I was going to name my blog, “On my Way to a Baby Food Revolution”, but no one is revolting here. Although the name sounded catchy, there is no anarchy, bloodshed, destruction or violent behaviour developing. So I dropped the R and was left with Evolution which depicts change, growth and transformation. Yes, that’s more like it.
I’m a happily married, working mother of two wonderful boys in my 39th. year with that next big number looming. Also looming is my unanswered desire to take a leap of faith and pursue my dream of creating a livelihood out of something that means more to me then numbers that never seem to quite add up the way they should.
My oldest son is 11 years and the other is 21 months…and let’s remember my age of “39”.
I never even considered making my own baby food for my first son. I figured it would be way too time consuming and let’s face it, impossible.
My boys are almost exactly 10 years apart in age, which translates into 10yrs. of cultivating my love of fresh foods and overcoming the intimidation of preparing a nutritious meal from scratch.
Although on occasion I feel as if I need more time and energy to enjoy all the things I love to do, I have many moments of zest for life brilliance that I attribute to eating basic fresh foods and getting some exercise. When my youngest son came along I figured by nature babies and toddlers have the exercise thing worked out, so I wanted to provide him with the fresh food to fuel his energy and zest for life.
I experimented with different baby food purees and concoctions and came to love and look forward to my meal preparation rituals. I discovered that it’s not that intimidating and it’s not that time consuming once you get a routine down and learn certain tips and tricks to save time. Let’s not forget the $ savings…just imagine how many baby veggie meals you can get out of one bunch of $2 broccoli, compared to 1 or 2 jars of baby food. The savings definitely translates into a nice pair of shoes…or a tool of some sort if you happen to be a Dad.
Life is busy and you don’t always have time to do everything you would like to…I get that feeling every time I walk down to our basement to do the laundry and see the abandoned drum kit my husband got me for mother’s day this year. I swear every time I look at it it’s hollering, “YOU DON’T HAVE ENOUGH TIME TO ENJOY ALL THE THINGS YOU WOULD LIKE TO!”
Here is what is at the top of my list of things I will do:
- Write a baby food cook book and blog about the process.
- Navigate my way around starting and registering a small business to develop and wholesale baby goods and accessories required to make homemade baby food preparation unintimidating and fun.
- Keep my day job until this takes off to keep Mr. 21 month old in Cheerios and Mr. 11yr. old in stuff that 11yr. olds like.
- Get up at 6am. to exercise in the basement with my homemade workout VHS tapes before everyone in the house is up so I have enough energy and “zest for life” to get me through my day.
- Spend quality time with my wonderful, funny, inspiring and funny husband.
- Spend quality time with my wonderful, funny, inspiring and funny boys.
- Catch up with close friends.
- Work in my garden and read the Martha magazines I have under the coffee table that I think I read all the time but couldn’t possibly because there are 4 back dated issues there.
- Continue to make baby food and test new recipes.
- Maybe get a few hours of sleep each night.
There is no room on this list for those damn drums. I bet there is room on your’s to add, “make my own baby food.”