In a perfect world, we’d all have just enough time to completely prepare for the baby’s arrival and then get a solid week of down time, right? Time to just relax, get a massage, grab lunch with friends, nap, maybe read, lay on the couch and get a start on some Netflix binging, and like this picture shows, enjoy a slow morning with your coffee. Unfortunately, it doesn’t always pan out that way. For me, with Luca, the first day of my “relaxation week,” I literally showered and laid my head down to take a nap on the couch and my water broke. It’s literally like he knew everything was ready for him and he came at that exact moment.
I can’t wait to see how baby girl decides to arrive! At this point, I’m 37 weeks pregnant, so it’s a complete waiting game. While I wait, I’m living each day like it’s my last as a family of three and soaking in all the “alone” time with Luca, while also prepping as much as I possibly can so if she does arrive early, I’m as prepared as can be. AKA activate nesting mode!
Next week, my goal is to begin my freezer prep! Sadly, I don’t have much freezer space, and I need to keep some of it for breastmilk! I wish I could prep meals for weeks, but I just don’t have the space, so it’s not even an option. I’ll be focusing on preparing a few things to last me that first hectic week. Beyond that, I’m just going to keep mealtimes very simple and stick to my go-tos. For these go-tos, I’ll be able to throw dinner together in 30 minutes and have a list so that my exhausted brain won’t have to do any thinking. More on that below!
And this time around, honestly, I’m more concerned about Luca’s food than my own. I’ll be focusing on making meals that we can both eat, because I’ll be home when he’s home for lunch, and I’ll want to sit with him and spend that special time together. Of course, I’ll be making his go-tos, like Broccoli Grilled Cheese and falling back on easy foods like Applegate’s chicken nuggets. We’ll see how it all pans out, my friends who have multiples tell me that it’s much easier the second time around and you’ll be surprised how much extra time you have, because you’re not as overwhelmed. Talk to me in a few weeks, haha!
What I’m Making for the Freezer
- Vegan Pumpkin Oat Muffins (recipe in the Inspiralized Littles eCookbook) – for Luca
- Blender Oat Muffins – for Luca, a few batches
- Veggie tots from Inspiralized & Beyond – for Luca, a few batches
- Chicken burgers (to serve on a bun with sweet potato wedges and avocado)
- Turkey meatballs (to serve with spiralized veggies or roasted veggies and couscous)
- Turkey bolognese (I’ll prepare just the sauce and serve with spiralized veggies or roasted veggies and potatoes)
- Quinoa chili (to serve with avocado and toast)
- Freezer Breakfast Burritos (for those hectic mornings!)
- Lactation bites – I plan on having these again, they were such a tasty snack and boosted my supply!
My Go-To Quick Meals Once the Freezer Runs Out
- Frozen Veggie Fried Rice (with some sort of cooked meat, probably.)
- Chicken sausage with roasted veggies and brown rice
- Raviolis with roasted veggies
- Pressure Cooker Salsa Chicken Thighs with Peppers and Onions (served with brown rice or with tortillas)
- Pressure Cooker Chicken BBQ Bowls
- Crispy oven baked salmon with roasted veggies
- Margherita pizza with broccoli and olives (or other toppings), using Simple Mills box mix
- Lentil and String Bean Curry
- Teriyaki veggie stir fry with brown rice (using a premade teriyaki sauce!)
I hope this is helpful for you mamas prepping your freezers!