I don't want to worry about is food and meals. I want everything I need for the whole month so I don't have to wonder if I have all the ingredients for this meal or that. I've come accustomed to that luxury since I started OAMS. It also might be selfish but I don't like the idea of sending my husband every week for groceries knowing it will take him a couple hours minimum and me stuck at home alone with 2 kids. I would rather us all be stuck at home together.
When I started thinking of meals to make this month and the fact that I would be recovering from childbirth, the idea of doing a lot of from scratch cooking started stressing me out. I have not one desire to make the meals I normally do. This past month I had already slacked with the homemade cooking and resorted to some frozen family size meals which I hadn't bought in forever. I decided my sanity and stress level was more important than trying to be supermom, so this month is full of quick, easy, and some store bought frozen meals. I want to be able to focus on bonding, recovering, and establishing a new normal routine for our growing family not what to make for dinner. The from scratch homemade meals will come eventually but no need to do it now.
Sunday: Lasagna (homemade by my mom)
Monday: Breakfast for dinner- scrambled eggs, hashbrowns, bacon
Tuesday: Tomato Soup with grilled cheese sandwiches
Wednesday: fish stick sandwiches, mac & cheese, and fruit
Thursday: Hamburgers with tator tots and fruit
Saturday: Grilled Chicken breast with green beans
Sunday: Stuffed Pepper soup (freezer)
Monday: Breakfast for dinner-bacon with biscuits and gravy
Tuesday: chicken nuggets, corn, fruit
Wednesday: Spaghetti with garlic toast
Thursday:Salisbury steak, mashed potato, biscuits
Saturday: hot dogs, mac & cheese, green beans
Sunday: chicken nuggets, mashed potato, corn
Monday: Breakfast for dinner- omelets
Tuesday: grilled cheese, tator tots, fruit
Wednesday: Hamburgers & French fries,
Thursday: fish sticks, mac & cheese, fruit
Saturday: pulled pork sandwiches, corn, potato wedges
Sunday: Salisbury steak, mashed potato, biscuits
Monday: Breakfast for dinner-pancakes with bacon
Tuesday: Spaghetti with garlic toast
Wednesday: hot dogs, mac & cheese, fruit
Thursday: Grilled chicken, corn, corn bread
Saturday: pizza (take-out)
As you can see this months meals are pretty sad compared to previous ones but I wanted to make sure all the meals are ones my husband could easily make without my help, or that I could make with minimal energy and cleanup. Paper plates will be my friend after my husband goes back to work and I will not feel guilty about it. My goal is to make everything as easy as possible for the first month so I can focus on our new little one, Grant, and our new normal.