The first week of 2020 has officially come to an end and my due date is just a few short weeks away. I've always been a bit of a planner and filling my freezer with homemade snacks and meals when I was pregnant with Levi was the best thing I could have done. We'll it's time to stock the freezer again but I had to make some room in there...
I was blessed with an abundance of milk when Levi was born. Seriously, it was not lost on me how fortunate I was to be able to feed him then immediately go pump 8oz - 10oz in a matter of minutes. It felt good to know that I had a backup stash of food for him if I had to be away unexpectedly, but my freezer stash of milk quickly grew to more than what we needed. I couldn't bring myself to throw it away and we don't have the facilities available in Nova Scotia to donate it.
I breastfed Levi until he was 14 months old but he hasn't had a full bottle of milk since he was maybe 9 or 10 months. Which means the milk stash in my freezer is well over a year old and I need to make room for fresh milk for the new baby (and cookies and muffins and meals for me).
At first I didn't think anything of it. Levi wasn't drinking it and it would be too old to feed to the new baby. So what's the point in keeping it? I pulled the box from the deep freeze and set it on the counter to thaw. Little did I know it was going to take me another 2 days to bring myself to dump all 172oz down the drain!! (insert tears here)
I got through about half of it before I thought to myself WHAT IF THIS TIME IS DIFFERENT?!
What if I don't have an abundance of milk this time around? What if the baby struggles to latch on and breastfeeding is harder than last time? What if they won't take a bottle?
But it's too late. This milk has thawed and has been sitting on the counter for a few days, plus it would have been too old to feed the new baby anyways. As much as it hurts to pour 172oz of liquid gold down the drain I know thats what had to happen (must. make. room. for. cookies.).
So much has gone on in our lives in the past year and this pregnancy seems to have flown by. I can't believe we're just a few weeks away from having two kids, under the age of two! I haven't had a chance to think about how things will be different or what I should be doing to prepare. But for now I'm going to cross my fingers and hope that breastfeeding isn't a struggle and get myself back to the kitchen to bake some treats (some to sample now and some to freeze for later).
I'd love to hear your experience! How were things different when you had your second child? Now that there is room in my freezer, what is your favourite freezer meal to have on hand for crazy days?
Stay tuned for a post about pre-baby meal prep. It really was a life saver for us when Levi was born and now that we'll have a busy toddler to feed as well, I can't just rely on eating chips for dinner when I don't feel like cooking.
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